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    Post Gonzaga Basketball Returns Home to Host San Francisco Thursday at 6pm

    Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Host San Francisco Thursday

    Zags face Dons for first time this season


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    GONZAGA (17-2, 6-1 WCC) vs. SAN FRANCISCO (5-13, 1-6 WCC)
    JAN. 24 | 6 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER


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    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga and San Francisco will meet for the 69th time in program history and the 33rd time in Spokane. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
    - Prior to Gonzaga's 70-68 loss at BYU on Jan. 17, the Zags has posted a program-best 16-1 start. However, the current 17-2 mark is only the second of program history. The Bulldogs were also 17-2 during the 2004-05 season. That season, the Zags posted a program-best 23-game win streak and finished the season 28-4 overall with an unblemished 14-0 mark in WCC play. Gonzaga advanced to the second round of the WNIT, losing at Missouri State 85-66 to end the season.
    - The Bulldogs currently lead the WCC in six categories: Scoring defense (58.3 ppg), scoring margin (+15.9, T-20th nationally), field goal percentage defense (37.4%), 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.0%), rebounding defense (30.5 rpg) and rebounding margin (+3.3). The Zags also rank second in seven categories: free throw percentage (73.9%), field goal percentage (45.1%), 3-point field goal percentage (36.9%), steals per game (9.5), turnover margin (+3.4), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1) and offensive rebounding percentage (39.7%).
    - Gonzaga is ranked for the eighth-straight week after entering the polls at No. 24/22 on Dec. 3. Following their 97-71 win over Portland on Jan. 12, the Bulldogs moved up to 13th in the AP Poll on Jan. 14. It's the program's highest ranking ever; currently Gonzaga is ranked No. 18 following a 70-68 loss at BYU and 86-61 win at San Diego last week.

    INSIDE THE SERIES
    Overall: 69th meeting, Gonzaga leads 42-26
    In Spokane: 22-10| In San Francisco: 16-15| Neutral: 4-1
    Current Streak: Gonzaga, Won 4
    Last Meeting: Gonzaga defeated San Francisco 65-53 in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament on March 6, 2018 in Las Vegas.
    Series Notes: Gonzaga and San Francisco meet for the 69th time in program history and the 33rd time in Spokane. The series dates back to the 1987-88 season when the programs met for the first time ever, a 57-36 victory in favor of GU in Spokane. These two programs have only ever met as members of the WCC.
    - San Francisco dominated the first part of the series posting a 23-12 record through the first 35 games. Yet Gonzaga has controlled the series since 2005, posting a 25-1 record from 2005-2016 including a 21-game win streak. The Bulldogs have only lost three games to the Dons in the last 14 seasons.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga defeated San Francisco 65-53 in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs finished with two players in double-figures, led by Jill Barta with 19 points and 10 boards, and limited the Dons to 35.6 percent shooting from the floor and won the rebounding battle 42-38.

    SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO:
    - The Dons are 5-13 overall on the season with a 1-6 mark in WCC play. Through 18 games, USF averages 68.8 points per game shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, good for third overall in the WCC.
    - San Francisco is currently on a six-game losing streak after picking up their first conference win against San Diego on Dec. 29. Since their conference-opening win, the Dons have scored an average of 62.1 points per game for a -12.5 scoring margin. USF's worst conference loss was a 29-point deficit at Pepperdine on Jan. 12 as it fell 69-50.
    - Two players average double-figures for San Francisco, led by senior guard Shannon Powell with 16.6 points per game shooting 48.9 percent from the floor. Both of those marks rank in the top 10 in WCC play as her 16.6 points per game ranks third and her 48.9 percent shooting ranks eighth. Freshman forward Julia Nielacna also averages double-figures with 11.4 points per game.
    - Powell also leads the Dons in rebounding with 6.0 rebounds per contest, assists (4.44 per game) and steals (0.51 per game).
    - Currently, San Francisco ranks sixth or lower in every WCC statistical category but free throw percentage (4th, 72.6%), field goal percentage (3rd, 44.7%) and defensive rebounds (5th, 24.8).

