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    Hey Team:

    Now that we have had our first two (2) games (back-to-back no less) against relatively minor competition (essentially Big Sky equivalents) what did you learn about our Lady Zags from this weekend's games.

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    Grace Collett is a player....IMO a future force in the paint....Chandler Smith is the best point guard on the TEAM...almost Sloot like vision and a very precise passer....can score and plays good "D".....Zykera Rice is serious about her game....another future force.....Kiara Kudron is a heck of an athlete....Stach has gotten better....her game is more cerebral....nobody better than Barta....Elle is the cherry on top....Williams and Loera both pleasant surprises....Templeton is a weapon....the game must be inherent in Stockton blood....adding a healthy Wolfram makes Las Zagas a deep TEAM to reckon with...

    Just my opinion..

    Go!! Las Zagas!!!
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    After watching other "contenders" in the WCC, it's apparent the league title is theirs to lose. Would be surprised and disappointed if they don't hang w/Stanford this week. They have the elements: Shooters, post players, defensive stoppers, deep bench, and most importantly, a new attribute, "athletes." A potentially historic Zag team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    After watching other "contenders" in the WCC, it's apparent the league title is theirs to lose. Would be surprised and disappointed if they don't hang w/Stanford this week. They have the elements: Shooters, post players, defensive stoppers, deep bench, and most importantly, a new attribute, "athletes." A potentially historic Zag team.
    Not so sure we can draw this conclusion yet.

    Of the four (4) teams that finished above us last year, BYU and USF are 1-0 and Santa Clara is 2-0 having beat competition I would consider similar to the foes that GU faced this weekend. Although it is fair to note that most of their victories games were in the 10-20 point range and not the blow-outs that GU administered. St. Marys is 0-2 but lost a close game to California (less than 10 pts) at home and lost to WSU in Pullman due to the cougars getting 28 points off of turnovers. So St. Marys has two loses but to much better competition than the rest of the top tier WCC faced this week.

    After this upcoming week we may have some more data to discuss. The Lady Zags play Stanford, SC plays the University of California, BYU travels to Georgia and hosts Oklahoma, USF hosts Seattle University and then travels to Pullman to face the Cougars and St. Marys travels to Boston to face Boston College. This will provide a little more information for us to speculate about.

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    If you are looking for what the definition of "team" looks like... I believe we saw it today. As much as I enjoyed the game, I really liked watching the bench. The interaction between the players and the players and coaches was great. The coaches spent time talking to the players after their time on the court. There was a lot of conversation between players and coaches.

    As for Wolf. A little scare the last time she was on the court. She pulled herself out after she twisted her knee. A little while later she said she was okay... but it scared her and her team mates were quick at comforting her. Lisa came down and talked with her... I hope they keep taking it slow and steady. She is such a great person and you can see how badly she wants to help her team out. Slow and steady... you'll get there.

    This is probably the stongest GU women's BB team I've seen. We have talked about a strong bench... 61 points. A defense that has not been challenged.. but it looks like it has the potential to be a shut down. And so far, the team chemistry seem great.

    Last... I wish we would have played a better team before Stanford. Confidence Ladies... look to the sky. You can!!

    Go Zags!!

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    " a new attribute, "athletes." " ....I have to say honestly I don't think KG would have ever gone for a Zykera...Zykera is an athlete...in every single way....and it shows...scrambling for balls...rebounding...she has a neat little short shot and she can lay it in..I think she could do a dunk if she wanted, per reports.....

    HOW did we get her?...just how......amazing insight on this girl from the coaches because she is the real deal....and she is funny as hell....did you see her at the tail end of the first half where they were scrambling for the ball and she got it and LITERALLY just sat on it.....lol.....

    I LOVE the recruiting thus far....they've done a wonderful job in finding talent...

    Chandler is fantastic....she only played 13 minutes or so and I feel she needs to be on the floor a lot more....she was DIRECTING with her hands....now that's confidence...that's poise...

    every single one of these girls played well....every single one....what can you say about Kiara?....this might be her crowning year....silent, deadly rebounder and she is scoring more....

    I love these girls.....I'm a big Jill booster....and now Mak....so happy for her....can't say enough about Elle....all the kids played well...Grace I already love too....

    they played fast, they made passes, the are LOOKING for one another, and not one selfish player. and we have a bunch of girls who are not afraid to take a shot......have we missed that...

    the only negative I would say is that I wish we could get the ball inside a little more....when Emma is back strong, I think that will change for the good...

    I notice that WSU played Loyola Marymount and St. Mary's this weekend and they beat them pretty handily....so among all the testing of our team, one will be playing against them...but at least its at our place.

    all in all, good coaching job this weekend

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    Great start to the season. Although the opponents were not the strongest I think the girls showed they are ready to go. We won't be able to complain about the lack of shooting this year. Alot of weapons.

