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    Bulldogs Host Washington State Sunday

    Zags face Cougars for 28th time in program history


    No. 24/22 GONZAGA (8-1) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (4-4)
    DEC. 9 | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER


    TV: SWX
    RADIO: KJRB 790 AM
    LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEO


    INSIDE THE SERIES
    Overall: 28th Meeting; Washington State leads 18-9
    In Spokane: 5-5| In Pullman: 3-10| Neutral: 1-3
    Current Streak: Gonzaga, Won 2
    Last Meeting: Gonzaga won 64-56 in Pullman on Dec. 6, 2018.
    Series Notes: Gonzaga and Washington State meet for the 28th time in program history and the ninth consecutive season. The two programs first met in 1984 in Pullman; WSU won the first eight meetings. Gonzaga claimed its first win in the series in during the 1992-93 season with a 71-69 win in Spokane.
    - In the nine wins the Bulldogs have in the series, they have won by an average of 10.4 points per game.
    - This will be the second time that Gonzaga has faced Washington State while ranked. The last time the two teams met while the Bulldogs were ranked was in 2011; Gonzaga was ranked 24th in the USA Today Coaches Poll when the Zags defeated WSU 71-69 in Pullman on Nov. 30, 2011.
    - Gonzaga is 22-68 all-time against current Pac-12 opponents. Four of those wins have come in the last three seasons.

    SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE:
    - The Cougars were picked to finish 11th in the Pac-12 under first year head coach Kamie Ethridge. WSU finished 10th in the Pac-12 a season ago after finishing with a 10-20 overall record and a 3-14 mark in conference play.
    - Washington State returns six letter winners and three starters from last season's squad, including All-Pac-12 performer Borislava Hristova who earned the all-conference nod after averaging 18.1 points per game to rank third in the conference. Last season, Hristova posted 11 20-point scoring efforts, seventh most in WSU program history. She shot a team-best 45.2 percent from the floor and averaged 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals during conference play.
    - This season, WSU averages 72.0 points per game shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from long range. The Cougars add 36.4 rebounds per game and 15.0 assists per contest and 8.6 steals.
    - Hristova once again leads the Cougars in scoring this season with a 22.0 per game average; Chanelle Molina and Alexys Swedlund also average double figures with 15.9 and 12.5, respectively.
    - Six players are shooting over 45 percent from the floor, led by Jovana Subasic at 57.1 percent. Molina is also shooting above 50 percent at 52.1.
    - Maria Kostourkova leads WSU on the glass with 10.1 rebounds per game. That mark ranks second in the Pac-12 and 47th nationally. Hristova is the second-best rebounder on the squad with 5.8 per contest.
    - The Cougars started the season slow, dropping home contests to Utah State (72-61) and Saint Mary's (70-64), before picking up their first season win with an 87-84 double-overtime victory over Nebraska. Currently, WSU is on a three-game win streak, including a decisive win over Boise State on Dec. 1. The Broncos were receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll, and the Cougars downed the Broncos 95-71 in Pullman behind 30 points from Hristova and 24 from Swedlund.

    ZAGS CRACK AP TOP 25
    Gonzaga found itself inside the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2016 as they were voted No. 24 on Dec. 3. The Bulldogs received 93 votes after defeating then No. 8/7 Stanford 79-73 Sunday afternoon in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

    SMITH PICKS UP WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    - Chandler Smith picked up her first career WCC Player of the Week honor following her 20-point performance against Stanford on Dec. 2. Eight of her 20 points came in the final 3:56 of the fourth quarter including a clutch jumper and two free throws to seal the win in the final 13 seconds. The Brewster, Wash., native went 6-of-10 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe to finish with a game-high 20 points, her second 20-point effort of the season. Smith added three boards, three assists, one block and one steal in the win.

    SHOOTING FOR THE WIN
    Gonzaga posted its best shooting performance of the season against Stanford, sinking 26-of-48 attempts as a squad to shoot 54.2 percent. It was the first time this season that a team shot over 50 percent against the Cardinal and only the third time since the 2016-17 season.

