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    Default Missouri State Height & Rebounding bring tough obstacles

    #32 (6'1") Franklin scored 20 points last game and 13 rebounds, averaging 12.3 pts and 9.6 rebounds. She can jump!

    #50 (6'4") Gartner scored 13 points last game and 11 rebounds, averaging 9.4 pts and 6.7 rebounds. Built like a brick house shoulders to hips all muscle.

    #22 (6'2") Willard scored 9 points last game averaging 17.8 points. 22-41 on 3 pointers .53% Willards game reminds me of Lexie Hull.

    #11 (5'8") Calip scored 14 points last game averaging 13.4 points. 11-25 on 3 pointers .44%

    #02 (5'3") Ruffridge scored 13 points last game averaging 6.6 points per game. 15-38 on 3 pointers .39%

    #23 (5'9") Bhinhar averaging 7.3 points per game.

    #4 Hipp (6'2") and #21 Wilson (5'11") average double digit minutes coming off the bench.

    Concerns for this game:

    1. We only have one healthy tough girl Melody.

    2. Since getting injured Jill's game offensively has been hampered, IE last 2 games non factor on offense.

    3. Can Jill adjust her game? Against Wyoming on the only turn around jump shot she was going to attempt it never happen because the ball flew out of her hands no grip. Perhaps needs to just do jump shots without the turn around but can she change? Jill could not get a rebound underneath because she had no grip on one play. Another play a easy offensive rebound and put back dribbled off her hand no grip. She was frustrated her thumb injury has severely limited her the last 2 games.

    4. Wirth twins have no hops unless its traveling.

    5. Wirth twins are like Jill Barta minus the 3 point shot. They play no defense nor care much about defense, they just want their points.

    6. Wirth twins have problems guarding anyone underneath close to their height or taller.

    7. Only ones that play defense underneath is Jill and Melody.

    8. Can anyone on this team get a offensive rebound have not seen many lately.

    9. If we play like we played at Wyoming we are going to get our butt kicked on our home court.

    10. Wyoming was only picked to finish 4th in their division and they looked like are equals.

    11. Our bench is not producing much on offense against better teams with exception of Melody. Our depth may not have been what had we had anticipated earlier in the year production wise.

    12. Missouri State knows how to get to the free throw line last game had 27 free throw attempts.

    13. Last game their leading scorer #22 Willard was hampered by fouls and fouled out of the game and scored only 9 points but her team still won they game they have very good depth on offense.

    Strategy:

    1. Getting their two leading rebounders and inside shooters in foul trouble early that being #32 Franklin who shoots 60% on FG and shoots no 3 pointers. #50 Gartner will be a mountain sitting inside on defense and offense.

    2. Rebounding is key this game.

    3. Get someone to guard #22 Willard (6'2") like glue on the 3 point line 53% this will be a tough assignment because the player will also have to have height. Guessing this may have to be Katie and Jill since the other guards are to short and could be shot right over.

    4. Take advantage of #50 Gartner size run her hard make her tired.

    5. Yes of course you want to get #22 Willard their leading scorer and lethal 3 point shooter 53% in foul trouble early that strategy almost worked for Missouri and kept them in the game.
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    don't jump off the bridge just yet ZAB.......


    we are going to have a great game....I feel it.....

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    Missouri St. doesn't have more height than Stanford did. Gartner is the biggest worry on the interior because of her girth and the way she throws it around. Willard is a wing, very good player.

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    LOL Sylean feelings are not going to win our next game its going to take tenacity. All of our starters and Melody are going to have to step up.

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    Hopefully warmer weather will bring rain instead of snow Friday. We won't have any same day flights, just a short walk to the Kennel. 6,000 Lady Zag fans cheering you on. Game against a top 25 opponent, its time to show us what you got Lady Zags. Chance for Seniors and Juniors to shine before the home crowd what more could you want.
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    From GoZags - Game Preview:

    WBB: #17/18 Zags Host #20/17 Missouri State Friday
    Second-ever Top 20 matchup inside The Kennel
    Women's Basketball 12/18/2019 1:47:00 PM

    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 11-1 overall on the season Friday against Missouri State. With a win, Gonzaga will post an 11-1 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 held steady in the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 17 while dropping one spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 18.
    - Gonzaga carries a 3-1 record against current Missouri Valley Conference teams; the only other program GU has faced from the MVC is Illinois State. This is the second-straight season the Bulldogs have faced Missouri State.
    - Friday will be the 12th time the Zags have played on Dec. 20 in program history. Gonzaga carries a 5-6 record on the date; the last time the Bulldogs played on Dec. 20 was during the 2014-15 season. The majority of teams Gonzaga has faced on Dec. 20 have been out of the Big Sky Conference. Seven of the 11 opponents GU has faced on the date are out of the Big Sky.ga currently ranks second in the nation in percent attendance capacity. The Zags average 91.56 percent capacity; that's an average of 5,494 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.

