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    WBB: No. 14/15 Bulldogs Face Portland Saturday

    Game will be broadcast locally on SWX


    Portland Game Notes

    Gonzaga Game Notes


    No. 14/15 GONZAGA (15-1, 4-0 WCC) vs. PORTLAND (8-7, 0-4 WCC)
    JAN. 12 | 2 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER



    TV: SWX
    RADIO: KJRB 790 AM/94.1 FM
    LIVE STATS | LIVE STREAM



    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga and [Portland] will meet for the 78th time in program history and the 36th time in Spokane. The Bulldogs have won 19 straight games in the series, and they have won 35 of the last 36 meetings.
    - The Zags are currently on an 11-game win streak, the longest so far of the season. The Bulldogs longest win streak in program history is 23 games, a feat they accomplished from Dec. 10, 2004 to March 6, 2005. The longest recent streak is 15-straight victories which occurred between Dec. 17, 2017 and Feb. 8, 2018.
    - With its 4-0 start to WCC play, Gonzaga has now opened conference play with a 4-0 record 10 times in program history. Two of those seasons (2004-05; 2009-10), the Bulldogs went on to have undefeated 14-0 conference records before the addition of BYU and return of Pacific to the WCC. Currently, the Zags hold the record for conference wins with 17, a feat they accomplished last season after posting a conference-best 17-1 record.
    - The Zags continue to stretch their best start in program history as they carry a 15-1 overall mark following their 74-62 win over Saint Mary's on Jan. 3. Previously, their best start was an 8-2 mark, most recently during the 2013-14 season.
    - Gonzaga is ranked for the fifth-straight week after entering the polls at No. 24/22 on Dec. 3. Following their 88-65 win over Pacific on Jan. 5, the Bulldogs moved up to 14th in the AP Poll on Jan. 7. It's the program's highest ranking ever, surpassing the previous high of #15, which was set in March 2010.

    INSIDE THE SERIES
    Overall: 78th meeting, Gonzaga leads 51-26
    In Spokane: 26-9| In Portland: 23-14| Neutral: 2-3
    Current Streak: Gonzaga, Won 19
    Last Meeting: Gonzaga defeated Portland 75-36 in Spokane on Jan. 25, 2018.
    Series Notes: Gonzaga and Portland meet for the 78th time in program history and the 35th time in Spokane. The series dates back to 1981 when the programs met for the first time for a game in Portland. Gonzaga has dominated the majority of the series, but Portland strung together 11-straight wins from the 1993-94 season to the 1997-98 season before a 77-65 Bulldog win halted the streak. The Zags have dominated the series in the last 17 seasons, winning 35 of the last 36 meetings.
    - Throughout the series, Gonzaga has averaged 70.2 points per game while limiting Portland to 61.6.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga tallied its 11th-straight win with a 75-36 win over the Pilots at home. The Bulldogs' 36 points allowed was the lowest of the 2017-18 season. Three players finished in double-figures for the Zags, led by Jill Barta with 21 points and seven rebounds while Zykera Rice and Jessie Loera added 13 and 10, respectively.

    SCOUTING PORTLAND:
    - Portland is 8-7 overall on the season with an 0-4 mark in WCC play. The Pilots finished the non-conference season with an 8-3 mark, the program's best 11-game record since going 8-3 during the 2010-11 season.
    - The Pilots average a conference-best 75.3 points per game, good for a tie for 49th in the nation.
    - Julie Spencer leads Portland in scoring at 16.0 points per game, good for sixth in the WCC. Darian Slaga is close behind at 15.3 points per contest, good for seventh in the conference. Haylee Andrews rounds out the double-figure scoring with 11.4 points per game.
    - Slaga recently eclipsed 1,000 career points as she netted 22 points against Pacific on Jan. 3. Slaga became the 25th player in Portland history to score 1,000 career points.
    - As a team, the Pilots lead the WCC in threes made per game (8.9), free throw percentage (.769) and scoring offense (75.3 points per game).
    - Spencer also leads the Pilots in rebounding with 7.7 per game. Andrews ranks second with 5.3 rebounds per game.
    - Portland is currently on a four-game skid to open conference play. Through the first four games of WCC play, Portland has averaged 70.8 points per game while giving up an even 83.0 points per game. In their last game, the Pilots gave up 98 points to Saint Mary's in a 98-91 loss.

    BULLDOGS KEEP ON CLIMBING
    Gonzaga's recent jump to No. 14 in the AP Top 25 Poll marks its highest ranking ever. Previously, the Zags had been ranked as high as No. 15 in the Associated Press poll, a feat they accomplished March 20-27, 2010 (That same week, Gonzaga did reach a No. 14 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll). That season (2009-10), Gonzaga entered the Top 25 poll at No. 24 on Feb. 6, 2010 following a 93-53 win over San Francisco. The Bulldogs continued to move up in the poll through WCC play, moving up to 22nd, 21st, 19th, 17th and finally 15th. The Bulldogs posted a 20-game win streak and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen that season.

    ON TOP OF THE CONFERENCE
    Through the first 16 games, Gonzaga leads the WCC in six statistical categories: scoring defense (56.6 ppg), scoring margin (+15.8 ppg), rebounding defense (32.8 rpg), rebounding margin (+6.8), steals (10.3) and turnover margin (+3.7). The Bulldogs also rank second in six statistical categories: free throw percentage (.767), field goal percentage defense (.366), three-point percentage (.369), three-point percentage defense (.286), blocked shots (4.1 bpg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0). The Bulldogs also lead the the WCC in RPI (currently ranked 11th in the nation). BYU is the next closest WCC school, ranked 38th in the latest RPI rankings.

