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Thread: Bulldogs Face Saint Mary’s Saturday in Moraga at 6pm

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    Shout out to Zykera Rice she had a heavy duty white elastic brace on one leg against St. Mary's. She played threw it and helped to contain McKay. Thanks for your heart and effort Zykera, we appreciate you.

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    Agree ZAB... Zee quietly filled the stat sheet with 8 points 4 rebounds 2 assists 2 blocks and 2 steals in just 19 minutes. The steals and blocks show her importance in the paint on defense.
    Saw the wrap and wondered... but she played well with it. Jenna’s injury in the first half appeared to be a cramp... noticed in the second half she was using a roller on her calf and doing some dancing near the bench. No quitting in her.

    Lots of hurts on the team... playing through the pain...

    Really glad they have some time off. Still a lot of season left.

    Go Zags!!

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    Since nobody has mentioned it, after the game, the St. Mary's announcer interviewed one of the assistant coaches from St. Mary's and she had some interesting comments on the Lady Zags.

    Why wasn't Megan McKay near as effective as she was up in Spokane?

    She was very effective, particularly on the offensive boards giving us lots of opportunities for 2nd chance points. It was hard for the team to get the ball to Megan on the offensive end as soon as Megan began to establish position, Gonzaga doubled her in front and back leaving very little room to make a pass. Megan also spent quite a bit of the 2nd and much of the 3rd quarter on the bench which took away from our offensive game plan.

    St. Mary's is near the tops in the nation in overall shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage and yet today, Gonzaga held the Gaels down considerably in both overall shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage. How were they able to do that?

    Gonzaga is the best defensive team in the WCC in numerous categories, so you can not expect to shoot your best against the best defensive team. After the game in Spokane, Gonzaga changed their defense to take away the easy points in the key particularly from Megan and Sydney Raggio. Our offense is predicated on being inside out. We pass inside to the bigs and if the shot is not there then quickly pass it back out for the 3.

    If Gonzaga concentrated on taking away the points in the paint, why was it so hard to make any 3's?

    Gonzaga is very long and they switch very quickly. They either are closing in the passing lanes getting steals, knocking the ball out of bounds or flying out in front of the 3-point shooters. We had very few wide open shots to make and when we got them, for the most part, we made them. Give Gonzaga credit, they did a very good job on the defensive front today.

    Gonzaga scored quite a few points in the paint. Many of those points came when Megan was on the bench. Did you ever consider doubling their bigs in the key, particularly when Megan was on the bench, to force Gonzaga to make the outside shot?

    First we like our individual match-ups with Gonzaga. We feel, one on one, we have the advantage in several spots and we want to exploit those advantages. Secondly, Gonzaga can score from anywhere on the court. If you double someone in the key, someone else is open and Gonzaga has the talent and skill to find that person and that person can make the shot. We felt it was better to play zone and man to man and not double down and make Gonzaga beat those individual match-ups. Today, foul trouble and turnovers, upset that plan, but we felt it was the best opportunity to beat Gonzaga. There is a reason Gonzaga was voted as the best team in the WCC and is leading our conference. They are pretty good, but we want a 3rd shot at them in Vegas.

    ZagDad

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    Nice find Dad. Thanks

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    Thanks ZD... it was nice to see a coach throw some praise on an opponent rather than come up with excuses.

    McKay spent a lot of time on the bench... but what I saw this time was the Wirths taking on the load when McKay was on the floor. While both girls gave up some weight, both put a body on her and with their height and length, seemed to control the number of passes coming to her.

    The coach also was right about closing the passing lanes although I saw a number of 3s taken that very easily could have gone down.

    For chasing Pacific all over the court just two days earlier, the Ladies did a remarkable job of hustling on defense against SMC.
    This was very much a work trip for the team and they came up big. As we have said, every team in this league will give them their best and I would think that’s why this coach praised GU WBB for the win.

    Go Zags!!

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    finally got to watch the whole thing last night.....maybe it'll be surprising to some for me to say this, and even though the win is FANTASTIC, my gosh we missed a lot of inside shots.....we were lucky that they shot poorly from the three......we've had Megan in foul trouble before and could never get the knock out punch...

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