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    Here is the preview write-up from the USD Toreros web site:

    Toreros Celebrate Girls and Women in Sports
    San Diego plays host to Gonzaga, travels to Saint Mary’s


    SAN DIEGO – San Diego will look to bounce back after a tough week when it plays host to Gonzaga and travels to Saint Mary’s.

    The Toreros (12-9, 5-5 WCC) take on the first-place Bulldogs (17-4, 10-0 WCC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT before traveling to the Gaels (13-8, 6-4 WCC) on Saturday at 2 p.m.

    NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY

    • USD will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day during Thursday’s game against Gonzaga. Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Julie Foudy, will be in attendance and take part in a pregame event.

    • Halftime will feature the San Diego Splash – a women’s basketball team consisting of players 80-years-old and older.

    LAST TIME OUT

    • The Toreros entered last week on a three-game winning streak but ran into difficulties at Santa Clara and against Loyola Marymount. USD dropped a, 59-50, decision against the Broncos and fell, 67-53, against the Lions.

    • Maya Hood led USD with 12 points but it was not enough to overcome a tough night of shooting at Santa Clara. Along with Hood’s 12 points, Aubrey Ward-El and Sydney Williams chipped in 10 points apiece. The Toreros bench struggled, contributing just seven of USD’s 50 points.

    • USD shot 47.7 percent from the field but could not slow down a hot 3-point shooting day for LMU, which went 6 for 12 from behind the arc. The Lions separated themselves from the Toreros at the free-throw line, hitting 15 of 16 attempts.

    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS

    • Gonzaga enters the game on a 12-game winning streak with its last loss occurring on Dec. 9 when it fell to UNLV, 52-50. The Bulldogs picked up a pair of wins last week, defeating Portland, 75-36, and San Francisco, 81-57.

    • Jill Barta was named the WCC Player of the Week after leading Gonzaga in points and rebounds in the two wins last week. On the week, she shot 58.8 percent from the field, averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.

    • The Bulldogs have three players averaging 10 or more points per game, including Barta (18.5), Zykera Rice (13.2) and Chandler Smith (10.6).

    SERIES HISTORY AGAINST GONZAGA

    • The Toreros are 23-40 all-time against the Bulldogs and have dropped the past two meetings. USD’s most recent victory came on Feb. 25, 2016, when the Toreros took down Gonzaga, 58-57, in Spokane, Washington.

    SCOUTING THE GAELS

    • Saint Mary’s had a seven-game win streak snapped last week as the Gaels dropped a pair of games at BYU, 63-54, and at Portland, 68-65.

    • Megan McKay, Sydney Raggio and Stella Beck are all averaging just over 14 points per game for the Gaels. Madeline Holland is the most dangerous threat from behind the arc, hitting 45.6 percent of her threes this season.

    SERIES HISTORY AGAINST SAINT MARY’S

    • USD is 28-45 all-time against the Gaels. The Toreros split decisions with Saint Mary’s last season. The Gaels won the first meeting this season, 75-53, on Jan. 6 in San Diego.
    USD Article Link: http://www.usdtoreros.com/sports/w-b...013018aaa.html

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    Zags Begin February With Challenging Road Trip

    At San Diego and BYU this week





    Jan. 30, 2018

    Gonzaga Notes


    Gonzaga (17-4, 10-0 WCC) at San Diego (12-9, 5-5 WCC)

    Feb. 1, 2018 | 6 p.m. PT | theW.tv | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
    San Diego, Calif.| Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) | Sling TV | Live Stats



    ON THE HILLTOP:

    - Gonzaga dominated San Francisco in the second and third quarters, and won big again, 81-57, at USF last Saturday afternoon for their 12th-straight win
    - Jill Barta led Gonzaga with 24 points, her seventh 20+ point game of the year, and nine rebounds. Zykera Rice joined her in double figures with 14, and Laura Stockton, Jenn Wirth, and Chandler Smith all scored eight.
    - GU shot 51 percent from the field and outscored USF 45-21 in the second and third quarters. They forced 20 turnovers, the fifth time that has happened in six games. Jessie Loera had seven points and six assists off the bench.
    - The Zags broke a two-game skid at War Memorial Gymnasium and after BYU lost to Pacific, now hold a three-game lead in the West Coast Conference.

