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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.