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    No. 24/22 WBB Cruises to Victory Over WSU, 76-53

    Zags had five in double figures led by Jill Townsend's 13


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    SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga women's basketball team cruised to the 76-53 win over visiting Washington State Sunday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs sit at 9-1 through 10 games, marking the best start in program history.

    Gonzaga (9-1) finished with five players in double-figures, led by Jill Townsend with 13 points off 6-of-8 from the floor. LeeAnne Wirth added a career-high 12 in 19 minutes while Katie Campbell finished with 11. Zykera Rice and Laura Stockton rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 each. The Bulldogs won the battle of the boards with a 36-25 advantage, led by a game- and season-high 10 from Melody Kempton. The Bulldogs shot 52.5 percent from the floor while limiting WSU to 40 percent shooting.

    "They're steady, they have teammates that can do things, they rely on each other," head women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier said of her team. "I think that allows them to be a little more comfortable because they don't have the weight of team on their shoulders."

    The Zags were ice cold to open the first period, netting just three of their first 11 attempts. With 4:48 remaining, Washington State scored seven unanswered to claim a 13-6 lead with 2:32 to go, but a 6-0 Bulldog run cut the Cougars' lead to one (13-12) heading into the second period.

    Gonzaga's cold shooting did not last long as the Zags converted 10-for-15 field goals in the second to shoot 66.7 percent. With 3:30 to go, Laura Stockton found Jill Townsend for the easy layup to give the Zags a three-point lead (25-22); WSU countered with a layup 20 seconds later to cut the lead to one. With 2:40 to go, another layup from Townsend ignited a 9-0 Bulldog run to put Gonzaga in front 34-24 heading into the break.

    The Bulldogs limited Washington State to 10 third-quarter points and extended their lead to 18 (52-34) to close the period. Gonzaga shot 76.9 percent in the final quarter and led by as many as many as 28 in the final quarter, cruising to the 76-53 win.

    "I'm really proud of them," Fortier said. "I think the final three quarters offensively were tremendous, if you look at what we shot. The first quarter, we were stopping ourselves a little bit; credit Washington State's defense as well. But we weren't moving the ball, we were taking some one-on-one shots that were a little ill-advised and not in rhythm. Once we started sharing the basketball and crashing the offensive glass, I think we really didn't look back too much after that."

    Gonzaga continues play on the road next week at Missouri State on Dec. 16. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. PT in Springfield, Mo.

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    I spoke with KCs dad...confirming that Katie was indeed a WSU recruit.....when she became pregnant her father said June D and her staff couldn't have been more accommodating with Katie and he has total respect for the WSU program because of it......

    now on to the game analysis....

    good crowd.....pretty full..maybe this is becoming a trend.....a good one.

    people around me were following the mens game a bit, but they lost just before the game started...I say oh well.....its probably good to get this loss out of the way.

    we got behind 7 points...CLF called a timeout and then by the half we were up to a 10 point lead....

    late in the game we were up by 30 IIRC but we gave away some points towards the end.....


    without knowing numbers,stats,percentages etc I'm just going to say the two players that stood out were JT and Melody......Melody was in the mix ALL the time.....shes not afraid to be there......I wish the Valley girls had come to Gonzaga but I sure as hell am glad we got Melody.....

    and JT was inside all the time too.....she completed plays after a missed shot like it was planned that way....

    Katie : without shooting a ton of 3's she showed her strength as a player......she is just invaluable....

    a few days ago I said that the Wirths wouldn't be player of the game and so today, Leeanne was.....I am totally impressed with their composure.....so glad they came here....

    I think the team played well with the emphasize on "team".......

    Congratulations lady zags.......you're moving on up this week.....

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    From WSU:

    Game Recap: Women's Basketball | December 09, 2018 | Athletic Communications
    Cougars Fall Short at No, 24/22 Gonzaga
    The Cougs started strong but could not match the Zags balanced attack.

    In Case You Missed It ...

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Playing its final game before finals, Washington State (4-5) could not keep its winning ways going on the road at #24/22 Gonzaga (9-1) as the Bulldogs prevailed, 76-53, Sunday afternoon in Spokane. Despite holding the Zags to just over 20% shooting in the opening frame, the Cougars could not turn a stellar defensive effort into anything more than a one point lead after one as the Bulldogs controlled the offensive glass and with it the scoreboard. With the game evening out in the second quarter, the Zags were able to press their advantage, finishing the half on a 9-0 run that turned a one-point advantage into a double-digit lead at the break. With the shots not falling and the Zags continuing to take advantage of WSU mistakes, the Bulldogs bookended the third quarter with a pair of big runs that seemingly put the game out of reach with still one quarter to play. Despite hitting a handful of shots from the outside the Cougs could not close the gap on the Bulldogs who matched every basket by WSU with one of their own. In the end, the Zags put together a balanced effort with five in double-figures that overwhelmed the Cougs defensively over the final three quarters of play.

