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    WBB: Bulldogs Back at McCarthey, Host Texas Southern Saturday

    The Zags return home after three weeks on the road

    GONZAGA (8-1) vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN (3-4)
    DEC. 14 | 2 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
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    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 9-1 overall on the season Saturday against Texas Southern. With a win, Gonzaga will post an 9-1 start to the season for the second time in program history and the second-straight season.
    - 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 a spot in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Coaches Poll. GU is now No. 17 in the AP Poll.
    - Texas Southern is the only program that Gonzaga has faced out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Bulldogs have faced the Tigers once before back in 1999. Gonzaga won the matchup 74-52 on Dec. 4, 1999 as part of the Southwest Airlines Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    - This will mark the eighth time in program history that the Zags have played on Dec. 14. GU carries a 3-4 overall record on this date. It will also be the first time since 2013 that the Zags have suited up on the date.
    - Gonzaga currently ranks second 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
    Overall: 1-0, Gonzaga leads
    Home: 0-0
    Away: 0-0
    Neutral: 1-0, Gonzaga leads
    Last Meeting: Gonzaga won 74-52 on Dec. 4, 1999 at the Southwest Airlines Lobo Classic, hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    - Texas Southern is the only program that Gonzaga has faced out of the SWAC.

    SCOUTING THE TIGERS
    - Texas Southern returns five letter winners from last season's squad that finished 15-15 overall.
    - This season, the Tigers welcome nine newcomers to the roster and two redshirts.
    - Texas Southern was picked to finish fifth overall in the SWAC this season. Senior Niya Mitchell was selected as both the Preseason Player of the Year and Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Mitchell was also selected to the Preseason All-SWAC First Team. Last season, Mitchell averaged a double-double with 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
    - This season, the Tigers are 3-4 through seven games and average 61.7 points and 34.0 rebounds per game while shooting 37.4 percent from the floor. Mitchell leads Texas Southern in scoring at 15.7 points per game; Ciani Cryor is a close second at 15.4 points per outing.
    - Mitchell also leads the Tiger in rebounding, hauling in an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. So far this season, Mitchell has recorded three double-doubles (points, rebounds).
    - As a squad, Texas Southern averages 13.1 assists per game. Cryor leads the Tigers in that category with 7.4 assists per game.
    - So far this season, TSU has collected wins against UTRGV (71-44), Hawai'i (74-57) and Rice (63-56).
    - In the last meeting between the two programs on Dec. 4, 1999, Gonzaga defeated the Tigers 74-52. The Bulldogs shot 44.8 percent from the floor while limiting TSU to 31.3 percent, and the Zags dominated the glass with a 46-35 edge. The Zags dished out 24 assists on 26 made field goals and forced 20 turnovers on the Tigers.

    TOWNSEND NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    For the first time in her career, junior guard Jill Townsend was named the WCC Player of the Week. Townsend led GU to a perfect 2-0 week on the road with wins at Montana State and Washington State. She averaged 15.0 points per game shooting 66.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long range to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

    CHANCES ARE, IT'S GOING IN
    Gonzaga leads the league in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent, and four Zags rank in the top 15 in the conference in field goal percentage. Melody Kempton leads the charge, shooting a whopping 58.8 percent from the floor (30-for-51) to rank second in the WCC. Jill Townsend ranks fourth at 56.5 percent, Katie Campbell tied for 11th at an even 50 percent while LeeAnne Wirth ranks 15th shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.

    DOUBLE-DOUBLE, PLEASE
    LeeAnne Wirth notched her second career double-double and the second for the Zags this season Dec. 8 at Washington State. The junior forward finished with a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. Melody Kempton is the only other Zag to notch a double-double this season; the sophomore forward scored 12 points and hauled in 10 rebounds at Stanford on Nov. 17.

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    From the Texas Southern web site:

    Women's Basketball To Face Gonzaga Saturday Afternoon
    Women's Basketball | 12/13/2019 2:04:00 PM |

    • Texas Southern hits the road again for a non-conference contest at Gonzaga Saturday afternoon in Spokane, Wash. This marks the first meeting against Gonzaga since 2000.