    TIDBITS FROM THE TOP 10 WIN
    Gonzaga's win over then No. 8/7 Stanford marked the:
    - 15th win in program history over a ranked opponent
    - Fifth win over a Top 10 program in history
    - Highest-ranked opponent the Bulldogs have defeated; the previously highest-ranked opponent the Zags had defeated was No. 8/9 Miami on March 19, 2012 in the NCAA Second Round.
    - First win over a ranked opponent since Nov. 18, 2016. Coincidentally, that win was also over Stanford; the Bulldogs defeated the No. 11/8 Cardinal 68-63 in Stanford, Calif., marking just the eighth loss at home for Stanford since 2007.

    CAPITALIZING AT THE LINE
    Gonzaga is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the nation as it ranks 20th overall shooting 77.5 percent from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs rank second in the WCC in free throw percentage but lead the conference in free throws made (117) and rank second in free throws attempted (151). Laura Stockton leads the WCC with a spectacular 95.2 percent shooting (20-for-21). Currently, Stockton has made 10-straight free throws, the longest streak on the squad.

    ATTENDANCE CAPACITY AMONG NATION'S BEST
    Through nine games, Gonzaga ranks second in the entire nation in attendance capacity at 89.92 percent. The Bulldogs trail only Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish are averaging 93.23 percent capacity this season. UConn (73.28 percent), Iowa State (66.73 percent) and Mississippi State (66.14 percent) round out the top five.

    SEASON START TIES FOR BEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY
    Gonzaga's 8-1 start ties for the best start in program history. The Bulldogs have posted 8-1 start twice before: in 2013-14 and in 2008-09. Both of those seasons ended with trips to the NCAA Tournament.

    CAMPBELL WITH THE HOT HAND
    Katie Campbell is currently shooting 55 percent from long range to lead the Zags. Her average has more than doubled from last season as she finished 12-for-50 from long range to shoot 24 percent in 2017-18. Currently, she's 22-for-40 from long range. Campbell's 55 percent ranks second in the West Coast Conference and 10th in the nation. She also ranks 11th in the WCC in field goal percentage at 50.8.

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    Why can't they tweak the starting time when the men are playing on TV at noon the same day? Lots of people are going to be watching that and will not then come to the women's game.

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    From WSU:

    December 05, 2018 / Women's Basketball
    Regional Rivalry Renews For Women's Basketball at #24 Gonzaga Sunday
    The Cougars look for their fourth-straight win.
    By: Athletic Communications

    WASHINGTON STATE (4-4) at #24/22 Gonzaga (8-1) | Sun., Dec. 9 | 2 p.m.
    Live Stats | WSUCougars.com
    Watch | TheW.tv
    Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network

    OPENING FIVE
    > WSU renews its regional rivalry with #24/22 Gonzaga for the ninth-straight season and the 30th time in program history Sunday in Spokane. The Cougars are 20-9 all-time but the Zags have won the last two matchups.
    > The Cougs are fresh off of back-to-back 90+ point efforts for the first time in program history. The 95 points against Boise State tied for the 10th most in a single game.
    > Chanelle Molina, continues her ascent as one of the top PG in the Pac-12 as she averaged 18.5 ppg, 9.0 apg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 spg in the two Cougar wins over the weekend. She dished out a career-best 11 assists against Boise State, the first double-digit assist effort for WSU since Jessica Perry's 10 vs Gonzaga, Nov. 29, 2001.
    > Borislava Hristova, a Cheryl Miller Watch List nominee, sits third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 22.0 ppg having scored double-figures in all eight games including two 30-point efforts.
    > Alexys Swedlund, in her 100th career game came up with a career scoring effort with 24 points against Boise State. She is 4th in the Pac-12 at 2.88 3-ptFG per game.

    GAME INFORMATION - VS GONZAGA
    In the regional rivalry against the Zags the Cougs have been in control with an overall record of 20-9 heading into the 30th all-time matchup. However, Gonzaga has taken the last two meetings between the two sides and six of the last nine dating back to 2010 when the rivalry was renewed on a yearly basis. The Zags enter the game 8-1 on the year and are fresh off of a 79-73 upset of #8 Stanford at the Kennell. Their lone loss on the year came to #1 Notre Dame, 81-65, during the Thanksgiving break.