    NOW IT GETS FUN:

    - The Zags have started WCC play with a 10-0 record just four times prior in their history, most recently in 2014-15. In three of those cases the Zags went undefeated in conference play at 14-0, prior to BYU and Pacific joining the West Coast Conference.
    - The Zags started 15-0 in head coach Lisa Fortier’s first season in 2014-15.

    SERIES HISTORY:

    - Gonzaga leads the all-time series 41-23 and are 17-14 in San Diego, but 14-5 inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion, which opened in 2000.
    - Gonzaga snapped a three-game skid against USD on January 26th of last year. Laura Stockton found a cutting Jill Barta in traffic as time expired and Barta kissed the ball off the backboard for the 57-55 come-from-behind win. The Zags then clinched the West Coast Conference Regular-season Championship on Senior Night in Spokane, 62-57. Jill Barta led the Zags with 13 points and Kiara Kudron scored seven to go with 10 rebounds. All totaled, nine different Zags scored, all scoring three or more, and 10 had rebounds.
    - Prior to the three-game skid, Gonzaga had won 15-straight games overall from 2009-2015. The Zags won seven-straight at USD from 2002 to 2008.
    - The game has gone to overtime on three occasions, the latest being in 2002, with Gonzaga winning all three.
    - The Zags lead the series 38-22 all-time in regular-season West Coast Conference meetings.
    - The Toreros won nine-straight at home from 1992-2001.

    SCOUTING THE TOREROS:

    - The Toreros went 7-4 in the non-conference and have started 5-5 in WCC action. They lost to Santa Clara and LMU last week.
    - Aubrey Ward-El leads USD at 14.6 points per game, joined in double figures by Maya Hood, 12.2, and Sydney Williams at 10.2 ppg.
    - Hood leads on the glass at 7.1 rebounds per game and Myah Pace (58) and Ward-El (63) each have 50+ assists.
    - USD lost against Pacific and Pepperdine, but took a one-point win at home over second-place BYU.
    - They have a +2.7 turnover margin and +4.5 rebounding margin.
    - Maya Hood is in the top-10 all-time in nine major categories for the Toreros. She is already the all-time leader in offensive rebounds and total rebounds, and second in steals.
    - Head coach Cindy Fisher earned her 300th career win at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 27.

    BACK-LOADED SCHEDULE:

    - The Zags have a back-loaded WCC schedule with five of their last eight games in conference coming against San Diego, BYU, and Saint Mary’s. The Zags have never played five games against those opponents in a single month.
    - The Zags were 5-1 in those games last year, just dropping the game at BYU. They also went 5-1 in 2014-15, losing at San Diego, and 2012-13, losing at Saint Mary’s, the best marks since BYU joined the conference in 2011.
    - In the remaining games, home and away against BYU and San Diego, and at home against Saint Mary’s, GU is 30-10 since 2011...


    CAREER ZAGS:

    - Jill Barta is currently fourth all-time in free throws made at 371, 15 behind Ashley Burke for third. Barta is also 10th all-time in career points at 1386, 26 behind Katelan Redmon for ninth.
    - Laura Stockton is currently 10th all-time in career assists at 283, just one behind Jessica Malone for ninth.
    - Emma Stach sits 10th all-time in made threes at 118, three behind Janelle Bekkering for ninth...



    17-18 STREAKING:

    - Gonzaga started this 12-game winning streak in 2017 that has now extended to 2018.
    - The winning streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
    - GU has won seven-straight road games, tying the longest under coach Fortier.
    - During the streak, GU has outscored their opponent by 20.7 points per game with a +8.5 rebounds per game advantage.
    - GU is shooting 46.5 percent and holding their opponent to 35.4 percent from the field.
    - Gonzaga averages over four more assists per game than their opponent, and Jill Barta (17.3), Zykera Rice (13.7), average double figures with Chandler Smith at 9.7 per game.
    - All totaled, nine Zags are averaging over four points per game and two rebounds per game, including freshman Zags Jenn Wirth, LeeAnne Wirth, and Jill Townsend...


