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    No. 15/13 Bulldogs Travel to Pacific Thursday

    Zags look to extend win streak to four


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    GONZAGA (19-2, 8-1 WCC) at PACIFIC (13-6, 6-3 WCC)
    JAN. 31 | 7 P.M. | STOCKTON, CALIF. | ALEX G. SPANOS CENTER


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    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga and Pacific meet for the 16th time in program history and the seventh time in Stockton. The meeting will be the second between the two programs this month. Gonzaga won the first meeting 88-65 in Spokane on Jan. 5, extending its win streak in the series to five games.
    - The Bulldogs are currently on a three-game win streak, and they have won the last three games by an average of 23.0 points. The Zags also claim the longest win streak of the season in the WCC, boasting a 12-game win streak from Nov. 23 through Jan. 12. No. 25 BYU is challenging that streak as the Cougars currently carry an 11-game win streak.
    - 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 19-2 mark is only the second of program history. The Bulldogs were also 19-2 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 seven categories: Scoring defense (58.1 ppg), scoring margin (+16.5, 22nd nationally), field goal percentage defense (37.7%), 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.3%), rebounding defense (30.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+7.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2). The Zags also rank second in seven categories: scoring offense (74.6), free throw percentage (76.3%), field goal percentage (45.5%), 3-point field goal percentage (37.4%), steals per game (9.5), turnover margin (+3.4) and defensive rebounding percentage (72.3%).
    - Gonzaga is ranked for the ninth-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. 15 following a 78-51 win over San Francisco (Jan. 24) and a 78-61 win over Santa Clara (Jan. 26).

    INSIDE THE SERIES
    Overall: 16th meeting, Gonzaga leads 10-5
    In Spokane: 4-3| In Stockton: 4-2| Neutral: 2-0
    Current Streak: Gonzaga, Won 5
    Last Meeting: Gonzaga defeated Pacific 88-65 in Spokane on Jan. 5
    Series Notes: Gonzaga and Pacific meet for the 16th time in program history on Thursday evening in Stockton, and it will be the 13th meeting between the two programs as WCC members.
    - Throughout the series, the Bulldogs have not allowed Pacific to win more than two games in a row. The Tigers won two-straight between the 1999-00 season and 2001-02 season and again won two-straight in 2016 and 2017. The Zags current five-game win streak is their longest of the relatively young series.
    - Throughout the series, Gonzaga has averaged 78.1 points per contest while limiting Pacific to 69.5 points per game.
    - Two of GU's five losses to Pacific have been overtime losses: an 86-85 overtime loss on Nov. 24, 2001 in Spokane and an 84-83 overtime loss in Stockton on Feb. 20, 2016. Additionally, all but three of GU's wins over the Tigers have been by double-digits including six wins by at least 15 points.

    SCOUTING PACIFIC:
    - The Tigers are 13-6 overall on the season with a 6-3 mark through the first half of WCC play. Pacific is fresh off a 78-67 win over Pepperdine at home on Jan. 26, and the Tigers have won four of their last five contests.
    - Through the first nine games of conference play, Pacific has losses to the Bulldogs, against BYU and against Loyola Marymount. Aside from GU's 23-point win (88-65) on Jan. 5, Pacific's other two losses are by a combined eight points. The Tigers dropped a 77-74 decision at home to BYU and lost 72-67 to Loyola Marymount, also at home.
    - Pacific averages 73.7 points per game shooting 41.7 percent from the floor to go along with 38.3 rebounds per game, 14.4 assists per game and 10.3 steals per game.
    - Currently, the Tigers lead the WCC in steals (10.3 spg) and turnover margin (+3.7), and they rank third in free throw percentage (74.2%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0).
    - Three players average double figures for Pacific, led by Brooklyn McDavid with 16.3 points per game. McDavid is fresh off back-to-back WCC Player of the Week nods; she's averaging 18.6 points per game just in conference play to rank second. Valerie Higgins (15.5 ppg) and Ameela Li (15.4 ppg) also average double figures for the Tigers.
    - Higgins leads the rebounding effort with 8.8 per contest, good for second in the WCC.
    - Statistically speaking, Pacific is strongest offensively and defensively in the opening quarter. Throughout the season, the Tigers average 21.5 points in the opening quarter (408 on the season) while limiting their opponents to 15.7 points in the first 10 minutes. Against Gonzaga in early January, Pacific claimed a 25-14 first-quarter lead. However, the Tigers offensive strength tends to weaken in the final three quarters as they average 17.1 in the 2nd, 17.8 in the third and 17.3 in the fourth.
    - Pacific currently sits in third place in the WCC standings; the Tigers own the tiebreaker over Saint Mary's (which has an identical 6-3 WCC record) after defeating the Gaels 76-67 in the first meeting on Dec. 31.

