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    Here is a preview write-up for both of this week's games from the Slipper Still Fits:

    The women can firmly shut the door this week
    Still undefeated through this weekend, and the conference title is the Zags.
    By Peter Woodburn@wernies Feb 7, 2018, 11:00am PST

    Another week, another couple of wins for the Gonzaga women’s team. The women downed San Diego and BYU on the road last week, improving to 12-0 in conference and virtually locking down the regular season championship.

    There are still one or two potential speed bumps along the way, but things are looking up for the women to run the table in the conference.

    Thursday - vs. Pacific, 12-11

    This is going to be an entertaining battle of offense and defense. The Zags are ranked first in the conference is defensive points per possession, only allowing 0.808 per. Pacific is the the top scoring team in the conference. Something has to give.

    The Tigers have four scorers in double-digits, led by GeAnna Luaulu-Summers at 17.2 points per game. She is a dangerous three-point shooter, nearing around 40 percent on the year. Junior guard Ameela Li clocks in with 12.8 points per game and is also dangerous from beyond the arc. The Zags will have to keep their eyes open and the defense locked in. Pacific is riding a three-game hot streak that was spurred on by an upset of BYU.

    Saturday - vs. Saint Mary’s, 15-8

    This is one of the two true final tests for the Zags, with Senior Night against BYU being the last real trap game in conference play. Luckily, this time, the Gaels are rolling into Spokane. The matchup between Jill Barta and Megan McKay will be the key one to watch in the game, although senior Gaels guard Stella Beck put herself on notice in the first game—scoring a game high 23 points. If the women attack with the same gameplan they did the first time around, everything should turn out alright.
    Article Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/201...c-championship

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    Here is the preview write-up from the UP Tigers web site:

    Tigers Visit Gonzaga and Portland

    Feb 07, 2018

    STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team follows their four-game home stand with a weekend trip to battle with Gonzaga on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. and Portland on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Both contests will feature a live stream courtesy of TheW.tv and audio by Don Gubbins, the voice of Pacific women's basketball.

    After winning three straight games, the Tigers are 12-11 overall and sit in fifth place in the West Coast Conference with a 6-6 record.

    What You Need To Know

    WINNING FORMULA: Pacific is top three in the WCC in multiple categories:
    FIRST
    Assist turnover ratio: 1.12
    Total Assists: 374
    Assists per game: 16.3
    Free-throw percentage: 74.7 percent
    Scoring offense: 77.5 points per game
    SECOND
    Total steals: 221
    Steals per game: 9.6
    Three-point field goals made: 144
    Three-point field goals per game: 6.3
    Three-point field goal percentage: 34.0
    THIRD
    Field-goal percentage: 43.0 percent
    Turnovers forced: 17.70
    NATIONWIDE: The Tigers are also top 50 in the Nation in assists, free throws made, free-throw percentage, and scoring offense.
    AT HOME IN SPOKANE: Pacific has won twice in Spokane and is one of just five visiting teams with multiple wins at the McCarthy Center (opened: 2004-05).

    Gonzaga has won 44 of the last 48 WCC home games, with Pacific accounting for half the losses.

    DESIRE WATCH: Desire Finnie continues to close in on being the 23rd player in program history to bank 1,000 career points with six points remaining entering the contests with Gonzaga and Portland. Throughout her career as a Tiger, Finnie is averaging 17.7 points per game at the McCarthy Center.

    Inside the Series

    Gonzaga

    The Bulldogs are 12-0 in WCC play and 19-4 overall this season.

    When the Bulldogs visited Pacific for the first game of conference play on Dec. 28, Chelsea Lidy put up 21 points, her second highest point total this season. The Tigers were downed 99-72 without senior GeAnna Luaulu-Summers, while Pacific was 14-of-18 from the line with Ameela Li perfect sinking all eight of her attempts.

    Last season the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs on their home court, 65-63 and look to repeat Thursday evening.

