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    Post #18/17 Gonzaga Faces Montana State in Bozeman on Thursday at 5pm

    #18/17 WBB Faces Montana State in Bozeman Thursday

    Zags look to extend win streak to five games


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    #18/17 GONZAGA (6-1) at MONTANA STATE (4-2)
    DEC. 5 | 5 P.M. PT | WORTHINGTON ARENA | BOZEMAN, MONT.
    LIVE STATS | SWX


    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 7-1 overall on the season Thursday at Montana State.
    - 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 four spots in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Coaches Poll. GU is now No. 17 in the Coaches Poll and No. 18. in the AP Poll.
    - Montana State is the second of two scheduled Big Sky programs on Gonzaga's schedule this season. GU previously defeated Eastern Washington 84-44 at home on Nov. 22. The Bulldogs carry a 105-70 overall record against current Big Sky programs.
    - Thursday's game will be the 22nd time the Zags have faced the Bobcats. Currently, GU claims the edge in the series 11-10, but MSU holds the advantage in Bozeman with a 7-4 overall record.
    - This will mark the 11th time in program history that the Zags have played on Dec. 5. GU carries a 6-4 overall record on the date. It will also be the second time in history that GU has face Montana State on Dec. 5. The Zags previously tipped off against the Bobcats on this date during the 2000-01 season. MSU claimed the 61-47 win over the Bulldogs in Spokane.
    - 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
    - Gonzaga is 11-10 all-time against Montana State, with a 105-70 overall record against current Big Sky programs.
    - Montana State leads the Bulldogs 7-4 in Bozeman, but Gonzaga is currently on a six-game win streak against the Bobcats.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga defeated MSU 65-52 in Spokane on Dec. 6, 2015.

    SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
    - Montana State returns five seniors from last season's squad that finished 16-15 overall last season with an 11-9 mark in Big Sky play. This season, the Bobcats were selected to win the Big Sky Conference by both the coaches and media.
    - North Dakota transfer Fallyn Freije was selected as the Big Sky Preseason MVP, despite not appearing on a Big Sky roster a season ago. Teammate Oliana Squires joined Freije on the preseason all-conference team, making the Bobcats the only Big Sky team with two players on the preseason squad.
    - Through six games, Montana State averages 70.0 point per game shooting 41.4 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent from long range. Squires leads the attack at 11.7 points per game while Darian White and Freije each add 10.5 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.
    - The Bobcats add 44.5 rebounds per game--good for 26th in the nation--with a 12.2 rebounding margin. Freije leads the squad on the glass with an even 7.0 per game, while Madeline Smith adds 6.3 per contest. Blaire Braxton also averages 5.0 rebounds per contest.
    - All but one of MSU's victories have been by more than 10 points, with its largest margin of victory at 59 points, a 93-34 win over MSU Northern on Nov. 17. The Bobcats lone victory by under 10 points was a 73-65 win over Seattle on Nov. 30.
    - Montana State averages 3,151 fans per game which equates to 43.46 attendance percent capacity. MSU's highest drawing game was its Field Trip Day against Carroll College on Nov. 11. That game tipped off at 11 a.m. and hosted 6,596 fans, most of whom were elementary aged kids on a field trip to the game. Montana State defeated Carroll 67-33.

    GULF COAST SHOWCASE CHAMPIONS
    The Zags finished a perfect 3-0 in Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday to earn the first nonconference tournament title under Head Coach Lisa Fortier, and the first nonconference tournament title since the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs defeated Dayton, Middle Tennessee and Purdue, earning their first-ever wins over both Middle Tennessee (1-1 all-time program record) and Purdue (1-2 all-time program record) in the process.

