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March 21, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Gonzaga postgame notes

ZagsLogo.jpgNo. 12 Gonzaga players Courtney Vandersloot and Heather Bowman were surprised to hear their peers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen today. It was seriously the only thing that really perked the players up after the initial joy in winning their first NCAA tournament game wore off.
When the Zags set a goal, they’re serious about it. They want to reach the Sweet Sixteen and looked like a squad of that caliber from the moment they stepped into view to watch a few moments of No. 4 Pitt’s win against No. 13 Montana tonight.
In their own game, the Bulldogs jumped out early, using their up-tempo style to pull the upset. They were outrebounded 47-37 in the game, giving up 18 boards to 6 feet 6 center Ta’Shia Phillips. But the Zags played a team-game and didn’t get startled with Xavier made a late run to pull within three-points.
They’ll face Pitt on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Hec Ed for the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Yet, it’ll be a different game as the Panthers feature guard Shavonte Zellous, who scored 31 points in her team’s win today.
“She’s a great player,” Vandersloot said. “I only saw her play for a couple of minutes and I was impressed right away. We’re going to have to step up at the guard position like we had to today at the post position. That’s what’s great about our team is that we have both and we can do both. That’s what we’re going to rely on to carry us through this tournament.”
Tonight’s game was Xavier’s first loss to a West Coast Conference team. Gonzaga is undefeated (5-0) on neutral floors this year and are now 2-0 at Hec Ed. The Huskies have only won at Hec Ed four times this season.
In other notes, Vandersloot’s 11 assists were the most given up by the Musketeers in an NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs are riding a five-game win streak and Monday’s matchup will be the second all-time for the programs. In 1994, Pitt defeated the Zags 89-77 in the Women’s NIT in Amarillo, Texas.

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