The Gonzaga Bulldogs Women’s Basketball team plays their last two home conference games this week, after already claiming their seventh straight West Coast Conference (WCC) regular season title with a 103-59 victory over the University of San Francisco. The team, which just made No. 23 in the USA Today ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll this week, is currently an impressive 24-4 overall and 12-0 WCC.
Thursday, the Bulldogs will play the second-place team in the WCC, St. Mary’s College Gaels. Saturday, the last game of the season, will be against the University of San Diego Toreros. The Zags do not intend to rest on their laurels by any means: senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot wrote in her “Talking Hoops with ‘Sloot” blog “we want to make sure that we continue to hold the momentum going into the WCC tournament. We take pride on keeping what our future holds in our hands rather than in the hands of the NCAA committee. We want to control our own destiny and we do that by winning the tournament.”
Vandersloot was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday, her fourth WCC Player of the Week honor this season and the twelfth of her career. She has been named one of the top twenty candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor. She leads the nation in assists per game and became the first player since 1995 and the fourth overall player to pass out 1,000 assists when she handed out nine in Gonzaga’s 73-59 win over Pepperdine University on February 13.
If you want to catch this amazing team live, tickets can be purchased through TicketsWest at 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com, any TicketsWest outlet, and the McCarthey Athletic Center Ticket Office. Thursday’s game offers specials for participants in Spokane’s mentoring programs, community youth organizations, and Dads/daughters.