#22/21 Zags Open Gulf Coast Showcase Against Dayton

Bulldogs set to play three games in three days in Florida tournament


22/21 GONZAGA (3-1) vs. DAYTON (3-3)
NOV. 29 | 10:30 A.M. PT | ESTERO, FLA. | HERTZ ARENA
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THE TIP-OFF
- Gonzaga will look to improve to 4-1 Friday against Dayton in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase inside Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla. This will be Gonzaga's first trip to the tournament since its inception in 2013.
- Gonzaga broke into the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 23 following a 76-70 overtime loss at Stanford on Nov. 17. This week, GU moved up to No. 22 in the AP Poll, and the Bulldogs held steady at 21st in the Coaches Poll.
- Gonzaga is 4-2 all-time against current Atlantic 10 programs, including a 3-0 mark against Dayton. GU's other win against an A10 team was an 82-69 victory over George Washington in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20, 2015.
- This will mark the 10th time in program history that the Bullogs have played on Nov. 29. The Zags carry a 2-7 overall record on this date; this will be the third time under Head Coach Lisa Fortier that GU has played on this date.
- Gonzaga currently ranks first in the nation in percent attendance capacity. The Zags average 92.24 percent capacity; that's an average of 5,535 fans that fill McCarthey Athletic Center every game.
- Gonzaga returns two starters and seven letter-winners from last season's squad that claimed the Zags' third consecutive and 15th overall West Coast Conference regular season title.
- In 2018-19, the Bulldogs advanced to their third-straight NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Second Round.

SERIES REVIEW
- Fourth overall meeting between the Zags and the Eagles; second meeting under Head Coach Lisa Fortier.
- Gonzaga leads the series 3-0 including a 1-0 edge at neutral sites.
- GU is 4-2 against current Atlantic 10 opponents.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS
- Dayton returns 11 letter winners and three starters from last season's squad that finished 17-14 overall with a 10-6 mark in the A10. The Flyers advanced to the first round of the WNIT.
- This season, Dayton was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Flyers return First Team All-Conference performer and last season's leading scorer in Jayla Scaife, as well as five other players who started games in 2018-19. Scaife was also named First Team Preseason All-Conference as well as to the Preseason All-Defensive team.
- Through six games this season, Dayton averages 63.2 points per game shooting 33.0 percent from the floor and 29.5 percent from long range. As a squad, the Flyers average 44.5 rebounds per game (good for 46th in the nation) along with a +4.2 rebounding margin.
- Three players average double-figures for the Flyers, led by Erin Whalen with 12.2 points per game shooting 40 percent from the floor. Scaife is a close second at 11.7 points per game, while Jenna Giacone adds 11.2. Shakeela Fowler is just outside averaging double-figures with 9.5 points per game.
- Four players average five rebounds or more per contest for Dayton, led by Kyla Whitehead at 7.4 per game. Scaife adds 6.5, Whalen 5.7 and Araion Bradshaw averages an even 5.0.
- Dayton has faced two Top 25 teams already this season in South Carolina and UConn, hosting both. Against then the No. 6/10 Gamecocks, Dayton fell 75-49, and against No. 4/4 UConn, the Flyers fell 75-37. Outside of the Top 25, Dayton has gone 3-1 with wins over Lipscomb, Toledo and Northeastern while losing at Central Michigan.
- In the last meeting on Dec. 11, 2015, Gonzaga defeated Dayton 55-47 in Dayton, Ohio. The Bulldogs never trailed and led by as many as 13 points. The Zags scored 19 points off 19 forced turnovers, and they added a 46-37 advantage on the glass with a 30-24 edge inside the paint. Two Bulldogs finished in double-figures, led by Emma Stach with 12. Kiara Kudron finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.

WE LOVE OUR SELLOUTS!
Gonzaga officially earned its first sellout of the season against Eastern Washington on Nov. 22. The Bulldogs pulled in 6,000 fans for the Pacific Northwest matchup, the 32nd sellout in MAC history.

MAKING A SPLASH, NATIONALLY
Katie Campbell is picking up right where she left off as the senior guard ranks in the top 30 nationally for three-point field goal percentage (**minimum two made 3-pt. field goals per game). Campbell has hit nine of her 17 attempts through four games to shoot 52.9 percent from long range, good for 29th in the country.

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