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  1. #1
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    Dec 2014

    Default Next Up - Middle Tennessee State

    This game needs its own thread and not be buried in the Dayton Thread.


    Bulldogs Face Middle Tennessee In Semifinals of Gulf Coast Showcase
    Gonzaga meets the Raiders for the second time in program history
    Women's Basketball 11/29/2019 4:10:00 PM

    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 5-1 Friday against Middle Tennessee in the semifinals 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 1-1 all-time against teams out of Conference USA, including a 1-0 mark under Head Coach Lisa Fortier. The last time the Zags faced a team out of Conference USA was last season when they defeated Western Kentucky 76-55 in the final round of the Vancouver Showcase in Vancouver, Canada.
    - This will mark the 16th time in program history that the Bulldogs have played on Nov. 30. GU carries an 8-7 overall mark on the date, but it has won five of the last six games on the date, including four straight. This will be the second time in Fortier's tenure that the Zags have played on Nov. 30. The last time was during the 2017-18 season--Gonzaga defeated Eastern Washington in its home opener, 69-45.
    - 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.

    - Saturday marks the second time in program history Gonzaga and Middle Tennessee have played.
    - Middle Tennessee holds a 1-0 edge in the series. The last time the two programs met was in the first-ever NCAA game for the Bulldogs. The Raiders defeated Gonzaga 85-46 on March 17, 2007.
    - Gonzaga carries a 1-1 record against current Conference USA programs, including a 1-0 mark under Head Coach Lisa Fortier.

    - Middle Tennessee returns two starters and five letter-winners from last season's squad that finished 23-11 overall on the year with an 11-5 record in C-USA. The Raiders advanced to the WNIT Second Round.
    - Nine newcomers join the roster for the 2019-20 season, including four freshmen. Currently, Middle Tennessee has four transfers on its roster, including former Tennessee guard Anastasia Hayes.
    - Sophomore guard Anastasia Hayes was named to the C-USA Women's Basketball Preseason Team, the only representative of the Raiders on the eight-person squad.
    - This season, Middle Tennessee was picked to finish second in C-USA behind defending champion Rice.
    - Through six games, Middle Tennessee averages 66.5 points per game shooting 41.1 percent from the floor and 32.9 percent from long range.
    - Four players average double-figures for the Raiders, led by Anastasia Hayes with 16.0 points per game shooting 39.4 percent from the floor. Taylor Sutton adds 15.7 points per game while Aislynn Hayes and Charity Savage add 13.7 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
    - As a squad, Middle Tennessee averages 37.7 rebounds per game with a +2.2 rebounding margin. Savage leads the Raiders on the glass with 11.5 rebounds per game while both Courtney Whitson and Anastasia Hayes add over six boards per game at 6.8 and 6.7 per game.
    - Anastasia Hayes also leads the Raiders in assists per game, dishing out 4.8 per game.
    - In their first game of the Gulf Coast Showcase against Auburn, the Raiders claimed a 73-50 victory. Sutton led the way with 27 points while Aislynn Hayes finished with 20. Anastasia Hayes rounded out the double-figure scoring with 11.


  2. #2
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    Middle Tennessee State is 5-1 with their only loss, a home loss to Kentucky 67-52.

    There is no pre-game write-up yet but here are some interesting links to Middle Tennessee State:

    Pre-Game Notes:

    Schedule & Results Link:

    Roster Link:

    Write-Up on MTSU vs Auburn Game Link:


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    Scouting Middle Tennessee. They have 2 good 3 point shooters (#2 Sutton 6-12 3s last game and 22-56 3s on season), (#11 Hayes 4-10 3s last game and 15-33 3s on season 45%).

    They have 3 good rebounders. #35 Savage (6'0') who is a rebounding machine had 13 rebounds last game and averaging 11.5 rebounds on season. #35 Savage is built strong and will be a handful inside.
    #33 Whitson (6'0" had 7 rebounds last game and averages 6.8 rebounds on season. #1 Hayes (5'7") averages 6.7 rebounds per game. So they have 3 girls that really hit the boards.

    Middle Tennessee has 3 fast guards #2 Sutton (5'4"), #11 Hayes (5'6"), and #1 Hayes (5'7"). These three are their leading scorers also.

    All five of their staters play over 30 minutes per game.

    Keys to the game: Contest every 3 point shot from #2 Sutton and #1 Hayes. Get their top rebounder #35 Savage and a couple of their top scorers #2 Sutton, #1 Hayes, or #11 Hayes in foul trouble. If Middle Tennessee avoids making fouls like the plague then take advantage of it on offense. Zags block out and get those rebounds. Set up for offensive charges.
    Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 11-29-2019 at 04:59 PM.

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    Dec 2014


    If the Lady Zags can beat MTSU tomorrow they will get a P5 team in the final. We could have JL playing her sister in the final.

    Another interesting fact is that there are only 13 sets of twins on the same team in D1 Wbb. In the GU vs MTSU game, four of these 13 will be on the court.

    ASU takes down Maine - 57-31
    Purdue demolishes Drake - 67 - 47

    Drake shoots 29% overall and 5.3% (yes that's right 1-19) from 3 pt range combined with 19 T/Os (11 of them steals by Purdue) did in Drake.


  5. #5
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    Feb 2014


    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Another interesting fact is that there are only 13 sets of twins on the same team in D1 Wbb. In the GU vs MTSU game, four of these 13 will be on the court.

    I thought it was fairly crazy having 3 sets of twins involved in the GU-Stanford game. Interesting they will now top that.

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    Issaquah, WA


    At the half, Gonzaga leads Middle Tennessee 28 - 27...

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