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    Default Lady Zag - South Dakota Tournament Thread

    Though I would start a thread to discuss the South Dakota tournament, the site, the Lady Zag opponents and of course the Lady Zags. This is NOT a Covid thread, so please post your general comments on Covid to the "Gonzaga Student Athletes Follow NCAA Protocol". Thank You.

    With that out of the way, let's get this thread started with some articles on our Lady Zags:

    From the Spokesman Review:

    Gonzaga women face South Dakota road trip in bubble with no fans, family allowed
    UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 23, 2020
    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
    (509) 459-5437

    Three days before Thanksgiving, the COVID-19 pandemic dished out another thankless task to Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier.

    On Monday morning, she had to tell her players that because of soaring coronavirus numbers in South Dakota, there would be no fans allowed at the inaugural Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic this weekend in Sioux Falls.

    The 21st-ranked Zags are scheduled to open the COVID-shortened season Saturday against Oklahoma. They will play South Dakota on Sunday and top-ranked South Carolina on Monday.

    For the players’ families, that meant no loved ones in attendance at games, not even a hug outside the Sanford Pentagon arena.

    For players whose loved ones had planned to make the season-opening trip, that was devastating news.

    “My family was going to be there,” said Melody Kempton, a junior from Post Falls. “Not anymore.”

    At least Kempton will get to spend Thanksgiving at home before flying to South Dakota on Friday. Most of the others will get a catered meal on campus, Fortier said.

    In a normal year, out-of-towners would have dined at the Fortier home.

    “But we’re not allowed to do that this year,” Fortier said.
    You know the drill, you got to click the link to read the rest: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...trip-in-bubbl/

    ZagDad

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    In an article in the Spokesman-Review, which I can't find again (sorry) they discussed some of the precautions our Lady Zags and the tournament directors are taking to try and keep our student athletes as safe as they can be.

    - The Lady Zags have chartered a larger plane so the players and staff have more room to spread out.
    - While permitted in the past, most of the high dollar contributors are not going to be allowed to charter out with the Zags.
    - Once on the ground, the Lady Zags will be picked up in a disinfected bus, that only they get to use to transport to the hotel.
    - The Lady Zags will have their own floor at the hotel and will be given access to their own conference room for meetings, meals, etc.

    Been watching some of the early men's games at the Bad Boy Mowers Classic. There have been no fans at the games as has been a recent change. Players and announcers are pulled back a little further from the court than normal. The announcers have plexiglass partitions installed between each announcer.

    There is no way to be 100% safe, but if you have made the decision that you are going to play, it looks like both Gonzaga and the Bad Boy Mowers tournament officials have done a good job at minimizing the risk.

    ZagDad

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    Now some news on Lady Zag tournament opponents:

    South Carolina played at home today against College of Charleston and won easily 119-38 in front of 3,500 fans in an 18,000 seat arena. In reviewing the stats, nothing really jumps out except for the score, the shooting percentage of 59.8% and the 73!!! (Yes 73). Rest of the USCs stats are pretty pedestrian. 3-point shooting was only 4-13, free throw shooting was only 66% (but they took 47 free throws), 19 assists, 12 steals and 15 turnovers. Perhaps the biggest contributor to the blow-out score was the inability of Charleston accomplish much of anything against USC. They shot 17.6% overall, from three they were 1-23 (ouch), shot only 45.8% from the free throw line, gathered 28 rebounds (vs 73 for USC) and had 0 (your read that right "0") assists. If you want to look at the complete stats, gamecast and video you can click on this link:

    USC Game Write-Up from the USC Website: https://gamecocksonline.com/news/202...on-opener.aspx
    USC Game Summary Link: https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...meId=401259886

    The second Lady Zag opponent that played today was Oklahoma where the Sooners lost at home 97-85 at home to the Houston Cougars in front of 657 people in a 11,562 seat arena. Houston led the game at half 46-44 but spent much of the 2nd half up double digits. The biggest difference in this game was the Cougars making 7 more 3s than the Sooners. The Sooners scored a bunch with 85 points, but it was the pace of the game more than any individual stat which led to the large number of points. Oklahoma shot a reasonable 41.7% overall but only 20% from 3 (3-15). The low number of 3-point shots is a little surprising since one of the nations most prolific 3-point shooters plays on the Sooner team. While the Sooners shot 82.1% from the charity stripe, they took 39 free throws and made 32. Thus, almost 38% of their points came from the free throw line. Oklahoma outrebounded the cougars by 9, 50-41, but only had 13 assists, 3 steals and 1 block when compared to 21 turnovers.


    Here is a comment from the UO Sooners Wbb Head Coach Sherri Coale

    I feel like we got a game in and it's nothing short of miraculous we got a game in here today," said OU head coach Sherri Coale.

    "We were affected by their (Houston's) physicality, their size and their speed, and we knew that was a very real possibility. All that being said, there were some really good things that we did. We scored it well, there was a little bit of a drought in the third quarter … We fouled a little too much - we've got to be better about that. We gave up some key offensive rebounds and we've got to be better about that. But there's not one thing that occurred that we can't take care of and I think for this team. The biggest thing is transferring what they do in practice to the game floor."
    Coach Coales noted the Sooners had trouble with the Cougars height, but while UH has two players at 6'5" neither starts and between them they only played 29 minutes. The next tallest cougars are 2@6'1" and 2@6'0". If UO had problems with the cougars height, just wait for the Lady Zags.

    Here is the game write-up from the UO website: https://soonersports.com/news/2020/1...o-houston.aspx
    You can see the entire team and individual stats here: https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...meId=401259904

    I was able to watch the 2nd half of this game (thanks for the heads-up ZAB) and had a few thoughts. UO only suited up and played 8 players while Houston played 13 players. UO just looked like they could not push in the 4th quarter. Zags depth should help them considerably on Saturday. Madi Williams (#25), a 6'0" Junior Guard was obviously their best player. She is physical, can drive, pull-up for the short jumper and will put it up from 3 although she went 0-3 from long distance today. She made 7-8 from the charity strip but had 4 turnovers. The Sooner long range threat is Taylor Robertson (#30). She made 3-8 today and has a beautiful stroke. It is imperative to keep somebody in her face at all times because if she sees a glimmer of open space she will not hesitate to put it up and more times than not it will go in. You cannot play the "hope they miss" defense against Taylor Robertson. The bigs (if you can call them that) for the Sooners looked slow and flat footed today. The Wirth twins should have a field day.

    Lady Zags versus UO Sooners - Zags depth should prove to be a big advantage. UO starting 5 is not tall with 1 player at 6'1" (Simpson-Forward), two others at 6'0" (Williams-Guard/Forward & Gregory-Guard), one at 5'8" (Veitenheimer-Guard) and one at 5'7" (Robertson-Guard). On their bench the Sooners have a 6'2" and 6'3" players but they only played a combined 15 minutes today. The Lady Zags will definitely have the height advantage. I would expect to see the Zags trying to go inside continuously to exploit their height advantage. It will be interesting to see who CLF puts on Williams. I would expect JT will get the assignment as she is every bit as physical and I believe just as quick. My guess is that KT-11 will get the assignment of watching the 3-point specialist Robertson. She does not give up any height and is much quicker than #30. I expect GU to slow down the game with UO scoring maybe 50-60 points. If Robertson goes off and UO scores more than 70 points the Lady Zags could be in trouble.

    Only 3 more days to game day.

    Buckle up Lady Zag fans, it is time for the ride to begin.

    ZagDad

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