    Coach Ethridge Quote of the Game

    "We moved the ball pretty well early and they just got more physical with us and we just don't like being kind of whipped around. You saw a team that played a lot harder than the other team, from the opening tip to the very end. We obviously got very discouraged in the fourth quarter and gave up some things. You look at their players. They came in with an unbelievable amount of energy, they rebounded the basketball, and they exposed anytime we didn't play hard. We just got outworked tonight."

    Things You Need To Know

    - WSU saw its three-game winning streak come to an end as the Zags won their third-straight and improved to 20-10 all-time against the Cougars.
    - Borislava Hristova scored a game-high 19 points, scoring in double-figures in all nine of the Cougars' games to start the year. She moved into ninth place all-time on WSU's scoring list with 1,298 points.
    - Before sitting the majority of the second half with foul trouble, senior center Maria Kostourkova posted 10 points and seven rebounds while shooting 5-of-6 from the floor.
    - Five Bulldogs reached double-figures in the game led by Jill Townsend with 13 points off the bench. LeeAnne Wirth finshed with 12 while Katie Campbell added 11. Both Zykera Rice and Laura Stockton posted 10 points.
    - Gonzaga ended the game shooting 52.5% (32-of-61) from the floor. In the final three quarters the Bulldogs hit 27-of-40 from the field.
    - The Cougars shot 40.0% (20-of-50) from the floor but finished 15-of-40 over the final three quarters of play.
    - Gonzaga finished the game with a 36-to-25 rebound advantage including 15 offensive rebounds, 10 of which came in the first quarter, to post 15 second chance points and a 38-to-28 advantage in points in the paint.
    - The Cougars will take a 10-day break for finals and the end of the semester before heading to Las Vegas for the Duel In The Desert Dec. 19-20. WSU will take on Kansas, Dec. 19, to start the tournament with a second game to follow Dec. 20 with the opponent to be determined.
    Article Link: https://wsucougars.com/news/2018/12/...2-gonzaga.aspx

    I think the WSU coach hit the nail on the head. WSU was thoroughly out-worked, out-efforted, out-hustled from the tip-off until the final whistle.

    ZagDad

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    A very nice game, played by the Lady Zags today. For the most part, the game played out how the statistics and most of us on this board thought it would play out if both teams played their normal games. As always, there are bullet points to take away from today's game to be applied to future games:

    The Good
    - Overall and 3 pt shooting for the game were very good at 52.5% and 50%.
    - We strongly outrebounded (15-21 ORB-DRB) WSU (9-16 ORB-DRB) overall in rebounds and on both the offensive and defensive ends.
    - Turnovers were more manageable today with GU only having 12.
    - While the number of turnovers were relatively equal (GU=12, WSU=16), the Lady Zags made WSU pay for their turnovers much more than did WSU (points off turnover: GU=19, WSU=8).
    - Gonzaga outplayed WSU in the paint with WSU getting 28 points in the paint and Gonzaga getting 38 points in the paint.
    - Offensive rebounding in the 1st quarter was unbelievable with GU gathering 10 offensive boards just in the 1st quarter.
    - It was an entire team effort. 10 players saw some PT and everybody but GB got a rebound and everybody but GB and LF scored, with 5 different players scoring in double digits.
    - After allowing Kostourkova free reign in the key in the first half (10 pts on 5-5 & 5 rbds), the Lady Zags shut her out in the 2nd half with no points and only 2 boards.

    The Bad
    - 1st half (particularly 1st quarter) rotational defense was weak or slow at times leaving Kostourkova open, unchallenged in the key (she was 5-5 in the first half with 5 rebounds) & Hristova open all over the court.
    - WSU brought out a pressure defense with about 5 minutes to go and GU did not handle it very well today either. Yes the game was out of reach, but you thought they would have been better prepared for it, after last week, anyway.
    - Defense got very lax the second half of the 4th quarter and let WSU reduce the lead from 34 points to 23. Yes the game was out of reach but this is a bad habit to get into. If the starters don't want to play defense, bring in the subs.