    LAST TIME OUT
    In one of its most complete offensive efforts in program history, WSU ran away with a 95-71 win over Boise State last week at Beasley Coliseum. From the opening tip the Cougars broke the Broncos, scoring the first nine points of the contest and 17 of the first 20 to open up a double-digit advantage. Burying BSU with an avalanche of three-pointers, the Cougars hit five of their first six from deep in the first quarter while shooting a scorching 75% from the floor to start the game. After the Broncs made a small run to start the second quarter cutting the WSU lead to nine, the Cougars responded with the knockout blow, rolling off a 20-0 run that put BSU away for good.
    In all, WSU hit 13 threes, tied for fourth most all-time, while dishing out 26 assists, fourth-most in a single game.

    COUGS SET A RECORD WITH BACK-TO-BACK 90-POINT PERFORMANCES
    In a first for WSU basketball, the Cougs put together two of their most complete offensive performances against San Francisco and Boise State, scoring 90+ points in back-to-back games for the first time in program history. The two performances were bolstered by huge first halves as WSU scored 61 points against USF and followed with 56 points against Boise State.

    The 61 points were the third-most all-time in a single half while the 34 points scored in the second quarter against USF was a quarter record or WSU. Against Boise State, the Cougs 95 points tied for the 10th most in a single game for the Cougs and the most since a 107 point effort against Oregon March 6, 2014 in the Pac-12 Tournament.
    Article Link: https://wsucougars.com/news/2018/12/...ga-sunday.aspx

    Cougs on a roll and starting to get it together. Can't let them get rolling early.

    Another Big game in the Kennel.

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    Hey ZD, is JL cleared to play this weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGoatZagFan View Post
    Hey ZD, is JL cleared to play this weekend?
    I have not heard anything on JL's status. Zag On The Run seems to have his finger on the status of many of the players, so I put out a PM to him to see if he has heard anything.

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    According to Zag On the Run,

    As of yesterday, Jessie still was not cleared. She has another test tomorrow.

    Good Luck Jessie. Your health is what is most important.

    ZagDad

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    There is an interesting side note to Sunday's game against WSU.

    Our own Katie Campbell was originally a WSU recruit. Her pregnancy changed her plans to go to WSU and led her to a local school (Ventura College) to continue her education after the birth of her daughter. Gonzaga picked up recruiting her while she was at Ventura.

    On Sunday, KC gets to lead her current team against her original team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    There is an interesting side note to Sunday's game against WSU.

    Our own Katie Campbell was originally a WSU recruit. Her pregnancy changed her plans to go to WSU and led her to a local school (Ventura College) to continue her education after the birth of her daughter. Gonzaga picked up recruiting her while she was at Ventura.

    On Sunday, KC gets to lead her current team against her original team.

    ZagDad
    Probably not much left that's familiar for Campbell with all the changes but an interesting side note nonetheless. I have tried to follow Campbell's story since she signed with WSU and ultimately playing for GU. All I can say is how thoroughly impressed I am with this young woman and I wish her continued success on and off the court. Great story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coug Tracks View Post
    All I can say is how thoroughly impressed I am with this young woman and I wish her continued success on and off the court. Great story!
    She is the quintessential Zag. We are very lucky to have her.

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women look to keep momentum on their side against Washington State
    UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

    By Kenrda Andrews
    The Spokesman-Review

    The Gonzaga women’s basketball team will welcome Eastern Washington foe Washington State to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Sunday as the teams face off for the 28th time in program history.

    The Bulldogs enter on a high from last week’s showing and a No. 24 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll – their first time in the Top 25 since 2016. Last Sunday, GU had its best shooting performance of the season, going 26 of 48 from the field to take down No. 7 Stanford. That win marked GU’s 15th win in program history over a ranked opponent and fifth over a top-10 team. The Cardinal were also the highest-ranked opponent the Zags have defeated.

    The Cougars, on the other hand, started their season slowly, dropping home games against Utah State and Saint Mary’s before picking up their first win of the season – a 87-84 double-overtime decision over Nebraska on Nov. 16. WSU is on a three-game winning streak, including a 95-71 victory over Boise State on Dec. 1.

    The Cougars are averaging 70 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the floor and 35.8 percent from the beyond the 3-point arc.
    Borislava Hristova, who earned all-conference honors last season after averaging 18.1 points, is averaging 22 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest, second best on the team.

    Maria Kostourkova leads the Cougars with 10.1 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the Pac-12.

