About 24 hours before leading his team to the men’s quartet final and scoring 30-0, Gonzaga Galen Suggs FaceTimed, close friend and Connecticut star Big Bikers, after they lifted the Husky to their fourth women’s final by 28 points in their 69-67 win over Baylor in San Antonio on Monday.
Suggs said he was planning to congratulate the Bikers – two former high school stars from Minnesota – on the achievement, but instead let their conversation be inspired by the regional final the following night.
“Last night, [Bueckers] Suggs, who finished 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his team’s victory over USC in the Elite Eight, said some things that really helped me. ”He did in these tournament matches. Of course, seeing her go there and play great like I did and then speak after That … she kind of said some words, it kind of made me classier, it got me going. It definitely helped tonight. “
Suggs entered Tuesday’s match with 14 turns in his previous three competitions. He finished with a score of three against the USC, his lowest tally in the NCAA Championship. While he showed poise in the Elite Eight match, he lacked calm watching the Bueckers match on Monday.
Suggs said he was “extremely nervous” and “walking back and forth” until the last bell.
He said, “I couldn’t sit down.”
Now, Suggs and Gonzaga will take the next step towards completing their first exemplary season since Indiana Hoosiers 1975-1976 this milestone. Since then, the four teams that have entered the NCAA Championship with a perfect record – Indiana in 1979, UNLV in 1991, Wichita State in 2014, and Kentucky in 2015 – have failed to win the national championships.
But coach Mark Vieux said his team was not focused on history. He said he wanted him to celebrate his Elite Eight victory and then move on to his next match against UCLA.
“Everyone wants us to keep moving forward,” he said after the match, “but that’s not the way we roll.” “This is an achievement. We will take it and taste it for what it is. This does not diminish our desire to win this match, the next match or win two more. We are wise enough. To know these are really special times. These are great achievements, and they should be celebrated.” This is how we’re approaching now. Enjoy getting out of it. “
Tuesday’s match was an impressive showing by the Bulldogs against the USC team that had taken control of Kansas and Oregon on their way to Elite Eight. But Gonzaga, who made 50% of his shots and beat USC 46-32 in paint, overcame the Trojans.
Now, the pursuit of perfection continues.
Sugs entered the post-match press conference with a memento around his neck: Few had given him the biggest bite of the net he cut after Tuesday’s win. Suggs said he wasn’t sure if he was supposed to wear it, but few have told him to “keep it.”
While the team isn’t looking far ahead, Suges said it’s hard to avoid contemplating the possibility of an unbeaten season.
“It’s hard not to think about it,” Suggs said. “We try to take our minds off that and keep focusing on the task at hand. It’s a great achievement to be mentioned with those teams because they are amazing. Once again, we come every day to play according to the Gonzaga standard and to each other. I mean this is the result we got.” So “.