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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 ESPN3.com. 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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August 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Seattle U gets first win in Costa Rican tournament

Seattle U. headed to Costa Rica to gain some international experience this week. The defending WAC regular-season champions, SU defeated the Costa Rican National Team, 59-50, in the first of three games while on its foreign tour. The Redhawks led through the majority of the game, which consisted of four 10-minute quarters….

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March 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Mailbag: Gonzaga goes for five; Pac-12 final KeyArena attendance numbers; and Seattle University rakes in WAC awards

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UPDATE: The Zags cliched a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament bid. Read all about the win here.

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Top seeded Gonzaga (26-5) faces No. 2 seed San Diego (21-8) in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game in Las Vegas on Monday. The game will air at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Zags are vying for a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament berth. The team was awarded an at-large bid last year, losing the WCC tourney title to BYU.

Gonzaga could play USD without PG Taelor Karr, the WCC Player of the Year. She fell hard on her back during Saturday’s tournament semifinal win over BYU. She took it easy at practice Sunday and is “really questionable” for the game, according to GU coach Kelly Graves.

“She’s a tough kid,” Graves told reporters of Karr. She hasn’t missed a start this season and is the team’s second-leading scorer at 10.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting.

“I know she’ll do the best she can to try to play,” Graves continued. “But the reality is she’s not in good shape right now.”

 

FINAL PAC-12 ATTENDANCE NUMBERS

The four-day total attendance for the inaugural Pac-12 conference tournament at KeyArena was announced at 26,465 spectators. There were 3,927 for the championship game alone on Sunday. The figure averages to 2,405 for the 11 games, which is still better than numbers reported in Los Angeles in 2012.

Seattle’s total is the event’s second-highest mark since the conference tournament’s debut in 2002 when it totaled 27,415 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore.

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February 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Seattle U, Gonzaga wrap regular-season and pack bags for Vegas next

Seattle U (15-9, 12-3 Western Athletic Conference) has three games remaining to conclude its regular-season. SU holds a half-game lead against Utah State (14-11, 11-3) for the regular-season conference title and top-seed in the upcoming WAC tournament in Las Vegas from March 12-16.

The Redhawks host Texas State (9-16, 3-11) on Thursday and Texas-San Antonio (14-11, 8-6) on Saturday. The three-game home stand at Connolly Center concludes with a rematch against Idaho (12-14, 9-6) on March 9. If SU finishes strong and wins the conference tournament, they are pegged as a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament, playing nationally ranked No. 4 Stanford.

Seattle U is rejuvenated. It had a week between games, completing a two-game sweep on the road Valentine’s Day weekend. The Redhawks are on a four-game win streak overall.

SU coach Joan Bonvicini used the time to give the players some rest and perfect game plans.

“I think it was good rest and we had good practiced today (Monday),” Bonvicini said. “Our team is focused and it’s just about staying fresh. Everyone picks up the intensity, takes it up another notch at this point in the season. But we’re in position. We control our own destiny.”

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February 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Gonzaga wins big at home; Seattle U returns to the top and a TV alert

Much like Washington on Friday against Oregon, Gonzaga (22-5, 12-1 West Coast Conference) beat up on the little guy in the conference for a fun offensive outing.

In a 101-65 home win against San Francisco on Saturday, the Zags shot a season-best 55 percent (44 for 80) from the field and reached triple figures for the first time since November 2011, against Hofstra. GU is on a 10-game win streak and holds a 2.5-game lead in WCC standings. USF dropped to 10-16, 3-10.

Here are some highlights.

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February 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Gonzaga, Seattle University secure key conference wins

Gonzaga (21-5, 11-1) is on an eight-game win streak and moving closer to its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference championship. The regular-season title wouldn’t have been as close without a key 69-54 win against Saint Mary’s (16-7, 8-3) in Spokane on Thursday. The game was the Zags’ fifth sell out of the season.

GU lost to SMC 54-51 early in the WCC season, sounding alarms that coach Kelly Graves’ revamped, youthful squad possiblly couldn’t hold up the Zags’ storied reign on the conference. But Gonzaga has since moved to a 2.5-game lead in WCC standings and is primed to be part of the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed, according to ESPN’s latest bracketology release.

The Zags are hosting the NCAA first and second rounds in March at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Below is video of Thursday’s postgame interviews. Gonzaga hosts San Francisco (10-15, 3-9) on Saturday at the MAC.

 

 

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January 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Mailbag: Washington’s Jazmine Davis medically cleared, Seattle U hits the road and NCAA rankings

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Washington sophomore PG Jazmine Davis was cleared to practice on Wednesday. The team’s leading scorer (20.4 points), Davis suffered a concussion midway through the second half of a win at Washington State. She missed her team’s home wins against Oregon and Oregon State last week.

UW coach Kevin McGuff said he didn’t foresee any restrictions in returning Davis to the lineup when it plays at Arizona (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) on Friday. Washington (14-5, 6-2) defeated Arizona 76-55 at Alaska Airlines Arena on January 7.

“We’ll kind of ease her back into practice today (Wednesday) since it’s her first day back,” McGuff said prior to the afternoon session. “Obviously she’s an important part of what we do. Although I thought we fared well without her, I’m happy to have her back. We have a chance to be even be better with her coming back.”

