March 17, 2009
|GONZAGA AND PORTLAND PREPARE FOR THE POSTSEASON|
|Gonzaga and Portland will represent the West Coast Conference in the postseason, marking the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 seasons that multiple WCC teams have earned postseason bids. The Zags received a No. 12 seed in the Big Dance and will meet No. 5 seed Xavier in Seattle, WA on Saturday to mark GU's second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Portland received a bid to the WNIT following one of the most successful seasons in program history, and will head over to take on Portland State this Thursday.|
Gonzaga captured the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after claiming its second-ever WCC Tournament title in Las Vegas last week. The Zags have posted a 26-6 overall record and enter the postseason winning seven of their last eight games to close out the season. The Bulldogs are led by WCC Player of the Year, Courtney Vanderlsoot, who was also named WCC Tournament MVP, becoming the first women's player since 2001 to win both awards. Gonzaga will meet No. 5 seed Xavier, who posted a 25-6 overall record and a 13-1 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
March 21 at Seattle, WA (Bank of America Arena)
Portland will be making its first WNIT and postseason appearance in 10 years when it travels to play cross-town rival Portland State this Thursday. The Pilots posted a 17-13 overall record, which is the most since the program collected 19 wins in 1997-98. The second place conference finish was the best since the team went undefeated in conference play in 1996-97. Portland State went 22-9 during the regular season, and finished 14-2 in the Big Sky Conference.
March 19 at Portland, OR (Stott Center)
WCC TOURNAMENT RECAP
Opening Round (March 6)
Quarterfinals (March 7)
Semifinals (March 8)
Final (March 9)