    Portland

    The Tigers had one of their best games of the season in the first meeting with Portland trouncing the Pilots, 91-55 at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Anaya Brooklyn McDavid, Li, Luaulu-Summers, and Jenelle Grant all registered double-figures for the Tigers. Luaulu-Summers added 10 assists to give herself a double-double. In the duel, all 10 Tigers that saw the floor recorded at least two points and one rebound. The 91 points was the third highest points the Tigers have scored this season and their 14 steals was the second highest.

    Overall, The Tigers are 10-8 against Portland and in the last nine games, the Tigers are 8-1 versus the Pilots.

    This season, Portland sits in last place in the WCC with a 1-11 conference recored and 5-18 overall.

    Follow the Tigers

    Both Thursday's and Saturday's matchups will have a free broadcast stream provided by TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference digital network and can be accessed via PacificTigers.com and will feature audio from Don Gubbins, the voice of Pacific women's basketball.

    For more information about the Pacific women's basketball team, be sure to follow @Pacific_Hoops on Twitter and @pacificwbb on Instagram.

    Pacific women's basketball fans can follow all of the action as if they were in the front row of every game, providing access to score updates, statistics, game recaps and more with the new Pacific Tigers Front Row app available for free in the App Store and Google Play.
    Article Link: http://www.pacifictigers.com/sports/...20180207ih1c5p

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    YEAH I just read this on the pacific site. What struck me, was Pacific has accounted for two of the four losses int MAC Center! I believe we have 3 wins vs CLF...which accounts for her not taking Pacific lightly! That being said, if Vegas laid odds.... my guess would be 18 points (includes 3+ for home court). That being said, we will have trouble with the front line....Our two projected starters have not played the OOC nor the first 10 reg. season games. One has not and will not play again...though loss for a local Stockton gal...recruited two years ago...but has not played more than a token appearance. The other gal, from Australia, has recently played a couple of minutes or so, in two games. We have a SO and two FR who will get a lot of minutes .... it will depend how competitive the SO is vs ZR .... I believe the starting FR will draw JB and it will be a real challenge for her [ though I believe she,McDavid, should be on the ALL WCC FROSH team] Her emergence was a surprise!] Naturally she will be up against the TWO BEST POSTS in the league, IMO... so take that into consideration when you judge her versus your freshman! She has a lot to learn...
    The team as a whole has played better the last 4 games, and was absolutely robbed by Ref's vs. SMC in Stockton! But WCC Women's Ref's ARE NOT GOOD, as a whole.....(just hope they don't make the game a tough thing to watch.) Pacific hasn't played a good defensive game...has shown some 'moments' ... but just to many 'different line-ups'...etc. AS I noted before, the two most athletic players, may not play as much time as you would think? [FINNIE and LIDY]
    Finnie was instrumental in Two of the 3 wins vs GU I mentioned above.... will play at most 20 minutes? Lidy, who got her only start due to injury of GLS vs GU in the first meeting, and put up 21 points..... not sure she has played more than 10 minutes in any game since... and as little as 3 minutes in the win over BYU?
    Jessica Blakeslee, SO G from Mercer Island, will get some time on the court..... which will be nice for her Wa. relatives/friends. She shows promise...and I hope she has a good game!

    As many here on the board point out: If GU plays tough defense ...... they will be the victor! But they will have to show up and put forth the EFFORT!

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    Thanks for the insider info Kemo.

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    Zags Look To Keep Rolling At Home Against Tigers

    After three-straight games on the road, GU home for two


    Feb. 7, 2018

    Gonzaga Notes

    Gonzaga (19-4, 12-0 WCC) vs. Pacific (12-11, 6-6 WCC)

    Feb. 8, 2018 | 6 p.m. PT | theW.tv | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
    Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) | Live Stats



    ENDING THE STREAK:

    - The Gonzaga Bulldogs ended BYU’s 23-game home West Coast Conference win streak and never trailed in an 84-70 win on the road on Saturday afternoon.
    - Jill Barta added to her school record with her sixth-career 30-plus point game with 34 points and 15 rebounds, her ninth double-double of the year on nine-of-10 shooting, two points shy of her career high.
    - Emma Stach made WCC-leading scorer Cassie Devashrayee work all night, and added 16 points, her season high, on six-of-10 shooting and three-of-five from three. Chandler Smith added nine rebounds and seven points, and Laura Stockton dished a season-high eight assists, one shy of her career high.
    - The Zags dominated the boards, 45-29, and had 23 assists, two short of their season high. The Zags took a strangle hold on the WCC with a four-game lead on BYU with their 14th-straight victory.

