We are making an effort to ramp up our coverage of the Gonzaga women’s basketball team this season. Today, we will take a look at their non-conference schedule that was announced last week. We will have a full team preview as November gets closer and weekly updates throughout the season.
Head Coach Lisa Fortier has picked up right where Kelly Graves left off and Gonzaga continues to dominate the West Coast Conference. Last season, Gonzaga went 17-1 in WCC play, the most wins for any team in conference history. They collected their 13th regular season title in the last 14 seasons and made the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time since 2007. Their stay in the tournament was short-lived as they were ousted by 4-seed Stanford in the first round. The good news is that they get a chance for revenge on December 2nd.
Stanford is the marquee home game in a solid non-conference slate for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga and Stanford have had a home-and-home series going since 2009. They took a one year hiatus last season because they were both in the same pre-season tournament. Gonzaga is 1-8 all-time in the series, but did pull off an upset of then #7 Stanford at Maples Pavilion in 2016. This game will also have local ties. Lexie and Lacie Hull will begin their freshmen seasons for Stanford. You may know them as the keystones behind the Central Valley High School (Spokane Valley, WA) basketball team that went 102-6 the last four years and won a GEICO National Championship last season.
We know how loaded the Maui Invitational is on the men’s side of things, but the Vancouver Showcase the women are participating is will be just as loaded.
2018 Vancouver Showcase Women's First-Round Pairings on Nov. 22 at @VanConventions:— Vancouver Showcase (@VanShowcase) August 16, 2018
@ndwbb vs. @ZagWBB at 12 PM
@RutgersWBB vs. @DrakeWBB at 2:30 PM
@GamecockWBB vs. @ETSU_WBB at 6 PM
@BeaverWBB vs. @LadyTopperHoops at 8:30 PM
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Gonzaga will face off against defending National Champion Notre Dame in the first round. They have played once before, with the Irish coming out on top back in 2010. Oregon State and South Carolina (2017 National Champs) were Elite Eight participants last season, while Western Kentucky, Drake, and Gonzaga all won their conference tournaments. Gonzaga will get three very challenging games, no matter how it shapes out.
Before heading to Vancouver, Gonzaga will start the season with a trio of regional foes. They start the season at home against Montana, who they defeated 70-55 last season in Missoula and have beaten six straight times.
They will then travel to Cheney to take on Eastern Washington. Gonzaga has beaten the Eagles 14-straight times, including a buzzer beater from Elle Tinkle in 2014. EWU finished third in the Big Sky last season. Gonzaga will then come back home to take on a third Big Sky team in Idaho State, who lost in the semi-finals of the conference tourney last season.
Their biggest road game will come November 17 when they travel to UNLV. The Rebels won the Mountain West regular season championship last season and made it to the WNIT.
After returning from Vancouver, they’ll take on three more WNIT teams from a season ago. They host Colorado State and Idaho and travel to Missouri State. Pac-12 rival Washington State, led by a new head coach, rounds out the schedule when they come to town in December.
Full Non-Conference Schedule:
- Nov. 2 vs Carroll College (EXH)
- Nov. 7 vs Montana
- Nov. 11 at Eastern Washington
- Nov. 13 vs Idaho State
- Nov. 17 at UNLV
- Nov 22-24 at Vancouver Showcase
- Nov. 28 vs Colorado State
- Dec. 2 vs Stanford
- Dec. 9 vs Washington State
- Dec. 16 at Missouri State
- Dec. 20 vs Idaho
Gonzaga women’s FanFest will take place October 13. A report from FanFest and a look at Gonzaga’s roster will be coming that same weekend.