Huskies freshman G Heather Corral moved into the starting lineup to replace Davis, but junior G Mercedes Wetmore played the PG position. Wetmore finished the weekend with a combined 14 assists, one turnover and 12 points, not resting a second of Friday’s 45-minute overtime win against OSU or Sunday’s win in regulation against Oregon.

Corral was a combined 7 of 14 from three-point range for a total of 23 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in the wins.

“I feel like I was out forever,” said Davis of her 10-day absence. “Getting to touch a ball finally, that’s what’s exciting me the most.

“I was proud (of my team). It’s almost like I was glad that I was out and I got to see how they were. They all stepped up and it just showed me that they all have it in them.”

Washington is on a four-day win streak and is tied for third in conference standings.

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January 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Video: Seattle U stays undefeated, Gonzaga returns to top of WCC and a Pac-12 thriller

Seattle University became one of 46 teams in the NCAA to remaining undefeated in its respective conference after Thursday’s round of games. The Redhawks defeated Texas Arlington 69-53 at Connolly Center. SU improved to 9-6 overall and 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. But it’ll host a competitive opponent in  Louisiana Tech (8-8, 3-2) on Saturday at 7pm.

Here’s the daily story about the game. Junior F Kacie Sowell scored 11 of her final 18 points in the second half while junior F Ashley Ward finished with 17 points to pace the offense throughout the game. Junior G Sylvia Shephard, who improved to seventh in the nation in steals (3.7), switched from being a defensive menace and scorer in transition to a keen passer, totaling a career-high 11 assists.

Shephard, coach Joan Bonvicini and Daidra Brown spoke about the game afterward. Bonvicini is wearing a lei in the video because it was Hawaiian Night at the game.

 

 

ZAGS TOPS…FOR NOW: Gonzaga proved it can still be a force in the Western Athletic Conference. The Zags (14-5, 4-1) soundly defeated new rival BYU 74-59 at sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center. The Cougar’s (12-5, 3-1) loss coupled with Saint Mary’s (11-5, 3-1) taking a tumble at San Diego to lose 73-70 moved GU a half-game ahead of BYU, SMC and Santa Clara (11-6, 3-1) atop of the conference. San Diego (11-6, 3-2) follows.

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January 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Mailbag: Gonzaga, Seattle U host conference games Thursday, NCAA rankings and WNBA news

BYU senior PG Haley Steed drives against Zags junior G Jazmine Redmon
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Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves loves statistics. The flip side of one has been tough to compensate.

In the midst of an eight-year West Coast Conference championship reign, GU had four players draft by the WNBA and one signed as a training-camp invitee. The biggest star is PG Courtney Vandersloot, who was named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star game as a rookie. Her leadership coupled with the absence of past standouts like Katelan Redmon and Heather Bowman meant Graves would be starting over this season. Particularly since only two of the current Zags played a lot of minutes in the past, returning starters Taelor Karr and Haiden Palmer being the only to average more than five points. And both of them are transfers.

Games the Zags may normally have won are now defeats, like home loses to Washington State and late breakdowns against then-No. 20 Ohio State. In GU’s eight-year WCC dominance, it only lost nine conference games, three were undefeated WCC seasons. But last year the Zags split games with conference newbie BYU. As the Cougars prepare for a return trip to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday, it’s not taboo to think of the Zags having trouble against their new rival, again.

In fact, following the Zags’ 10-4 nonconference finish, the players even pipped up about the challenge in upholding the tradition established at Gonzaga.

“They’ve voiced it to me that they feel pressure keeping the legacy going,” said Graves of the roster that has six underclassmen. “I said not to worry about that. We don’t need that kind of added pressure. Courtney’s last year was just two years ago. We only have three players who played with her on our entire roster. That’s a big turnaround in that short amount of time.”

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January 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Around the Pac-12: No. 7 Cal upsets No. 5 Stanford, No. 14 UCLA and No. 23 Colorado win

Washington had a chance to make the Pac-12’s weekend really eventful. Instead UW was outscored 27-9 in the final nine minutes of a 85-68 loss to No. 14 UCLA on Sunday. Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis had 19 points for the Huskies and redshirt freshman F Talia Walton added 18 with two blocks.

“Usually when we start games and we know it’s a great team we want to start with (a high level) of intensity (on defense) and force those turnovers,” Davis told reporters afterward. The Huskies forced 16 turnovers in the opening half to lead 34-33 at halftime.

“But then toward the second half we just lost that intensity,” Davis continued. “I lost it, everybody lost it in my opinion, and it was too late to regain it back. They just played off of that and killed us with it.”

Jasmine Dixon had a season-high-tying 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (13-2, 4-0 Pac-12). F Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points.

UCLA is tied with Southern California atop the conference standings after No. 7 Cal upset No. 5 Stanford 67-55 at Maples Pavilion. The loss snapped the Cardinal’s 81-game win streak against Pac-12 opponents – the second massive record to fall for Stanford (14-2, 3-1) this season. No. 3 UConn defeated Stanford 61-35 to end the Card’s overall 82-game win streak at home.

“I want them to enjoy it. This team hasn’t kind of had that celebration moment,” second-year Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb told reporters after the game. “I think it does put us maybe in a different class where now we have beaten a team that’s ranked above us. That’s a big step. These players always knew that we could win and always play like we can win, but to actually do it, I hope gives us a boost of confidence that will be good for us going forward.”

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