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    Here is the preview write-up from St. Marys:

    WBK | Gaels Embark On Another Important Week

    The West Coast Conference schedule is winding down, and the Saint Mary's women's basketball team has important games ahead for tournament positioning.

    MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team faces yet another important week this week with games against two of the top-four teams in the West Coast Conference. Thursday the Gaels host Loyola Marymount in a rematch of their WCC opener, and Saturday they travel to Spokane for another showdown at WCC leader Gonzaga.

    SCHEDULE
    Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. - Loyola Marymount (15-8, 7-5 WCC) at Saint Mary’s (15-8, 8-4 WCC)
    Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. - Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga (19-3, 12-0 WCC)

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Gaels dominated in two WCC games last week versus San Francisco and San Diego. Eight players scored points from Saint Mary’s on Thursday, led by Stella Beck’s 19, in a 73-59 victory over USF. Megan McKay finished with 16 points and Jasmine Forcadilla had 13. Sydney Raggio grabbed a game-high 12 boards. McKay took over Saturday’s contest versus San Diego when she scored a game-high 20 points and posted a double-double with 10 rebounds. Madeline Holland poured down four 3-pointers while shooting 57.1 percent from the perimeter in the Gaels’ 66-57 win over USD.

    ABOUT SAINT MARY’S
    The Gaels (15-8, 8-4 WCC) got back on the winning track last week after beating USF and USD, moving their record to 9-2 at home and 4-6 on the road. Saint Mary’s will compete in two important matchups this week, facing LMU and Gonzaga. SMC fell to LMU, 69-57, in its WCC opener and Gonzaga, 73-65, in their first meeting on Jan. 18.

    Saint Mary’s leads the conference with a 47.4 field goal percentage ahead Saturday’s opponent Gonzaga (44.3). Beck leads the conference with a 61.1 field goal percentage followed by McKay’s 59.5 and Raggio’s 54.0. McKay averages a team-best 15.1 points per game while grabbing 6.7 boards. Beck averages 14.3 ppg and controls the Gaels’ defense with 34 steals. Raggio grabs a team-high 8.7 rpg and averages 14.0 ppg. The Gaels are WCC leaders in rebounding defense, holding opponents to 30.2 rebounds per game. Madeline Holland shoots 46.2 percent from beyond the arc -- first in the WCC. Jasmine Forcadilla dishes out a team-best 3.5 assists per game.

    ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
    The Lions (15-8, 7-5 WCC) went 1-1 last week after falling to BYU, 62-52, on the road and dominating Portland 76-55 at home. After Thursday night’s matchup the Lions will travel back down to Southern California to face Pepperdine. LMU is 6-4 on the road.

    The Lions lead the conference in rebounding offense (41.2) and are second in the conference in blocked shots (4.2) and assists (16.2) per game. Bree Alford is LMU’s top rebounder as she grabs 9.0 rpg - 2nd in the WCC. Alford averages 7.9 ppg. Two players average double-digit points: Cheyanne Wallace averages a team-high 14.8 ppg and Gabby Green averages 13.0. Green leads the Lions with 66 steals - first in the WCC - and dishes out a team-best 4.5 apg. Makenzie Cast leads the conference averaging 2.3 3-point fg made per game.

    ABOUT GONZAGA
    The Bulldogs (19-3, 12-0 WCC) took down both of its conference opponents San Diego and BYU by double-digit points last week. Gonzaga will face the conference’s leading scoring offense, Pacific, on Thursday. The Bulldogs are 9-1 at home, its only loss coming against UNLV in a two-point game, 52-50, on Dec. 9.

    The Bulldogs have three players that score in double-figures. Jill Barta averages 18.5 ppg - second in the WCC. Zykera Rice averages 13.2 ppg and Chandler Smith 10.6. Barta is second in the conference shooting 84.2 percent from the free-throw line. Barta is more than just a leading scorer for the Bulldogs, as she grabs a team-best 8.5 rpg and is third in the conference in defensive rebounds (6.0 per game). Guard Jessie Loera leads the team dishing out 3.9 apg. Gonzaga leads the conference in steals per game (10.0).