    BACK TO THE PACKED HOUSE
    It's no secret that Gonzaga is one of the top programs in the nation for attendance, and currently the Zags rank second overall in attendance percent capacity. On average, Gonzaga pulls in 5,587 fans per game for a 93.12 percent capacity. That number trails only No. 1 Notre Dame at 93.18 percent capacity. In the WCC, Saint Mary's is the next closest program in percent capacity at 17.01 percent. In the Pac-12, Oregon State and Oregon are the closest, averaging 54.38 and 52.29 percent capacity while Montana of the Big Sky averages 44.55 percent capacity.

    DROPPIN' DIMES
    Laura Stockton has been a consistent passer all season, averaging a team-high 4.3 assists per game. That mark also ranks sixth in the conference. She's finished with at least four assists 12 of 19 games this season, and she's delivered at least six assists four different times. Most recently, she dished out a career-high 10 assists in GU's 86-61 win at San Diego on Jan. 19, moving her career assists mark to 413 to average 3.62 assists per game. Currently, she's 27 assists shy of surpassing Amy Simpson (439 assists).

    SHOTS FIRED, AND MADE
    Currently, Jill Townsend and Zykera Rice are shooting over 52 percent from the floor for the season. Townsend leads the Zags and ranks second in the WCC shooting 54.6 percent from the floor, while Rice ranks fifth in the conference shooting an even 52.0 percent. Townsend's numbers currently rank third all time for field goal percentage in a single season behind Sheri McNeal (1st, 57.6%) and Kayla Standish (2nd, 56.0%).

    MOVING ON UP
    Laura Stockton dished out a career-high 10 assists in GU's 86-61 win at San Diego. Stockton now has 413 career assists to rank fourth all-time in GU history. She is 27 assists short of third place; former Zag Amy Simpson claims the third spot with 439 career assists. Currently, Stockton leads the team and ranks sixth in the conference with 4.3 assists per game. If she continues at that rate, it will take her less than seven games to move into third all time.

    KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
    Katie Campbell is currently on a 17-game streak with at least one three-point field goal. Through the first 19 games, Campbell is 42-83 from long range and is shooting 50.6 percent to lead the Zags. Campbell's 50.6 percent also leads the nation.

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    #WCCHoops Approaches Midway Point


    COMPLETE WEEK 12 NOTES


    WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

    Four West Coast Conference teams in the Top 65 in RPI in Gonzaga (10), BYU (20), Saint Mary’s (46) and Pacific (65).

    BYU is riding a 10-game winning streak with the mark currently tied for the third-longest active streak in the country. In the process, the Cougars ended Gonzaga’s 12-game winning streak with a 70-68 victory on January 17.

    #18/17 Gonzaga and (RV) BYU are both in the latest iteration of Charlie Crème’s Bracketology. The Bulldogs come in as a 5-seed in the projection while the Cougars are projected as a 10-seed. The last time that the West Coast Conference had two teams make the NCAA Tournament was in the 2015-16 season when BYU and San Francisco both earned bids. The WCC has had multiple bids a total of 11 times, including three consecutive years from 2014-16.

    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 3.30 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 17.3 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the WCC.

    Pacific Sophomore G Valerie Higgins is the lone student-athlete averaging a double-double in conference play as the transfer from USC holds averages of 14.9 points and 10.0 rebounds through seven WCC games. She is also adding 4.3 steals and 3.9 assists per game.

    Santa Clara junior Lauren Yearwood is the 11th in the country in blocked shots (46) and 15th in blocks per game (2.56) after the junior transfer’s strong start.

    With an average of 5,587 fans per game, Gonzaga’s average attendance ranks 13th & attendance ratio to capacity (93.1%) ranks 2nd in the NCAA.

    Gonzaga’s Katie Campbell is the national leader in three-point field goal percentage by shooting at a .506 clip (42-of-83).

    Pepperdine junior Barbara Sittangin ranks No. 7 in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio at +3.38.

    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 .478 field goal percentage.