    RICE RIPPING THROUGH THE WCC
    Through the first four games of WCC play Zykera Rice has:
    1. Increased her scoring average by 7.1 points per game: 11.7 ---> 18.8
    2. Increased her shooting percentage by 21 percent: .420 ---> .630
    3. Picked up back-to-back WCC Player of the Week honors

    MOVING ON UP
    Laura Stockton dished out five assists in GU's 88-65 win over Pacific to surpass Carla Curfman on the all-time career assists list. Stockton now has 395 career assists to rank fifth all-time in GU history. She is six assists shy of fourth place; former Zag Jazmine Redmon claims the fourth spot with 400 career assists.

    NEARLY PERFECT
    The Bulldogs are capitalizing on their opportunities at the line as they average 76.7 percent from the charity stripe through the first 16 games. Seven players are shooting at least 75 percent from the line, led by Stockton. Stockton has only missed two free throws all season (32-34), and is currently shooting 94.1 percent from the line to lead the WCC. Currently, Stockton averages 2.0 made free throws per game; national statistics require 2.5 made free throws per game to qualify. Katie Campbell is currently perfect from the line (18-18), but is only attempting 1.1 free throws per game. Chandler Smith has attempted the second-most free throws on the squad (46), and she is currently shooting 80 percent from the line (37-46).

    KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
    Katie Campbell is currently on a 14-game streak with at least one three-point field goal. Through the first 16 games, Campbell is 33-67 from long range and is shooting 49.3 percent to lead the Zags. Campbell's 49.3 percent also leads the WCC and ranks fifth in the nation.

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    Week Three Up For #WCCHoops Women


    COMPLETE WEEK 10 NOTES


    WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

    Four West Coast Conference teams in the Top 65 in RPI in Gonzaga (11), BYU (37), Saint Mary’s (41) and Pacific (59). The WCC is ranked 7th as a conference and is the only non-Power 6 conference with 4 teams in that range.

    Gonzaga is riding an 11-game winning streak to lead the conference at 15-1. The streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the country, just three behind the 14-game streak of NC State. Also, the Bulldogs’ five-game road winning streak is the 10th-longest active.

    Gonzaga’s win against No. 8 Stanford marked the fifth Top 10 win in program history and the third in five seasons under Lisa Fortier. The win also cemented the best start to a season in program history at 9-1, surpassing the 8-2 marks done by the 2008-09 and 2013-14 teams.

    BYU sophomore Sara Hamson is the active Division I blocks per game leader with a 3.44 blocks per game average in her career.

    BYU freshman Shaylee Gonzales has scored in double figures in every game this season and leads the Cougars in scoring at 17.1 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the WCC.

    Pacific Sophomore G Valerie Higgins leads the WCC in double-doubles (6), rebounds (8.5) & steals (3.5) in her first season as a Tiger after transferring from USC.

    San Francisco senior G Shannon Powell played all 159 of 160 minutes in conference-play and leads the league in assists per game in WCC play at 6.0.

    Santa Clara junior Lauren Yearwood is the seventh in the country in blocked shots (38) and 12th in blocks per game (2.71) after the junior transfer’s strong start. Yearwood has posted at least three blocks in nine of 14 games this season, including four of the last six.

    With an average of 5,574 fans per game, Gonzaga’s average attendance ranks 12th & attendance ratio to capacity (92.9%) ranks 1st in the NCAA.

    BYU has limited 14 of 15 opponents this season to 70 or less points this season, including six straight games with opponents scoring less than 60 points.

    #14/15 Gonzaga is averaging a +21.1 scoring margin after four conference games.

    Saint Mary’s, which ended the 2017-18 season ranked ninth in the country in field goal percentage at .478, are off to a strong start this year as the WCC leader and No. 12 in the NCAA with a .477 field goal percentage.

    Gonzaga forward Zykera Rice repeated as the WCC Player of the Week >> FULL RELEASE


    WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Thursday, January 10
    San Diego at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 6:30 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=155862
    Santa Clara at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 7 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=155864
    San Francisco at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=155857
    Brigham Young at Pacific - TheW.tv - 7 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=155855

    Saturday, January 12
    Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 1 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156299
    San Diego at Pacific - TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156301
    Brigham Young at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156325
    San Francisco at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156302
    Portland at [14] Gonzaga - SWX/TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157001

    WCC Sports Article Link

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    From the Portland Web Site:

    Women's Basketball 1/9/2019 1:03:00 PM
    Pilots Travel to Spokane For Match-Up with No. 14 Gonzaga

    PORTLAND PILOTS (8-7, 0-4 WCC)
    WEEK 9: at No. 14 Gonzaga (15-1, 4-0 WCC)

    Date: Jan. 12, 2019
    Place: Spokane, Wash.
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Gym: McCarthey Athletic Center
    Live Video: PortlandPilots.com
    Live Stats: PortlandPilots.com

    POR vs. GON
    Overall: 27-50 • Last 5/10: 0-5/0-10
    H: 14-22 • A: 10-26 • N: 3-2
    Last: @GON 75, POR 30 (1/25/18)

    THIS WEEK
    • The Pilots travel to Spokane, Wash., this weekend to battle the No. 14 Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
    • Tip-off for the long-time northwest rivals is set for 2 p.m.
    • Links for a live stream and live stats can be found at PortlandPilots.com.

