Women's schedule brief

Last season, the Bulldogs went 23-4 in the regular season before being eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

With the release of the nonconference slate, the Gonzaga University women’s basketball program has finalized its 2021-22 schedule. The Zags will square off against six teams that played in last year’s NCAA tournament.

Following an exhibition match against Central Washington, GU’s first regular season game is against Montana State on Nov. 11 in the McCarthy Athletic Center. The Bulldogs then travel to The Treasure State three days later to take on the Montana Grizzlies.

Idaho State then comes to town on Nov. 18, a team that made it to the post-season last year. The Bulldogs have won six of the previous eight meetings between the programs, including a 70-51 win in 2019.

The marquee matchup of the regular season comes on Nov. 21, when the defending national champions, the Stanford Cardinal, make the trip to Spokane. The Zags got the better of the Cardinal in 2019, edging out a six-point victory in The Kennel.

In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition of sorts, the Bulldogs have a tournament over the holiday break; the Rainbow Wahine Showcase in Hawaii. Featuring Utah, Eastern Illinois and Hawaii, the Zags will play three games in as many days at the Stann Sheriff Center before coming home.

The month of December features three more nonconference foes that appeared in the 2021 NCAA tournament; Wyoming, Washington State and Stephen F Austin. GU is a combined 16-6 against the Cowboys and Cougars, while the Dec. 12 matchup against the Lumberjacks will be the first meeting between the programs. 

The Zags wrap up nonconference play against Eastern Washington on Dec. 21 in Cheney, Washington.

GU’s 18-game West Coast Conference schedule commences on Dec. 30 in a home matchup against the San Francisco Dons. The Bulldogs take on every WCC team twice before wrapping up the regular season with senior night against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 26.

Cole Forsman is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @CGForsman.

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