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    Women’s Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule
    Zags kick off the 2019-20 campaign Nov. 10 against Cal State Bakersfield
    Women's Basketball 8/29/2019 2:13:00 PM

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga women's head basketball coach Lisa Fortier announced her team's 12-game non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season Thursday afternoon.

    Gonzaga will face teams from eight different conferences, including the Pac-12, Atlantic 10 and Mountain West, with the potential to play six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a season ago, and three more that advanced to the WNIT.

    The Zags are also set to participate in the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Estero, Fla.; seven of the eight teams in the field advanced to post-season play during the 2019-20 season.

    "This year's non-conference schedule promises to test us in a variety of ways," Fortier said. "There is a great competitive balance, as well as some challenging road trips. I believe throughout this part of our schedule we are going to learn a lot about our team and prepare ourselves for the conference season."

    The non-conference slate will feature five games inside the McCarthey Athletic Center in addition to an exhibition matchup against Warner Pacific on Nov. 2. The Bulldogs officially kick off the 2019-20 season against Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 10. It marks the first time in program history the two teams have met.

    Four days later, the Bulldogs welcome Tennessee Martin out of the Ohio Valley Conference in the second-ever meeting between the programs. Gonzaga collected a 91-54 victory over UT-Martin as part of the Preseason WNIT in 2013 in Spokane.

    For the fifth-straight season, the Zags will face Stanford as they travel to Palo Alto, Calif., on Nov. 17. Stanford finished the 2018-19 season with a 31-5 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Last season, Gonzaga battled for a 79-73 victory over then-No. 8/7 Stanford in Spokane in front of a sold-out crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The win catapulted the Bulldogs into the AP Top 25, paving the way for their best ranking ever at No. 12/11.

    Gonzaga then continues its annual meeting with regional opponent Eastern Washington as it hosts the Eagles Nov. 22. It will be the 35th-straight season the programs have met and the 47th time overall.

    On Dec. 17, Gonzaga travels to Laramie, Wyo., for a matchup against Mountain West foe Wyoming. The Cowgirls finished the 2018-19 season with a 25-9 overall mark--which tied for the second-most wins in program history--advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT for the second time ever, and eclipsed the 20-win mark for the third season in a row. Wyoming returns starters Taylor Rusk and Karla Erjavec; Rusk ranked second on the team in assists with 3.2 per game and third in scoring at 9.1, while Erjavec set the Cowgirl freshman record with 124 assists last season while contributing 8.9 points per contest.

    The Zags conclude their non-conference slate at home on Dec. 20 as they face Missouri State for the second-straight season. Gonzaga defeated Missouri State 70-67 on Dec. 16 last year in the programs' third-ever meeting, delivering the Lady Bears their seventh loss of the young season. Following the loss, Missouri State went on an 11-game win streak and put together a 22-3 record over its final 25 games, winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in the program's history.

    Game times will be released at a later date.

    2019 Gonzaga Non-Conference Schedule

    Nov. 2 Warner Pacific (Exhibition) Spokane, WA
    Nov. 10 Cal State Bakersfield Spokane, WA
    Nov. 14 Tennessee Martin Spokane, WA

    Nov. 17 at Stanford Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 22 Eastern Washington Spokane, WA
    Nov. 29 vs. Dayton ! Estero, FL
    Nov. 30 TBD ! Estero, FL
    Dec. 1 TBD ! Estero, FL
    Dec. 5 at Montana State Bozeman, MT
    Dec. 8 at Washington State Pullman, WA
    Dec. 14 vs. Texas Southern Spokane, WA
    Dec. 17 at Wyoming Laramie, WY
    Dec. 20 vs. Missouri State Spokane, WA

    Following the Pacific Northwest matchup, the Zags will head to Estero, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Showcase Nov. 29-Dec. 1. This will be Gonzaga's first trip to the tournament since its inception in 2013. The Bulldogs will open the tournament against Dayton Nov. 29; it marks the fourth time the teams have met and the first time since 2016. GU has won every meeting to date, most recently defeating the Flyers 55-47 in Dayton. The Flyers advanced to the WNIT after finishing 17-14 overall and 10-6 in the Atlantic-10 last season.

    The Zags will face either Middle Tennessee or Auburn in the second game of the tournament. Arizona State, Maine, Drake and Purdue are all on the other side of the bracket.

    Gonzaga will continue play on the road at Montana State (Dec. 5) and at Washington State (Dec. 8). The Bulldogs matchup against Montana State is the first since the 2015-16 season and the 22nd meeting overall. Gonzaga has won six-straight against the Bobcats with three of those wins coming in Bozeman. Three days later, the Zags face Washington State for the 10th-straight season and the 29th time in history. Gonzaga is currently on a three-game win streak against the Cougars, including a 76-53 victory a season ago in Spokane.

