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October 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Despite changes, Gonzaga still picked to win West Coast Conference

From Gonzaga: WBB Selected to Win WCC, Greinacher tabbed All-WCC 10-time WCC champion Gonzaga picked by coaches to win WCC   SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The Gonzaga women’s basketball team earned seven first-place votes to be named the clear favorite to win the West Coast Conference title, while senior forward Sunny Greinacher was named Preseason All-WCC, conference officials announced…


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April 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Gonzaga hired longtime assistant to replace Kelly Graves

Lisa Mispley Fortier 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…


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March 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Northwest 11: Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese and headband shine on national stage

Oregon State G Sydney Wiese exits the KeyArena tunnelDEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times Here’s the Northwest 11 weekly power ranking. The qualifying regional Division I schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s…


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March 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

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

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves 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…


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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’s 2014 WCC Championship teamPhoto by Gonzaga Athletics 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…


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January 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Northwest 11: Eastside’s posts playing big in key wins for Gonzaga, Washington State

In this new Monday feature, I’ll take a look at the Northwest’s 11 Division I teams and give a weekly power ranking. The regional schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s more eastern location.


(Rank/Last Week/School/Record: Comment)

1. (1)  Gonzaga (14-3, 4-1 WCC): Guess this tweet from GU coach Kelly Graves says it all:

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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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August 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Gonzaga hires WNBA All-Star Nicole Powell

ZagsLogoFrom the Zags:

SPOKANE, Wash. – (August 30, 2013 – 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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July 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves blogs from FIBA U19 World Championships

ZagsLogoI can’t believe Zags coach Kelly Graves isn’t a fan of “Man vs Food,” but he’s stuck with the English program as the USA U19 team plays in the FIBA U19 World Championships this month in Panevezys, Lithuania. Graves is serving as an assistant coach, the team advancing to the second round as the top seed and facing Netherlands (1-2) on Monday at 10:15am PT.

Incoming freshmen Emma Wolfram (Gonzaga) and Kelsey Plum (Washington) are participating in the tournament, Wolfram for her native Canada. Wolfram’s team faces the Americans on Tuesday at 10:15am PT. FIBA is providing coverage of the event.

Graves has been blogging from the tournament. He gives details of his living quarters and TV viewing in his third installment. Perhaps the programing gets better for the known insomniac, maybe even getting a chance to see Sunday’s premier of “Celebrity Wife Swap,” featuring WNBA legend Lisa Leslie. Then, again, Graves’ probably too busy to have ever heard of that show before, either.

Here’s Grave’s’ latest post:

On The Road With Coach Graves – USA Basketball Blog 3 (July 21, 2013)

I’ve been in Lithuania now for about six days and have really come to like this place. The people are nice, and it is beautiful, even though it’s a flat country. Driving the two hours from the capital Vilnius to where we are playing now, Panevezys, I thought I was driving through Iowa or something with all the beautiful farmland. It has rained pretty much every day we’ve been here though (but we’re not soccer and it’s always dry in the gym so who cares, right?). I was worried coming in about the food but so far so good and they feed us a lot—going to have to get back on the food wagon again when I get home. The players took some time warming up to the food, but just like with your kids at home–they’ll eat it if they’re hungry enough. Me, I’m always hungry! The hotel is interesting. I have three beds in my room, I’m going to call them 1/2 twin size–literally, if I put all three together it would be a queen, but heck, I’m sleeping great. The TV in the room is a 12″, bolted to the ceiling in the far corner. I have to squint to see anything, but again, it doesn’t matter much because there’s only one station that’s in English and as far as I can tell, it shows only a combination of PBS type documentaries and B-list cable channel shows that I’ve never seen. But they must love “Man vs. Food” because that’s on twice a night at midnight. I’ve never heard of it and have a strange feeling that I will never watch it again after I get home. Thank goodness for iTunes–that and game film have saved me.


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