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There are few postseason shortcuts, so it’s hardly a surprise second-ranked Gonzaga will be challenged immediately by an opponent that gave the Zags fits during the regular season.
Junior Charles Minlend is the steadiest of San Francisco’s four play-making guards/wings.
Gonzaga will face No. 5 San Francisco at 6 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The Dons (22-11) eliminated No. 4 Pacific 72-54 in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Nine days after beating the Portland Pilots for the second time, the Gonzaga women will need to do it again on Monday afternoon if they hope to win the West Coast Conference Tournament title that eluded them last year.
Mark Few isn’t one to go overboard with excessive praise, but this season’s squad drove him to it following an 86-76 win over Saint Mary’s in the regular-season finale that capped a 29-2 regular season.
LAS VEGAS – Like a lot of visitors to Sin City, Gonzaga’s 11 West Coast Conference Tournaments here have produced countless memorable moments as well as a few unpleasant nights at the other end of the spectrum.
Since the West Coast Conference Tournament moved to Las Vegas more than a decade ago, Gonzaga has been one of the best bets in town.
The tournaments have been a hit at the turnstiles with Gonzaga followers often numbering 4,000-5,000 strong inside the Orleans Arena.
Gonzaga’s rare, one-year absence as the WCC preseason favorite officially came to an end Thursday, to the surprise of absolutely nobody.
There’s always something to play for, particularly with March Madness around the corner.
The Gonzaga women (24-5, 17-1) earned the top seed in the West Coast Conference and will open WCC Tournament play against either No. 8 Pepperdine (9-19. 5-13) or No. 9 Santa Clara (9-20, 5-13) in the quarterfinals Friday at noon at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Top-seeded Gonzaga (27-4, 17-1) will open the WCC Tournament against No. 8 Loyola Marymount or No. 9 Portland in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7 p.m. at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
WCC commissioner Lynn Holzman handed out the championship hardware and asked Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier to address the crowd. Let me take this picture first,” said third-year coach Fortier, staying true to her team-first approach.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 82-50 win over Pacific on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The first 20 minutes of Gonzaga's 82-50 win over Pacific on Saturday night wasn't a crowd-pleaser.
Did a little research into how the Gonzaga Bulldogs bounced back this season after dropping a tough one and ... couldn’t find a thing.
Gonzaga needed something.
John Stockton’s induction into the West Coast Conference’s Hall of Honor this year was a surprise – not given his career, but just the evidence of the times.
Mark Few has done about 10 instructional DVDs over the course of his Gonzaga coaching career. Maybe he should do one more. And use a couple of the games this season against the University of the Pacific, including the Zags’ West Coast Conference tournament opener, as the instructional part.
The patient appears to be half cured. Gonzaga, stung by a loss to BYU in the regular-season finale, sleepwalked through the 20 minutes against Pacific before looking more like the outfit that won its first 29 games.