    WIRTH COLLECTING THE ACCOLADES
    Junior forward Jenn Wirth had a spectacular week at the Gulf Coast Showcase, leading the Zags to a perfect 3-0 week. Wirth was named the Gulf Coast Showcase Most Valuable Player after averaging 13.7 points per game shooting over 62 percent from the floor. On Nov. 29 against Dayton, the junior forward finished with a career-high 19 points off 7-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 showing from the charity stripe. She added another double-digit scoring effort in GU's 62-50 victory over Middle Tennessee-the program's first win over the Blue Raiders-along with seven boards and two assists. In GU's Dec. 1 game against Purdue, Wirth stifled the Boilermakers' bigs, drawing five fouls on reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalist Ae'Rianna Harris. For her efforts, Wirth was also named the WCC Player of the Week, the first career honor for the Mesa, Ariz., native.

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    Montana State has 9 players that average double digit minutes. This is a very good rebounding team. They have 2 girls who like to shoot 3s, #24 Oliana (5'8") has made 10 of 28 attempts, #12 Tori (5'8") has made 10 of 18 55% on 3s.

    It does say something that Montana State was picked to win their conference.
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    Hard to figure Montana St. based on their record. A couple wins against D2 or maybe even D3 schools. Stayed close to South Dakota St. and Minnesota, that seems like a good sign. But only beat a terrible Seattle U. by 8. UW hammered Seattle U., as far as I could tell they are around the same level as CSUB or Eastern Washington type of bottom feeders. So maybe MSU plays up/down to their level of competition?

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    please don't call EWU bottom feeders.....they willingly play the Zags every year and give us their best shot.......I appreciate other teams winning records or not....

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    This year might be an anomaly for EWU, but they are really bad so far. 0-5 w/ an average margin of -32. You can't sugar coat that.

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    From the Montana State Wbb Web Site:

    Bobcat Women Host No. 18-Ranked Gonzaga, Thursday Night in Worthington Arena
    Montana State will host No. 18/17 Gonzaga on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in Worthington Arena.
    Women's Basketball 12/4/2019 3:54:00 PM Tom Schulz

    WHO: (18/17) Gonzaga at Montana State
    WHEN: Thursday, December 6, 2019 @ 6 p.m. (MT)
    WHERE: Bozeman, MT - Worthington Arena (6,772)
    RECORDS: MSU: 4-2 overall, Gonzaga 6-1 overall
    SERIES: Montana State 11-9
    LAST MTG: Dec. 6, 2015 @Gonzaga 65, Montana State 52

    NEXT UP: Montana State will host No. 18/17 Gonzaga on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in Worthington Arena. It's the first game of a doubleheader with the MSU men, who will host South Dakota State at approximately 8 p.m.

    ON THE AIR: Fans across the state of Montana can watch Thursday's game on SWX Montana, which has affiliates in Missoula/Kalispell (KTMF, 23.3), Billings (KULR, 8.2), Butte/Bozeman (KWYB, 18.3), Great Falls (KFBB, 5.3) and Helena (KHBB, 21.3). Charter cable subscribers can watch on channel 199 for all markets outside of Billings, who can find SWX on Billings Charter channel 503. Additionally, the matches can be streamed statewide on the SWX app. Ron Davis will handle play-by-play duties, while Krista Redpath will be color.

    SERIES NOTE: Montana State holds a slim 11-9 advantage in its all-time series with Gonzaga going back to Feb. 13, 1982. Recently, the Zags have won the last six meetings, including the last encounter, 65-52, on Dec. 6, 2015 in Spokane. MSU's last victory in the series - a 68-47 decision, came in Bozeman on Dec. 22, 2000.

    MORE ON THE ZAGS: Gonzaga enters Thursday night's game ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. Last weekend, the Zags defeated Dayton (76-65), Middle Tennessee (62-50) and Purdue (63-50) at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. Gonzaga's lone setback of the season was a 76-70 overtime loss to top-ranked Stanford in Maples Pavilion. Five Gonzaga players average in double-digit scoring led by Jenn Wirth and Jill Townsend at 12.1 and 11.6 points, respectively. Wirth, a 6-3 junior forward, was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week after averaging 13.2 points, while shooting 62% from the field en route to being named Gulf Coast Showcase MVP.

