SPOKANE, Wash. – Inside his office Friday morning, while other staff members were sitting in meetings, Gonzaga's Kelly Graves pulled together fellow coaches Robin Selvig of Montana, Andy Landers of Georgia and Bill Fennelly of Iowa State to pose for a picture.
That was only 2,614 combined career victories at all levels, and 71 NCAA tournament appearances gathered together inside the McCarthy Athletic Center, an impressive collection of coaching success that would be hard to match at any other site for the first weekend of the NCAA women's tournament.
That prowess will be on display Saturday when No. 5 seed Iowa State faces 12th-seeded Gonzaga and No. 4 seed Georgia meets 13th-seeded Montana in the first round. The winners will meet on Monday night with a berth in the regional semifinals on the line.