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The question was telegraphed and Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins intercepted it like an All-Pro cornerback.
The last sliver of confetti had settled on the floor at Orleans Arena and the net had been scissored into souvenirs, so the Gonzaga Bulldogs drifted away toward their locker room, champions again.
Brigham Young’s 2017-18 basketball season took its first nosedive months before the Cougars reconvened in Provo for preseason workouts.
One by one, the Gonzaga Bulldogs climbed the ladder to the hoop and cut off pieces of the net.
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie was asked for one word in his native French to describe how the Zags played in
It was one highlight play after another on an endless loop. Slick passes, 3-pointers that barely ruffled the net, suffocating defense, steals, smart passes, run-out layups.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 74-54 win over BYU in the championship game of the WCC Tournament on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Simply put, that was impressive. Not just Gonzaga’s defense-powered 74-54 win over BYU to win the West Coast Conference Tournament – and the league’s NCAA automatic berth – for the sixth consecutive season, but the way the Zags impressed ESPN’s godfather, Dick Vitale.
Just after Gonzaga’s 79-71 win over San Diego, the lights and cameras gravitated to Jill Barta, who had finished the game with a game-high 32 points and eight rebounds. She hid in the middle of her teammates as they celebrated their second consecutive West Coast Conference tournament title.
Gonzaga has seen plenty of Sydney Williams over the past four years. Granted, not nearly as much as the San Diego senior has seen of the Zags over the course of the past 22.
Killian Tillie continued his scoring clinic as the sophomore forward scored a team-high 22 points to lead top-seeded Gonzaga to a 74-54 rout of BYU in the WCC Tournament championship game on Tuesday at the Orleans Arena.
Gonzaga won the conference title in 2017 and now has eight WCC championships. The Bulldogs, who only lost once to a WCC opponent this season, secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s tournament by winning their fourth title in six years.
Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Johnathan Williams earned United States Basketball Writers Association District IX honors.
The sixth-ranked Zags blasted the Cougars 74-54 Tuesday night in Las Vegas to claim their sixth consecutive West Coast Conference Tournament championship. Gonzaga (30-4) reached the 30-win mark for the fourth time in six seasons and made a convincing final argument for a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament.
BYU’s Elijah Bryant has had mixed results against the Zags in two previous matchups.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have just one more team standing in the way of their eighth West Coast Conference championship in program history.
But on Killian Tillie’s 20th birthday here at the Orleans Arena, he did become very much eligible for the Most Outstanding Player award at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament, unless perhaps Brigham Young beats the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Tuesday’s championship game.
Yoeli Childs scored a career-high 33 points, Elijah Bryant chipped in 25 and third-seeded BYU beat second-seeded Saint Mary’s 85-72 Monday night in a WCC semifinal game at Orleans Arena.
If the Gonzaga Bulldogs needed an extra man on the sidelines, Thayne McCulloh is ready to step in.
Junior point guard Josh Perkins ended his dunking dry spell Monday in his 111th career game as a Zag. Or did he?