    After two weeks on the road, Gonzaga returns to The Kennel to host Texas Southern out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. It marks the second time the two programs have met with the Bulldogs picking up a 68-51 win during the 1999-00 season. The Lady Tigers are the only program the Bulldogs have faced out of the SWAC.
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    IMO, disappointed in the lack of P5(6) conference opponents in this year's schedule. with Stanford and WSU as the only scheduled P5 opponents in the schedule plus whoever we may play in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the Thanksgiving tournament. We play some historically good mid-major teams (Dayton, Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin, etc.) but with so few P5 opponents, the schedule gives us little chance to move up into the top-25 and a chance for an at-large bid. Makes conference games and the conference tournament extremely important for the 2019-2020 season.

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    Washington St. might inch a little bit higher in the Pac 12 standings, but they are still going to be in the bottom half. Putting a lot of eggs in that Stanford basket.

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    Disappointing...

    If you are going to advance your program, like ZD pointed out, you need to go after more P5 programs in your schedule.
    I have a hard time believing that there aren’t P5 programs that wouldn’t want to play a here and there with GU knowing what GU WBB has to offer.

    I’m looking at at least 5 games with teams of the level of the Big Sky in this years schedule.... should have at least 5 at the P5 level. Remember last year our RPI was low because of our schedule. Going to be tough this year... sad.

    Well it is what it is...

    Listened to KG on the Jay and Kevin show this morning. Sounds like one of his sons is going to GU. One thing he said that stuck with me was... you either win or you learn...

    Go Zags!!

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    it didn't make one wit last year playing well against ND, the national champs, or beating a highly ranked Stanford......when it came to selection, because we had the unfortunate loss of two of our main players in the WCC championship series, we were very close to not even making the NCAA, and this comes from a good source...

    we are at the stage where the men were a number of years ago....big programs don't want to risk playing us in the kennel because even though we're a small school, we're also a tough matchup...so you take what you can get.......besides, we are playing two Pac 12 teams, and we do have the opportunity to play some big teams in the Thanksgiving tournament.

    I predict that we will have an outstanding season this year and we won't have to worry about the NCAA belittling us....

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    sylean--the Zags were a #5 seed. Teams that "were very close to not even making the NCAA" DO NOT get seeded that high. Your source is questionable in this matter. The only thing they were very close to was hosting 1st/2nd round.

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    I went back and looked at last year's schedule and if you looked at the schedule prior to the Thanksgiving tournament, all we had scheduled were (3) P5 teams (ND, Stanford & WSU). Because of the way the tournament fell, we added a fourth with Rutgers, but they were not scheduled at the beginning of the year. In addition we played (4) Big Sky teams (Montana, Idaho, Idaho State & EWU). Throw in UNLV, Colorado State and Missouri State and you have our OOC schedule from last year.

    In looking at this year's schedule, I think Wyoming and Dayton could easily be the equal or better than UNLV and Colorado State from last year so this is a push. We will have to see how it works out, but Cal-State Bakersfield, Tennessee-Martin and Texas Southern could be comparable to the Montana, Idaho State and Idaho from last year. EWU and Missouri State carry over from last year.

    We do have one less P5 conference game scheduled (basically because we do not play a P5 opponent in game one of the tournament), but depending on how the Thanksgiving tournament plays out we could play (2) of the following (3) P5 teams (Auburn, Arizona State or Purdue) in that tournament which would give us a total of (4) P5 teams on our schedule, which would be identical to last year.

    The other items which really helped us last year were the other teams in the WCC of which we had (2) teams in the top 50 in RPI, 3 teams in the top 100 in RPI, 6 in the top 150 in RPI and 7 teams in the top 200 in RPI. The WCC conference was rated something like the 7-8th best in the country last year. Thus our conference games were not a huge negative hit on our RPI score that they have been in the past. Kudos to them for scheduling up and winning last year. Missouri State was 1-6 when we played them and after we beat them they went on a 11 game winning streak, went 22-3 in their last 25 games and won their conference tournament making this victory much more valuable than it appeared in December. All of these factors contributed to the Lady Zags having their highest ever AP & USA-Today rankings and a great RPI.

    Lighting could strike a 2nd year in a row, with the ladies winning at a similar rate to that of which they did last year, the other WCC teams holding up their end of the conference and the other OOC schools could have good RPI ratings that would help us with our desire to not only win, but host the first and 2nd round games of the NCAA.