    LAST WEEK
    • The Pilots dropped their two WCC games at the Chiles Center as the Pacific Tigers claimed a 76-66 win on Thursday night, and the Saint Mary's Gaels held off Portland 98-91 in a high-scoring contest on Saturday afternoon.
    • Darian Slaga scored her 1,000th career point against the Tigers and the Pilots nearly came all the way back from a second-half deficit, but Pacific held on for the win.
    • In the second half, the Pilots cut what was a 21-point deficit down to six before time ran out.
    • Slaga hit a career-high six three-pointers.
    • Portland had three players score at least 20 points against the Gaels and the game remained close until the end, but Saint Mary's prevailed.
    • Julie Spencer scored 23 points to lead the Pilots, Slaga added 21 points, and Maddie Muhlheim provided a career-high 20 points off the bench.
    • Down 13, the Pilots went on a quick 9-2 run to pull within 88-82 with 2:59 left, and the margin was still only six after Spencer knocked down a step-back three, but that's as close as the Pilots would get as the Gaels hit enough free throws to claim the win.

    ABOUT THE PILOTS
    • The Pilots are the top scoring offense in the West Coast Conference, averaging 75.3 points per game.
    • Portland is also No. 1 in the WCC in three-pointers (8.9) and free throw percentage (.769), and they're 3rd in steals per game (9.3) and scoring margin (+3.6).
    • Portland ranks 17th nationally in free throw percentage, and they're 26th in three-pointers per game.
    • Portland shot a perfect 17-for-17 at the line at Pepperdine (Dec. 29) to match a program record for most free throws made in a game without a miss.
    • With 22 points last Thursday against Pacific, senior Darian Slaga became the 25th player in program history to reach the 1,000-career point milestone.
    • Slaga enters the weekend with 1,033 career points.
    • Slaga also ranks third all-time at UP with an .819 career free throw percentage, and she's tied for seventh in career three-pointers with 126.
    • In the conference, Slaga is tied for second (with teammates Julie Spencer and Maddie Muhlheim) for three-pointers made (33), she's fourth in free throw percentage (.837), and the six three's she buried against Pacific are a career high and are tied for the most in a game this season by a WCC player.
    • Senior Julie Spencer is also on pace to reach the 1,000 career point milestone as she currently has 948 points.
    • Spencer ranks No. 4 all-time at Portland with 430 defensive rebounds and she's 10th in overall rebounds with 638 career boards.
    • Spencer is second in the WCC in three-pointers made (33), fifth in overall rebounds (7.7), and sixth in points (16.0).
    • The senior has four double-doubles this year, ranking fourth in the WCC, and she corralled 14 boards during a win at Weber State, which are tied for the second most rebounds in a game by a WCC player this season.
    • Sophomore Maddie Muhlheim is 21-22 (.955) from the line this season, missing her first foul shot of the year last Saturday against Saint Mary's.
    • Last year Maddie Muhlheim set a program record for three-pointers by a freshman when she knocked down 48 from behind the arc.
    • Sophomore Josie Matz just missed a program record by making all nine of her foul shots at Pepperdine; the program's DI record for most free throws in a game without a miss is 11, which happened in 2011 (Alexis Byrd).
    • Portland's 7-2 record after nine games was the Pilots' best start to a season since 1997-98, while 8-3 was the program's best mark since 2010-11.
    • The Pilots also opened the year with three straight road wins, which hadn't happened since 2010-11.
    • The Pilots have already surpassed last year's win total of seven victories.
    • Four different players (Andersen, Andrews, Slaga, Spencer) have registered a double-double this season for the Pilots, and four different players (Andrews, Muhlheim, Slaga, Spencer) have scored at least 20 points in at least one game.
    • The Pilots returned their five top scorers from a year ago, and they brought back 78 percent of their scoring from the 2017-18 season.
    • 2018-19 marks the fifth year for head coach Cheryl Sorenson, who was previously an assistant for the Pilots.
    • Sorenson, who starred collegiately at the University of Washington, was a high school All-American at nearby Clackamas High School.
    • Back on the Portland bench is fifth-year assistant coach Steve Lowe.
    • Skyler Young and Tiffany Gibson, who spent the past three years as Portland's director of operations, are in their first years as assistant coaches.
    • Alex Brown takes over director of operations responsibilities.
    • Portland has been to four NCAA Tournaments (1994-97), two WNIT's (1998 & 2009) and one WBI (2010).

    ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
    • The Gonzaga Bulldogs are ranked No. 14th in the AP poll, which is the highest ranking in program history.
    • GU's lone loss this season came against No. 1 Notre Dame.
    • The Zags are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 72.4 to 56.6, and they lead the WCC in fewest points allowed, blocks (4.1), steals (10.3), and fewest turnovers (14.2).
    • Fiver players are averaging 8-plus points for Gonzaga, led by two-time reigning conference player of the week Zykera Rice (13.4 ppg).
    • Rice is also the team's top rebounder with a 6.8 per game mark.
    • Lisa Fortier is in her fourth season as head coach of the Bulldogs, and she's led GU to two consecutive NCAA tournaments.
    Article Link: https://portlandpilots.com/news/2019...4-gonzaga.aspx

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    Portland has excellent depth as a team also. They have 6 players that average over 20 minutes a game, 3 players over 12 minutes, and 1 player 8 minutes, and 1 7 minutes. Thats 11 players deep. Portland will not wear down with that kind of depth. Portland attempts a ton of 3s per game.

