Fanfest

The Gonzaga women's basketball will celebrate the beginning of their 2020-2021 season Tuesday, Nov 10 during the Numerica Fan Fest event.

As sports slowly approach Gonzaga’s campus, the basketball season is just around the corner, and with every basketball season comes a preseason rally to get GU fans excited for what is to come in the upcoming season.

GU women’s basketball is set to have its annual preseason event Numerica Fan Fest happen Tuesday Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. According to the GU Athletics website, Fan Fest will be shown virtually through an SWX broadcast, and streamed on GoZags.com. No fans will be at the event, as GU and the athletic department coordinated the event in order to keep a controlled environment.

“Gonzaga continues to work with the Spokane Regional Health District to implement appropriate COVID-19 protocols, as well, to help protect the health and safety of all players, coaches and staff,” the website said.

Similar to the men’s basketball preseason event, Kraziness in the Kennel, this will be an opportunity for GU women’s basketball fans to see a sneak peak of what to expect for the 2020-21 season. The Zags will be scrimmaging against each other and competing in multiple competitions, and fans will also get the chance to hear interviews from head coach Lisa Fortier and players.

This season is one like no other, as it is no secret that COVID-19 has made multiple changes to the lives of people in all types of professions.

But something that won’t change is the mentality and commitment of the 2020-21 GU women’s basketball team.

After falling short in the West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament last season, the Zags are set to come back with a vengeance, yearning for the ultimate goal of a run at a NCAA championship.

Seniors Jenn and LeAnne Wirth and Jill Townsend will be at the forefront of the revenge tour, as all three are set to have major seasons this year. Townsend is coming off a WCC Player of the Year performance, and the Wirth twins look to step up in a bigger role as leaders for the team.

GU WBB fans will also be showcased the plethora of new talent coming to The Kennel. Freshmen Lily Scanlon, Yvonne Ejim and McKayla Williams will appear for the first time to fans, as they will look to show promise for future Zag women’s basketball teams to come.

For the eighth straight season, the team has been selected as the favorite to win the WCC championship. Like 2020 has already shown us, however, this does not guarantee that this is reality. Many teams in the WCC this season have veteran players coming back to their programs, and with the teams’ matchups against the Zags already circled on every team’s calendar, the Zags will be challenged in more ways than one.

Fan Fest will give GU fans the opportunity to see how hopeful they should be heading into the season, and if history continues to repeat itself, they will be more hopeful and confident than ever before looking at this group of Zags. 

More information and details about Fan Fest 2020 can be found at GoZags.com.

Vinny Saglimbeni is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @vinnysaglimbeni.

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