    By not scheduling a couple of more P5 teams, you have put a large portion of your RPI on the hope of what other teams accomplish, and this is just not too smart for the Lady Zag program. In addition, the season ticket holders deserve at least one or two good, name brand opponents at home. As the schedule sits, we do not (and will not) play any P5 teams in the kennel this year. The best games the season ticket holders and student body get to see at home this year is Missouri State and EWU? Why is that? The Lady Zags deserve better and the fans deserve better.

    Sylean, IMO I disagree that the Wbb programs won't play the Lady Zags. There is not near the parity in the Wbb game that their is in the Mbb. The top-10 Wbb routinely schedule games against each other every year. For example, I do not understand why we cannot schedule a home and home series with the UW Huskies as it would appear to be benefitial to both teams. What about any of the other Pac-12 teams? Stanford and WSU obviously have seen the benefits of playing home and home series with the Lady Zags. Why should it be so hard to get some of the other P-12 teams to play home-and-home series against us? Maybe Consider introducing the Midwest to the Lady Zags by scheduling some games against the Big-10 and Big-12 conferences. Change Wyoming for Colorado, Missouri State for Missouri, Texas or Texas A&M for Texas Southern, Tennessee for Tennessee-Martin, and so on.

    Maybe the wannabe P6 conference, the Big East, may not want to play the Lady Zags, but seeing as most of the Big East members are relatively small, Catholic/Jesuit schools, I think something could be worked out to the benefit of both schools especially since Marquette and Depaul are only 2 time zones away (Milwaukee and Chicago).

    By not improving the OOC scheduling, IMO, we are not growing the Lady Zag program, we are being stagnant. We had an absolutely great year last year (minus the games against BYU) that we should have used to elevate the program, as it is, we have to hope our opponents have a good seasons if we want to even get close to last year's results. The lady zags should not have to count on the results of their opponents for their RPI and Strength of Schedule ratings, they should schedule like the Zag Mbb had to do 10 years ago, go where you need to go, play who you need to play to improve your SOS and RPI ratings. Put the ball in hands of the Lady Zag players and coaching staff to win the games and the RPI and SOS will take care of themselves and remove the having to hope for good results from your opponents.

    With the current schedule, all the Lady Zags can do is win, but their RPI and SOS ratings will be determined by their opponents, not so much by the Lady Zags, which is really too bad.

    The Lady Zags deserve better.

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    For the sake of comparison, the Zag Mbb team is scheduled to play (4) P5 teams during the regular season with the opportunity to play (2) more P5 teams in the Battle for Atlantis tournament for a maximum of (6) P5 teams.

    IMO, at the very least, the Lady Zags should schedule at least 3-4 P5 teams every year plus whoever they play in a holiday tournament with at least (1) of the P5 teams playing in the kennel every year.

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    re: GU vs. UW, they used to play, but the series was discontinued I believe during Tia Jackson's tenure. I can't remember for sure, there might have been some bad blood due to the Katelin Redmon transfer. UW is on their 3rd different coach since Tia and a different AD now, seems like it would be worth revisiting the series. The men's hoopers have started a series again and there was definitely a beef between the 2 programs back in the day. Currently playing UW might not help GU much, but maybe they can start to rebuild the program.

    GU and USC have played a few times during the regular season haven't they? I know they played Tennessee back when both teams had a Bjorklund.

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Stanford, Missouri State highlight Gonzaga women’s basketball nonconference schedule
    UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 5:17 p.m.
    By Jim Allen
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    There’s nothing like variety, and the Gonzaga women will get plenty in this year’s nonconference schedule.

    The Zags will face teams from eight conferences, including the Pac-12, Atlantic 10 and Mountain West.

    “There is a great competitive balance, as well as some challenging road trips,” coach Lisa Fortier said Thursday, after the complete schedule was announced. “I believe throughout this part of our schedule we are going to learn a lot about our team and prepare ourselves for the conference season,” Fortier added.

    The biggest home game will be on Dec. 20, when GU faces Missouri State. Last year, the Zags defeated the Lady Bears 70-67, but MSU went on to win 11 straight games, the Missouri Valley Conference title and reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history.

    “They’re a very strong program,” said Fortier, who’s going into her sixth season as head coach.

    The season will open with a home exhibition game on Nov. 2 against Warner Pacific, an NAIA school from Portland. The regular season kicks off on Nov. 10 at home against Cal State Bakersfield; it’s the first meeting between the schools.

    Four days later, the Bulldogs welcome Tennessee Martin out of the Ohio Valley Conference in the second meeting between the programs. GU beat UT-Martin 91-54 in the Preseason WNIT in 2013.

