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Gonzaga women to play Xavier first

SPOKANE, Wash. - Xavier is headed West to meet Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Gonzaga is the champion of the West Coast Conference.  The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Seattle.

Gonzaga (26-6) is 12th-seeded as the Bulldogs make their second trip ever to the NCAAs. The West Coast Conference champions also made the field in 2007. They are led by WCC player of the year Courtney Vandersloot and Heather Bowman.

The fifth-seeded Musketeers were 25-6. They won 15 games in a row and climbed in the rankings before dropping two of their last three games, including a 63-60 upset to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.

Coach Kevin McGuff's Musketeers will be making their eighth NCAA trip and their third in as many years. They have been knocked out in the first round in their last three trips. The regular-season champions of the Atlantic 10 are led by Ta'Shia Phillips.

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