    COMING UP
    Saint Mary’s will return home next week for its final two home games of the regular season versus San Francisco and Portland before concluding conference play on the road at Pepperdine and Santa Clara, respectively.
    Article Link: http://www.smcgaels.com/sports/w-bas...020618aaa.html

    St. Mary's lost to LMU on Thursday, so they will be hungry on Saturday to get back on the winning track.

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    Repost 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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    Zags And Gaels Set For Saturday Showdown

    Game sold out, but live on SWX


    Feb. 9, 2018

    Gonzaga Notes

    Gonzaga (20-4, 13-0 WCC) vs. Saint Mary's (15-9, 8-5 WCC)

    Feb. 10, 2018 | 2 p.m. PT | theW.tv | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
    Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) | SWX (Greg Heister, Michelle Clark, & Lindsay Joy) | Live Stats



    ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON:

    - 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.
    - 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
    - Hitting the 20-win mark at 20-4 is the fifth-best record at the 20-win point in school history. The Zags have had three 20-3 starts and started 20-2 in 2004-05.

    NOW IT GETS FUN:

    - The Zags have started WCC play with a 13-0 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 Zags lead the all-time series, 41-27. GU swept all three meetings last season, and won 73-65 in Moraga this year, putting them on a four-game streak entering Saturday.
    - In that game, the Bulldogs led wire-to-wire and forced 22 SMC turnovers for 13 steals and 22 points off turnovers, while only turning it over 10 times themselves. Jill Barta led GU with 19 points and six rebounds, and Chandler Smith added 17 points and four steals, as Barta had four steals as well
    - The Zags lead the all-time series in Spokane, 21-9, and are 12-2 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
    - The Zags took the game at home on February 11 last season. Laura Stockton nailed a game-winning jumper from the elbow with nine seconds left, and Elle Tinkle stood the Gaels up on defense at the other end as Gonzaga secured the 59-58 win. Kiara Kudron led the Zags with 14 points, five assists, and three steals.
    - GU won their seventh West Coast Conference Tournament Championship in program history, and third in five years, with an 86-75 victory over third-seeded Saint Mary’s in the Orleans Arena in the WCC Title Game last year. Jill Barta exploded for a tournament record 37 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field. She connected on five of her eight attempts from three-point range, and made all eight of her shots from the free-throw line. The redshirt sophomore scored 22 points in the first half. Her 37-point total was one-point shy of the program record set by Amy Simpson in 1983. Barta’s 12 made field goals tied the tournament record. The Fairfield, Mont. native eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her short career in that game.
    - The series has always been a West Coast Conference matchup, dating back to the first meeting in 1988. Gonzaga leads the series 35-26 in regular-season WCC meetings.
    - GU has taken 11 of the last 16 dating back to 2012.
    - Prior the SMC’s 66-63 win in Spokane in 2012, Gonzaga had won 17-straight games dating back to 2004.
    - The Zags won nine-straight games at home from 2003-2011, including the first eight ever played in the McCarthey Athletic Center. That included a 106-66 Gonzaga win in 2011, the largest margin of victory in the series. Janelle Bekkering scored 22 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the field, for her third 20-plus point outing of the year. Courtney Vandersloot registered her 15th double-double on the season, with 22 points, and 13 assists in that game.
    - The Gaels won six-straight games in Spokane from 1996-2002.

    SCOUTING THE GAELS:

    - Saint Mary’s started 5-1 in the WCC, but have gone 3-4 since including the loss to the Zags.
    - Stella Beck, Megan McKay and Sydney Raggio shoot above 50.0 percent from the field, with McCay leading at 60.4 percent. McKay averages a team-high 15.3 points per game while averaging 6.9 rebounds. Raggio averages a team-high 8.6 rpg to go with 13.9 ppg. Beck leads the team with 34 steals and averages 14 ppg.
    - Saint Mary’s leads the conference with a 47.5 field goal percentage. McKay leads the conference in field goal percentage.
    - The Gaels are WCC leaders in rebounding defense, holding opponents to 30 rpg.
    - Madeline Holland shoots 46.6 percent from beyond the arc -- first in the WCC. Jasmine Forcadilla dishes out a team-best 3.5 apg.

