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Back to the round of 16, Gonzaga faces challenge in North Carolina

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Gonzaga Bulldogs will play top seed North Carolina on Friday in Memphis, Tenn., in the semifinals of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Gonzaga, with a 28-5 record, returns to the round of 16 after a dramatic 83-81 victory over Western Kentucky in a second-round game Saturday night in Portland.

The Zags have made the round of 16 five times in tournament appearances for the past 11 straight years - but this is their first trip there since a 73-71 loss to the UCLA Bruins in 2006.

This season Gonzaga won both the West Coast Conference regular season title and league tournament, earning a to Portland for the early round games.

The Zags defeated Akron 77-64 in the first round, then held off a late charge from the Western Kentucky.

Gonzaga hopes a little 12-seed magic still remains facing off against No. 4 seed Pittsburgh

SEATTLE (AP) - The Gonzaga women's basketball team faces Pittsburgh tonight in a second-round game of the NCAA championships.

The Bulldogs beat fifth-seeded Xavier on Saturday to advance to the second round.

While Gonzaga's upset makes a compelling tournament story for a day, the excitement about the Zags' first tournament win could quickly crash if they don't find a way to slow Pitt star Shavonte Zellous.

Sometimes overlooked amid the glut of other stars in the Big East Conference, Zellous needed just one half in the Panthers' first-round win over Montana to remind everyone of her value. While her teammates struggled adapting to Montana's plodding style, Zellous decided it was on her to carry the scoring load, popping for 15 of Pitt's 26 first-half points before the Panthers rolled in the second half.

Huskies knock Lobos around for 13 hits

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington softball team completed a 3-game weekend series sweep of New Mexico yesterday, beating the Lobos 9-2 and improving its record to 27-3.

Freshman Felecia Harris earned her second victory in as many days to improve to 7-2 on the season, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking one.

Ashley Charters went 3 for 4 with three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases. Freshman Taylor Smith also contributed with a pinch-hit two-run home run in the sixth inning to cap a five-run inning.

Washington will head to the Bay Area next weekend to open up Pac-10 play against Stanford and California.

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