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Gonzaga receives No. 12 seed in NCAA Tournament

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Gonzaga University (27-5) will be the No. 12 seed against fifth-seeded and 23rd ranked Iowa State University (23-8) Saturday at 1 p.m. in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the Gonzaga campus.

And like 2011, the Bulldogs were kept in the Spokane Region which means the survivor of the First and Second Round at Gonzaga will advance to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for the Regional. In 2011 the Zags defeated the University of Iowa and UCLA in the McCarthey Athletic Center, downed the University of Louisville in the Regional Semifinal at the Spokane Arena and saw it's NCAA run end in the Regional Final against Stanford University, one game shy of advancing to the Final Four.

The second game Saturday in the McCarthey Athletic Center, the site of the NCAA First and Second Round for a third straight season, will have No. 4 University of Georgia (25-6) meeting No. 13 University of Montana (24-7) 30 minutes following the Gonzaga-Iowa State game.

The Cyclones were picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference but posted a 12-6 conference mark to claim second behind Baylor University, which defeated ISU 75-47 in the title game of the Big 12 Tournament championship.

Junior Hallie Christofferson, a 6-3 forward, and senior Chelsea Poppens, a 6-2 forward, were All-Big 12 first-team selections, the first time ISU has had two first-team selections. Sophomore Nikki Moody, a 5-8 guard, earned honorable mention honors.

Christofferson averaged a team-leading 15.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg. She shot 52.4 percent from the field on 165-for-315, hit 40.8 percent of her 3-point tries (51-125) and went 86.7 percent from the line (104-120).

Poppens averaged 13.1 ppg and a team-high 9.5 rpg while connecting on 132-of-266 shots from the field for 49.6 percent. She's also an 83.3 percent free throw shooter, hitting 110-of-120 free throws.

ISU is coached by veteran Bill Fennelly who has posted a 395-181 record in 18 seasons. Prior to joining the Cyclones he went 166-53 in seven seasons at the University of Toledo. He brings a 561-234 career record in 25 seasons to Spokane.

Gonzaga enters the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. The Zags won their ninth-straight West Coast Conference title and re-claimed the WCC Tournament title they lost last year. Senior guard Taelor Karr was named the WCC Player of the Year, junior guard Jazmine Redmon was tabbed the WCC Defender of the Year and Graves carted off Coach of the Year accolades. Sunny Greinacher was an honorable mention selection and Shelby Cheslek was named to the All-Freshman team.

--from gozags.com