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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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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 – www.GoZags.com) 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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August 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Gonzaga hires WNBA All-Star Nicole Powell

ZagsLogoFrom the Zags:

SPOKANE, Wash. – (August 30, 2013 – www.GoZags.com) Gonzaga University women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves announced the hiring of current WNBA player and former Stanford University standout Nicole Powell as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs. Powell replaces Julie Shaw who is now the head women’s basketball coach at the University of La Verne.

“I am excited to have Nicole join the staff,” stated Graves. “She is the whole package; has had some phenomenal experiences, is a tremendous player, has a Stanford pedigree – playing for a great program, and most importantly she has a great personality. She has a deep understanding of the game and the ability to communicate with today’s player. I think she is going to fit well with our team, coaching staff and our university.”

Powell is currently closing out her 10th year in the WNBA and first with the Tulsa Shock. She was the third overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft; selected by the Charlotte Sting.

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March 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Sweet 16: Washington’s remaining ties to March Madness

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UPDATE: I mistakenly forgot two locals to follow in the remaining of the WNIT tournament. Junior G Sam Pettinger from Archbishop Murphy HS and sophomore G Clare Conricode from Holy Names HS will lineup for Pacific tonight against Utah.

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Washington’s Division I basketball programs dropped out of various postseason tournaments in the swoop of one weekend.

With Washington State already out of contention, Seattle U lost on Thursday in its Women’s National Invitation Tournament opener. On Friday, Eastern Washington dropped a double overtime game at Alaska Airlines Arena against Washington in its WNIT opener. No. 12 seed Gonzaga was up next, losing to No. 5 seed Iowa State on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Lastly, on Sunday, UW couldn’t hang with Big West regular-season champion Pacific in the WNIT second-round.

So what to do before a Sue Bird-Lauren Jackson-less Storm season kicking off in May? Jump on another bandwagon, of course!

The obvious choice is sixth-seeded Nebraska, which has the only real local tie remaining in the Big Dance. Former Kentwood star PG Lindsey Moore, a senior, will lead the Huskers in a tough matchup against No. 2 seed Duke on Sunday at 11:32am (PT) in the Norfolk Region. The Blue Devils had to rally from a 15-point deficit at home against Oklahoma State to advance. The Huskers defeated Texas A&M.

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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 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

TV Alert: Gonzaga plays at Santa Clara live on NBC Sports Network

Gonzaga hits the national scene with a matchup against West Coast Conference foe Santa Clara on NBC Sports Network at 6pm on Thursday. The Zags (22-5, 12-1) are riding a 10-game win streak and are primed to win a ninth consecutive WCC regular-season championship. Thursday’s game is the first of Gonzaga’s final road…

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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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