So far, you can’t beat women from the state of Washington in postseason hoops. Gonzaga, Seattle U and UW are a combined 6-0 in their respective tournaments.
Last night, the Gonzaga women booked their third consecutive trip to the Sweet 16, knocking off third-seeded Miami in front of a sold-out Kennel. Behind a combined 49 points from seniors Kayla Standish (19) and Katelan Redmon (16) and sophomore Haiden Palmer (15), all of whom grabbed eight boards, the Zags pulled away down the stretch. With fellow WNBA prospect Riquna Williams suspended, Shenise Johnson could not carry the Hurricanes by herself, despite 20 points and 13 rebounds. Gonzaga now moves on to face third-seeded Kentucky on Sunday in Kingston, R.I., looking to advance to a possible meeting with UConn in the regional final.
The Husky women will play in Corvallis tonight, looking to reach the quarterfinals of the NIT. Washington knocked off Cal Poly and Utah last week at home and now faces Oregon State for the third time this season. The Beavers won both previous matchups by five points, but the Huskies traveled down I-5 with the momentum of six wins in their last eight games. Tipoff tonight is at 7 p.m. on 1150 AM KKNW.
Seattle University has reached the semifinals of the WBI with wins over North Dakota and Wright State. The Redhawks will host Northern Iowa on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the finals. Tickets will be available at the door starting at $8. Sunday’s win was Seattle U’s 20th of the season, which ties for fourth place in school history and is the most by the Redhawks since moving to Division I.