    They have 4 main 3 point shooters #23 Spencer 33-86 3s, #32 Slaga 33-98 3s, #15 Muhlheim 33-98 3s, and #10 Andrews 12-27 3s. Portland is averaging 8.9, 3 pointers made per game.
    Portland is currently the leading offense in the WCC. They scored 91 points against St. Mary's and lost 98-91. This team scores points really quick!!!!

    Portland is the leading free throw percentage making team in the WCC. If you put this team on the free throw line they will make you pay.

    Beware of Portland Danger Danger!!!! They will shoot more 3s than any team you have ever saw before. Against St.Marys their last game 14-24 3 pointers. Against Pacific 11-30 3 pointers. Previous two games against Pepperdine and LMU they were 7-21 3 pointers, and 8-32 3 pointers.

    #23 Slaga made 6-12 3 pointers against Pacific. If we give them wide open 3s they will make us pay dearly. One of our weaknesses seem to be guarding the 3 point shots and leaving players wide open from the 3 point line, CLF has her work got out for her this game. If you let this team get out to a fast start on you, it might not be easy to catch up.

    No lead is safe against Portland, they can comeback very quickly. Portland plays fast they have 7 players with over 13 steals.

    Last game 3 Portland players scored over 20 points #23 Spencer, #32 Slaga, and #15 Mulhheim. And #10 Andrews chipped in 14 points.

    We are really going to have to win the rebounds battle on defense can't afford to give them multiple shots. Offensively we are going to have to have rebounds to keep scoring points at a good clip.

    We need to keep a body on #23 Spencer 6'2", and #32 Slaga at all times.
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    Instead of all the doom and gloom, how about some news about how good the Lady Zags are:

    The Lady Zags currently lead the WCC in six (6) statistical categories:
    - Scoring Defense - 56.6 PPG
    - Scoring Margin - +15.8 per game
    - Rebound Defense - 32.8 RPG
    - Rebound Margin = +6.8 per game
    - Steals - 10.3 per game
    - Turnover Margin +3.7 per game

    If you are a Portland Pilot, I would be afraid, very afraid.

    Let's do this ladies, Zag Up.

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    Plenty of teams will launch around 20-25 3's, nothing at all out of the ordinary. Ever seen DePaul play? They get up into the 40's in attempts sometimes. This seems like a lot of hyperbole for a team that is 0-4 in conference.

    Here I go with analyzing stats again. They may be leading the conference in scoring, but in 3 of their conference losses they only scored 68, 56 and 66. They've given up 82, 76, 76 and 98 (!) in their conference losses. 3 of the 4 were by double digits. Also they have two OOC wins against D2 or D3 teams (Warner Pacific and Willamette). Scored 98 and 82 in those 2 games. Those shouldn't even count toward their season stats. They gave up 92 points to Arizona and Portland St. in OOC. 3 times already this year they've allowed 90+ in regulation. This is a terrible team defensively, and the Zags can score.

    That was a noble attempt to present them as a very dangerous team, but I ain't buyin' it. They lost by 14 and 18 on the road to Pepperdine and LMU, teams GU beat by 25. I know transitive properties don't exist in sports, but this should not be a tough game.

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    14th-ranked Gonzaga women not looking past Portland as showdown with BYU looms
    Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
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    At first sight, this would be the perfect time for the Gonzaga women to look past their next opponent. That would be the Portland Pilots, who visit the Kennel on Saturday afternoon as the only team without a win in West Coast Conference play.

    Meanwhile, things couldn’t be going much better for the Zags, who are 15-1 overall and 4-0 in the WCC. They’re also ranked 14th in the nation – the highest in program history – and sit a lofty 1000th in the Rating Percentage Index.
    After Saturday’s game is a showdown Thursday at BYU, the only other team with a perfect WCC mark.

    That makes Portland (8-7 overall, 0-4 in the WCC) a perfect trap game, but coach Lisa Fortier wasn’t going there. Two days after routing Pacific, her players had been brought up to speed on the Pilots.

    “We respect them,” said guard Jill Townsend, who noted that Portland is coming off narrow losses to Pacific (76-66) and Saint Mary’s (98-91), while Fortier says the Pilots “probably will play a little loose.”
    Then again, so should the Zags, who got two days off this week after playing four games in eight days.

    “They deserve it,” Fortier said.

    Forward Julie Spencer leads Portland with a 16 points per game scoring average, with guard Darian Slaga close behind at 15.3.

    “They have a bunch of players who can shoot it,” Fortier said.

    GU tops the conference stat sheet in several key areas, including scoring defense (56.6 ppg), rebounding margin (plus-6.8), steals (10.3) and turnover margin (plus-3.7).

    The Zags have dominated the series, winning 35 of the last 36 meetings. Last year, GU won 70-56 at Portland and 75-36 in Spokane.
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-past-portlan/

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    According to a tweet from Zykera,

    Jazzy Redmond and Shaq were participating at the lady zags practice as practice partners today. According to "Z", the best practice partners money can't buy.

    Nice to see the Alumni getting in on the action.

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    Go Lady Zags!


    Staying focused on the task at hand. Next up, Portland!...



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    After the 1st quarter, Gonzaga leads Portland 29-13...Zags finish the quarter on a 24 to 8 run...