    • Second-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke returns to the TSU sidelines for the first time since 2011-12. She spent the 2011-12 season at TSU and led them to the SWAC Regular Season Championship for the first time in school history.

    • Guard Ciani Cryor is off to a sizzling start as she's averaging 15.4 points, 7.4 assists and 4.3 steals. She ranks 3rd nationally in assists per game and 4th in steals.

    • Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is 34-37 all-time in the month of December and 3-4 at TSU.

    • Cooper-Dyke is 1-0 all-time against Gonzaga as she defeated them by a 60-56 margin on Nov. 24, 2015 while serving as USC's head coach.

    • TSU is the only team Gonzaga has ever faced from the SWAC as the Bulldogs lead the series 1-0. The teams last met on a neutral court in Albuquerque, NM in 2000.

    • Senior forward Niya Mitchell completed the trifecta as she was named the SWAC's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning first team honors. A 5-10 senior from Bay City, Texas, Mitchell averaged a double-double last season, scoring 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. She's averaging 16 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.2 steals this season. She ranks 5th in steals per game nationally.

    • TSU was picked fifth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll after finishing the 2018-19 season in fifth.

    • TSU has a revamped roster with only five letterwiners retuning while they welcome nine newcomers and two redshirts.
    Article Link: https://tsusports.com/news/2019/12/1...px?path=wbball

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    As strong nonconference campaign nears end, Gonzaga women won’t look past struggling Texas Southern
    UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

    By Jim Allen
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    ….the Zags have had almost a week to prepare for the Tigers (3-6), who’ve lost lopsided contests to Power 5 schools Oregon (99-63), Iowa State (79-59) and Colorado (70-54). TSU played competitively at Utah (losing 71-62) and owns wins over Hawaii and Rice. In the 63-56 win over Rice on Sunday, the Tigers got big games from their two key players: senior forward Niya Mitchell and point guard Ciani Cryor, a graduate transfer from Rutgers.

    Mitchell finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds despite fouling out. Cryor led TSU with 20 points, nine assists and eight steals. That’s right: nine assists, which is only slightly higher than Cryor’s season average of 7.4. The 5-foot-5 Cryor also averages 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.

    Mitchell, the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference offensive and defensive player of the year, plays far above her 5-10 height, averaging a team-high 15.7 points and 9.6 boards.

    The numbers drop off sharply for the rest of the Tigers, who return only five letter winners. UTSA ranks near the bottom of Division 1 in several key categories: 3-point shooting (24.6%), free-throw shooting (61.2%) and defense (opponents are shooting 43%).

    The Tigers are best known for their former and current coach, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who ranks among the most outstanding players in women’s basketball history.
    Rest of the article can be found here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...s-end-gonzaga/

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    Gonzaga defeats Texas Southern 80-45...

    Katie Campbell, LeeAnne Wirth and Jenn Wirth all finish with 14 points to lead the Lady Zags...

    https://gozags.com/sidearmstats/wbball/media

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    Today was not about the stats it was about self preservation. Noticed right away Jill Townsend had her right thumb and right wrist taped up before practice even started. Watched her in practice and she was good from long range, short jumpers were off. Then she had a good start quick 6 points in 1st quarter. Then what seemed like early part of 3rd quarter she leaned up against a player on top of the key and spinning around she fell to the court, she was wincing and and limping around on her right knee pad leg (CLF wisely called a time out). Jill went out and and did not play again. I think her knee was not injured anymore just tweaked since she was smiling from ear to ear and cheering on her teammates after a couple minutes went buy sitting on the bench. However it put a scare into Jill and CLF. Besides this game was over in the 1st half. Fact is it was embarassing in the 1st half for Texas Southern it looked they might score only 9 points in the whole game.

    Was concerned when JT came out her knee pad was facing sideways, but she never fixed it on the bench or paid no mind to her right knee good sign. Kudos to CLF for wisely letting her sit the remainder of the 2nd half with 2 more games coming up in the next 6 days. Jill is going to have to watch herself on the court with a injured thumb, knee, she is starting to look like she just got done riding a Bull or wrestling a cow down to the dirt.