    The Zags will look for West Coast Conference Player of the Week Chandler Smith to continue her strong play. Against the Cardinal, Smith scored 20 points and hit a clutch jumper and two free throws to secure the Zags’ win in the final 13 seconds. It was her second 20-point performance of the season. A win over the Cougars would give GU its best start in program history. Its 8-1 record ties for GU’s best start, set in the 2008-09 and 2013-14 seasons. Both seasons ended with trips to the NCAA Tournament.

    The Bulldogs defeated WSU 64-56 last season in Pullman.
    Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Kennel.
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...n-their-side-/

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    you'd be surprised how many will be there...sure, they'll be checking their phones to see how the guys are doing, but they'll be there....


    on a side note, I see that Drake lost today.....they were higher rated than the Lady Zags so if we can win against the Cougs, they should creep up in ratings a little.

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    WSU comes into the Kennel on a roll having scored 91 points against San Francisco (won by 30) and 95 points against a good Boise State team (won by 24) with both games being played at home. WSU is 3-3 at home, 0-1 at true away games and is 1-0 in neutral site games.

    WSU has played two (2) WCC teams, both of them in Pullman. St. Mary's beat the cougars 70-64 on November 11 while USF lost to the Cougars 91-61 November 29. The Cougars last game was Saturday, December 1 at home against Boise State so both teams should be well rested for Sunday's game in the Kennel. Other than the last two (2) games where WSU scored in the 90's and the double overtime game where they scored 87, WSU has posted scores in the 50's and 60's.

    WSU's projected starting line-up includes: #45 - Borislava Hristova, 6'0", Forward, Redshirt Junior. #23 - Alexys Swedlund, 5'11" - Guard, Senior. #13 - Shir Levy, 5'11", Forward, Freshman. #11 - Chanelle Molina, 5'9", Guard, Junior. #20 - Maria Kostourkova, 6'4", Center, Senior.

    Hristova (Bulgaria) - 22.0 Pts/Gm @ 47.2% overall, 25.8% from 3 pt range & 69.6% from the charity stripe. 5.8 Rbs/Gm, 17 assists with 24 t/o, 4 blks & 12 steals. She made 4/5 3s against Boise State.
    Swedlund (South Dakota) - 12.5 Pts/Gm @ 45.5% overall, 42.6% from 3 pt range & 58.3% from the charity stripe. 1.9 Rbs/Gm, 8 assists with 16 t/o, 3 blks & 21 steals.
    Levy (Israel) - 4.0 Pts/Gm @ 45.2% overall, 44.4% from 3 pt range & 0.0% from the charity stripe. 2.5 Rbs/Gm, 7 assists with 11 t/o, 1 blks & 0 steals. Despite averaging over 20 min/gm, she has not shot a free throw.
    Molina (Hawaii) - 15.9 Pts/Gm @ 52.1% overall, 48.6% from 3 pt range & 83.3% from the charity stripe. 5.1 Rbs/Gm, 49 assists with 21 t/o, 0 blks & 19 steals. Has 2 sisters on team (freshman & RS freshman)
    Kostourkova (Portugal) - 7.8 Pts/Gm@ 45.8% overall, 0.0% from 3 pt range & 62.1% from the charity stripe. 10.1 Rbs/Gm, 18 assists with 14 t/o, 13 blks & 9 steals.

    WSU starters do not foul a lot as only Hristova (once), Levy (once) and Kostourkova (once) have fouled out with most games and players not exceeding 3 fouls in a game.

    Hristova has scored over 25 pts/gm four (4) times this season and 30 or more points twice this season. Swedlund has scored over 20 points twice this year. Levy has scored 13 pts/gm once this year, the remaining games she has scored 7 points or less. Molina typically scores in double digits having scored 15 or more points 5 times this year and more than 20 points 3 times. Kostourkova is not a big scoring threat as she has scored in double digits (13 pts) once this year.

    The last game out (24 pt victory over a 5-2 Boise State team) despite having a 27 pt lead at half and a 23 point lead after 3, all of the WSU starters played 28-34 minutes. WSU did play 10 players but 2 players only played 2 minutes each. The top three (3) players off the bench are a 6'4", redshirt sophomore, center from Serbia, a 6'0" freshman forward from Australia and a 5'6" freshman guard from Hawaii. With the exception of the two (2) 6'4" centers, we actually have more height at the various positions that WSU.