    LeeAnne Wirth leads Gonzaga with 8 points...Laura Stockton with 6 points and Zykera Rice with 5 points...

    Zags had 10 assists on the 13 baskets...

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads 49-32...The 2nd quarter was sloppy for the Zags...


    Zykera Rice leads the Zags with 15 points...Zykera scored 10 of the 20 Gonzaga scored in the 2nd quarter...
    Zykera is 6 for 6 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free throw line...

    Laura Stockton is next with 10 points, LeeAnne Wirth follows with 8 points and Melody Kempton scored 6 points...

    Gonzaga shooting 55% from the field...Zags with 10 offensive rebounds and 27 total rebounds...

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    Gonzaga leads 72-52 after 3 quarters...

    Zykera Rice leads the Zags with 21 points...Laura Stockton has 16 points...Lee Anne Wirth and Jill Townsend
    both 9 points and melody Kempton follows with 6 points...

    Zags out rebounding the Pilots 40 to 19...Gonzaga with 16 offensive rebounds...

    Zags with 21 assists on their 31 baskets...

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    Gonzaga defeats Portland 97-71...Zags improve to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the WCC...

    Zykera Rice with a career high 28 points to lead the Zags...

    Laura Stockton also with a carrier high 19 points...

    Jill Townsend follows with 11 points and Melody Kempton also in double figures with 10 points...

    LeeAnne Wirth scored 9 points for the Zags...


    Gonzaga hit 51.9% from the field...Zags out rebounded the Pilots 58 to 30...

    Gonzaga finished with 27 assists on their 41 baskets from the field...


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

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    Congratulations to Zykera Rice career high 28 points on 11-13 shooting, and Laura Stockton career high 19 points. Wow could we have a 3rd in a row player of the week for Zykera? Well Laura had 6 assists also she deserves a nomination.

    Awesome coaching job by CLF and staff they were on their 3 point shooters tight from the beginning no open shots in 1st quarter. 97-72 Zags win easily. Have to hand it to Portland though, they never gave up and made a run to get it down to 14-16 points a couple of times in the 2nd half.

    We were slow to start 4th quarter only 5 points scored at 5:30 mark, but we finished fast adding 20 points in the last 5:30, way to finish Lady Zags!!!! We were very steady the whole game scoring 29/20/23/25 in the four quarters.

    Portland came out all over Katie Campbell. Funny moment of the game was in the first quarter where this girl guarding Katie was putting hands in the face of Katie when she did not have the ball, and Katie being irritated started slapping away the hands like they were flys (no fouls were called). But its was typical Might Mouse behavior which I love about Katie.

    Grit girls awards for the game go to Jill Townsend in the 1st quarter when she was hammered on to the floor when going in for a shot in the 1st quarter, and Laura Stockton who took a nasty blow to the jaw in the 4th quarter. Jill after going out shaken up, later returned to the game. Laura stuck around and finished her career high points scored in a game. Would love to see Laura get player of the week this week!!!!

    Nine Lady Zags finished with 4 or more rebounds, we dominated on the boards way to hustle ZAGS. Jessie Loera finished with 9 assists, is that a career high for her? Good game by Melody Kempton hitting the offensive boards and finished with 10 points, she has good toughness. Speaking of that have notice the Wirth twins playing with more toughness also fighting for the ball. Scrum hustle of the game Melody Kempton diving for the ball on the floor rolling between two Portland players and taking some elbows.

    Congratulations Lady Zags on another great team win. Now lets go make a statement and beat BYU by 20.

    CLF wisely mixing up her players again to keep them all healthy as possible and not overtaxing them IE Chandler Smith who still managed 7 rebounds with good Senior leadership.

    It was neat watching the guards half court ball drills today and how they paired up throwing the basketball back and forth to each other in. One pairing was Katie Campbell and Laura Stockton they seemed to being having a ball, goofing around while they did warmups, simulating fake shots, shake and bake, etc, and all smiles. Then their was the pairing of our cowgirl neighbors Chandler Smith and Jill Townsend going threw the drills without even having to think about them, no emotion, like drill instructors. Then their was the pairing of Louise Forsyth and Jessie Loera, with Jessie letting Lousie set the temple to keep in step with the drills, Jessie all business no smiles. It was just interesting and something I never paid attention to in previous game warmups.
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    Another TEAM win. Loved how Chandler Smith was perfectly content with how her team mates were playing and scoring, so she just ran the offense. Could've scored but no need to.

    Huge test next game.
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    LS had a really good game....I still think she's a bit of a gunner at times....but today, she had good positioning and it worked well....she's on a mission this year....

    oh Lord, the refs.....Katie gets smashed in the back, no call....JT going for a rebound with outstretched arms and the other team did the same, but why is it always JT who gets called?....she has as much right as anybody to go for the ball.....also, Mel Kempton in a perfect stance to garner an offensive charge and she was surely set, yet gets called for a block......

    as far as players, today I thought along with Zee and LS having really good games, JT and Melody had great games......they both are go getters.....aggressive on both ends of the court....

    the FT's....ugh.....got to improve on that...

    congratulations team....another win....another brick in the wall....