    Texas Southern was a very short team, the Wirths could have scored points all day long. But CLF wisely limited their minutes in the 4th quarter. Annmarie got plenty of playing time today and scored 8 points which made her happy. Gillian was put in with 5 minutes to play which I was glad to see heck we were up by like 40 points.

    Even though Texas Southern looked like none of their players could make a basket in the 1st half, they were a very speedy team and very physical. Against our subs Texas Southern held their own in the 4th quarter and had a good enough half to save face. TS showed good heart in 2nd half I take my hat off to them for that.

    Jill you were suppose to use your week off to get healthy not come up with another injury. For Petes Sake Cowgirl take care of yourself.

    Nice to see Katie get hot 4 for 5 on three pointers, she was percolating from deep.
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    WBB: Zags Earn 80-45 Victory over Texas Southern

    Bulldogs improve to 9-1 on the season

    Gonzaga 80 - Texas Southern 45 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga women's basketball team cruised to an 80-45 victory over visiting Texas Southern Saturday afternoon inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags improve to 9-1 on the season with the win.

    As a squad, the Zags controlled the glass with a 43-32 rebounding edge and scored 27 points off 21 forced turnovers on Texas Southern (3-5). The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to 32.8 percent shooting overall--including 16.7 percent from long range--while claiming a 46-30 scoring edge inside the paint.

    Three players in double-figures for the Bulldogs as LeeAnne Wirth, Jenn Wirth and Katie Campbell all finished with 14 points. LeeAnne Wirth added a game-high eight rebounds while Campbell drained four treys. Jenn Wirth finished 6-of-12 from the floor and added six boards.

    "I think the key to them scoring was our ability to handle pressure," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "[Texas Southern] is really pressure-oriented. They love to turn people over; they average 13 or 14 steals a game…We played really strong; they really read the defense very well."

    The Bulldogs opened up their scoring barrage off a trey from Campbell 25 seconds into the first quarter, and Jill Townsend followed it up with a layup less than a minute later. A second trey from Campbell extended the lead to eight, and by the end of the first quarter the Zags boasted a 22-9 advantage. Gonzaga limited Texas Southern to just 17 points combined in the first half--the lowest halftime scoring output by an opponent this season—and entered halftime with a 42-17 lead.

    "We started off right off the bat, which is really good for us," LeeAnne Wirth said. "We knew that they were a high-intensity, high-pressure team, so we had to come out and just be strong with the ball…Just some really good team basketball was what did it for us today."

    Gonzaga continued to roll in the second half, shooting a combined 57.7 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from long range. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to 28 second-half points to pull away for the 80-45 win.

    "It felt great," Campbell said. "We haven't been home in a while, and we were all playing really great together."

    Texas Southern was led by Destiny Arvinger with 16 points off 7-of-16 from the floor while Britnee Gabriel added 11. Niya Mitchell led the Tigers on the glass with five rebounds.

    Gonzaga returns to play Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT. For up-to-date game time information, visit GoZags.com.

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    zab......the team brought the hammer down early and TS accommodated us by shooting very poorly....in the 2nd half particularly the last quarter they (TS) poured it on with most of our starters on the bench.....

    quick thoughts......Ana is starting to "get it"......she is trying very hard and is visibly upset at herself when she misses .....she is coming along.....today's extra play is going to help her a lot.....

    thought we had good defense and kept up with TS's speedy players, except for some late game lapses......

    appreciated the kind of game called, although rough at times.....the refs let the players play..not numerous interruptions of play....refs had the guts to call a few offensive fouls......

    going to be a busy week for the team.....

    rest up.....sleep well...eat and drink well....

    Good win.....
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    Good points Sylean. Now if Jenn and Leeanne can just keep their roommate in a protective plastic bubble in between games we should be fine. I did notice the Wirths were feed on back to back possessions running up the key for layups the first feed was from Jill not sure who the 2nd feed was from, but both plays were well executed. Also saw Jill collided with one of the Wirth players on a rebound in the first half and had another hard contact with a opposing player on the offensive end.