    BOBCATS VS. TOP 25: Montana State is 3-22 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 or the USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls. MSU's victories have come over Montana, twice, when the Lady Griz were ranked. The Bobcats defeated #17 Montana (58-52 in Bozeman) on March 4, 1994 as well as #16 Montana (58-56 in Bozeman) on March 5, 1988. MSU's other victory of a AP Top 25 school came at #21 Boise State (69-68) on Jan. 28. 1994. The highest ranked team Montana State have ever played was #2 Baylor on Nov. 13, 2010, which resulted in a 93-56 loss in Waco. MSU has met Gonzaga once while the Zags were listed at No. 24. The Bulldogs won the contest 89-60 on Nov. 21, 2014.

    HOLY MOLY, OLI: Oliana Squires, a 2019-20 preseason All-Big Sky Conference pick, is currently averaging a team-best 11.7 points per game after dropping in 17 points at Seattle U Saturday night. The senior tri-captain is first on the squad in assists (17) and three-point makes (12). Last winter, Squires earned All-Big Sky Conference Third-Team accolades after guiding the Bobcats averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and a steal per game. Squires' 92% free throw rate was tops on the squad and her 94% Big Sky only free throw percentage was best in the league.

    MAD ABOUT YOU: Madeline Smith, who played in all 31 games, including 23 starts for the Bobcats last season, is currently averaging 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, after leading MSU with 18 points and 9 rebounds in the squad's win at Seattle U, last Saturday. The Snohomish, Wash., product posted MSU's first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Cats' victory over MSU Northern. After six games, Smith is shooting 57.9% from the field. Last winter, Smith averaged 8.8 points per game and was third in the Big Sky in field-goal percentage, shooting 53.7% from the floor. She had ten games in double-figure scoring and posted a career-high 27 points against Southern Utah. Her current total of 547 rebounds ranks 19th all-time.

    MARTHA'S MOMENTS: Martha Kuderer has started in all six games and is averaging 8.3 points per game, while shooting 50% from the field. She has been in double-digits on two occasions, including a season-high 17 points in MSU's win over Carroll College. Last winter, the Eden Prairie, Minn., product averaged 10 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Kuderer posted 11 games in double-figure scoring. She recorded a season-high 21 points against Texas State in preseason WNIT action. Her 44 steals were the best on the squad.

    BOUNDING WITH BLAIRE: Blaire Braxton, who played in all 31 games, including seven starts for the Bobcats, last winter, is currently third on the team averaging 5.0 rebounds per game. In addition, Braxton is averaging 3.0 points per game. Braxton ended the 2018-19 campaign averaging 7.0 points per outing and notched seven games in double-figure scoring, including a career-high 18 points against Idaho. She also recorded two double-digit rebounding games, including a season-high 13 boards in MSU's win at Eastern Washington. She saw remarkable improvement in field-goal percentage shooting a team-best 55.8% from the field. Braxton's 54% shooting acumen in Big Sky games was third best in the league. Braxton is currently 16th on MSU's all-time rebounding chart with 580 boards.

    PRESEASON MVP: Despite not playing in a game for over a year and not ever wearing the Blue and Gold, Montana State senior Fallyn Freije was named preseason Big Sky Conference MVP. The Edmore, N.D. product played three seasons at North Dakota before transferring to Bozeman. Freije was a two-time All-Big Sky performer for the Fighting Hawks, where she averaged 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a junior. She played in 90 games and started in 58. Freije has recorded 900 point and has amassed 546 rebounds over the course of her collegiate career.

    DEEP FREIJE: Senior Fallyn Freije currently third on the team averaging 10.3 points per game. She is first on the squad hauling down 7.0 rebounds, as well. On the season, Freije has been in double-digit scoring on four occasions, including a season-high 13 points in MSU's win over Carroll College.