    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 two 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.

    THE SECOND, AND THE THIRD:

    - Gonzaga has outscored their opponent by 121 points in the second quarter this year, and 70 in the third quarter.
    - The Bulldogs have an average lead of 12.46 points when entering the fourth quarter.

    TOP TO BOTTOM:

    - Over the past nine games, nine Zags have scored and grabbed a rebound in every contest.
    - All five Zag starters have scored and grabbed a rebound in the last 17 games.

    WINNING FORMULA:

    - The season is far enough along, some trends are starting to become consistent in Zags’ wins.
    - The Zags are second in the WCC in points per game, 73.9, and points per game allowed, 58.6. They are the only WCC team in the top-three in both categories.
    - GU has not let a late lead slip. They are 20-0 when leading or tied at halftime, ahead or tied to start the fourth quarter, and up with five minutes left.
    - Shooting percentage is vital, as GU is 19-1 when shooting better than their opponent.
    - Rebounding is just as important, as Gonzaga is 15-1 when leading on the glass.
    - GU has 13 wins when holding their opponent under 59 points.

    17-18 STREAKING:

    - Gonzaga started this 14-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 nine-straight road games, the longest under coach Fortier.
    - The 15-game win streak is one short of the longest under coach Fortier, set from December 2014 to February of 2015.
    - It is also the fifth-longest win streak in program history. The longest was a 23-game run from December 2004 to March of 2005.
    - During the streak, GU has outscored their opponent by 20.3 points per game with a +8.9 rebounds per game advantage.
    - GU is shooting 46.9 percent and holding their opponent to 35.5 percent from the field.
    - Gonzaga averages over four more assists per game than their opponent, and Jill Barta (18.6), Zykera Rice (12.6), average double figures with Chandler Smith at 9.8 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.

    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, at Saint Mary’s and against Pacific, 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.

    13 IS A LUCKY NUMBER:

    - Gonzaga has amassed a conference record of 187-26 (.878) during the last 13 years, which includes 12 West Coast Conference regular-season titles and seven WCC Tournament titles.
    - Gonzaga has appeared in post-season play for 13 of the last 14 years.
    - Since the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004, Gonzaga has gone 184-25 (.880)
    - Gonzaga has won 51 of the last 55 home games versus WCC opponents the last 13 years.

    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 39th in RPI, their best mark this year.
    - GU is ranked ninth in the national mid-major poll, but are receiving a first place vote.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Zags behind 34-17. Time for a comeback.
    If not,I guess they were due for a turd.

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    Zags getting their butt kicked 41-20. Zags started out battling in the paint. Then they stoped playing defense. As usual wide open 3s and St. Mary's making them pay. Also free layups all night long for St.Mary's. Zags answer shooting nothing but 3s, and missing almost every single one. Zags look sluggish and slow all game. LS back to dribbling slowly up court and then nothing happen. No one playing any defense inside. Once other teams watch this game in WCC could open Pandoras box.

    Need some nice jump shot. Need Townsend in. But unfortunately CLF let it get out of hand in first half Don't think we can dig ourself out of this deep hole.

    Just well play Campbell, Townsend, Forsyth 2nd half they can do no worse than starters, Wirth sisters, and Loera. We were clearly not prepared for this game and then we just caved and became rattled. Stockton whining to the ref about nothing. Even Barta did not look good 2nd quarter.

    Wow what a wakeup call we were never in the game getting steam rolled on the home court.
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    ZAGS down by 15, score 50-35. LS still dribbling ball up court snails pace like they have all day. Zags passing around perimeter for nearly whole shot clock then Loera turns it over. Playing sloppy St. Marys not shooting good right now but ZAGS not taking advantage last couple of minutes.
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    ZAGS still shooting 3 point shots 52-37 we are not making headway. Finally Campbell comes in, how about Forsyth? ZAGS still giving easy layups lead back up to 17 ZAGS not cutting into lead. ZAGS need buckets now just shooting all 3s again nothing dropping.
    lead back up to 19.