    Cudos to Jenn on taking a hard offensive foul. Have to say the Wirths are looking strong, healthy, and resilient. When #42 of the opposing team came barreling into the lane one time she was like a human bowling bowl rolling over like 3 zags on the way to the basket unfortunately Kayleigh Truong got trounced but she bounced back up, the guy next to me said if your going to get hammered like that at least have your feet planted so your taking a charge (Ouch). Later after the teams had run up and down the court a few times #42 was totally winded and could barely move but she was saved by the end of the quarter or halftime. #42 was toasted thats the problem with being a very large player like #42, you can be a force underneath for awhile, but then running up and down the court makes you feel like you want to call for a oxygen tank.

    Put a little scare into me one time when #42 made contact with one of our players while swinging her arms underneath it was dangerously close to being a hard elbow in the head. Close call for one of the Zags.

    Good play Jessie got the ball passed to her in the corner and it was almost passed outbounds, she saved it but then was trapped by 2 players, Jill tried to help but their was no escaping Jessie wisely hit the ball off the leg of one of the players.

    Bad form after a TS bucket the Zag inbounding the ball passed to Jessie but she was trapped when she got the ball by 2 players, the inbounds person having no court awareness just ran up the court leaving Jessie hanging out to dry result turnover.
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    From the Texas Southern Web Site:

    Tigers Fall To Gonzaga Saturday Afternoon
    Game Recap: Women's Basketball | 12/14/2019 9:08:00 PM | TSU Sports Information

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga used a pair of runs in the first two quarters to create separation as TSU fell 80-45 in its return to the court Saturday afternoon.
    The Bulldogs opened with an 8-0 run but TSU narrowed the gap to 8-4 after baskets from Destiny Arvinger and Britnee Gabriel. Turnovers would haunt TSU over the next few minutes as three turnovers allowed Gonzaga to start another 8-0 run to push its lead to 12 at 16-4. A three-pointer by Arvinger cut the margin to 16-9 with 3:07 left but that would be the lone basket until Arvinger's layup with 33 seconds left as the Bulldogs claimed a 22-9 first quarter lead.

    TSU struggled to find the basket to open the quarter as they went nearly five minutes without a score while GU scored the first eight points to lead 30-11. By the time the Tigers began to figure things out offensively as the half came to a close, their deficit was beyond 20 as the Zags led 42-17 at the break. The Tigers upped their point production in the second half as they outscored Gonzaga in the final quarter. However, the early deficit was too big of a hill to climb as GU defeated TSU for the second time in series history.

    Arvinger led TSU with 16 points in her season debut while Gabriel followed with 11. Niya Mitchell led all rebounders with five.
    Article Link: https://tsusports.com/news/2019/12/1...afternoon.aspx

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Balance again on full display in Gonzaga women’s romp over Texas Southern
    UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

    By Jim Allen
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    In a game like this, the Gonzaga women needed to rise to their own expectations and no one else’s. Not that the crowd didn’t appreciate the Zags’ 80-45 nonconference win over Texas Southern on Saturday afternoon. But though it was GU’s first home game in more than three weeks, many fans left in the third quarter – to beat the traffic, grab some Christmas bargains or settle into their chairs for the GU men’s game later that night.

    That’s too bad, because this team is shaping up into something special: a No. 17 ranking with 9-1 record marred only by an overtime loss at current No. 1 Stanford.
    Even better for those who stuck around: There’s no such thing as garbage time when everyone is playing double-digit minutes.

    “They’ve done a really good job,” said head coach Lisa Fortier, who’s enjoying the evolution of this team as much as its success following the graduation of Zykera Rice, Laura Stockton and Chandler Smith. “We work hard to help them develop, and they work hard to take the coaching and develop themselves,” Fortier said.
    Of the departed players: “We love ’em and we miss ’em,” Fortier said, “but at this time of the season we’re talking about the new group, and they’ve done a really good job.” The résumé includes recent wins over Power 5 teams Purdue and Washington State, which boosted expectations for an easy win against the 3-7 Tigers.

    The Zags didn’t disappoint. Less than 2 minutes in, TSU was down 8-0 and calling timeout. It didn’t help. Dominating inside and out, the Zags were up 22-9 after one quarter and 42-17 at intermission.