    The biggest nonconference game will be on the road, Nov. 17 against Stanford. Last year, GU knocked off the seventh-ranked Cardinal 79-73 in Spokane, a game that helped the Zags toward the best start in program history.

    GU went on to finish 29-5, winning the West Coast Conference regular-season title and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Gonzaga is back home on Nov. 22 for its 47th meeting against Eastern Washington, then heads to Estero, Florida, for the three-game Gulf Coast Showcase from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. The Zags open against Dayton of the Atlantic 10. The Zags will face either Middle Tennessee or Auburn in the second game of the tournament. Arizona State, Maine, Drake and Purdue are all on the other side of the bracket.

    GU is on the road Dec. 5 against Montana State, a program the Zags have beaten in six straight games.

    Three days later, they’ll be in Pullman to face Washington State for the 29th time. Gonzaga is on a three-game win streak against the Cougars, including a 76-53 victory a season ago in Spokane.

    Gonzaga returns to The Kennel on Dec. 14. to host Texas Southern out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

    Perhaps the most intriguing game comes on Dec. 17, when GU visits a Wyoming team that went 25-9 last year. The Cowgirls have won at least 20 games for three consecutive seasons.

    GU opens WCC action on Dec. 29 at home against Portland.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...zaga-womens-b/

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    re: GU vs. UW, they used to play, but the series was discontinued I believe during Tia Jackson's tenure. I can't remember for sure, there might have been some bad blood due to the Katelin Redmon transfer. UW is on their 3rd different coach since Tia and a different AD now, seems like it would be worth revisiting the series. The men's hoopers have started a series again and there was definitely a beef between the 2 programs back in the day. Currently playing UW might not help GU much, but maybe they can start to rebuild the program.

    GU and USC have played a few times during the regular season haven't they? I know they played Tennessee back when both teams had a Bjorklund.
    Thanks SeaCat,

    You never know how any particular season for your opponents will turn out. A program with an anticipated high ceiling may have a mediocre or poor year due to injuries, poor performance, etc. It is a guessing game. The hope by playing teams from any P5 conference is two fold.

    First, you hope to trade a 200+ RPI mid-major team for almost any P5 team, because most P5 teams will have RPI ratings of 150 or better just by the nature of the conference they play in. Trading a 200+ RPI opponent for even a 150 RPI opponent will not hurt the Lady Zag RPI as much.

    Secondly, remember last year, GU was fighting with Arizona State and UCLA for the opportunity to host the first and second round of the NCAA tournament. UCLA finished 4th and Arizona State finished 5th in the Pac-12. The more points of comparison you have with the P5 conferences, the better your chance (assuming you win) of getting an at-large bid over a mid-pack (the 6th, 7th, etc. place) P5 conference team or getting a hosting bid.

    I think that playing any P5 conference team would be a step up from playing almost any Big Sky, Ohio Valley Conference, and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

    Yes USC has visited the Kennel when the Lady Zags hosted their own 3-day tournament. West Virginia also was part of that tournament.

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    If the goal every year is to make the big dance, wouldn’t you want to have a schedule that improves and tests your team?

    A lot of the time, I see teams play at the level of their opponents. GU WBB has done this... I have seen them play excellent games against PAC 12 teams and I have seen them play poor games against lesser teams.

    There are 5 P5 programs within a days drive of GU... we play 1 this year. Throw in the Bay Area and you have 7 P5 programs...

    I’m sure that scheduling is difficult... but if there is a need, I’m thinking there is a way. I also agree that the loyal GU fans would appreciate a higher level team visit the MAC.

    As for recruitment... if you are competing at a P5 level... well.

    It would be interesting to know CLF’s thoughts on this...

    Not long now till tipoff....

    Go Zags!!

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    don't think CLF has shied away from a challenge......have you ever considered that we can't get higher competition?.....that the Power teams DO NOT WANT TO PLAY US?..... our best chance are the tournaments......thankfully, Stanford and WSU have continued our home/home series......we've actually handled Oregon state well recently, and CLF has stated that she will never play that other Oregon $$$$ university.....Home and Home against UW would be very inviting...

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    i donít buy the argument that the women not being able to schedule a non conference foe. The women have played in the ncaa tournament several years in a row, and it is no longer considered a bad loss if the p5 foe were to lose. I know he left but Kelly sure built it with bringing Tenn and Stanford in. The Gu women were never on the verge of getting in to tourney last year, they beat Stanford. I hate the argument that the women played ND tough and that should count for something. We lost. Scheduling needs to get better if the program wants to grow in my opinion.

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