    The Ugly
    - 1st quarter shooting was about 20% overall due to a combination of very poor shot selection (inside by the bigs - why do you think the had 10-o-bds in the 1st qtr) and just bad shooting by everybody else. It happens. Lady Zags made up for it in the 2nd half.

    At halftime interview, WSU head coach was very impressed with the intensity and aggressiveness brought by the Lady Zags from the opening tip. Said WSU was not used to that level of physicality. Gonzaga does what they do and they do it well and keep bringing it. If they , WSU, did not up their game, Gonzaga was going to run them out of the arena.

    CLF at halftime was reasonably happy, but did mention the lack of rotations leaving people wide open. Loved the intensity on the boards, particularly on the offensive boards. Assumed that their shooting was going to improve in the 2nd half.

    The entire team played very well, but a few players really stood out today. JT was all over on both ends of the court. Whether it was playing defense on the 6'4" center, taking it to the hoop against the same center, getting the o-board and the put back, etc. It seemed that on every other replay, JT was doing something to stand out. The second person for a call out was Katie Campbell. We know she is a deadly shooter particularly from the 3 pt line and quick hands on the defensive end. Today Katie expanded her game, and took it to the hoop for a lay-up and a drive to the hoop with a stop and pop (ala Chandler). Great to see Katie expanding her game. Very nice Ms. Campbell. The final call out goes to Leeann Wirth. Leeann has had a tendency to bring the ball down and try and dribble to the basket when she could simply take a step or two and keep the ball up. Today, LW was very aggressive, hit her shots from the top of the key, took it to the hoop without dribbling (usually) and was very aggressive on the boards against taller and larger opponents. Lots of continued improvement for Leeann. Great to see both Wirths working together or replacing each other virtually seamlessly. LW had a fabulous day today with 12 pts on 6-7 shooting with 2 boards (what happened on the free throws today 0-3 for a 90% free throw shooter?).

    Glad to see, there was really no Stanford "hangover", other than the shooting woes in the 1st quarter. Ladies are 3-1 against P-6 conference teams, great resume' building. It is on to Springfield, Missouri and the Lady Bears of Missouri State next Sunday.

    ZagDad

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Balanced scoring attack leads No. 24 Gonzaga to rout of Washington StateUPDATED:
    Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
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    Before the season began, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier knew she could count on a few things from this year’s Zags: strength in the paint, speed in the backcourt and lots of depth.

    “But honestly, we didn’t know what our starting lineup was going to be,” Fortier said Sunday after a 76-53 home win over Washington State.

    Turns out it doesn’t matter. For the second straight game, the Zags thrived in the paint (outscoring WSU 38-28), points off turnovers (19-8) and especially when Fortier turned to her young bench. There was sophomore Jill Townsend, hitting 5 of 7 shots for a team-high 13 points, true freshman Melody Kempton with 10 rebounds, and sophomore forward Jenn Wirth, backing up twin sister LeeAnne with eight points and a pair of assists in 21 minutes. All three saw 20-plus minutes of action, and GU’s bench outscored the Cougars 25-10.

    The Zags also dished out 17 assists, which along with the bench strength produced some bizarre stats. GU attempted just four 3-point shots – the fewest in Fortier’s five seasons as head coach – and had seven players scoring at least eight points, but none more than Townsend’s 13. LeeAnne Wirth added 12 points, Katie Campbell 11 and Zykera Rice and Laura Stockton 10 each. The parts aren’t interchangeable, it only seems like it during this 9-1 season, the best 10-game start in program history. And they’re having fun, no matter the numbers.

    “I love coaching this team right now, not just because we’re winning, but the way the players are showing up for each other,” Fortier said.

    On Sunday, they did that even when many of their fans didn’t, probably because the GU men were losing their first game of the year while the women were warming up.

    Announced attendance at the Kennel was 5,571, but several hundred seats were vacant for the women’s second straight game against a school from the Pac-12. And just they did against Stanford on Dec. 2, the Zags got off to a slow start. GU showed little in the way of offense until late in the first quarter. By then, the Zags had missed 16 of 19 shots and trailed 13-6. Facing a seldom-seen WSU zone that also included pressure on the perimeter, the Zags, “were stopping ourselves a little,” Fortier said.

    “Give credit to WSU’s defense, but we weren’t moving the ball well, and taking some shots that were a little ill-advised and not in rhythm,” Fortier said.