    STEPPING UP IN CONFERENCE PLAY
    Through the first nine games of WCC play, at least one Bulldog ranks in the top 10 in 10 statistical categories:

    Assists per Game:
    1st, Jessie Loera (5.3 apg)
    5th, Laura Stockton (4.9 apg)

    Assist-to-Turnover Ratio:
    1st, Laura Stockton (3.5)
    3rd, Jessie Loera (3.2)

    Field Goal Percentage:
    2nd, Jenn Wirth (61.4 percent)
    3rd, Zykera Rice (59.8 percent)
    5th, Jill Townsend (56.7 percent)

    Points Per Game:
    5th, Zykera Rice (17.4 ppg)

    Blocked Shots:
    9th, Jenn Wirth (0.8 bpg)

    Offensive Rebounds per Game:
    9th, Zykera Rice, (2.3 per game)

    Free Throw Percentage:
    5th, Laura Stockton (84.2 percent)

    Steals per Game:
    8th, Laura Stockton (2.0 spg)

    Three-Point Field Goal Percentage:
    2nd, Jill Townsend (50 percent)
    5th, Katie Campbell (42.2 percent)

    Three-Point Field Goals Made per Game:
    5th, Katie Campbell (2.1 per game)

    SHOTS FIRED, AND MADE
    Currently, Jill Townsend and Zykera Rice are shooting over 50 percent from the floor for the season. Townsend leads the Zags and ranks third in the WCC shooting 54.1 percent from the floor, while Rice ranks sixth in the conference shooting 50.9 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%).

    WHILE WE'RE TALKING SHOOTING %'S...
    Zykera Rice claims the top two spots in the WCC for shooting percentage in a single game. Her career- and program-best (since 1999) 11-for-12 performance (91.7 percent) at Pepperdine on Dec. 31 and her 11-for-13 (84.6 percent) shooting night against Portland on Jan. 12 are the two best shooting performances by any WCC player this season. Katie Campbell, meanwhile, claims two of the top five spots for three-point percentages in a single game. Campbell's 5-for-6 performance (83.3 percent) against Stanford on Dec. 2 leads the WCC, and her 5-for-7 performance (71.4 percent) from beyond-the-arc at San Diego is in a four-way tie for second.

    KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
    Katie Campbell is currently on a 19-game streak with at least one three-point field goal. Through the first 21 games, Campbell is 45-94 from long range shooting 47.9 percent to lead the Zags. Campbell's 47.9 percent also ranks sixth in the nation.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    This weekend will be the test...

    I like what CLF has been saying about the little things. I always compare things to my days of playing and coaching FB.
    During the season it was always good to go back and work on the skills and review the WHYs...

    ZD has been talking about the defense... and he’s right. The team needs to work on the shutdown “D” that wins games.
    I heard CLF talk about closing off the lanes... the little things.

    We have seen that when this team starts to run... game over. But, that comes off of stops... and to do that, you need that shutdown “D”.

    This team has the talent and the depth... but it still comes down to execution.

    Through the second half of league play, the team has to keep improving. And as CS said... this is going to get alittle “gritty”.

    Go GU WBB and show them who you are...

    Go Zags!!

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    LMU just upset BYU. They have 1 loss now.

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    At the end of the 1st quarter, Gonzaga and Pacific are tied 14-14...

    Zags went on a 10-0 run to take the lead but then squandered their lead to finish the 1st quarter...

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    With over 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Laura Stockton is 1 of 6 from the field and
    Chandler smith is 1 of 5 from the field...the rest of the Zags are 8 of 15 from the field...

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads Pacific 33-29...

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    Ugly 1st half 33-29 halftime ZAGS up. Zags taking 3s instead of short jumpers. LS shot two 3s neither close. Zags need to move in for closer jumpers. JT needs to move up for jumpers. KC not a factor 1st half. Nobody seems to be doing much, ZAGS playing slow and lethargic thus far. Zags need to take better percentage shots. Other than ZR no ZAG did much at all on offense 1st half.

    Right not it is the offense lacking and LS nor anyone else making good assists right now. Zags need to take better shots. Need to make our break away layups, really need to step it up 2nd half. lets go Lady Zags.

