From the Spokesman-Review:

For Gonzaga women, The Only Uncertainty Is The Schedule
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 5, 2020
By Jim Allen
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After an offseason like no other, the Gonzaga women know only one thing for sure: There will be basketball this season. Beyond that, Coach Lisa Fortier could offer no other details during a virtual press conference Monday afternoon.

“We’re excited for the season to come and eagerly anticipating what it’s going to look like,” Fortier said.

So are the fans, whose biggest question – will they be allowed into the Kennel this season? – remains unanswered.

“We just don’t know,” Fortier said. “We’re going into things as if we’re not going to have a full building. … At this point I just don’t know the answer.”

It’s also unclear how many, if any, nonconference home games the Zags will host this fall. Fortier and her staff have been occupied with filling a schedule that for months has been carved in wet cement. Even now, Fortier and her coaches are working with a color-coded spreadsheet “with 20 different scenarios” depending on what games are firmed up.

Even so, Fortier hopes that a schedule will be announced by the end of the week. At this point, the Zags expect to play in a Thanksgiving event in Las Vegas as well as 18 West Coast Conference games.

The biggest blow to the schedule was the decision by the Pac-12 to defer games until January, a move that cost the Zags games “in our building and our fans” with preseason Top-5 pick Stanford and regional rival Washington State. Fortier also recounted other lost résumé-building opportunities, including games with Arizona and Arkansas and a tournament in Hawaii.

In most seasons, those games are critical for a program whose ever-present goal is a spot in the NCAA Tournament should they fall short in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
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