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    No. 14/15 Bulldogs Defeat Portland 97-71

    Rice leads all scorers with a career-high 28 points


    Gonzaga 97 - Portland 71 Final Stats Link


    SPOKANE, Wash. -- The No. 14/15 Gonzaga women's basketball team defeated visiting Portland 97-71 Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

    Gonzaga (16-1, 5-0 WCC) was led by Zykera Rice with a career-high 28 points off 11-of-13 from the floor to go along with seven boards and three assists. Laura Stockton added a career-high of her own with 19 points to go along with six boards and six assist to move into fourth all-time in program history for career assists with 401. Jill Townsend and Melody Kempton rounded out the double-figure scoring with 11 and 10, respectively.

    The Bulldogs dominated Portland (8-8, 0-5 WCC) inside with a 42-26 advantage in the paint while owning the glass with a season-high 58 rebounds including 22 offensive boards. The Zags finished with 23 second-chance points while forcing 16 turnovers on the Pilots.

    Gonzaga opened the first quarter on a tear, shooting 65 percent from the floor for 29 points. The Zags had 10 assists on 13 field goals in the opening period; LeeAnne Wirth led the Zags with eight points off a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor. The Bulldogs held the Pilots to 31.3 percent shooting in the opening period and outscored them 10-4 in the paint while forcing seven turnovers to lead 29-13.

    "We did get the first quarter that we wanted; we wanted to come out with lots of energy," head women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. "[Portland] is an energetic team and they can score in a variety of different ways…So we wanted to set the tone early."

    The Bulldogs opened the second on a 4-0 run to extend their lead to 18 (33-15), but Portland battle back, capping a 10-4 run to cut GU's lead to 12 (37-25) with 4:29 to go. The Zags closed the period with a 12-7 run, including a buzzer-beating jumper from Townsend, to lead 49-32 heading into the break.

    In the second half, the Bulldogs outscored Portland 48-40, shooting 48.7 from the floor. Gonzaga led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter and nearly broke the 100-point barrier, finishing with a final 97-72 win.

    Portland was led by Jayce Gorzeman and Julie Spencer with 15 points each while Darian Slaga and Haylee Andrews added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

    BYU is up next for the Zags as they travel to Provo, Utah to take on the Cougars Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. PT.

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    Gonzaga gets off to quick start, takes care of Portland to remain unbeaten in WCC play


    Gonzaga had the best of both worlds Saturday afternoon.

    Even during a 26-point win over Portland, the Zags found some teachable moments ahead of next week’s West Coast Conference women’s basketball showdown at BYU.

    After taking a 20-point lead early in the second quarter, GU went on cruise control the rest of the way. That worked fine against the last-place Pilots, but perhaps not next week in Provo, Utah.

    “We’ve had a couple of rough starts lately, but today we got the first quarter we wanted,” GU head coach Lisa Fortier said.

    “After that, we were just OK,” Fortier said after the 14th-ranked Zags cruised past the Pilots 97-71 in front of a crowd of 5,697 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

    The win was the Zags’ 12th straight and left them at 16-1 overall. They’re also 5-0 in the WCC – right behind BYU (6-0) after the Cougars won 74-73 at Saint Mary’s.

    Fortier knew the score as she emerged from the locker room.

    “Yeah, I saw it,” she said, acknowledging that a big week lies ahead.

    “We just need to have a tough road mentality,” Fortier said.

    They’ll also need to bring the weapons that got them this far: scoring on the break and punishing opponents on the boards.

    Saturday’s numbers were staggering, even by the standards of this year’s team. GU outrebounded the Pilots 58-30 – holding Portland to nine offensive boards – and scored 26 points off 16 turnovers.

    That was more than enough to offset a 25-percent effort from beyond the arc and a season-worst 55 percent (11 for 20) from the foul line.

    They also shot 52 percent from the field, highlighted by another stellar performance from senior forward Zykera Rice.

    Coming off back-to-back conference player of the week awards, Rice had only one game this week to impress the judges and earn a third straight.

    But what a performance it was: a game-high 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting from the field. She also had seven boards and three assists.

    “When she wants the ball in there, you’d better find a way to get it to her,” said Fortier, who noted her team’s 16 assists.

    Six of those came from point guard Laura Stockton, who had perhaps her best game of the season with 19 points, six boards and two steals.

    Against a defense that let her roam at the top of the key, Stockton used her pull-up jumper to pull the Pilots out of their zone.

    “I practice it a bunch and I’ve been working on it,” Stockton said. “That’s something I had to improve on, and today they were giving it to me.”

    The Pilots (8-8, 0-5) also let the Zags run free in the first 15 minutes.

    “Offensively, we got just about everything we wanted,” Fortier said.

    An early 5-all tie was broken emphatically in a 6-minute span as Stockton hit three early jumpers to make it 18-7. Two minutes later, Rice got her first points on a layup to push the lead to 22-7.

    By the end of the first quarter, GU led 29-13 while shooting 70 percent from the field and racking up 10 assists.

    The rout was on, it seemed, especially after the lead hit 33-13 early in the second quarter.

    The Pilots played GU even-up the rest of the way, even closing to within 12 points midway through the fourth quarter.

    Stockton cited fatigue – the Zags had two days off this week – but Portland found some success taking the ball inside and earning fouls. The Pilots were 20 for 27 at the foul line.

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    Gorzeman Nets a Career-High in Points, but #14 Gonzaga Prevails


    SPOKANE, Wash. --- Jayce Gorzeman produced a career-high 15 points and four Pilots scored in double figures, but the No. 14 Gonzaga Bulldogs overcame Portland 97-71 in a West Coast Conference women's basketball game played on Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Julie Spencer also scored 15 points for the Pilots.