    “Some really good team basketball, that’s what did it,” said junior forward LeeAnne Wirth, who had 14 points and eight rebounds for one of the most complete games of her career.

    “There just can’t be any letup,” Wirth said.

    There was one, actually: GU was outscored 14-13 in the fourth quarter, a recurring problem of late. Fortier also noted some leaky defense against players who were driving and the Zags’ 14 turnovers against the TSU pressure.

    Those will be addressed over the weekend as the Zags prepare for a tricky final week of nonconference play: Tuesday at the 7,150-foot elevation at Wyoming, followed by a home game Friday against 20th-ranked Missouri State.
    Entire Article can be found here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...aga-womens-ro/

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    What to say...

    Wasn’t able to make the game but was able to watch it via my tablet. (And yes I gave our tickets away)

    It was hard to call this a good game... while the Lady Zags played well and really... impressive in a number of ways, the game was another one against a team that gave GU very little challenge.

    I know there is a reason to put a game or two on the schedule like this for things like finals week... but it doesn’t do much for the fan base. Next week we will finally have a team in town that will test the Ladies and prepare them for the conference.

    I only hope that CLF and MR in future years can put together a few more competitive games for their loyal fans...

    Tough week ahead... play hard and have fun.

    Go Zags!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipZag View Post
    What to say...

    It was hard to call this a good game... while the Lady Zags played well and really... impressive in a number of ways, the game was another one against a team that gave GU very little challenge.

    I know there is a reason to put a game or two on the schedule like this for things like finals week... but it doesn’t do much for the fan base. Next week we will finally have a team in town that will test the Ladies and prepare them for the conference.

    I only hope that CLF and MR in future years can put together a few more competitive games for their loyal fans...

    Tough week ahead... play hard and have fun.

    Go Zags!!
    Skip,

    You and I have been beating this drum all year and so far have not bought the Kool-Aid being sold by some. However, I will this about today's game.

    Finals week, so having an "easier" game is probably justified. Secondly, we have a difficult game in a difficult location on Tuesday, so a really short turn-around for this type of game. Having a game where everybody gets double digit minutes is just what the doctor ordered. Next week can be all about basketball and then several days off to enjoy family and friends before conference season starts.

    The one thing this year's schedule has done is expose the Lady Zags to a wide variety of teams and playing types. Like MTSU, TSU has very quick guards that play a very aggressive, pressure type defense. This is just the thing that our young guards (Truongs and LF) need to experience before conference play. Having these type of games has been a great confidence boost for the young backcourt, even if they occasionally have too many turnovers.

    In looking at the highlights, AV looked much more involved in the game, looking for passes and making shots. Much improved from her previous games. The team as a whole, looked very comfortable running the inside out offense with a lot of points in the paint from easy baskets. Not too many 3s today, but with a 30+ point lead, difficult to complain about not taking enough 3s'

    I was going to complain about the laissez faire attitude in the 4th quarter (again), but after watching the Zag Mbb and their performance in the last 3 minutes of today's game against Arizona, I think I will take the Lady Zags any day of the week.

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    From ESPN:

    Campell helps No. 17 Gonzaga women whip Texas Southern 80-45
    4:10 PM PT
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    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Katie Campbell scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers, and No. 17 Gonzaga coasted to an 80-45 win over Texas Southern on Saturday.

    Twins LeeAnne and Jenn Wirth also had 14 points for the Bulldogs (9-1), who won their seventh straight game. Ten of 11 players played more than 12 minutes each and scored. LeeAnne Wirth was 7 of 9 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.

    Destiny Arvinger scored 16 points and Britnee Gabriel 11 for Texas Southern, which went 3 of 18 from 3-point range and shot 33% with 21 turnovers.

    Campbell sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Jill Townsend layup as Gonzaga scored the first eight points of the game. After the Lady Tigers (3-4) got a pair of baskets, the Bulldogs scored another eight points, four by Townsend.

    Gonzaga led 22-9 when Kayleigh Truong hit a 3-pointer late in the first quarter and then the Zags scored the first eight points of the second quarter. It was 42-17 at halftime.

    The Bulldogs finished at 52%, making six 3-pointers.
    Article Link: http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...meId=401174116

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