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02-16-2011, 11:05 AM
The Zags are currently first in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 84.8 points per game

Bulldogs Hit The Road For Final Time In League Play

Women's basketball at Santa Clara Thursday, San Francisco Saturday

...BULLDOGS HEAD TO BAY AREA FOR FINAL IN-SEASON ROAD TRIP: The Gonzaga University womenís basketball squad heads to the Bay Area for its final in-season road trip of the 2010-11 season this week. The Bulldogs play at Santa Clara University Thursday and then face-off against the University of San Francisco Saturday. The Zags versus Broncos game is set for 7 p.m., their game with the Dons begins at 2 p.m.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: Santa Clara University enters into its contest with Gonzaga University with a 8-16 overall mark and a 4-6 record in the West Coast Conference to stand in fifth in the league standings. The Broncos are on a two-game losing skid, having dropped a tight 75-70 decision at Saint Maryís College last Thursday and then fell 66-57 at the University of San Diego Saturday. SCU is led by both Lena Gipson and Meagan Fulps. Gipson is averaging a double-double of 12.5 points and 10.7 rebounds, while Fulps is averaging 11.7 points and 1.9 assists per contest.

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara University leads the all-time series with Gonzaga University 27-24, but the Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 18 meetings, including 10-straight. The Zags defeated the Broncos 89-53 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in their first meeting of the season. GU faced the Broncos three times last season; twice in the regular season and then in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament - winning all three by an average of 36.3 points per contest.

SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO: The University of San Francisco currently holds a 4-20 overall record and is 1-9 in the West Coast Conference. The Dons earned their first league win under first-year head coach Jennifer Azzi on Jan. 29. USF defeated Pepperdine University, tied for second in the WCC standings at the time, by the score of 66-46. San Francisco is led by Kelly Jo Mullaney and Katy Keating. Mullaney is averaging a team-best 9.6 points per game, while Keating is chipping in 8.9 points per contest.

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST THE DONS: Gonzaga University won both its regular season games against the University of San Francisco last season by an average of 44 points per contest. The Bulldogs defeated the Dons in their first meeting of the season by the score of 97-60. The Zags lead the all-time series 26-24, have won 16 of the last 19 meetings, including 10-straight.

VANDERSLOOT HITS THE MARK: It was a historic afternoon for the Gonzaga University womenís basketball team Feb. 12. The Bulldogs, 73-59 winners over visiting Pepperdine University, saw senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot become the fourth player in NCAA womenís basketball history to eclipse the 1,000 career assists mark. Vandersloot hit the 1,000 mark four plays in on a layup to junior Kayla Standish at the 16:28 mark. Thirty-seven seconds later, at the first media timeout, Vandersloot was greeted to a standing ovation for her accomplishment. The 4,744 fans stood and cheered for the entire 90 second timeout and only settled back into their seats after Vandersloot ran onto the floor and gave a wave of recognition to the crowd...

...LAST FIVE GAMES FOR CV, KAYLA, AND RED: Three of the five Gonzaga University womenís basketball starters are averaging double-digits over the last five games, see below of the breakdown of those three.

*Kayla Standish: Averaging 17.6 points and 9.0 boards per game...Had two double-double and two 20-plus point outing...is shooting a team-best 60.7% from the floor...grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds - one rebound shy of the Zag school record - against Pepperdine.

*Courtney Vandersloot: Is averaging a double-double, scoring a team-best19.6 points and dishing out 12.4 assists....Scored 20-plus points three times; four-double-double.

*Katelan Redmon: Averaging 18.2 points per game, 6.6 boards and 3.0 assists a contest...Had three 20-plus point performances and is shooting 52.2% from the field.

READER REACHES DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR FIRST TIME: Junior Shannon Reader scored a career-high 10 points to propel the Gonzaga University womenís basketball team to a 82-42 victory over visiting Loyola Marymount University, Feb. 10. Reader, who has been an important element for the Zags off the bench all year long, scored eight of her 10 points in the opening half, including four in a 16-0 run that broke open a 24-4 early lead for the Bulldogs. Readerís previous career-high was eight points against Eastern Oregon University, Nov. 14, 2008.

TOP 25 IN ATTENDANCE: As of Monday, the Gonzaga University womenís basketball team was ranked 25th in NCAA womenís basketball attendance. The Bulldogs, who have had 10 homes games, are averaging 3,694 fans per home contest. Kansas State and Penn State are just above Gonzaga at 3,976 and 3,939, respectivley.Topping the attendance list thus far this season is the University of Tennessee who is averaging 12,715 per game. The Bulldogs have had five crowds this season break into the schools Top 10, including the sixth largest crowd that was in attendance for GUís 73-59 come-from-behind victory over Pepperdine University, Feb. 12 (4,744).

20 WIN SEASON: The Gonzaga University womenís basketball team improved to 22-4 on the year with the its 73-59 come-from-behind victory over Pepperdine University, Feb. 12. The Bulldogs have now won 20-plus games in five-straight seasons and six of the last seven seasons...

Gonzaga Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/021611aaa.html)

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02-16-2011, 07:14 PM
Sure would be nice to know Claire Rapp was going to be able to play the remainder of the season. Most of you probably know Rapp left the court on crutches following the Pepp game. Last I heard from Coach Graves on the post game Pepperdine radio show was Claire would probably have an MRI to diagnose a "possible" achilles problem. I hope that is not the case. Claire has developed into a really reliable first off the bench. Incidentally there was a nice piece about Claire on the SWX Best Doggone Zags Show tonight!