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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 inĀ  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
KELLY L COX/US PRESSWIRE

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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January 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

TV Alert: Seattle University game on ESPN3; video from Washington Huskies practice

Seattle U forward Kacie Sowell named WAC Player of the Week
COURTESY OF ERIC BADEAU FOR GOSEATTLEU.COM

Seattle University ran through its final preparations for its second road game in the Western Athletic Conference. The Redhawks (6-6, 3-0 WAC) sit atop the conference alone. But its opponent on Thursday is New Mexico State (9-5, 3-1) is a tough matchup.

You can watch the game on your mobile devise or computer at ESPN3. com at 5:30 pm (PT). You can also click Aggie Vision.tv for other channels to catch the game in your area.

The Aggies are coached by Mark Trakh, the former Southern California coach. He added USC transfer G Stefanie Gilbreath, who he originally recruited, to the lineup this season. The redshirt senior is averaging a 14.7 points in her first season as an Aggie. Briana Gilbreath, Stefanie’s sister, played for the Phoenix Mercury last summer.

Trakh is in his second season coaching the Aggies. NMSU finished tied for seventh in conference play last year. It’s the first NMSU has played SU, but Trakh and Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini coached against each numerous times when coached at Arizona.

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