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SEATTLE - Kelly Graves and the Gonzaga women will be shooting for a spot in the Sweet 16 when they take on the fourth-seeded Pitt Monday night in Seattle. 

NCAA Women's Tournament

No. 5 Gonzaga
vs.
No. 4 Pitt
Monday at 6:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN2

The Zags notched their first-ever NCAA tournament win with Saturday night's convincing 74-59 win over fifth-seeded Xavier.  Heather Bowman, Vivian Frieson and Courtney Vandersloot combined for 55 points in front of a pro-Gonzaga crowd.

Graves joined SWX and KHQ by phone on Sunday, saying he hopes his team plays the same way on Monday.

"We really liked the home game last night," said Graves.  "We hope that'll be the thing tomorrow.  That obviously really, really helps you.  We feel comfortable over here.  When we played in this gym we beat the Huskies earlier this year, and we have four players from the west side."

Pitt's No. 4 seed is the highest ever in that school's history.  Their only other appearances in the NCAA women's tournament were as a No. 6 seed in 2008 and a No. 8 seed in 2007. 

The Panthers' senior guard Shavonte Zellous too command of her team's first round game against Montana, scoring 31 points and grabbing nine rebounds.  She also had four steals, which helped her mark her 20th 20-plus point game of the season and her fifth 30-point game of the season.  Zellous has scored 705 points to date this season, making her the all-time Pitt leader in single-season scoring - men or women. 

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