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In early March, it looked as if 2020 was going to be a bounteous year for the West Coast Conference -- six different schools with 20 or more wins, three teams a lock for the NCAA Tournament and a national title contender in Gonzaga.
When he calls together his senior staff, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth sees one reality that’s impossible to escape.
Gonzaga women’s basketball is continuing to build for the future in the frontcourt.
Bree Salenbien, a five-star recruit and a three-time Michigan Player of the Year, gave her oral commitment Tuesday to play at Gonzaga.
Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth covered a variety of topics Wednesday, including his hope that sports return this fall and his take on athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL) rights.
Payton Muma, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Colorado, gave her oral commitment Friday to play basketball at Gonzaga beginning in the fall of 2021.
With all that’s happened in the college basketball world in the last two weeks, perhaps it’s better to look ahead to next year.
In a normal world, the Gonzaga women would be practicing in anticipation of this weekend’s first-round NCAA Tournament game in Spokane.
One day before they planned to pack the Orleans Arena, several dozen Gonzaga fans were stuffing backpacks for refugees. They also toured a shelter for the homeless and the kitchen that serves them, which begs the question: Is this any way to spend a vacation day in Las Vegas?
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.
No one in Spokane appreciates a good game of basketball better than Jon Heimbigner. But even at the age of 72, Heimbigner prefers a sweaty gym and the ball in his hands to a comfortable seat in the crowd.
A craps dealer on the Las Vegas Strip, Ed Dzama might be the biggest Zags fan who’s never set foot in the Kennel.
The Gonzaga women can’t wait to get back on the court for the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Somebody suggested it would be a good time to pick Gonzaga’s All-Vegas team.Can’t do it, I demurred. No credibility. I’m never up at 5 a.m. to see which Zags fans are still blinking through the cigarette haze and piling up chips at the Orleans Casino craps tables – and somehow still manage to make their tee times. No, they said. Basketball. Oh. Well, that’s different.
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.
Keli Leaupepe had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Loyola Marymount defeated San Diego 75-61 in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tourney.
Before the season began, fans and rivals wondered how the Gonzaga women would stay atop the West Coast Conference after graduating three seniors.
Jill Townsend did a little of everything for the Gonzaga women this year, and that meant a lot during one of the most successful seasons in school history.
The West Coast Conference basketball tournaments tip off Thursday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. However, the Gonzaga men and women, as top seeds, won’t be playing until Monday.
With a week off until their next game, the Gonzaga women really do have some time to rest on their laurels. And those laurels are quite impressive. With the regular season complete, the Zags are a program-best 28-2, and go into next week’s West Coast Conference Tournament on a five-game winning streak. They also got a bonus Monday night, when the latest NCAA bracket reveal projected them as a No. 3 seed, hosting first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games. They’re also ranked 12th in the nation this week, dropping one spot Monday despite a 14-point win at Portland on Saturday.