    NOW IT GETS FUN:

    - The Zags have started WCC play with a 12-0 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:

    - The Tigers have had more success than most against GU since joining the league in 2013-14, as GU leads the all-time series 8-5. Pacific won two of those games prior to them joining the league, in 1999 and 2001.
    - The Zags started the West Coast Conference series by winning the first three and are 4-3 since.
    - The Zags own the two largest streaks in the series, taking three-straight from 2014-15 and the current three-game run they are on.
    - The Tigers are surprisingly 3-2 in Spokane and 2-2 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center all-time.
    - Last season, Pacific won in Spokane, 65-63, on New Year’s Eve, but GU has now taken the last three meetings. GU won 99-72 in Stockton on December 28 this season, 91-59 in the WCC Tournament Quarterfinals last year, and 74-58 in Stockton last season.
    - In Stockton this year, GU started 0-for-their-first-seven shots, but they went 25-for-their-next 29 in the first half. They scored 60 first half points for the first time since they scored 63 against Southern Utah on January 3, 2011 in Spokane. Five players scored in double-figures in the game, led by Jill Barta with 15 points, and Jenn Wirth added 14, Emma Stach scored 12, Zykera Rice scored 11, and Jill Townsend added 10.
    - The series began with a 65-64 Gonzaga win in Tempe, Ariz. as part of the Wells Fargo Classic on the campus of Arizona State University in 1998. GU leads 6-3 in WCC regular-season meetings.

    SCOUTING THE TIGERS:

    - Pacific leads the WCC in scoring offense with 77.5 points per game and assists per game with 16.3.
    - When they Tigers lead at halftime this season, they are perfect a 9-0
    - Pacific ranks first in the WCC in assists/turnover ratio at 1.1.
    - GeAnna Luaulu-Summers leads the Tigers at 17. 2 points per game, averages 4.6 rebounds per game, and leads the way with 131 assists.
    - Three more Tigers score in double figures, with Ameela Li at 12.8, Desire Finnie at 11, and Brooklyn McDavid at 10.2 per game.
    - Jenelle Grant leads Pacific at 7.2 rebounds per game and McDavid grabs seven per game.
    - Luaulu-Summers did not play in the first meeting this season due to illness.

    MAGIC NUMBER:

    - The Zags hold a current four-game lead in the West Coast Conference. They can clinch their 14th WCC Regular-Season Title with three wins. The most WCC wins in program history is 16, last accomplished in head coach Lisa Fortier’s first season in 2014-15.
    - In 2014-2015 and 2004-2005 the Zags clinched the WCC title outright with three games left in the season.

    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 against all three, GU is 32-10 since 2011...


    CAREER ZAGS:

    - Jill Barta is currently third all-time in free throws made at 388, 67 behind Courtney Vandersloot for second. Barta is also eighth all-time in career points at 1433, 150 behind Kayla Standish for seventh.
    - Laura Stockton is currently seventh all-time in career assists at 291, 64 behind Robin Allen for sixth.
    - Emma Stach sits ninth all-time in made threes at 121, two behind Holly Bruno for eighth...


    MULTI-TOOL:

    - The Zags take pride in developing players who can do multiple things, and that has been on display this season.
    - Chandler Smith led the Zags in rebounds, assists, and steals against Portland State, rebounds, steals, and blocks at Washington State and against San Francisco, points, rebounds, and steals against UNLV, and points, rebounds, and blocks against Loyola Marymount.
    - Jill Barta has led GU in three categories a couple times this season. She led them in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks at Colorado State and at Saint Mary’s, and points, rebounds, and blocks at Montana and BYU, and against Belmont and Pepperdine. Against Pacific and USF she led in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks and points, rebounds, and steals at Santa Clara. At USD she led in points, assists, and blocks.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS & USA TODAY POLL:

    - The Zags were receiving four votes in the Associated Press Poll released November 13 and 18 votes in the Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released October 26.
    - Gonzaga returned to the AP Poll on January 22, and are currently receiving four votes.
    - They are currently 42nd in RPI, their best mark this year.
    - GU is ranked ninth in the national mid-major poll, but are receiving a first place vote.