    However, the Zags earned 10 offensive boards in the first 10 minutes.

    “That set the tone,” said first-year WSU coach Kamie Ethridge, who saw a three-game winning streak end.

    “They were by more the more aggressive team and the more physical team, and we didn’t like any of that,” Ethridge said.

    The Cougars – playing in only their second true road game of the season – had even less to like in the second quarter, as GU was 10 of 15 from the field and ruled the boards 21-13. WSU trailed only 34-24 at the break, but Wirth and Katie Campbell hit early jumpers in the third quarter to force a timeout that Ethridge hoped would stop the slide. Instead, GU held the Cougars to 4-of-14 shooting to take a 54-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

    “WSU was told all the things they needed to do … but it was one of our best third quarters this season,” Fortier said.

    The lead stretched to 28 before the benches emptied and both teams pondered the next week.

    For the Cougars (4-5), it’s the realization, according to Ethridge, that “this is where we are … we play with a certain style that I would say is less physical.” “We’re going to have to play teams that have a great high-low presence,” said Ethridge, whose club plays Kansas on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas.

    GU gets a week off before a nonconference game at Missouri State next Sunday then closes its nonconference season at home against Idaho on Dec. 20.

    “We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” LeeAnne Wirth said.
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...onzaga-to-rou/

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    I’m thinking this team is really having fun playing together...

    Some quick notes...
    Shot 77% in the fourth quarter
    The Wirths — 9 for 11
    LS - a great 3
    Many players with assists...
    The high light film shows how much LW has improved... numerous ways of scoring.
    Ball movement outside to in... getting there.
    And last... defense.

    I asked my friend sitting next to me at the game if CLF was going to go into “the slowdown” to the start of the fourth quarter being up by 20.... we both laughed.

    I feel this team really enjoys playing together and makes each other better.

    And to the coaches... great job of getting them ready.
    Lots of season left... lets keep the fun time rolling.

    Go Zags!!

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    For the past several years, many of us have always dreaded playing St. Mary's and BYU because of their physicality. Despite many years of GU having taller players, we watched our more slightly built, taller, players get pushed around inside by the more aggressive, more muscular teams.

    It appears that despite losing to Notre Dame, at some time during that game, the Lady Zags came to the conclusion that the ND players did not have a star on their chest and that the Zags could play with them. In every game since then the Lady Zags have come out with a physicality and intensity that we have not seen in many years. I have hoped for, but have not expected, that a CLF coached team would be willing enough and physical enough to get in the mud and muck around with the more physical teams. Yesterday, the Head Coach of WSU gave this quote after the game:

    Coach Ethridge Quote of the Game

    "We moved the ball pretty well early and they just got more physical with us and we just don't like being kind of whipped around. You saw a team that played a lot harder than the other team, from the opening tip to the very end. We obviously got very discouraged in the fourth quarter and gave up some things. You look at their players. They came in with an unbelievable amount of energy, they rebounded the basketball, and they exposed anytime we didn't play hard. We just got outworked tonight."

    When was the last time this could be said about a Gonzaga team playing a team from a P-6 conference. We have had talented teams, we have had finesse teams, we have had conference winning teams. We have had physical players but what we have not had is a physical team, a team that is willing to punish an opponent on the boards, in the key, bringing the ball up the court, taking a charge. This physicality and the belief that we can win is the component that has been missing in our 1st round losses in the NCAA.

    Fans of the Lady Zags, this year we have a talented, finesse, and yes, physical team that knows, not thinks, knows they can play with anybody and they fully expect to win. When we have injuries, the next (wo)man steps up and the team carries on. Broken finger, ha, that is so yesterday. Concussion, don't worry we got this. This team is for real, believes in itself and is ready to take us on a ride.

    This team is special and it could prove to be a very good year.

    Eastward Ho and onto Missouri.

    Ladies, you got this.

    ZagDad

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    That was an enjoyable butt-kicking to watch on the local cable.
    Hey, did you happen to catch Judge Judy the other night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingon50 View Post
    That was an enjoyable butt-kicking to watch on the local cable.
    I rushed down to the Kennel as soon as the men's game was over and I got to see an enjoyable butt kicking live! Great team win. Lots of heart shown.

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    From the Spokesman-Review a bunch of really very good pictures of both the lady zags and WSU.

    Picture Link: http://www.spokesman.com/galleries/2...gonzaga-dec-9/

    ZagDad

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