    CHERYL MILLER AWARD FINALIST:

    - Jill Barta has been named one of 10 national finalists for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award.
    - The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA
    Division I college basketball.
    - Barta is the only player from the West region selected.


    PACKED IN MCCARTHEY:

    - The Zags led the nation last season in the percentage of building capacity being filled at 93.63
    percent in attendance per game. Gonzaga welcomed an average of 5,618 patrons per game last
    season to the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center.
    - This season the Zags are filling the arena at 91.70 percent, second in the nation. They sit 11th
    in average attendance at 5,502 per game, the highest number of any team in the West.

    - The leader in percentage capacity, UCONN, plays occasionally in arenas bigger than what they
    consider their home arena, skewing their percentage higher.
    - Gonzaga had a sellout (6,000) against Santa Clara on January 20...


    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Here is the preview of this week's games from The Slipper Still Fits:

    Gonzaga women have two tough road battles this week
    Road wins over San Diego and BYU would effectively clinch the title

    Another week, another pair of big wins for Gonzaga women, as the Bulldogs took care of San Francisco and Portland to now have a 17-4 overall record, as well as having a 10-0 WCC record. There were even bigger news regarding the other teams in the league. Saint Mary’s women not only lost to BYU last Thursday, but then fell surprisingly to Pacific, dropping them to 6-4 in the league. BYU got the big win, but then fell themselves to San Diego a couple of days later.

    That leaves the Zags literally by themselves in first place at 10-0, with BYU in second at 7-3. Saint Mary’s and LMU are close behind at 6-4. Gonzaga is the clear favorite to win the WCC, but it’ll be pretty much over after this week if things go well.

    Thursday - San Diego 12-9 (5-5)

    The Toreros play a slow pace style of basketball, and lies on their defense to win games. Their best player is Aubrey El-Ward, who leads the team in both scoring (14.6 ppg) and assists (3.0). After missing most of last season, Maya Hood returned for her senior season. But she hasn’t scored at the level she was at before her injury, averaging 12.2 ppg. She does lead the team in rebounding at 7.1 rpg. Sydney Williams is the other double-digit scorer at 10.2 ppg.

    While San Diego has historically given Gonzaga fits at home, the lack of scoring combined with the Zags momentum makes this an unlikely upset pick. Still, don’t expect a blowout.

    Saturday - BYU 12-9 (7-3)

    This is by far the toughest game on the schedule, and the Cougars might be the favorite to win this one. They haven’t lost at home in a couple of years, and have owned the Zags at home over the last several seasons. That overall record is misleading as well, with BYU playing a brutal non-conference schedule.

    This is a battle between the two best players in the league, with returning Player of the Year and current WCC leading scorer Cassie Devasharayee (formerly Broadhead) going up against the reigning WCC Player of the Week and second leading scorer Jill Barta. While the top scoring guard for BYU averages 20.0 ppg, she’s not the biggest problem for the Zags.

    After the Volleyball season ended, Sara Hamson was able to play for the BYU basketball team. She stands at 6’7, which is comparable to a 7’2 male center. She doesn’t have much of an offensive game, but is a terror on defense, averaging over four blocks a game, and already having three games of nine blocks. Considering that the Zags primarily score from the inside, that will be the battle to watch. Barta along with Zykera Rice, will have to stretch the floor and make the slow footed Hamson move around.

    Even if the Zags don’t sweep this week’s games, they’ll still likely win the regular season. But beating BYU is fun regardless of which gender does it, and winning in Provo has been the toughest task to date for the women’s program. Exercising this demon is priority No. 1 for this team.
    Article Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/201...ames-this-week

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    Post game interview with Chandler Smith...