    DOUBLE-DOUBLE TRIPLE:

    - Jill Barta has recorded nine double-doubles this season, leading the team. She has achieved the feat in four WCC games.
    - Against Western Illinois, Barta (21 points and 11 rebounds), Zykera Rice (14 points and 13 rebounds), and Chandler Smith (12 points and 11 rebounds) all had double-doubles, the first time three Zags did it in the same game since March 6, 2004, against Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinals. In 2004 it was Ashley Anderson (10 pts & 10 rebs), Ashley Burke (22 pts & 12 rebs), and Raeanna Jewell (15 pts & 13 rebs) who achieved the feat.
    - Barta’s has 16 double-doubles in her career. Smith has three double-doubles this year.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Pacific is the top scoring offense in the League. They scored 72 points against us last game, and that was without their top scorer. Pacific may not have much of a defense but you still have to put the ball in the hoop. This has the looks of another high scoring game. Last game against Pacific our bench came on strong, lets see what happens this time. Last game we blew them out in the 2nd quarter. With a team like this that shoots the 3 well, and score in bunches it would be ill advised to let them keep it close.

    Pacific as noted plays well in the Kennel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    Pacific is the top scoring offense in the League. They scored 72 points against us last game, and that was without their top scorer. Pacific may not have much of a defense but you still have to put the ball in the hoop. This has the looks of another high scoring game. Last game against Pacific our bench came on strong, lets see what happens this time. Last game we blew them out in the 2nd quarter. With a team like this that shoots the 3 well, and score in bunches it would be ill advised to let them keep it close.

    Pacific as noted plays well in the Kennel.
    All True.

    However, I think we are playing much, much better defense than we did back in December. Other than coasting in the 4th quarter against BYU, we have only given up more than 60 points twice since the beginning of the year.

    I would hope that we keep the Tigers under 60 points and we score our average or more, something North of 72 points. I am expecting a 15-20 point victory if we play good defense and have our standard offense.

    But Pacific has seemed to have our number in the Kennel.

    Let's show the Tigers who is the best team in the WCC,

    Go Zags.

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    When Pacfic beat BYU, two Pacific players stood out.

    #15 Luaula-Summers who scored 25 points and knows how to get fouls called on her. IE she was 15-18 from the free throw line against BYU. She also had 10 rebounds.

    #21 Li made made (5) 3 pointers against BYU.

    They also have several other girls capable of scoring points.

    We can't look past Pacific to St. Marys are else is will come back to bite us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    When Pacfic beat BYU, two Pacific players stood out.

    #15 Luaula-Summers who scored 25 points and knows how to get fouls called on her. IE she was 15-18 from the free throw line against BYU. She also had 10 rebounds.

    #21 Li made made (5) 3 pointers against BYU.

    They also have several other girls capable of scoring points.

    We can't look past Pacific to St. Marys are else is will come back to bite us.
    Well, it is good that we played Cassie Broadhead last game, as she is one of the best in the country at drawing fouls. Hopefully with a full game of practice, we can handle Luaula-Summers.

    With Li, she is only 5'6", so hopefully we can put someone with a couple more inches on her with long arms to interfere with her sharp-shooting.

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    Bulldogs Notch 20 Wins, Down Pacific 90-66

    20 wins for 11th time in 12 years





    Feb. 8, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga Bulldogs won their 20th game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, and their 15th-straight game as they defeated Pacific, 90-66, at home on Thursday night.

    After five Zags scored in double figures in Stockton earlier in the year against the Tigers, four made their way on Thursday, with Jill Barta leading the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds, on eight-of-17 shooting, for her 10th double-double of the year and 17th of her career. Zykera Rice scored 13 and Chandler Smith had 12 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Laura Stockton scored 10 points with five rebounds and five assists.

