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Zags to face defending National Champion Notre Dame in Vancouver Showcase

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By Gonzaga Athletics

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The field is set and Gonzaga will open the inaugural Vancouver Showcase against defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame on Thursday, November 22 at 12 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The loaded field also includes 2017 National Champion South Carolina and Pac-12 power Oregon State.  Tournament organizer, bd Global, announced the pairings for the women's tournament on Thursday.  The tournament will be played in bracket format with the winners moving onto the semifinals and the losers matching up opposite those.

"The Vancouver Showcase has some of the best teams in the country," Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier said.  "Our team is going to be challenged and we are going to make sure they are up for it."

The Zags have faced Notre Dame once before, a close 61-70 loss in the Holiday Hoops Classic in Seattle in 2010.  The Bulldogs have faced the defending national champion twice before, both against Tennessee.  They faced the Lady Vols in Knoxville, Tenn. in 2007 and in Spokane in 2008.

In addition to boasting the last two national champions, the tournament features six teams that competed in this past season's NCAA Tournament and three coaches that are a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Notre Dame's Muffett McGraw, Rutgers Vivian Stringer and South Carolina's Dawn Staley, inducted as a player). The pairings for the women's tournament are as follows (all times are Pacific):

  • Notre Dame vs. Gonzaga – Noon
  • Drake vs. Rutgers – 2:30 p.m.
  • South Carolina vs. ETSU – 6 p.m.
  • Oregon State vs. Western Kentucky – 8:30 p.m.

Game times will be the same on Friday with the semifinals being played at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday's evening session featuring the championship/third place games will tip at 5 p.m.

"This is an incredible field in which to christen college basketball to Vancouver, and without question, the best early season tournament in the sport," said ESPN analyst and women's tournament director Debbie Antonelli. "It features three teams that finished in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with Notre Dame, South Carolina and Oregon State, and three other teams that won their respective conference tournaments – Western Kentucky, Drake and Gonzaga. It will strongly resemble an NCAA Tournament regional weekend in Vancouver."

Tournament Tickets

Tickets for the women's tournament are on-sale now at

  • Two sessions each day with tickets good for both games of a given session
  • Women's semifinals will be played on Friday, Nov. 23 (Session 4)
  • Women's third-place and championship will be played on Saturday, Nov. 24 (Session 6)
  • Ticket prices range from $32 CAD to $162 CAD for courtside seats with all-session packages ranging from $110-$616 CAD

Fans traveling from the United States will need an enhanced ID or Passport.

Tickets can be purchased at or order by phone at 877.840.0457 (additional $5 per order).


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