    Pacific’s Brooklyn McDavid was named the WCC Player of the Week >> FULL RELEASE

    WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Thursday, January 24
    Loyola Marymount at Pacific - TheW.tv - 11 a.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157239
    San Francisco at [18] Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 6 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156382
    Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 6:30 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157241
    Santa Clara at Portland - TheW.tv - 7 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157242


    Saturday, January 26
    Santa Clara at [18] Gonzaga - TheW.tv 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157002
    [RV] Brigham Young at San Diego - TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156384
    San Francisco at Portland - TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=158729
    Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 2 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157250
    Pepperdine at Pacific - TheW.tv - 4 p.m. - https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=157257

    WCC Sports Article Link

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    It is really hard to get much respect, when you schedule a women's basketball game for 11:00 AM on a Thursday (LMU at Pacific). You certainly are not expecting many to be in attendance.

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Detail-oriented Gonzaga women return home to host San Francisco, Santa Clara
    UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
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    Expect the Gonzaga women’s basketball team to be a bit more detail-oriented this week.

    After all, it was the little things that cost the Zags dearly in a two-point loss at BYU last week, a result that left them in second place in the West Coast Conference standings.

    For head coach Lisa Fortier, it was allowing BYU to dictate the pace, to “speed us up,” and to let the crowd affect them.

    For senior guard Chandler Smith, it was “some critical fouls and not getting the stops when we needed to.”

    “But we’re counting the days until we get them here at home,” Smith said of the Feb. 16 rematch at the Kennel.

    Despite the loss, GU didn’t exactly fall off the national radar. The Zags (17-2 overall, 6-1 in the WCC), were one of 13 ranked teams to lose last week. They fell five spots, to 18th, in the Associated Press poll, but are still 10th in RPI. They’re also projected as a No. 5 seed by ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme.

    GU bounced back on Saturday at lowly San Diego, but Fortier said Tuesday that “I don’t think we played that well in either game.”

    That’s the goal this week, regardless that this week’s home stand comes against WCC bottom-feeders USF (5-13, 1-6) and Santa Clara (8-9, 2-6).

    On Thursday, it’s the Dons, who have beaten GU once in their last 14 seasons. USF is on a six-game losing streak following a win at San Diego in the WCC opener on Dec. 29.
    Through 18 games, USF averages 68.8 points per game, shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, good for third overall in the WCC. The Dons are led by senior guard Shannon Powell, who shoots 49 percent from the field and averages 16.6 points.

    The Bulldogs lead the WCC in six categories, the most important being scoring defense (58.3 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (37.4 percent), 3-point field-goal percentage defense (28 percent), rebounding defense (30.5 rpg) and rebounding margin (plus-3.3).
    Article Link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...home-to-host-/

    I guess that CLF watched the same team I watched last week against BYU and USD. I bolded her comment for clarity. A 25 point win clearly overshadowed the relatively mediocre at best level of play.

    We will see if the Lady Zags can put into practice the coaching points brought up this last week.

    Game day tomorrow ladies, let's go get them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    It is really hard to get much respect, when you schedule a women's basketball game for 11:00 AM on a Thursday (LMU at Pacific). You certainly are not expecting many to be in attendance.

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    Its education day at Pacific. Thats why the early start. They are expecting 2000 kids. I think they get a tour of the campus and lunch also. Biggest crowd of the year.

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    Thanks zag on the run, a perfect excuse to have an early game, however, LMU might not agree.

    Hope they get the 2,000 kids, since they average about 775 per game so far.

    ZagDad

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    It is really hard to get much respect, when you schedule a women's basketball game for 11:00 AM on a Thursday (LMU at Pacific). You certainly are not expecting many to be in attendance.

    ZagDad
    YOUR LAME ASS REMARKS are quite insulting and demean the stature of a Great Lady Zag Team. I hope to tell Selene (sp?), what a wonderful experience my wife and I had in the Kennel on January 5th. (I didn't do so back then, because of your demeaning text and attitude towards the Pacific program!)... I will post it in the future. Now, for your latest Sarcasm ABOVE:

    Pacific Tigers WBB Lindsey Moore, Assistant Coach

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    "Come have a long lunch with us and 4,000 screaming kids tomorrow!
    Lindsey Moore added,
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    PREVIEW | Tigers look to make it four straight wins with their first victory over LMU since 2015 on Thursday at 11 am.