    After a back and forth start, the Zags built some separation with a 6-0 run to lead 13-6 with 4:42 left in the quarter. Stockton broke through for a layup and drilled a three to beat the shot clock as GU led 16-8. That run extended to an 18-8 lead with three minutes left in the quarter as Barta scored her sixth with a layup down low. Pacific closed the gap to five late, but a three from Emma Stach and swinging jumper from Rice put Gonzaga up 25-15 after one. Seven Zags scored in the quarter with Barta leading the way with six.

    The Zags went ahead by 12, 33-21, three minutes into the second quarter as Stach scored on back-to-back weave plays. The Zags extended that run to 6-0 and Pacific was scoreless for over three-and-a-half minutes as GU led 35-21. GU had scored 20 of those points in the paint. The Zags led by as much as 15 in the quarter and took a 46-34 lead into the half. The Zags shot 56 percent from the field in the half, scoring 24 points in the paint and leading on the glass, 24-16, led by seven from Smith. Barta broke into double figures with 10 points and eight Zags scored. GU scored nine second-half points on six offensive boards.

    Gonzaga opened the half on a 12-2 run to go up 58-38, their largest lead to that point. Pacific immediately responded with a 7-0 run. Gonzaga led by 15, 60-45 with five minutes left in the quarter. Rice broke into double figures with 13 points. LeeAnne Wirth hit her first career three as a Zag to beat the quarter buzzer, as GU led 70-53 after three. Barta picked up her double-double at 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Zags stayed hot, shooting 55 percent, and had 38 points in the paint. They continued to lead on the glass, 33-25. Smith hit a three, three minutes into the fourth quarter, to hit 12 points, becoming the fourth Zag in double figures, and GU led by 20 again, 78-58. A spinning jumper by Jill Townsend late in the fourth quarter put the Zags up 25, their largest lead, 89-64, and they won comfortably, 90-66.

    “This game is always a contrast of styles,” Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier said. “We played to our advantages and executed our game plan well. We never allowed them to develop a rhythm.”

    The Zags dominated the points in the paint, 44-18, while shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three with seven makes. They dominated the boards, 47-33, blocked six shots, led by Barta with three, and 10 Zags scored three or more points with all 10 grabbing rebounds.

    Gonzaga (20-4, 13-0) remained perfect in West Coast Conference play and will host second-place Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 2 pm live on SWX. Live links are available at GoZags.com.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    From the Tiger's Perspective:

    Tigers Win Streak Snapped at Gonzaga

    SPOKANE, Washington. - GeAnna Luaulu-Summers went 6-of-8 from three-point range finishing with 25 points and seven boards, while Anaya Brooklyn McDavid knocked down 10 as the Tigers drop a rare contest at the McCarthey Center, 90-66. This is only the third loss the Tigers have faced at the McCarthey Center since joining the West Coast Conferece.

    The loss brings the Tigers back to even at 12-12 overall and 6-7 in the WCC, while Gonzaga remains perfect in the WCC at 13-0 and 20-4 overall.

    In Case You Missed It

    The Tigers attacked first with a mid-range jumper from Savannah Sumsion to put early pressure on the Bulldogs.
    Luaulu-Summers hit a three with two minutes left in the first quarter to get the Tigers within seven.
    Pacific would hit their next three shots to finish up the first 10 minutes.
    The Tigers showed tremendous ball control in the first half turning the ball over only once for their best half of the season.
    To round out the first half, the Tigers continued to have success at the free-throw line sinking 5-of-6.
    Pacific held the advantage in bench points like they have all season with 13 at the half compared to the Bulldogs' nine.
    The Pacific defense turned on the jets late in the fourth quarter halting the Bulldogs shooting as they went 0-of-5, but it was too late for the Tigers as time expired.
    The Tigers forced 13 Gonzaga turnovers and turned them into 12 points.
    With Pacific second in steals in the WCC, the Tigers took the ball from the Bulldogs five times with Ameela Li and Desire Finnie with a pair each.
    Gonzaga went to the line 10 more times than Pacific finishing with 18 trips to the Tigers' eight.