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    Zags Put USD Away Early, Win 13th-Straight

    At BYU on Saturday to cap road trip


    Feb. 1, 2018

    Final Stats


    SAN DIEGO – Gonzaga made it 13-straight wins and 11-0 in West Coast Conference action with another dominate second and third quarters at San Diego on Thursday night, winning 63-44.

    Jill Barta led all scorers with 13 points, and Chandler Smith added 12 points and led with seven boards. Laura Stockton scored nine and Jessie Loera had seven, with each of them grabbing three steals as Gonzaga had 11 as a team off 18 USD turnovers. GU shot 46 percent, holding USD to 31 percent.

    Rice opened the game with a physical rebound and putback, and Stockton did the same two possessions later. Smith scored in transition and GU led 6-0 just two minutes in. USD fought back from there closing to 8-7 by the six-minute mark. The game was back and forth until Stockton and Emma Stach forced a turnover in the frontcourt, leading to a layup from Stockton, making it 15-9 with three to play in the quarter. USD scored the final five points and GU led 15-14 after one. Stockton and Smith had four points each and each team had five turnovers.

    Rice and Jill Townsend both put together individual four-point spurts early in the second and GU led 25-20 five minutes in. Stockton rolled home a jumper and GU led by seven, their largest to that point. A jumper from Loera in transition extended it to nine, as the USD scoreless streak went to over five-and-a-half minutes as Gonzaga pushed their run to 10-0, and led 31-20 with two minutes left. Gonzaga led 35-24 at half, going up by as much as 13. They held USD to 29.4 percent shooting in the second quarter and 34.4 percent in the half, while shooting 51.9 percent themselves. Barta led all scorers with seven, and Stockton and Rice added six each. GU dominated the glass, 21-13, with Stockton and Smith grabbing four each.

    Barta broke into double figures with the first four points of the half and GU led by 15. USD responded with a three to stop the bleeding. Smith canned a three to kill a two-plus minute scoreless streak for GU, and the Zags went back up 15 at the six-minute mark. Loera followed with a trey and GU led 45-27, the largest lead to that point. The Toreros went scoreless for over six minutes with Loera picking two pockets at midcourt as GU led 51-27 with two minutes left on a 12-0 run. GU took a 54-31 lead into the fourth quarter. USD only scored seven in the quarter, shooting 22 percent, and turned it over 16 times to that point. Barta finished with 13 points and Smith had nine points and seven rebounds. Stockon and Loera had three steals each. The Zags led by as much as 24 in the quarter.

    USD opened the fourth quarter with a mini-run cutting the lead to 16, 56-40, with five minutes left. Smith ended that with another three, hitting double figures at 12. Against the USD pressure, the Zags displayed excellent ball movement and late shot clock execution, winning 63-44.

    “Our team put together another really solid defensive effort tonight,” Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier said. “San Diego has some really good players that are tough to defend one-on-one. We consistently helped each other out in an effort not to leave anyone out on an island. We had a lot of people contribute on the offensive end as well. Everyone who played scored. We are playing some good basketball right now and I’m happy for the team.”

    A true team effort for GU, 10 players scored and eight had rebounds. GU dominated points in the paint, 30-18.

    Gonzaga (18-4, 11-0 WCC) stays on the road this week and travels to BYU for a 1 pm PST game on Saturday afternoon. The game is live on BYUTV.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Game summary from the USD web site:

    Toreros fall to Gonzaga 63-44
    Aubrey Ward-El scored a game-high 14 points

    Feb. 1, 2018

    SAN DIEGO – Despite a game-high 14 points from Aubrey Ward-El, the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs stayed perfect in WCC play (11-0, 18-4 overall) with a 63-44 victory over the Toreros before 675 fans at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Zag received double-digit scoring outings from Jill Barta (13 points) and Chandler Smith (12 points).

    In the first quarter the Zags jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Myah Pace scored inside for the Toreros. Pace would add a second bucket and Aubrey Ward-El would score on a three-point play to pull within 8-7. Pace and Ward-El would each end the quarter with six points with Ward-El’s three-pointer just beating the clock to get USD within 15-14 at the end of the period.