    Some interesting Season Stats from WSU WBB:
    Points per Quarter - WSU - 161-156-138-104 - WSU starts out strong then tries to hold on in the 2nd half.
    Points per Quarter - Opponent - 115-111-151-158 - Opponents fall behind early and come roaring back in the 2nd half.
    Points per Quarter - Gonzaga - 146 - 152 - 158 - 150 - Gonzaga scores uniformly throughout the game

    WSU scores 72.0 pts/gm and gives up 68.6 pts/gm.
    Gonzaga scores 67.3 pts/gm and gives up 55.7 pts/gm
    WSU makes 7.4@3pt shots per game and 10.6 free throws/game
    Gonzaga makes 5.0 @ 3 pt shots per game and 13.0 free throws/game
    WSU earns 36.4 rebounds per game, their opponents average 39.0 rebounds per game. WSU is typically outrebounded, slightly per game.
    Gonzaga earns 39.3 rebounds per game, their opponents average 35.0 rebounds per game. Gonzaga slightly outrebounds their opponents
    WSU averages 15.0 assists per game, has 14.8 turnovers per game, receives 14.9 turnovers per game, creates 8.6 steals/game & 3.9 blocks/game.
    Gonzaga averages 12.7 assists per game, has 14.6 turnovers per game, receives 17.8 turnovers per game, creates 10.1 steals/game & 3.9 blocks/game.

    Based simply on stats, the game looks relatively close. The biggest difference is that WSU does not have a significant rebounding, turnover, steals margin over their opponents while Gonzaga has a significant advantage over their opponents in those areas. Gonzaga scores uniformly throughout the game, WSU scores in bunches in the first half and then trends significantly downward in the 2nd half.

    We need to play our game, shoot reasonably well, keep WSU from getting wide open looks from 3 and play tight, physical defense in the key. Make WSU work for everything and we will have this.

    Let's go Ladies,

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    on a side note, I see that Drake lost today.....they were higher rated than the Lady Zags so if we can win against the Cougs, they should creep up in ratings a little.
    Yes, they lost to South Dakota State in South Dakota. South Dakota State is only 4-3 but they are ranked 6th in the college insider mid-major poll and all 3 of their losses have come to P-6 teams.

    Drake lost 80-71 because they only shot 39.7% overall and 26.9% from 3 pt range. Drake played 10 players and all 10 players played more than 10 minutes (& nobody fouled out). There was little statistical difference in rebounds, assists, steals and turnovers. Both teams shot the exact same number of 3 pt shots (26), SDS had four (4) more shots overall while Drake actually shot 6 more free throws and made 8 more free throws than did SDS. Drake does not have a very tall team. Their team is built on team speed and a large, effective bench. When they had a bad shooting day, they do not have the size inside or the defense to keep the other teams from scoring. Scoring 71 points should win you 95% of the games if you can play good defense. At least for today, Drake's defense was not up to the task.

    Conversely when Gonzaga had an equal (or worse) shooting day, their defense was able to hold their opponent to 39 points. To be fair, South Dakota State is a much better team than Colorado State. I do not like out chances if we shoot under 40% overall and under 27% from 3 against WSU. We likely would have a similar result to what Drake had today.

    It is a loss for Drake, but it is not a bad loss. It is bad enough that if GU can win, they should move ahead of Drake in all of the polls.

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    Game Day!!

    Time to put on the game faces...

    Another PAC 12 team to play and a chance to show who you are. You have the talent and the depth... make things happen and make some memories.

    Go Zags!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Based simply on stats, the game looks relatively close. The biggest difference is that WSU does not have a significant rebounding, turnover, steals margin over their opponents while Gonzaga has a significant advantage over their opponents in those areas. Gonzaga scores uniformly throughout the game, WSU scores in bunches in the first half and then trends significantly downward in the 2nd half.

    We need to play our game, shoot reasonably well, keep WSU from getting wide open looks from 3 and play tight, physical defense in the key. Make WSU work for everything and we will have this.

    Let's go Ladies,

    Type to whip up on some unwelcome felines,

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    I don't know whether we can keep it close unless we just shoot the lights out. We lost our 3 best bigs to transfer after Daugherty was let go and basically play 4 guards at all times. We just don't have a lot of size or make up for it with speed and/or quickness. We also haven't played a team with the kind of bigs GU has and that's going to be a big test. We have been hurt in a lot of games on the boards.