    Zykeras game has really developed. She was not heavily recruited and really needed to work on her game but I think the coaching staff saw a amazing athlete and both parties have put in the time so she can be successful. I know LF was dissapointed when Chandler chose Nebraska out of high school. What a blessing now that she transfered. She is going to have a great career here.

    The girls kept their focus alot better today even though it was a blowout. The coaches also kept coaching with LF even calling a time out in the 3rd period after back to back turnovers. That shows me they are all working hard.

    Friday will be a good test on the road at Stanford. Could this be the year we finally knock them off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    I notice that WSU played Loyola Marymount and St. Mary's this weekend and they beat them pretty handily....so among all the testing of our team, one will be playing against them...but at least its at our place.
    I think the Cougs are playing USF as well. Are they honorary members of the WCC this year?

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    First, I have been really hard on Zhane and her one trick pony (shooting 3's). This weekend she not only shot well, but she showed a complete game, rebounding, feeding assists, steals, and playing reasonable defense. She did well, congratulations Zhane.

    Well, leave it to me to bring some clouds and showers to all of the sunshine posted above. You really can't make a solid analysis on two games, good or bad but we will take the information presented and change our analysis based on the increasing level of data.

    First, short of everybody playing and the 12 scholarship players scoring, I found little good about the game with Nicholls State. We played a short, over matched team that traveled across the country to play their first game. Thank goodness for the 22-0 start and 27-4 first quarter lead, because short of the 3-4 minute close of the 2nd quarter, Nicholls State essentially played us square, 29-29 in the second half. We had 22 turnovers. Nicholls State turned up the heat and our team buckled. Nicholls State wanted it more and worked harder than GU for 2-1/2 quarters. Congratulations, to Nicholls State for not quitting, when it would have been so easy to do so. Let's not forget the Flagrant #1 on Jill and the Tech on "Z" both were in retaliation. Can't have this ladies, you are better than this. Let's see, only playing half a game and committing excessive turnovers, how many times did this happen last year. Not good at all. Not much to be proud of.

    Every thing the team did wrong with Nicholls State was essentially corrected for the "Eaters". We started a little slower but kept the pedal to the medal and short of the 2-1/2-3 minutes coming out of half time, we played consistent the entire game with a very high level of intensity. This team could be scary good, as long as it keeps it head in the game. Only question, Hey coach, with a 60+ point lead why did the walk-on not get on the court? You played her against Nicholls State? Grace, keep those elbows down, had you hit one of those "eaters" it would have been a flagrant #2.

    Starters played well the entire game and I don't want to short their contributions but I want to spend the time on the bench. Zhane, as well as she played, she is not a point guard. Keep working on the complete game. Jessie L shot well and ran the offense fine but had some trouble with the hand checking of the eaters. She will learn. "Z" I call her Ms Attitude or Ms Enforcer. She is Shaq with a bigger, more athletic body. Great game and continued improvement. Mak, welcome back, you look great on Sunday. Chandler played several positions, all of them well and showed range from lay-ups to 3s with equal skill. Grace is probably our best post passer. While Kiara and Jill tend the force the ball to the post (read turnovers) Grace is very skilled and knowledgeable on getting the ball to the inside correctly. Emma, you looked much better Sunday than Saturday. Take small steps. We need you in January, take it slow and steady.

    Despite some very different skill sets, I have seen very little drop off between the bench and the starters. The different skill sets will allow us to fine tune the line-up to the opposition. We are deep and talented, it is the mental aspect which may likely determine how good we can be.

    Also, LF tried playing Georgia and Laura at the same time last year to get another ball handler on the court and it just did not work, no matter who played point and who played #2, I am not sure about Laura and Jessie but with Elle back and now Chandler, we can have plenty of ball handlers to avoid even the most ambitious press.

    We have the talent, if we stay focused to go far. Hopefully, the turnovers and lack of intensity shown at Nicholls State was a first game issue and not a sign of things to come. The girls have the stamina and skill to put together a full 40 minutes. Let's hope they stay focused for the entire game.

    Let's get started at Stanford.

    Good Luck Ladies.

    ZagDad

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    skip, I think they played California in an unofficial scrimmage a couple of weeks ago.....I don't know how they did....if any "insiders" have something to share, I'd love to hear it.....

    but I do agree with you....I wish the WSU game was earlier....and the EWU....

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    I believe that the most of the starters played very well, the rest were in ah.
    GU won the scrimmage by 7, last year they lost to the same team.
    I think that the Stanford game will really show who can play at a higher level, the last two games were good confidence builders for players on the bubble.
    Tons of potential on the bench, really thought they would redshirt grace.

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    Well if the first 2 games didn't really reveal much about the team, the next 3 will. Stanford, Michigan and Florida St. That's a tough stretch. I don't really know about Michigan, but the other 2 will be good tests.

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    thx for the update....for future reference, are those type scrimmages open to the public? and also, are practices open to the public or not?...

    pleased that they beat Cal....I'm crossing my fingers that we're over the hump and onto a new long winning season....

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