Feb. 25, 2007
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team will face the University of Portland in the second game of Thursday's opening round session as the West Coast Conference released the 2007 WCC Women's Tournament bracket earlier today. The Bulldogs, who finished the WCC season with a 13-1 record, captured their third-straight league crown and will be the top seed in the tournament.
San Diego earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a 10-4 mark in league play, while Loyola Marymount secured the No. 3 seed in the tournament for the second-straight year. Saint Mary's received the No. 4 spot, and Pepperdine is seeded No. 5. Santa Clara and San Francisco are seeded No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, and host Portland rounds out the tournament field at the No. 8.
San Diego will face San Francisco at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday to tip off the tournament, and will be followed by the Zags vs. Pilots contest to wrap-up the first session. Loyola Marymount begins the second session against Santa Clara at 6:00 p.m., followed by Saint Mary's taking on Pepperdine in the final game of the first day.
Following Thursday's first round the tournament field will be re-seeded with the highest remaining seed facing the lowest seed in Saturday's semifinals. Sunday's WCC Tournament championship game is slated for 1:00 p.m. start, and will be televised live on College Sports Television (CSTV).
The 2007 WCC Tournament marks the first time that the women's event has been held at Portland. This season is the final of a two-year site rotation in the Pacific Northwest for the WCC Tournament, following last year's tournament at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash.. Pepperdine claimed last season's title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.