‘An absolute great atmosphere’ FanFest returns to the Kennel

SPOKANE, Wash. — Last week, Gonzaga fans had the chance to meet their men’s basketball team. On Saturday, it was the women’s team’s turn.

The event gives fans a chance to meet their women’s basketball team face-to-face.

“They’re an exciting program, they play well, they’re fast, they’re good, they’re fun, and we’ve enjoyed the coaches, the fans [and] the staff,” said Karen Baker, a fan of the women’s team.

The crowd was full of energy, showing how ready fans were to cheer on the women’s team this season.

“It’s just an absolutely great atmosphere, a family atmosphere,” Tom Stegeman, a fan of the team, said. “The college and all they stand for in the community have been excellent.”

Other fans said watching their favorite players on the court, just feels like home.

“When you walk into the McCarthey Center and everybody’s sitting down, the bands starting up, it’s just a feeling of I’m home, this is where I belong, this is where it happens,” said Gonzaga fan Robert K. Mackey.

Last year the Zags ended its season with their 10th WCC championship title, as well as their 13th NCAA tournament appearance. Fans say they hope to watch them do even better this season.

“Go, ladies! Let’s take this conference and take it a lot further than that this year,” Mackey said.

This year the Zags are seeing 10 returning players and welcoming two new transfers.

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