    The Toreros continued its excellent play to start the second period as they made 3-of-4 early shots capped off by a Maya Hood bucket to get USD within 21-20. From there the Zags went on an 8-0 run to jump ahead 29-20 with just under four minutes left in the half. Gonzaga would outscore the Toreros 20-10 in the quarter overall in taking a 35-24 halftime lead. Jill Barta paced the Zags with 7 points as the team shot 51.9 percent from the field.

    In the third period the Toreros were limited to just seven points in falling behind 54-31. In the final period two free throws from Ward-El pulled USD to within 56-40 but that would be as close as they would get. Ward-El was followed in scoring by Caroline Buhr, Myah Pace and Maya Hood, each with six points. USD competed on the boards with Gonzaga, pulling down 32 to the Zags’ 33. Turnovers hurt the Toreros as they totaled 19 on the night.

    Up next for the Toreros (12-10, 5-6 WCC) is a road trip to Moraga this Saturday to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels in a 2:00 p.m. contest.
    Article Link: http://www.usdtoreros.com/sports/w-b...020118aaa.html

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    Game write-up from the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women roll past San Diego for 13th straight win

    UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

    SAN DIEGO – Thirteen and counting.

    Gonzaga continued to roll undefeated through the West Coast Conference, defeating San Diego 63-44 on Thursday for its 13th consecutive victory, 11 in WCC play.

    Second-place BYU (13-9, 8-3 WCC) gets the next shot at Gonzaga (18-4, 11-0), hosting the Bulldogs on Saturday at 1 p.m. BYU defeated Loyola Marymount 62-52.

    Reigning WCC player of the week Jill Barta led Gonzaga with 13 points. Chandler Smith scored 12 and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Laura Stockton scored nine and Jessie Loera seven, with each of them grabbing three of Gonzaga’s 11 steals.

    “We had a lot of people contribute on the offensive end. Everyone who played scored. We are playing some good basketball right now and I’m happy for the team,” Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier said.

    The loss was the third in a row for San Diego (12-10, 5-6). The Toreros’ leading scorer was Aubrey Ward-El with 14 points. Their top rebounder was Myah Pace with seven.

    Gonzaga has taken great pride in its defense of late and had forced 20 or more turnovers in three of its past four games. San Diego committed 18.

    “Our team put together another really solid defensive effort tonight,” Fortier said. “San Diego has some really good players that are tough to defend one-on-one. We consistently helped each other out in an effort not to leave anyone out on an island.”

    The Bulldogs led 15-14 after the first quarter, then pushed their lead to 11 at halftime (35-24) and 23 entering the fourth quarter (54-31).

    USD opened the fourth quarter with a run that cut Gonzaga’s lead to 16, 56-40, with five minutes left. Smith ended that run with a 3-pointer.

    Gonzaga’s last points came on a layup by Katie Campbell with 2:20 remaining but San Diego managed just two points itself in those closing minutes.
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-13-straight-/

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    A good win on the road. Girls started fast and every time USD got close the Lady Zags went on a run to end the threat.

    Offensive stats were typical of a standard game during our run. Unfortunately our 3pt shooting percentage dropped to 30% tonight. Another good night forcing 19 turnovers including 11 steals. Ladies took the 4th quarter off only scoring 9 pts. Yes I realize some of the subs were in and we were up 20+ for most of the quarter, but the 4th quarter offense looked ugly and disjointed.

    Must consider the overall defense pretty darn good when you only gave up 44 points but we had several defense breakdowns tonight. In the 1st quarter JB personally kept USD in the game. She gave up four lay-ups in the first quarter alone on dribble drives and nobody provided help defense. We won the overall rebounding battle 33-32 but let USD win the offensive board battle 16-11. USD's 16 offensive rebounds led to 16 2nd chance points. USD forced 13 turnovers (most in the first half) which led to 12 additional points. Thus, 28 pts (63.6%) of USD's total of 44 pts were 2nd chance points and points off turnovers which we can eliminate. Need improvement in this area.

    Good win and on to Provo.

    Go Zags.

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