    Have to say If you did not look at the records tonight you would figure St. Mary's was the first place team and we were in the middle of the pack. We have gone back to shooting nothing but 3s. Townsend makes one 57-43 end of 3rd quarter.
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    Again let Townsend, Campbell, Forsyth play everyone else looks tired worn out and can not buy themselves a bucket. Last 3 games Loera has really taken a step back. Stockton has resorted to her old self slow pace.
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    60-43 ZAGS playing like they have all day using shot clock not good shots. No one rebounding or playing defense in the post. Campbell missed two 3s ok put in Forsyth. St. Mary's more layups 19 point lead game over. Campbell missed 3rd shot in a row, get her out and bringing Forsyth give her a chance. 6 minutes left missing all shots ZAGS playing at slow pace.

    Well wakeup call for us back to the drawing board hopefully coach and team will come better prepared next week and realize you cannot win on your laurels.
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    67-48 Zags down. No intensity this game. Our bread and butter this year has been the inside game, but for some reason right in the 1st quarter we shot 3s like they were going out of style, and kept shooting 3s. No driving to the rim CLF should of shook things up early, wait till 2nd half and that was to late.

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    69-48 3 minutes left ZAGS just standing around still watching ball. Stockton fouls. Get the starter out put in the subs, starters took the night off. Two fouls by Stockton within about 30 seconds or less. Typical Stockton get frustrated just starts fouling, now Stockton shoots and misses. Please take Stockton out of the game put in the Subs.
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    Finally Stockton pulled after another foul. St. Marys won game 1st half CLF and staff could not respond and game was lost. 71-54. Played about even 2nd half but still did not play great at all. St. Marys just stopped making 3s. Hey Louise finally able to play w and scored nice bucket end of game. Why did Louis get one lousy minute. I would have played her the entire 2nd half along with Townsend. Game over we lost 72-56.
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    St. Mary's 72 - Gonzaga 56 Final Game Stats

    Zags with a very disappointing performance...Zags came into the game unprepared and never made any adjustments...

    SMC shot 57% from the field, Gonzaga shot 30%

    SMC shot 44% from beyond the arc, Gonzaga shot 27%

    SMC out rebounded Gonzaga 47 to 21, including 34 to 13 on the defensive boards

    SMC points in the paint 38, Gonzaga points in the paint only 16

    SMC turnovers 21, Gonzaga turnovers 7

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    Well guys I guess we got spoiled in conference this year until now. Guess its more the way we lost not a close game but getting totally hammered and the game being over in the 1st half.

    Time to get Louise Forsyth and Jill Townsend more involved on this team. Louise looking great in the few seconds your giving her CLF.

    Beware all other teams know loud and clear how to beat us make your wide open 3s and hammer the post where their is no defense. Remember previous years live by the 3 die by the 3 Lady ZAGS. Shoot those closer in pull up 2 jumpers.

    Lastly why does no one on the team know how to get charging calls except Stockton. This clearly seems to be a coaching problem this is a simple learn get those feet planted and stand your ground. Rice looked bad jumping at every fake never planting feet. Wirth twins have not been taught how to play defense.

    St;Mary's are not taller than us but they could get the ball in the post and get 3 foot jump shots or lay ins all game. CLF has a lot of work to do if she wants this team to go farther than last year.

    Pull up your boot straps lady time to toughen up.

    Look forward to seeing improved defense in the post and players beside Stockton getting charge calls next game, get to work Lady Zags and CLF.

    Need to have all players pounding the boards. St.Marys just totally wiped us out on the boards. And please ZAGS pick up the pace in your game. Coaching staff change things up quickly when things not working, have to be able to make adjustments quick.

