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April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Gonzaga guard Haiden Palmer drafted; Lisa Mispley Fortier hired

It’s been an eventful week across the Cascades. Gonzaga had its all-time fifth player drafted to the WNBA in G Haiden Palmer. The Oregon State transfer was picked up by Indiana with its 29th overall pick (third round). She joins All-Star Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago), Kayla Standish, Katelan Redmon and Vivan Frieson as drafted Zags…


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April 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Gonzaga hired longtime assistant to replace Kelly Graves

The Spokesman Review is reporting Gonzaga hired longtime assistant Lisa Mispley Fortier to replace Kelly Graves at the helm. Graves was named Oregon’s new coach last week, signing a six-year contract reportedly worth $500,000 the first two years that increases to $550,000 in the last two years of the contract. Fortier…


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April 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Gonzaga senior guard Haiden Palmer an AP honorable mention All-American

From the Zags: SPOKANE, Wash. – (April 1, 2014 – Gonzaga University women’s basketball senior Haiden Palmer was recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Palmer is the fourth Bulldog to earn Associated Press All-America accolades, joining Zag greats Shannon Mathews (2005), Stephanie Hawk (2007) and Courtney Vandersloot (2009,…


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March 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Keani Albanez stars in No. 18 Zags’ West Coast Conference tourney championship

CORRECTION: Zags leading scorer Keani Albanez’s 20 points on Tuesday weren’t a career-high. She scored a career-high 21 points in December 2013. She’s scored in double figures against WCC oponents seven times this season. ————————————– Scoreless is hardly the way you want to play your final conference tournament championship game. But when you see your younger…


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March 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Zags’ Kelly Graves named WCC Coach of the Year for eighth time

From the West Coast Conference: SAN BRUNO, Calif. –  (March 3, 2014 – The West Coast Conference announced its annual basketball awards Monday afternoon and Gonzaga University women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves was tabbed the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, senior Haiden Palmer and junior Sunny Greinacher were…


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February 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

No. 22 Zags clinch WCC title outright; Eastern Washington gets tourney berth (VIDEO)

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves’ Twitter account blew up with congratulatory re-tweets for his program winning its 10th consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title.The No. 22 Zags clinched the honor outright by defeating Saint Mary’s, 75-65, on Thursday at McCarthey Athletic Center. Senior G Haiden Palmer scored 12 of her game-high 19…


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December 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Wednesday dribble: No. 6 Stanford next for No. 23 Zags, EWU time change, WNBA’s draft set


Gonzaga F Shaniqua Nilles

No. 23 Gonzaga (8-1) returned to Spokane early Wednesday morning, so a groggy coach Kelly Graves hadn’t turned his full attention to playing at No. 6 Stanford (7-1) on Saturday. The series between the top programs out West will air at 1 pm (PT) on Pac-12 Networks.

Graves mentioned this morning that two tapes were waiting for him in his home office to view. It’s the beginning of the week’s prep for the Zags’ toughest nonconference game, yet. GU hasn’t defeated Stanford since the annual series began in 2010.

“One of these days we’re going to get  them,” Graves quipped. “We’re not going to change too much with the way we play. We’re going to change defenses as often as we can. We’ve done a nice job of pressuring people.

“Obviously (Stanford All-American) Chiney Ogwumike is going attract attention. I haven’t watched enough to see what they’re doing to get her to spots where she’s kicking everyone’s butt. Their point guard, Amber Orrange, is going to be better than the two point guards we played this past week. But we’re really good at guarding in the backcourt. Jazmine Redmond is terrific and so is Hadien (Palmer), so we matchup pretty well there.”

The Zags’ final game prep was a pair of wins on the road against quality Big Ten programs Ohio State (59-58) and Wisconsin (70-55). GU saw big leads dwindle late but was able to secure the win. The Zags also received solid play from its bench. Redshirt sophomore F Shaniqua Nilles nailed a buzzer-beater against OSU on Sunday. GU’s bench outscored UW’s 18-7 on Tuesday, junior G Danielle Walter scoring a season-high 10 points in the win at Wisconsin  — eight in the final six minutes.


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November 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Around the rim: No. 25 Gonzaga, Washington, Seattle U and Eastern Washington open season

BasketballA full slate of basketball tips Friday with 123 games on the NCAA docket. Some matchups have already concluded, the ESPN networks debuting its broadcast season lineup of games at 2pm (PT) with UNC-Greensboro at Florida State on Seminoles coach Sue Semaru (Shorecrest HS) is entering her 17th season and only has three returning players on her roster.

Locally, No. 25 Gonzaga’s 6pm tip against Idaho at the McCarthey Athletic Center is the headliner. It’s the opener of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and will be aired online. The Vandals, led by senior F Alyssa Charlston (Eastlake HS),  finished last season at 17-16, winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship.

Gonzaga’s preseason ranking is a first in program history. The Zags are eager to see how a veteran lineup with a talented transfer in F Lindsay Sherbert (Cal) helps the team rebound from a disappointing ending to the 2012-13 season. Gonzaga couldn’t get a signature win and lost at home in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to Iowa State.

“Our strengths are going to be our defense and our speed this year,” said senior G Jazmine Redmon, who won the West Coast Conference defensive player of the year award.


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November 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Gonzaga ranked in AP preseason poll for first time in school history

ZagsLogoGonzaga coach Kelly Graves said he doesn’t pay attention to preseason hype but for the first time in his program’s history, the Zags are getting attention before playing a game.

The Associated Press poll was released Friday and Gonzaga is ranked 25th. The Zags return 12 players, including four starters, from its squad that finished 27-6 overall, 15-1 in the West Coast Conference last season. It won its ninth-straight WCC title and made its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Zags are predicted to win the WCC, again, this season.

I had the Zags ranked 25th, too, but will admit I don’t even give much weight to the rankings. There are already some key injuries and untested returns that could make a huge difference in how the season begins for some of the ranked teams. But below is the way I’m starting my season outlook and you can keep track of all 40 media members’ votes throughout the season.

In our state, preseason predictions are promising. The NCAA tournament sites were announced earlier and Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena was selected as one of the 16 cities for open-round play. And it looks like one of the state’s five Division I programs will be seeded at UW’s host site. Along with Gonzaga’s conference prediction, Eastern Washington is predicted to win the Big Sky and Seattle U is projected to repeat its regular-season title in the Western Athletic Conference. Washington was pegged fourth in the Pac-12 while Washington State is motivated by being snubbed, again, and picked to finish ninth in the conference.


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