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    Was looking at he stats early in the week, I would think with LS & CS shooting % the coaches would have them do everything but shoot, at some time in the season you need to go with the percentages. Tonight's game is bearing out my thoughts. Get Zee, JT & KC most of you shots. Was hoping when the season began that the Sr.s might make big improvements in shooting %, but looks like the % are going to end up about the same as previous years.

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    At the end of the 3rd quarter, Gonzaga leads 49-46...

    Smith and Loera both have 3 fouls for the Zags...

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    Jt needs to step up and take closer jumper. Zags need to get it inside or short jumpers stop taking 3s. KC non factor so far this game perhaps new brace not comfortable or CLF was down playing her leg problems.

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    MK coming up big in 4t quarter so far. Zags 10 point league lets do this.

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    Dumb foul by Wirth when shot clock was expiring.

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    63-51 Zags win. Good free throw shooting by LS to end game. St. Mary's hammered Portland last count they had 111. We are going to have to improve our offense big time to beat St. Mary's.

    Poor offense tonight was just enough to get by Pacific. Zags and Pacific shot around 37%. We out rebounded 44-30 thats what one us the game. We shot way to many 3s 2-15. Had missed some easy 2 footers. Need to step up and take shorter shots.

    Only one who shot half way decent tonight was Zykera 5-9 FG. Put a win in the column.

    Huge game next St. Mary's better find are offense in two days.

    This was one ugly game by the Zags no shooters tonight everybody off except ZR. So one of the Wirth sister limping around towards the tunnel. KC was non existent serious concerns.

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    Gonzaga defeats Pacific 63-51...

    Zags go the last 5:39 of the game without scoring a field goal...

    Gonzaga improves to 20-2 overall and 9-1 in the WCC...


    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=235922

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    yeah......one down....

    congrats to the team....

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    St. Marys beat Portland 113-85 tonight. Hats off to our Freshman Melody Kempton who scored clutch points and free throws, we really needed her tonight and she showed up in the 2nd half. Way to go Melody.

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    Lets take a W and move on... I hope this league gets straightened out. This out of control no blood no foul play has to stop.
    Someone is going to really get hurt. Jess took a shot that should have been a flagrant foul on Pacific and she gets called!
    CLF was livid on the sidelines... good for her. The officials need to hear that.

    Second team in a row to be held to 51...
    Surprised at GUs poor shooting. Something to work on tomorrow. Still very good at the line.

    On to SMC...

    Go Zags!!

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    Noticed the broadcaster kept calling saying Melody Kempton when Jill Townsend missed a shot it was comical they are definitely not the Wirth twins (LOL). He finally got it right towards the end of the game.

    Yes our defense came up big tonight Skip, good thing since our offense went AWOL (Absent with out leave).

    Kemo your Lady's put up a good fight hung around the whole game you should be proud.

    LMU dad should be giddy tonight after they upset BYU.

    Skip was it just me or did our lady's seemed to pacing themselves tonight, playing rather deliberate. Did not notice any great assists plays tonight either.

    Lets hope our offense snaps out of it for the St. Mary's game.

    Yes LS had 15 points but I still can't stand seeing her camping around the 3 point line. Please Laura stop shooting 3s you will never be a 3 point shooter. Drive to the basket, short jump shots, get to the free throw line thats where you got all of your 15 points tonight. JT you had some good offensive rebounds tonight, but you got to make those short shots, step up from the 3 point line and make a shorter jumper.

    Laura was tenacious underneath the basket, way to fight for that basketball and put it back in the basket underneath, young Stockton.

    Lady Zags you are going to have to show a lot more Grit in order to beat St. Mary's. Stick together Lady Zags make each other look good and it will all work out. Go Get'tem Lay Zags.

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    WBB: Zags Take Control in Fourth Quarter to Win at Pacific

    Bulldogs grab season-high 23 offensive boards in the win


    Gonzaga 63 - Pacific 51 Final Stats Link


    STOCKTON, Calif. – The No. 15/13 Gonzaga women's basketball team picked up a tough road win with a 63-51 win over Pacific at the Alex G. Spanos Center Thursday evening. The Zags limited Pacific to five fourth-quarter points to pull away with the victory.

    "Our fourth quarter defense was really good, we made free throws and I think we embraced a little bit of the physicality," head women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. "In the second half, we embraced it a little bit more, we posted up really strong, we had some big finishes and ultimately made free throws down the stretch."

