Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves was voted the West Coast Conference women’s basketball coach of the year for the eighth time in his career Monday.
The Zags (26-4), who are ranked 21st in the nation in the Associated Press media poll, placed two players on the 10-woman WCC first team. Senior guard Haiden Palmer was on the squad for the second consecutive year and junior forward Sunny Greinacher made her first appearance.
Zags guard Jazmine Redmon was an honorable-mention selection.
As for the Gonzaga men, junior guard Kevin Pangos was voted to the 10-man WCC first team for the third time and forward Sam Dower Jr., a graduate student, made his first appearance.
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Zags sophomore center Przemek Karnowski received honorable mention.
San Francisco forward Cole Dickerson, a senior from Federal Way, made the first team for the second consecutive season.
Brigham Young swept the player-of-the-year awards, with junior guard Tyler Haws and senior center Jennifer Harrison taking the honors.
UConn women win showdown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Even in a new conference, the Connecticut women don’t believe in sharing the wealth. The No. 1 Huskies squashed No. 3 Louisville’s quest to forge a tie in the American Athletic Conference.
Leading the way was sophomore forward Breanna Stewart, whose 22 points and 14 rebounds led UConn to a 68-48 victory that kept the Huskies (31-0 overall, 18-0 AAC) unbeaten in their last 37 games.
UConn had a 47-30 rebounding advantage over Louisville (28-3, 16-2) in a meeting of ex-Big East teams.
Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said, “We don’t stand on a podium and shout ‘We’re great.’ But we’ve done some really great things this past year and sometimes we need to step back and take a look at it.”