    ZD84, IMO you need to get a life!

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    Back it down Kemo.

    My comments were meant as no disrespect to the Pacific Wbb program, but women's Wbb programs in general when they schedule games when "nobody" except students can attend.

    For example, while the lady zags average over 5,400 fans, there is only a few hundred students who attend each game. If the lady zags scheduled a game at 11:00 AM on a weekday morning, there attendance at the game would miserable. There is no reason that Wbb should be treated any differently than Mbb and as such should be scheduled accordingly, not at mid-day in the middle of the week. The Lady Zags had a game scheduled for noon at home this year (at least it was on Saturday) so the men could be scheduled at 6:00 PM. This is equally BS but TV rules all and because the men's game had to be televised at 6:00, them women had to play at noon to accommodate them. You got to do what you got to do for the almighty dollar, but it still sucks.

    That being said, if you took any time to read "Zag On The Run's" comments, just above yours, you can see he explained it is going to be "Education Day" at Pacific and they are expecting over 2,000 students at the game.

    If you took any time to read my response immediately above your post, "Thanks zag on the run, a perfect excuse to have an early game".

    What exactly is your problem with my response and correction?

    Take your blood pressure meds and take the time to read the entire post. You might be surprised what you can learn.

    Quite a post for your first post on our board for this year. Calm down, have a drink and jump in. The water is fine.

    There is a disrespectful post full of lame ass comments, but it happens to be the one directly above this one.

    ZagDad

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    Lots of components to filling an arena...
    For some of us who became STHs years ago, when there were 300-500 a game, you have to open it up to anyone who will come. Sometimes that means scheduling with another event.
    Once they have seen the teams play... well some of us got hooked.

    ZD... on last weekends game with SD, shooting the lights out and winning by 25 may not have been the prettiest and the best played... but not as bad as some say. I watched the game again and everyone knows that playing a team that isn’t there yet, can make your game look out of sorts. Do they have things to work on... always. The next two games may have the same look...

    Go Zags!!

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    Well ZagDad,

    We managed to hold off Pacific 76-67 without our best player Gabby...still out with a foot injury. Chelsey had 28 points, again knocking on her first 30 point game (in college that is, had plenty of 'em in high school tee hee!) Had 29 last week and she leads the WCC thus far in 3's made:

    https://herhoopstats.com/stats/leade...a-d1-conf-WCC/

    They had their education day there so there were thousands enthusiastic kids screaming!
    They had a good time.

    Hoping Gabby gets back in time for the tournament. I think we have a chance to get back on track with her back. I believe we play the Lady Zags last in the last game of our conference schedule March 2nd. I'll be there in Spokane.


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    Any word on why Laura Stockton isn't dressed tonight??

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    Gonzaga and USF tied at 11 at the end of the 1st quarter...

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    Zags on a 6-0 run and now lead 20-14...

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads USF 31-20..

    Zykera Rice leads the Zags with 7 points...

    Jenn Wirth is next with 6 points and Chandler Smith follows with 5 points...

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    Hard to tell on-line but I don't see Laura sitting on the bench, can only assume she's sick or family emergency. Hope all is well.

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    She's in street clothes on the bench

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    Doesn't look injured

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    USF's Kostic now with 4 fouls...

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    I'm trying to stream the game from the WCC site, it won't launch. Have tried reloading several times, nothing. Tried one of the other games supposedly live right now and same thing. Anyone else successfully streaming it or having the same problem as me?

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    Mine spends 1/4 of time buffering, may be my computer.

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    It's not even buffering for me. There's a play button on the screen, I click on it, but nothing happens. Oh well.

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    After 3 quarters, Gonzaga leads 52-39...

    Katie Campbell now with 12 points for Gonzaga...

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    It's working for us, of course a little spotty a usual.
    Formerly ID ZAGFAN--now officially ZaGranny.

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    Gonzaga defeats USF 78-51...

    9 Zags were in the scoring column...


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZaGranny View Post
    It's working for us, of course a little spotty a usual.
    ZaGranny, good to see your post...

    Hope you and your husband are doing well...

    You have always been a wonderful Gonzaga supporter but especially for the Lady Zags...

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