Gonzaga, Stanford battle for trip to Final Four


by Chris Bach, KREM 2 Sports Anchor and Gonzaga Alum


Posted on March 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 28 at 8:36 PM

SPOKANE -- The Gonzaga women's basketball team may have made history by reaching its first-ever Elite 8, but the Bulldogs will be the first to tell you they're still not satisfied.

Just one win away from the Final Four in Indianapolis, the Zags now say that is the new goal. In order to get there, GU will need to knock-off its toughest opponent yet in Stanford. The Cardinal bring in a 32-2 overall record and are riding a 26-game winning streak that includes a victory over Connecticut, ending the Huskies' record-setting 90-game winning streak. Their only two losses came back-to-back in December to fellow No. 1 seed Tennessee and No. 2 seed DePaul.

Gonzaga enters the match-up on an impressive winning streak as well. The Bulldogs have tallied 21 consecutive victories dating all the way back to December 29th, when they lost to Notre Dame. The Zags boast a gaudy 31-4 overall record.

Someone's streak will end Monday night.

Another sold out crowd of nearly 12,000 is expected at Veterans Memorial Arena, once again comprising mostly of GU fans.

Junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike is a second-team All-American and is the go-to player for Stanford. Also watch out for senior guard Jeanette Pohlen, the Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Courtney Vandersloot leads the Bulldogs into another battle, averaging an eye-popping 30.6 points, 10.3 assists and 5.3 steals per game in the NCAA Tournament through three games. Kayla Standish is scoring 22.3 points per game as well.

This will be the second time these two teams will face each other this season. The first time these two met back on November 21st, Stanford squeeked out a 84-78 win in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The rematch is set for Monday night at the Arena at 6 p.m.on ESPN.