Rutgers prepares to play Gonzaga

NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press Published:

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- It was bad enough that Rutgers drew Gonzaga as its first opponent in the NCAA tournament and had to travel across the country to play the game on Gonzaga's home floor.

It got even worse when coach C. Vivian Stringer and her Rutgers team got a look at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center on Friday.

They noticed the blue color scheme reminded them a lot of Big East rival Connecticut.

Sixth-seeded Rutgers (22-9) plays 11th-seeded Gonzaga (26-5) on Saturday afternoon. In the second game in Spokane on Saturday, third-seeded Miami (25-5) plays No. 14 seed Idaho State (24-7).