    BARDS OF THE BLOCK: Seniors Madeline Smith and Blaire Braxton have manned the blocks for the Bobcats the past three seasons. The duo will finish their eligibility this season and will go down as one of the best tandems to ever guard the glass in Worthington Arena. Blythe Hommes/Julie Brown combined for a program record 1,248 rebounds when they finished their careers in 1997. Other top performers include Alaina Bauer/Sandy Neiss, 1,196, 1991; Braxton/Smith, 1,127, 2020; and Kelly Martin/Serena Merrill, 1,034, 2001.

    TORI, TORI, TORI: Tori Martell has connected on ten 3-pointers in the early season. She is averaging 8.0 points per game coming off the bench and is shooting 54.5% from the field and 45.5% from long distance. Last winter, Martell saw action in 29 games, including 18 starts and averaged 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. She registered a season-best five triples in Montana State's win at Northern Colorado and ended the game with a career-high 19 points converting six-of-11 from the field.

    FRESH START: True-freshman Darian White is off to a fast start in the Blue and Gold. The Boise, Idaho product has started all six games and is second on the team averaging 10.5 points game. White is also second in assists (15) and fifth in rebounding (4.2). On the season, she has been in double-figure scoring four times, including a season-high 15 points against UC Davis. Last winter, White was the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year. White had 11 points and four rebounds in MSU's win at Seattle U.

    ALL JACKED UP: True-freshman Maddison Jackson is averaging 16.8 minutes of action over the first four games. The Parma, Idaho native is averaging 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Jackson recorded a season-high eight points on two occasions, against UC Davis and MSU Northern. She is second on the team with nine steals. An outstanding athlete, Jackson was an Idaho state champion in the 100 and 330-meter hurdles, the high jump and as a member of the 4X400-meter relay team.

    I'LL HAVE A KOLA, PLEASE: True-freshman Kola Bad Bear is off to a solid start for the Bobcats averaging 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game over the first six outings. Bad Bear hauled down a season-high nine rebounds in MSU's win over MSU Northern. The Billings Senior grad recorded a season-best 6 points against the Skylights, as well.

    NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Bobcats held the nation's second longest home court win streak (31) before it was snapped by Portland State on Jan. 11, 2018. Since losing to San Diego on Nov. 11, 2015, MSU has won 45 of 53 games in The Brick. The Bobcats average 3,151 fans. The Cats had a season-high 6,596 in attendance for its annual Bobcat School Day Nov. 11, 2019.
    Entire Article Link: https://msubobcats.com/news/2019/12/...ton-arena.aspx

    Game Day!!

    Go Zags,

    ZagDad

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    For those in the greater Inland Empire NW, tonight's game will be televised on SWX (Comcast HD Channel 112).

    Only 2.5 hours to go until game time.

    Go get them ladies,

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    Thanks ZagDad, was just wondering about that. Will be watching tonight!

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    Looks like decent quality streaming thru Montana St. site.

    https://pluto.tv/live-tv/montana-state

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    it might not be worth streaming it at this rate.....

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    Wow perfect charge taken by Jill no doubt even the MS broadcaster said so and they called a fail on her (Baloney). Someone give the ref glasses.

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    Wirth another 3 second thats twice. And another travel by Jenn Wirth. Now 3 seconds on Melody. Crap stop sitting in the key. LeeAnne misses easy layup but fouled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    Wow perfect charge taken by Jill no doubt even the MS broadcaster said so and they called a fail on her (Baloney). Someone give the ref glasses.
    I thought JT established position after the shooter left her feet which makes it a block but it was close and could have been called either way.

    Offensively a very sloppy 1st quarter. 5 turnovers in the first quarter, poor shot selections, forcing the ball inside, poor ball movement. Defensively not playing too bad.

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    Louise traveling all over the place hop hop hop.

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    except for JT pretty anemic......

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    Nice to see Montana women basketball pulls in about 3,000 every game. Looks that size crowd tonight.

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    Agree Sylean some players might have come in a little full of themselves from tournament. Have to bring it every game.

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    Nice pass from Jill to Wirth but she was not ready, fumbled it to zags, then Wirth not quick enough for layup shot blocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    except for JT pretty anemic......
    MK has done pretty well in the 1st half.