    The Zags (16-1, 5-0 WCC) opened the game on fire from the field, hitting eight of their first 10 shots, which were mostly mid-range jumpers. Gorzeman connected on a three-pointer early in the first to tie the score, but Gonzaga soon led 18-7. From there the lead would grow, and they'd claim a 29-13 edge heading to the second quarter.

    They'd stretch their lead to 20 points, but Portland responded. Gorzeman hit another three, which she followed moments later with a fast break lay-up, allowing the Pilots to cut the deficit down to 35-22. Haylee Andrews then converted a traditional three-point play, and another lay-in from Gorzeman pulled Portland within 12 points with four minutes left in the half.

    The Bulldogs would eventually take a 49-32 lead into the break, despite Gorzeman already scoring a new career high with 13 points. Liana Kaitu'u was also solid in the first half, matching a career-best nine points.

    Gonzaga's lead would hover around 20 points for most of the third period before the Pilots tried to put together a run in the final frame. Darian Slaga made a lay-up after a steal by Andrews to make it a 78-64 game, and the Pilots were still within 15 points when Kate Andersen knocked down a baseline jumper. But Gonzaga would pull away from there to remain perfect in the WCC.

    Gorzeman shot five of eight from the field to lead the Pilots (8-8, 0-5 WCC), and Spencer reached double digits in points for the 14th time this season. Slaga finished with 14 points, and Andrews added 10.

    Two-time reigning WCC Player of the Week Zykera Rice led all scorers with a game-high 19 points, while Laura Stockton collected 19 points and six assists.

    Gonzaga shot 52 percent, while holding the Pilots to 36 percent shooting. The Zags also held a decisive 58-30 advantage in rebounds.

    Portland remains on the road next week when they travel to San Diego, Calif., for a WCC contest on Thursday night against the San Diego Toreros. Tip-off at the Jenny Craig Pavilion is set for 12 p.m.

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    44 penalties.... 24 called on GU.... 20 Portland points at the line.

    I left the game excited about the win and how well the Lady Zags played, but irritated at the tic-e-tac officiating.
    Again another game taken away from the teams by officials that seem to think they needed to be a big part of the game.

    Couple of things... CLF, missed free throws... getting the team healthy. Lots of season left.

    So impressed with the assists and rebounds... says a lot about this team.
    49/48 point halves.

    As Jill said... one game at a time. BYU next and another challenge.

    Go Zags!!

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    re watching th game now....Hester stated that on that perfect stance where melody was called for a block, she actually was just a little bit inside the line.....but the other calls, yes, some wrong calls and some missed calls....someone is going to get hurt with the rough play the refs allow....

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    Yes Melody was in the horseshoe and so was Jill on the block she was called for. Both were clearly charges but if you have even a pinkly toe on the line, it has to be called a block. We will discuss why this occurred below under defense.

    PORTLAND
    First let me compliment Portland on the Athleticism of their players. This is, by far, the most athletic Portland team they have fielded in a while. They are fast. On several steals, nobody on the Lady Zags could run them down. They obviously were physical, if not effective, inside. They had a very good stop and pop game. Color me impressed. They just could not handle the inside game of the Zags, but they were competitive and if the Lady Zags don't tighten up their defense, we could be in for a much tighter game down in Portland.

    OFFENSE
    Most people above pointed out our offense which, generally speaking, was very good. Overall shooting percentage was 51.9% is very good. 3 pt shoot percentage was poor at 25% and the free throw shooting percentage was dismal at only 55%. We were not taking bad 3 pt shots, we simply were missing them. We took 20 3 pt shots today, which is much more than we usually do. Considering our dominance in the paint maybe we should have focused less on the outside shot and more shots in the paint. Free throws, as Skip noted above, your going to need to make them at some time this season, luckily it was not today. Other than Zee, the entire team sucked it up on free throws. Time for more practice at the free throw line. We had 16 turnovers (the same as Portland) which is slightly more than we usually have. But, Portland got 10 steals. Ladies, you have to hang onto the ball. Sloppy passes (CS in particular was lackadaisical with several passes), having the ball ripped out of their hands, etc. It is your ball, fight for it. 97 points is incredible, but having 58 rebounds had a lot to do with that. If you can score 97 points every game, you don't have to worry about defense, but since nobody else will bring it up.....

    DEFENSE
    Despite all the babble about 3 point shooting prior to the game, Portland made 5-25 and GU made 4 of 16. Portland shot almost exactly the same percentage from 3 pt range as GU has been giving up from 3 pt range all year. Maybe count on your very effective defense instead of worrying about somebody else's offense. The 3 pt shot had little to no impact on this game......directly.

    What did have a major impact on this game was the total lack of rotational defense in the key from the second quarter on. If the Portland guard turned the corner, the GU bigs (take your choice, they all were guilty) either totally failed to provide help defense, waved their arms at the Portland guard as they drove past, or simply stood still with their arms in the air. The defense was not just bad in the last 3 quarters, it was worse. If the ladies play like that against BYU, the cougars will post a hundred on the Zags. By far the worst help defense of the year. The slow rotational defense impacted the officiating. Several times (Melody and Jill mentioned above), the GU defender was slow getting to the rotational help defense and simply could not get out of the horseshoe before contact with the Portland player was made. CLF needs to break out a can of Whup A** and get these ladies back on track before Thursday. With the offense they had today, they did not need to show up on defense and for much of the game, other than rebounds, they didn't. It was like they wanted Portland to shoot so they could get the ball back. We had 58 rebounds which was unbelievable, but we probably lost at least 10 more by not securing the rebound. Next week will be against larger, more physical players, the Lady Zags need to step it up against BYU, today's effort won't cut it.