    Things You Need To Know

    TOTAL BALL CONTROL: For the second-straight game, the Tigers turned the ball over just eight times, with only one of those being committed in the first half.
    HOT OFF THE BENCH: Pacific held the advantage over the Bulldogs in total bench points finishing with 26. The Tigers are averaging 21.3 bench points per game this season.
    BLOCK PARTY: The Tigers blocked five Bulldog shots in Thursday's contest with Finnie having three of the five. In the first meeting between the two, the Tigers also denied Gonzaga five times for a total of 10 blocks this season, the most of any other WCC team Pacific has faced this year.
    SPREAD OUT: 10 different Tigers put points on the board again including Issy Parker who collected a new season-high with five points in 14 minutes of play.

    Next Up
    The Orange and Black take to the road again for a trip to Portland on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The contest will feature a free live video stream via TheW.tv and an audio stream courtesy of Don Gubbins, the voice of Pacific women's basketball.
    Article Link: http://www.pacifictigers.com/sports/...20180208zu1wge

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    From the Spokesman Review:

    Jill Barta, Gonzaga cruise past Pacific for 15th straight victory
    By Jim Allen
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    The Gonzaga women reached a few milestones Thursday night.

    They also shed an annoying millstone – namely the Pacific Tigers, 90-66, before an appreciative crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

    Pacific had won two of its three previous visits to the Kennel, but GU’s utter dominance in the paint kept the Tigers at bay all night.

    “They’re a difficult matchup for us, and they will be as long as they stick with that dribble drive,” GU coach Lisa Fortier said. “But when they made a few cuts into our lead, our bigs demanded the ball.”

    Did they ever.

    Zykera Rice dominated on the baseline for 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting, Chandler Smith had 12 points and nine boards to narrowly miss a double-double, and Jill Barta did what she usually does.

    Dominate.

    “I’m always proud of her when she has a big scoring night and she rebounds, or she defends,” Fortier said.

    On Thursday, Barta did all of the above. Her 10th double-double of the season also was one of her best: 25 points, 12 boards – five of them on the offensive glass. Barta also helped hold the Tigers to 36-percent shooting inside the arc.

    GU outscored Pacific 44-18 in the paint and owned the boards 47-33. Up 46-34 at halftime, the Zags never led by less than 14 in the second half.

    The Bulldogs’ reward was a 15th straight win and 20th of the season as they close in on a second consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title and 12th in the last 13 years.

    The Bulldogs (20-4 overall, 13-0 WCC) lead second-place BYU by four games with five to go.

    Saint Mary’s, which visits the Kennel on Saturday, is five games back after a 10-point loss to Loyola Marymount on Thursday.

    “Confidence is up, but we’re looking forward to the next few games,” Smith said.

    The Zags will go forward without a dear friend.

    Sister Laura Michels, a member of the university’s ministry team and chaplain for the women’s basketball team, died Wednesday.

    “Sister Laura is about the happiest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Fortier said. “It’s been hard for me personally because she’s always told me how proud she was of me, and I know she feels the same way about our players.”

    Fortier’s players felt the loss, too.

    “She was sweetest, nicest person,” Smith said. “We’re going to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.”

    Despite the adversity, the Zags were strong from the beginning against the Tigers (12-12, 6-7).

    GU made six of its first eight shots, turning a 4-all tie into a 13-6 lead.

    GU built the momentum from there. Point guard Laura Stockton hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and Barta converted after a nifty drive for the first double-digit lead of the night, 18-8 just 4 minutes into the game.

    The crowd of 5,384 had little to be upset about other than a questionable call early in the second quarter that sent Stockton to the bench with her second foul.

    GU struggled to contain Pacific guard GeAnna Luaulu-Summers, who was 6 for 8 from beyond the arc and finished with 25 points.

    “We didn’t stop her, but we had our advantages as well,” Fortier said.

    Besides their dominance inside, the Bulldogs shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent (7 for 14) from beyond the arc.

    Updated: Feb. 8, 2018, 10:11 p.m.
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...or-15th-st/#/0

    There are some good pictures at the link.

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