    I really like Kamie Ethridge but she has a lot of work to do. I'm just hoping today we continue to play hard, play our game, and continue the transition. Playing at GU is going to be a big adjustment in terms of talent and environment compared to the rest of the early schedule.

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads WSU by 10 points...34-24...

    Zags with 15 points off of turnovers...

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    Watching the game on TV today.

    Really poor shooting in the 1st quarter by the Zags at about 20% kept WSU in the game. Lady Zags are really bounding the boards (21-13) with 13 of the 21 rebounds, offensive boards. If they shot better we would not need all of those offensive rebounds. 2nd quarter lady zags shot about 75% overall, so at half they are shooting a reasonable 41.7%. Largest, on-going shooting issue is free throws where we are only shooting 50% at 3-6.

    1st quarter defense had several lapses. Everybody, and I mean everybody, knows that Borislava HRISTOVA is WSU's leading scorer (22 pts/gm) so how do you leave her totally unguarded numerous times today? Leaving the main scoring threat unguarded cost the men the Tennessee game today. The Ladies need to know where Borislava is at all times and get a body on her. Similarly, rotations in the key have been sloppy and inconsistent frequently leaving the WSU center, Maria Kostourkova wide open. She is shooting 5-5 in the 1st half with 5 rebounds. Hristova and Kostourkova have 20 of WSU's 24 points. You know who you have to guard.

    Lady Zags forced 11 turnovers in the first half leading to 15 points. WSU forced 6 turnovers leading to only 2 points.

    CLF noted the same issues in her halftime interview and they would work on them in the 2nd half.

    2nd half coming up.

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    Zags on a 15-0 run...Gonzaga leads 40-24...

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    After 3 quarters, Zags lead WSU 54-34...

    Gonzaga outscored WSU in the 3rd 20 to 10...

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    LeeAnne Wirth with 12 points on 6 for 6 shooting from the field...

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    Bench points so far: Gonzaga - 22 & WSU - 0...

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    Gonzaga defeats WSU 76-53...

    Zags had balanced scoring today....6 Zags finished with double figures...

    Melody Kempton finished with 10 rebounds...


    https://gozags.com/sidearmstats/wbball/media

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    Another solid win. Way to go Melody hitting those boards, think MK was first off the bench tonight. Started out cold in 1st quarter perhaps needed the bench earlier for a change of pace. Townsie was feeding the ball to everyone for a basket, in this case assists stats did not paint a accurate picture. Jill fed LS for a wide open 3 that Laura drained.

    Wirth sisters Leann and Jenn another good game. Chandler looked good again on the short game, good to see.

    Katie Campbell is growing leaps and bounds in just 1 week of practice. Now Katie is driving to the hoop with or without the ball, and she has started to take short jumpers. Wow Katie means business this year. Zykera good underneath presence had a powerful block.

    WSU switched to back court trap towards end of 4th quarter and it again gave us problems, 1 violation and 2 or 3 turnovers. We need to prepared for this full court back press.

    Love the way this team plays as a team totally unselfish. We had 6 players hit double figures and one with 8, what a balanced team. Melody what a freshman chipped in 4 points to go along with her 10 rebound tonight.

    Nice Victory Lady Zags!!!!!

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    I thought that LS, CS and Zee would be huge for the Zags this season, but the difference makers have been many others. If the Sr.s would get their shooting game together the Zags would be very hard to beat. Completely dominated the Wash. Cougars with 22 bench points.

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    Balanced scoring attack leads No. 24 Gonzaga to rout of Washington State


    LeeAnne Wirth lead six players in double-figures with 12 points as No. 24 Gonzaga downed Washington State 76-53 on Sunday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

    The Bulldogs (9-1) overcame a first quarter deficit by outscoring the Cougars 22-11 in the second quarter.

    Jill Townsend (11 points), Katie Campbell (11), Zykera Rice (10), Laura Stockton (10) and Chandler Smith (10) all contributed to GU’s balanced scoring.

    Washington State’s Borislava Hristova led all players with 19 points, while Maria Kostourkova added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (4-5).

    The Bulldogs will visit Missouri State at noon next Sunday, while WSU will take on Kansas at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    This story will be updated

    PUBLISHED: DEC. 9, 2018, 4 P.M.

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