    JL, JW and LW not doing much on the offensive side of the ball.

    11 turnovers in the first half, most of those unforced, travels, steps on the out of bounds line, etc. Lack of focus.

    Rebounds equal between the teams (not good) and the zags have given up 5 offensive rebounds. Wirths not commanding the inside on either end of the court.

    2nd half coming up.

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    Zags looking much better so far in 3rd quarter.

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    Another travel this one by Leeanne. Now Jenn fumbles the ball turnover. Well end of 3rd quarter sloppy again.

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    Louise has three 3s in 4th quarter she is feeling it. Well Jill was feeling in 1st half 12 points, 16 point in games. CLF limited her minutes 2nd half saving her for Sunday good move. Subs getting good minutes and experience.

    Another win we will take it go Lady Zags. Zags win 70-55. 9-17 on 3s nice. Katie and Jessie also had two 3s a piece swish.

    Good to see Jill in a groove on jumpers, your shots looked smooth in the 1st half Jill. Heard one Zag coach's say AV is a project and we never know about projects so just be patient. Had to laugh when she was in, she would just run up the court after a shot and Katie played the center getting the rebounds underneath after the shots. At this point yeah AV is definitely a project (LOL). But on the positive side Katie got 6 rebounds way to go Mighty Mouse!!!!
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    hard game....team looked like they've just played 3 games in a row......still, lots of silly turnovers......


    but congrats for seeing thru....

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    Gonzaga defeats Montana State 70-55...Lady Zags improve to 7-1...

    Jill Townsend leads the Lady Zags with 16 points and 6 rebounds...

    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=286110

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    #18/17 WBB Picks Up 70-55 Win at Montana State

    Jill Townsend led the way with 16 points

    Gonzaga 70 - Montana State 55 Final Box Score Link

    BOZEMAN, Mont. – The #18/17 Gonzaga women's basketball team defeated Montana State 70-55 Thursday evening inside Worthington Arena in Bozeman, Mont. The Bulldogs shot 51.0 percent from the floor to offset a season-high 21 turnovers.

    Gonzaga (8-1) was led in scoring by Jill Townsend with 16 points off 7-of-11 from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Katie Campbell added 11 points and Louise Forsyth chipped in a season-high 10 points, finishing 3-of-5 from long range.

    The Bulldogs finished 25-of-49 from the floor to shoot 51.0 percent, the fifth game this season the Bulldogs have shot at least 50 percent from the floor. GU out-rebounded Montana State 33-29, limiting the Bobcats well below their season average of 44.5 rebounds per game. The Zags also forced MSU into 19 turnovers which led to 24 points for Gonzaga.

    "This was a really good win against a tough Montana State team," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "We had some trouble finding our rhythm early, but we were able to rely on our defense in the first half. Thankfully, our team has a lot of weapons which makes it tough to game plan for. That showed in the second half with multiple players stepping up, both offensively and defensively. I'm proud of our efforts and happy to be heading home with a victory."

    Eleven first-half turnovers from the Zags enabled Montana State (4-3) to keep things close as Gonzaga held a seven-point lead (29-22) after the first 20 minutes. A quick 7-3 GU run to open the third gave the Zags their first double-figure lead of the game at 11 points (36-25) with 7:42 to go. By the end of the quarter, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 15 points (46-31).

    In the fourth quarter, Gonzaga extended its lead to as many as 21 points behind a monster nine-point effort from Forsyth. The Bulldogs shot 57.1 percent in the final quarter, including a stifling 83.3 percent from long range. Montana State matched GU's effort, scoring an identical 24 points with a 66.7 percent shooting effort from the floor. The Zags held steady to earn the 70-55 victory.

    Montana State was led by Fallyn Freije with a game-high 18 points while Oliana Squires added 14 points and five rebounds.

    Gonzaga returns to the floor Sunday, Dec. 8 at Washington State in Pullman, Wash., at 2 p.m.

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