    We played St. Marys game to day half court game. You could see St. Marys players huffing and puffing but we gave them time to rest not pushing ball up quickly. Perhaps we need lots of wind sprints why are we crawling on offense pace not our forte half court offense.

    Challenge anyone to say this game was not as bad as it looks. FG percentage in mid 20s, out rebounded 2-1, we shot 23 shots from 3 point range are you kidding me. Why isn't a coach teaching the bigs on defense, I see absolutely no improvement on defense from the bigs this year. Rice, Wirth sisters have not improved their defense at all from the start of the season, don't they have a coach to teach the bigs defense?

    Lets go LADY ZAGS!
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    Stacey Clinesmith said on the post game radio show the coaching staff was "stunned" (I think that was her word) the team did not play better today. She said the team had a really good, spirited practice yesterday and all involved thought the team was ready to go. She did note, however, SMC lost to LMU Thursday night and the staff was wary of what might play out. She also gave credit to SMC for a game well played and noted that GU simply could not put the ball in the basket today, while everything SMC put up went in. Clearly the Zags did not play well in any facet of the game today, save perhaps free throw shooting. On the other hand BYU lost to USF in 2 OT's today so BYU and SMC are 9-5 so even with the loss today the Zags clinched at least a tie for the regular season WCC championship!
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    Well we dropped a game we definitely shouldn't have to Pepperdine!! High scoring game and it was close, but they were on fire from three point land. And if you overplay on help defense and leave the "hot hand" open, that's what's going to happen. In this conference it seems no game can ever be taken for granted! We held St. Mary's off from 3 point land to get the W, and then three days later, Pepperdine kills us from beyond the arc.


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    Painful game to be at! Disappointing with a sellout crowd. Nobody could hit anything and we could not stop SMC inside. Defense ramped up in 2nd half, but not enough. Ugh! SMC had a great game plan and shot lights out.

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    Gaels Give Zags First WCC Loss

    GU still ends day with WCC Championship


    Feb. 10, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga Bulldogs dug a hole in the second quarter and could never quite climb out, as they lost at home to Saint Mary’s on Saturday, 72-56, their first West Coast Conference loss this year.

    Jill Barta led Gonzaga with 19 points and four rebounds, and Zykera Rice scored 10 and matched Barta’s four boards. Emma Stach was two-for-four from three and scored 10 points, and Laura Stockton dished four assists. The Gaels shot well, at a 56.6 percent clip, and held Gonzaga to 29.5 percent shooting. Gonzaga did force 21 turnovers for 11 steals, and only gave it away seven times themselves. The silver lining on the day for GU was they clinched a share of the WCC Regular-Season Title, with BYU falling at San Francisco. The Zags have now won 12 of the last 13 WCC Titles and this marked their 14th in program history. One more win this year will make the Zags outright champions.

    The Gaels scored inside early, scoring their first 10 points in the paint and leading 10-6 after five minutes. Barta drilled a late three and GU forced seven turnovers in the quarter, trailing 15-11 after one. SMC shot 50 percent in the first quarter and led on the glass, 13-5, with five offensive rebounds. Barta scored nine in the quarter. Saint Mary’s extended their lead to 12, 25-13, four minutes into the second quarter, and a three made it 13. The Gaels went on to lead by as much as 24 in the half, which would be their largest, taking a 41-20 lead into halftime as Barta hit a late three to finish with 14 at the half. SMC hit six threes in the half and shot 61 percent from the field. They led on the glass, 25-10, with 18 points in paint, and 11 assists. GU did force 12 turnovers with six steals, led by three from Barta.

    Chandler Smith opened the half with a three, and after SMC recovered, the Zags went on a 6-0 run to get the deficit down to 13, 50-37, with 4:32 left, with four points coming from Rice. The Gaels built the lead back up to 19 with one minute left, but a three-point play from Jill Townsend made it 57-43 after three. Saint Mary’s shot 55.6 percent in the quarter, but Gonzaga forced four turnovers and GU made two threes. The Gaels built their lead back to 21 in the fourth quarter, as GU could not overcome the deficit.