    The Bulldogs dominated the glass 44-30, including a season-high 23 offensive rebounds, and doubled the Tigers' points in the paint, 32-16. Gonzaga (20-2, 9-1 WCC) was led in scoring by Laura Stockton with 15 points, five assists and three steals, while Zykera Rice added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

    In the opening period, Gonzaga offset a cold shooting start with stifling defense, finishing with five steals in the first 10 minutes. The Bulldogs also controlled the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 11-7 including seven offensive rebounds. Pacific's shot 50 percent in first, and after 10 minutes the game was tied 14-all.

    Pacific (13-7, 6-4 WCC) opened the second quarter on a 10-4 run to take a 24-18 lead just over three minutes into the period. An old-fashioned three-point play from Rice followed by a layup by Jenn Wirth cut the lead to one (24-23), but a layup from Pacific's Valerie Higgins at the 4:54 mark ended the Tigers' scoring drought. The Bulldogs responded once again, outscoring Pacific 10-3 over the final minutes to take a four-point lead (33-29) heading into the break.

    The game was tight throughout the third with six lead changes and four ties, and neither squad led by more than three points. A layup from Pacific's Ameela Li with 2:53 to go gave the Tigers a one-point buffer (46-45), but a jumper from Rice and an offensive rebound and layup from Stockton gave the Zags a 49-46 lead with 10 minutes to go in the game.

    Gonzaga locked down in the fourth, holding Pacific scoreless for the first 5:25 until a free throw from Higgins gave Pacific its first point of the quarter. At the same time, the Bulldogs put together a 7-0 run, fueled by four points from Melody Kempton. The Zags never relinquished their defensive pressure, allowing just four Pacific points in the final minutes. Gonzaga converted 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the 63-51 road win.

    "[Defensively in the fourth quarter] we bent our knees and were locked in as far as baseline drives and trying to limit their opportunities around the basket," Fortier said.

    Pacific was led by Higgins with a game-high 18 points off 6-of-11 from the floor to go with nine boards while Brooklyn McDavid added 11 points and four rebounds.

    Gonzaga continues play on the road as it travels to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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    ZAB... I think it was more on the players not shooting well. No one wanted to take the shot... so pass. They will need to get past that against SMC. Spend tomorrow shooting...

    Portland doesn’t play defense... hopefully Portland ran them.

    Again we are playing hurt... proud of the team playing through it.

    Go Zags!!

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    Snapshot of St. Marys game yesterday they were 62.7% shooting for the game. #25 McKay 6'3" was 11-11 FG scoring 26 points. St. Mary's loves to drive into the lane and dish it off to McCay underneath the basket, almost all her shots are layups. Last game we played St. Mary's we had no answer for McKay no one stopped her. We must keep her from those easy layups this game. Need to block out Mckay and Raggio for rebounds.

    #3 Forcadilla 5'8" shot 7-10 FG last game including going 4 for 5 on 3 pointers. Forcailla is shooting 44% on 3s for the year.

    #12 Raggio 6'1 was 5-8 FG, #10 Turner 6'0" was 5-8 FG, and #23 Codding 6'0" 4-6 FG.

    St. Mary's was 10-20 on 3 pointers their last game.

    St. Marys has 4 good 3 point shooter. #5 Holland 48% 3s on the year, two games ago she was 3-5. #21 Simmons 45% 3s. #4 Wedin 40% on 3s, 2 games ago she shot 5-11 on 3s.

    Keys of the game get McKay in foul trouble, stop McKay from getting the ball underneath. Stay tight on their 3 point shooters.
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    posting those numbers is pretty scary....but luckily, we have faced them before, and nothing they do should surprise us....

    I don't know if it was last year or the year before, but we had MM in foul trouble early.....yet we did not go after her.....its like we said...okay, leave MM alone don't drive on her.....

    just like two games ago where we had the other team with 5 fouls early in the period but could never draw fouls.....

    draw fouls.....get MM on the bench and put the fear of God in the others....

    make your ft's.....own the boards....be quick and don't let MM set up.....

    Rice will need to have a big game......

    but the team will get it done I'm hoping.....God love 'em..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post

    LMU dad should be giddy tonight after they upset BYU.
    @ZAB - LOL Yep! Haven't been like this since we handed our cross-town rival UCLA their first loss of the season!

    Been up and down for us, what with the injuries we're having. But that's part of it.

    It felt good to get that win over BYU. The ladies worked very hard.

    Best wishes!

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