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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 3, 2020

Blanchette: Rest easy, GU fans, well-intentioned ‘Russell Rule’ won’t take away Tommy

When he calls together his senior staff, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth sees one reality that’s impossible to escape.

Gonzaga women get commitment from California prep forward Calli Stokes

Gonzaga women’s basketball is continuing to build for the future in the frontcourt.

UPDATED: Tue., May 26, 2020

Fivestar recruit Bree Salenbien commits to Gonzaga women’s basketball

Bree Salenbien, a five-star recruit and a three-time Michigan Player of the Year, gave her oral commitment Tuesday to play at Gonzaga.

UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2020

Gonzaga A.D. Mike Roth remains optimistic despite cloudy crystal ball

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.

UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Colorado guard Payton Muma orally commits to Gonzaga women’s basketball

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.

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Gonzaga women have high hopes for next season behind strong group of frontcourt returners

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.

UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Analysis: Lack of postseason won’t take away from Gonzaga women’s stellar campaign

In a normal world, the Gonzaga women would be practicing in anticipation of this weekend’s first-round NCAA Tournament game in Spokane.

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Gonzaga tries to extend series dominance over San Francisco in WCC Tournament semifinals

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.

Still-to-be-determined opponent might actually matter less to Gonzaga women than effects of inaction

The Gonzaga women can’t wait to get back on the court for the West Coast Conference Tournament.

John Blanchette: With WCC tourney in Year 12 in Sin City, go all-in with Gonzaga’s All-Vegas teams

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 …

Greatest hits & bad beats: Gonzaga women have become a safe bet to shine since WCC Tournament move to Las Vegas

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.

UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

WCC Tournament roundup: Loyola Marymount men beat San Diego in opener

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.

UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier named Naismith coach of the year semifinalist

Before the season began, fans and rivals wondered how the Gonzaga women would stay atop the West Coast Conference after graduating three seniors.

UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Gonzaga guard Jill Townsend named WCC player of the year

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.

Gonzaga’s men, women enter WCC tournament as top seeds

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.

Gonzaga women 12th in latest AP poll; in line for 3 seed in NCAA Tournament

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Gonzaga women earn program-best No. 10 ranking in latest USA Today coaches poll

Until this week, no GU women’s team had broken into the top 10 of the coaches or the Associated Press media poll.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Gonzaga women move up to 11th in AP poll

In every way, the Gonzaga women are back on track.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

Analysis: BYU too tough for Gonzaga in 91-78 upset

Killian Tillie recognized exactly what No. 23 BYU did to No. 2 Gonzaga in a 91-78 upset Saturday night. It was roughly the same thing Gonzaga did to the Cougars …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys to the Cougars’ victory over the Bulldogs

Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key matchup from BYU’s 91-78 win at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

TV Take: BYU makes sure Gonzaga isn’t immune to shocking Saturday full of college basketball upsets

The upsets kept coming Saturday, as the Nos. 1 (Baylor), 2 (Gonzaga) and 4 (San Diego State) teams all fell.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

No. 2 Gonzaga puts nation’s longest road winning streak on line against No. 23 BYU

There are road games and then there are road games in settings that the visiting head coach calls “electric” and home head coach predicts will be “sheer insanity.”

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Former Gonzaga standout Heather Bowman to be inducted into West Coast Conference Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor class, which includes one former student-athlete from each WCC school, will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on March 7 at the …

Bulldogs climb two spots to No. 13 in AP poll

Moments after putting away Santa Clara and capping Senior Day with another conference title, Gonzaga Coach Lisa Fortier was equal parts cheerful and relieved.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Always looking for the fastbreak, Gonzaga senior guard Jessie Loera trying to slow down and enjoy Senior Day

Saturday’s game against Santa Clara will also serve as Senior Day for Loera and put her on the spot no matter what happens in the game.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Gonzaga women have chance to cut down nets on emotional Senior Day against Santa Clara

Emotions are sure to flow Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center as the Gonzaga women celebrate Senior Day.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Gonzaga senior Katie Campbell not letting her injury get in the way of being the Bulldogs’ ultimate leader

As her teammates warmed up on the practice floor Tuesday afternoon, Katie Campbell grabbed a basketball and started shooting 3-pointers.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Two significant injuries give No. 11 Gonzaga women that same eerie feeling

The Gonzaga women’s players and coaches can’t shake the numbness. “It’s such a strange feeling,” Bulldogs coach Lisa Fortier said Monday, two days after the Zags

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Gonzaga women look to continue solid shooting as San Diego comes to town

The Gonzaga women are shooting for one of the best seasons in program history partly because their aim has been so darn good this year.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Streaking Gonzaga up a spot to 12th in women’s Top 25

The Gonzaga women are halfway through the West Coast Conference season, and things couldn’t be going much better. The Zags moved up to 12th in this week’s Associated Press poll, …