    Saint Mary’s dominated the rebounds, 47-21, and points in the paint, 38-16. The Zags shot well from the line, going 13-of-15. Townsend scored four points and gave GU their surge in the third quarter as the sellout crowd got going.

    Gonzaga (20-5, 13-1) had their 15-game win streak snapped, but will look to rebound at Loyola Marymount next Thursday at 7 pm. Live links are available at GoZags.com.

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    Well, Well, Well. All of our bad habits rolled into a single game.

    All year our 3 point defense was "hoping the other team would miss" and today, Holland, a 46.8% shooter from 3-point range hit 3 of 4. I guess hoping the shooter would miss was not successful today.

    Raggio, McKay and Beck all shoot over 50% overall. Why, because they are shooting in the paint. Beck is the only one who shoots from outside and she makes about a quarter of her 3 point shots. Solution, push them out of the key, make them shoot jumpers. In the first half, none of the starters had any interest in playing defense. Defense is about effort and the girls had none the entire first half. Lay-up after lay-up. Not picking up the ball. Waving arms at the dribbler as they past by on their way to the hoop. Once again, Barta chose to play only on the offense side of the ball and it hurt the team.

    Honestly, my suggestion, similar to ZAB was to sit everybody who did not want to play defense. If you play defense you play otherwise you sit, no matter if your name is Barta, Stockton, Rice or whoever. Sometimes you have a bad offensive day (watching Stockton shoot today was generally pretty offensive), but defense is about effort and the team as a whole in the first half had little interest in playing defense and it showed. St. Mary's took us out behind the shed and gave us an old-fashioned whipping, which we earned every bit of. Hopefully it will bring the players back to earth.

    Thankfully, nobody else in the league has the inside physicality of St. Mary's. Knowing "how" to beat the Zags is not the same as having the personnel to carry out the game plan. So, I don't think we will be dominated by anybody else but possible St. Mary's. Beat certainly, but dominated and taken out of our game plan, no.

    Hopefully the ladies will take the butt-kicking to heart and put forth an adequate level of effort starting with the tip off through the final whistle for the rest of our games.

    ZagDad

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    Really concerned that CLF may be screwing up a great future. We got two great Freshman in Townsend and Forsyth but they are not getting much playing time. We will have one more year of Barta, Rice, Smith, Stockton. If CLF continues playing Townsend and Forsyth in such limited capacity this year its going to come back to bite us. With our two good Freshman coming in next year you will have four players to start from nearly scratch. Unless she starts developing these players now we will get hammered after JB, ZR, CS, LS graduate.
    Worse scenario we lose 1 or more of these four recruits to transfers to other schools who will let them play.
    You have to progress teach your players new things. Is anyone teaching the guards to penetrate and taking short jumpers are they doing this in practice against a defense? How about teaching all your players to plant your feet, face the incoming body centered, and take a charge. Whoever is coaching the bigs on defense is doing a terrible job. Who is responsible for teaching the ZAGS bigs defense?
    If the coachs don't know how to teach taking a charge, make your only player who does, Stockton teach the whole team how to take a charge.
    Their is more to defense than just traps. St. Marys showed us today that traps can be beat, when the post players do not play any defense.
    You have to develop the talent you have, you can't develop talented players sitting on the bench all the time.
    This was your Wake Up Call CLF and staff.
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    After reading a few of the posts, I thought I would wait a day to write my thoughts...

    The game with SMC was tough to watch... but you got to give it to SMC for bringing their “A” game. They did to us what we have been doing to other teams...

    The thing is... its that time of the season where upsets happen. Every top team better be ready to receive the best game their opponents can produce. The Ladies were run to death by Pacific on Thursday and to me, they looked tired from the get go. Not an excuse but... just saying. Something the coaches need to think about. If GU makes it to the finals they will be playing back to back days at Vegas.

