Coach Kelly Graves, who has led Gonzaga women’s basketball to nine consecutive West Coast Conference Championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances in the past seven years, has found love to be a transformative strategy.
TRACKING THE ZAGS: This regular web series appears here as long as Gonzaga continues its season. By Grace Harrison (’13) Every spectator in the sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center this afternoon had his or her attention fixed on the court for every moment of the women’s NCAA tournament game where the Bulldogs took on the Iowa State Cyclones. The battle kept both teams within a few points of [...]
After 32 games, months of practice, and winning the WCC tournament you’d think the Gonzaga women’s basketball team would have game preparation down to a fine art, and you’d be right. The Zag women have logged hundreds of practice hours and extensively studied the Iowa State Cyclones’ game films in preparation for their first game in the NCAA tournament, but it doesn’t stop there.
While most fans’ focus is on basketball right now, the Gonzaga players are not about to blow off books even as they approach their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Prior to taking the court for every game, the Gonzaga assistant coaches diagram on the locker room white board the strengths and weaknesses of every opposing player, and review this with the Zags.
Anyone who has spent any time around Gonzaga knows there is something different. There’s an aura when you step on campus that you will not find any place else. You will seldom hear a new student or faculty member greeted with, “Welcome to campus.” It’s always, “Welcome to the Gonzaga Family.”
This year Gonzaga women’s basketball has put together one of its strongest backcourts in program history . . . West Coast Conference Player of the Year Taelor Karr, WCC tournament MVP Haiden Palmer and WCC Defender of the Year Jazmine Redmon. And the character of each one of these student- athletes is every bit as strong as the mettle they exhibit on the court.
There’s nothing “old hat” about making it to the Dance. Gonzaga women enter the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament for the fifth straight season, no one is taking it lightly, and every member of this team is having fun with it.
Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves expected to play the West Coast Conference championship game without Taelor Karr after the senior guard hurt her back in the semifinals.
LAS VEGAS – As Gonzaga University teaches, there’s always time to give back.
Gonzaga alumni, in town for the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, found time Sunday afternoon between basketball games and socials to pack up a few hundred boxes for the Three Square Food Bank here.