    A summary of today's game was an "All-Star" game, with it all about the offense and nobody wants to play defense. It worked today, I would not count on it working next week.

    First, I agree with Skip that the officiating was very questionable. Anytime a GU big got the ball inside UP players (2 or 3) were clearly hacking at the arms of the GU player and the officials rarely called it. On the big screen, when they showed the replays, you could see almost always the first Portland player would hack the GU player on the forearms and the refs simply did not call it. A Portland guard drove around KC, fully extended her arm to push KC out of the way and the ref called KC for a push when she never touched her. You could see the push from the upper deck, but the official could not see it from 15 feet. After a 1st half of bumper ball the officials in the 4th quarter decided to start calling every ticky-tac foul in the book. Consistency refs, that is all we want. Call it the same for both sides and call it the same from quarter 1 to quarter 4. Is that so hard? Obviously it is for the WCC refs we have had so far.

    I want to give Lady Zags who played the last 5 minutes all the credit in the world. After dinking around for most of the 2nd half and letting Portland whittle away a 28 point lead and get to within 14, you buckled down and played the last 5 minutes like it was the first 5 minutes of the game. You made sure that when Portland left MAC court today, they knew who the better team was. It did not matter who played the last 5 minutes, everybody cinched up their boot straps, put their nose to the grindstone and let Portland know, that the Lady Zags are the best team in the WCC. Some of the best basketball, on both sides of the court, were played in that last 5 minutes. I complained a lot about the 25 minutes of the 2nd-4th quarter, but the last 5 minutes was a thing of beauty.

    Nice Job Ladies.

    BYU hung on to beat St. Mary's by a point today, so next Thursday's game is for 1st place in the WCC. Buckle up ladies, this is an "E" ticket ride (for all of you old people who might get that reference).

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    A quick call out to both ZR and LS for outstanding games.

    We have almost begun to expect Zee to be outstanding but she broke her record for points in a game today with 28 on 11-13 shooting. Fantastic. Just when you think that you have seen the best, she takes it to another level.

    In the last couple of games, LS has expanded her game getting more assists than ever before and today, scoring more points in a game then ever. Way to step up today, you and Zee were really the top dogs today.

    I heard the game announcer broadcast that LS has just passed Jazzy Redmond for 4th on the all-time assist leaderboard for Wbb. Without any injury, she should be able to get past #3 Amy Simpson. Unfortunately, she won't be able to catch #2 Shannon Mathews or #1 Courtney Vandersloot.

    For those interested, LS's dad, John Stockton was in 4th place all-time in assists at Gonzaga until earlier this year when Josh Perkins passed both Stockton and Pargo to move into 3rd place, relegating John Stockton to 5th place on the all-time leaderboard at Gonzaga. So since Laura has moved into 4th place on the all-time assists leaderboard, she is already ahead of her dad on the all-time assists leaderboard.

    Congratulations Laura, you deserve it.

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    From the Slipper Still Fits:

    Gonzaga Cruises by Portland, Improves to 16-1
    The 14th ranked team in the country keeps rolling
    By Steven Karr Jan 12, 2019, 6:59pm EST

    The Gonzaga women won their 12th straight game, making quick work of Portland on Saturday afternoon in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The 97-71 victory improves their program-best record to 16-1 on the season heading in to their showdown with BYU.

    Fresh off back-to-back WCC Player of the Week awards, Zykera Rice led Gonzaga again with a career-high 28 points on a ridiculously efficient 11-for-13 from the field, adding seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. Laura Stockton had one of her best games of the season, adding a career-high 19 points on 9-for-16 shooting, with six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Career-highs for everyone today in a season full of history.
    The Bulldogs led from the start and were never threatened by the last place Pilots. They led 29-13 after a quarter, led by swarming defense and hot shooting. Gonzaga is nearly automatic at mid-range jumpers, it's pretty crazy. Portland cut the lead to 12 in the second quarter, but never got closer.

    Gonzaga scored 26 points off 16 Portland turnovers and outrebounded the Pilots 59-29. Jill Townsend and Melody Kempton scored 11 and 10 off the bench, respectively.

    The Zags will now travel to Provo for their toughest conference challenge. BYU is 6-0 in the WCC and beat Saint Mary’s on the road, 74-73, this afternoon.
    Article Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/201...proves-to-16-1

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    I also would like to give Portland credit.

    By spreading the offense with guards that can make the 3, they opened the lanes for their guards. When our posts came over to assist, that’s when we were getting called for the fouls. Jenn had 13 min. because of a couple of cheap fouls... probably doing what she had been doing all year but now being called for it. That’s what gripes me about the inconsistent officiating. And yes I know that the players need to adapt... but after a couple of quick cheap calls... well. Look what it did to Tillie last night.

    Every game we have a different player stepping up... but at the same time, look how spread out the numbers are.

    I can see Chandler is not at 100% and I’m glad she is being able to play and at the same time resting when they have the game in hand. I liked seeing her pulled early in the 4th. We will really need her for BYU.

    ZD... more so than us, I’m sure the coaches will be taking notes on the game film and as for the players, they fully understand... that’s what makes them such a great team.

    Congrats on another W...

    Next game next challenge.

    Go Zags!!

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