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GU Women Advance To Sweet 16; Tickets On Sale Tuesday

GoZags.com  - Gonzaga University will be selling tickets to the NCAA women's basketball "Kingston Regional" Sweet 16 games in Kingston, R.I. to current Bulldogs Club Members beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets will be made available to the general public at Noon.

The No. 11 seeded Bulldogs upset No. 3 seed University of Miami 65-54 Monday to reach their third-straight Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga will face No. 2 seed University of Kentucky on Sunday, March 25 in Kingston, R.I. The game time has yet to be announced.  

Prices for the Regional are $50 for adults and $35 for students and include both the Regional semifinals and Regional Final.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Gonzaga Ticket Office at 509.313.6000.

 

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Coach Kelly Graves said there is a good reason why lower-seeded Gonzaga was able to knock off Rutgers and Miami to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA women's basketball tournament for a third straight season.

"We're good, we're gritty. We never consider ourselves the underdog," Graves said after the Zags beat third-seeded Miami 65-54 on Monday night. "Where they seed us doesn't matter," Graves said.

"We can compete with any team out there," added forward Katelan Redmon, who had 16 points against Miami. 

Homecourt advantage doesn't hurt either.

Gonzaga (28-5) was the 11th-seed, but was playing on its home court in front of thousands of its fans at sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs beat sixth-seeded Rutgers in the first round on Saturday. They advance to the Kingston Regional semifinals to play Kentucky

"I'm proud of my team," Graves said. "This team is effective."

Playing against a taller Miami team that pressed the entire game, Gonzaga held the Hurricanes to 32 percent shooting and had only 11 turnovers to grind out a victory in what had been expected to be a shootout between two of the best offenses in the nation.

"Typically in the NCAA tournament like this it comes down to who plays better defense," Graves said. "Both of us played pretty good defense tonight."

Kayla Standish scored 19 points to lead Gonzaga, which shot 43 percent from the floor.

Shenise Johnson scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds for Miami (26-6), which was undone by poor shooting, especially late in the second half.

"We did not play our best basketball game, but we played as hard as we could possibly play," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "Without any question, we fought and fought and fought and fought.

"Gonzaga did a fantastic job of not turning over the ball. It wasn't for lack of effort on our part."

Miami played without all-ACC guard Riquna Williams, who did not make the trip to Spokane because of unspecified conduct detrimental to the team. She averaged 16 points per game during the season.

Meier was gracious in defeat.

"'I'm happy for Gonzaga," Meier said. "They represent women's basketball. I'm happy for this community. I'm happy for that crowd. "It's an awesome environment and an awesome experience for us."

In a game that featured 11 lead changes, Gonzaga took the lead for good at 48-46 on Kelly Bowen's 3-pointer with 5:55 left. Haiden Palmer added 15 points for Gonzaga. 

Shawnice Wilson added 12 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which made only 1-of-12 from 3-point range.  

Gonzaga advanced to the Elite Eight last year behind since-graduated star Courtney Vandersloot, also winning the first two games on its home floor.

"We bid on it and we get to host," he said. "Everybody knows going in what the rules are."

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The 11-seeded Gonzaga Women are headed to Kingston, Rhode Island for the "Sweet Sixteen" after beating 3-seeded Miami on Monday night, 65-54.

This is Gonzaga's third straight trip to the "Sweet Sixteen."

Gonzaga University and Miami have played once before. The Hurricanes defeated the Bulldogs 79-52 during the 1987 season.

The winner of Monday night's game advances to play 2-seeded Kentucky.  That game will be on Sunday.

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