    The team... players and coaches need to learn from this and move on. We still have the best team in the league and need to play like it. SMC took control of the game and played their game... something we can’t let happen.
    Our frosh... are frosh and are still learning. The older players and the coaches need to keep working with them. As the men’s team did, they learned from the first time they played SMC and controlled their best players... something the women need to do with every team and their top players.

    Four more tough games ahead of them... the team needs to understand it and bring nothing but their best.

    Looking forward to finishing league strong...

    Go Zags!!

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    I entirely agree that St. Mary's brought their "A" game. If you listened to the interview with Stella Beck, Raggio and McKay before the first GU game, Coach does not have to get them up for the GU game. These girls look specifically look forward to the games with GU all year and are jacked up to play us. Beating GU means just a little bit more than beating the other teams. The Lady Zags have to realize that they have a target on their back and they have to be "up" for every game.

    I also agree that the Lady Zags looked tired (maybe boarding on comatose in the first half). When you play St. Mary's it is going to be a physical game. A half baked effort against them is going to get your behind hand to you - gift wrapped. Each of the starters got at least once such gift and some more than one. Tiredness could be an excuse for not playing good defense and it would explain the one (1) turnover the ladies generated in the first half.

    The issues which I will not attribute to the "tired" excuse include. Barta simply not playing defense at all in the first half. She simply would not take the person dribbling the lane, allowing lay-up after lay-up. Half of the time she does not even have her arms up. This is not the first game she has dropped the ball on defense. She needs to play both sides of the ball, not just the offensive side of the ball.

    Did you see some of the shot selections taken by the ladies? These are our experienced upperclassman leading our team. Yes we shot poorly, but the shot selection in the first half was not good to say the least. Certainly not beneficial to good shooting percentages.

    I think that I have to agree with ZAB, that I think the coaches totally dropped the ball in this game. You had numerous players who spent the entire first half standing around. Not playing defense and throwing the ball up on offense. My personal opinion would have been 2-3 minutes into the 2nd quarter, after several time-outs did not provide the appropriate results, I would have sat every starter down and told them they would not be going back in the game until they were going to put the appropriate effort in the game. Let the freshman and sophomores play until the upperclassmen seniors decided they were going to get into the game. If they took the game off, I would sit them down and not start them the next game. I simply cannot reward the kind of effort the ladies put forth in the first half. Playing at home, in front of a sell-out crowd and they put out that kind of effort is not acceptable. Not playing well, losing, are all part of the process but the lack of effort cannot be understood or rewarded. You have players on the bench dying for a few more minutes who would give a 110% and you let the top six players sleepwalk through the first half. IMO CLF and staff dropped the ball and it could have significant impact on the rest of the season if not corrected immediately.

    Hopefully Saturday will act as a wake-up call and the top six players will get their head straight for the rest of the season. I think that is what will likely happen. But in the case of another "tired" excuse of a game, CLF better have a better plan "B" than the one she used for Saturday. That one did not work so well.

    In keeping with the positive theme, the girls did outplay SMC in the second half by 36-31. Too bad it took them 20 minutes to get their head into the game.

    ZagDad

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    Hello forum friends (can I call us friends?),

    I’m a long time season ticket holder (12 years) and lurker on the boards. I decided I would like to dive into the conversation. I tend to be a realist with optimistic tendencies, I value and respect direct feedback and don’t have to agree with someone to respect their opinion.

    I understand the frustration with the loss yesterday. It was disappointing and not their best game by a long shot. That being said, the sky is not falling, Chicken Little. We all have bad days at the office, 13-1 in league play and securing a share of the championship seems like something every other team in the league is envious of. Our freshman are developing well, the future of Zag Nation is in good hands with them and the coaching staff.

    If my advice counts for anything I would recommend the team Taylor Swift this game and shake it off.

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    I also wonder about the residual emotional impact of the death of Sister Laura (aka Sister Basketball in our house) may have had with the team. Grief can be a heavy burden.

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    Welcome to the board Zag Swagger.

    I hope the ladies and coaches decide to shake it off, after learning the numerous lessons the game provided.

    Good catch on the possible impact of the death of Sr. Laura.

    ZagDad

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