    SCOUTING THE BEARS
    - Missouri State returns 12 letter winners and four starters from last season's squad that finished 25-10 overall and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The Bears eventually lost to No. 2 Stanford 55-46.
    - The Lady Bears return 79 percent of their scoring, 84 percent of rebounds, 73 percent of assists, 78 percent of steals, 90 percent of blocked shots and 83 percent of minutes.
    - Three Lady Bears--Brice Calip, Jasmine Franklin and Alexa Willard--earned honorable mention All-MVC honors last season, nine players on the roster appeared in at least 32 games with at least 12 minutes per contest, and all 12 returners played in at least 10 games a season ago.
    - This season, Missouri State was picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference behind 2018-19 regular-season champion Drake.
    - Through 10 games, Missouri State carries a 9-1 overall record. The Lady Bears average 76.8 points per game shooting 45.5 percent from the field including 40.3 percent from long range.
    - Three players average double-figures for the Lady Bears, led by Willard at 17.8 points per contest. Calip adds 13.4 points per contest while Franklin chips in 12.3.
    - Missouri State averages 39.7 rebounds per game with a +8.6 rebounding margin. Two players average over 6.0 rebounds per game, led by Franklin at 9.6 rebounds per game (52nd nationally). Emily Gartner adds 6.7 rebounds per contest.
    - The Lady Bears have played two ranked opponents so far this season: then No. 23 Minnesota (W, 77-69) and then-No. 7 Oregon State (L, 80-69). Missouri State broke into the AP Top 25 on Dec. 2 following a 74-66 victory over (RV) South Dakota on the road. The Lady Bears have been ranked in the Coaches Poll since Nov. 18, following their 80-69 loss at Oregon State on Nov. 17. Most recently, Missouri State is ranked 20th in the AP poll and 17th in the Coaches Poll.

    SERIES REVIEW
    HOME: 0-0, First meeting in Spokane
    ROAD: 1-1, Series tied
    NEUTRAL: 1-0 Gonzaga leads
    LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 70-67 in Springfield (12/16/19)
    FIRST MEETING: MSU won 85-66 in Springfield (3/21/05)

    TOP 20 MATCHUP IN McCARTHEY
    Friday's game will be the second-ever top 20 matchup inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. Previously, then- No. 20/19 Gonzaga hosted No. 8/8 UCLA inside McCarthey in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2011. The Zags won that game 89-75 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. There are two other games against ranked opponents that Gonzaga has hosted inside McCarthey while also ranked inside the Top 25:
    - 23/24 GU vs. 12/11 Rutgers (3/17/12, W, 86-73)
    - 23/24 GU vs. 8/9 Miami (3/19/12, W, 65-64)

    PERFECTION FROM THE LINE
    Dec. 17 at Wyoming, Gonzaga finished a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. It's the first time the Zags have posted a 100 percent shooting performance from the charity stripe this season, and it's the seventh time in program history the Bulldogs have shot 100 percent (minimum 10 attempts) from the line since 1999. And get this--the last four times the Zags have converted all of their free throws they've finished 16-of-16.
    - 12/17/19 at Wyoming 16-of-16
    - 3/6/18 vs. San Diego 16-of-16
    - 2/17/11 at Santa Clara 16-of-16
    - 3/23/09 vs. Pittsburgh 16-of-16

    The record for perfection from the charity stripe (since 1999) is 24-for-24, which GU converted at Saint Mary's on Feb. 3, 2005.
    Article Link: https://gozags.com/news/2019/12/18/w...te-friday.aspx

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    From the Missouri State Lady Bears Wbb Web Site - Game Preview:

    Lady Bears Travel to Gonzaga Friday for Top-20 Matchup
    MSU Athletics Communications
    December 18, 2019

    Starting Five - Storylines for the Gonzaga Game
    1) The No. 18/20 Missouri State Lady Bears (9-1) play their third top-25 road game of the season Friday at 8 p.m. Central when they visit No. 18/17 Gonzaga (10-1) in match-up between two of the nation's top programs. The Lady Bears are now 33-4 overall since Dec. 20 of last season, trailing only Baylor (37) and UConn (34) nationally in total victories since that date.

    2) The Lady Bears have shot 40 percent or better from the field in all 10 games this season, the team's longest such streak since 16 consecutive games from Jan. 6-March 5, 2005. Through Dec. 17, the Lady Bears ranked seventh nationally in 3-point percentage at .403 and 32nd overall at 45.5 percent from the field. Additionally, senior Alexa Willard ranks second in 3-point shooting at 53.7 percent, helping MSU score at least 68 points in each game, the longest such streak since 16 games from Dec. 8, 2009-Feb. 24, 2010.

    3) Missouri State has won the rebounding battle in nine of 10 games this season and owns a plus-8.6 margin on the glass this year after ranking second in school history at plus-8.3 last season.

    4) The Lady Bears are off to their best start since the 2003-04 team opened 20-1, and best home start since that same club finished 17-0 in Springfield. Missouri State's nine wins prior to MVC play are the most in school history before the start of Valley competition.

    5) The Lady Bears are 14-1 in their last 15 true road games and 20-2 in the last 22 games away from home, the two losses at No. 7 Oregon State in the 2019 Preseason WNIT championship game and versus No. 6 Stanford in the 2019 Sweet 16.

    Series History
    Gonzaga leads the all-time series 2-1, winning last season in Springfield and in 2012 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. MSU's win came in the second round of the 2005 WNIT in Springfield.

    In last year's 70-67 GU win, Brice Calip scored 20 points for the Lady Bears and Shameka Ealy added 12 on 4-of-6 shooting, while the Bulldogs were plus-10 on the glass.

    Though the teams have never met in Spokane, the city holds a special place in Lady Bear basketball history. MSU defeated fifth-ranked Duke in the 2001 Sweet Sixteen in Spokane Arena, following that with a 104-87 Elite Eight victory over Washington two days later to advance to the progam's second Final Four.

    Scouting Gonzaga
    Gonzaga is 10-1 overall and ranked 17th in the AP, 18th in the Coaches Poll, and ninth in the latest RPI, with its only loss in overtime at a Stanford club that is now ranked No. 1 in both major polls. Balanced and deep, the Bulldogs rank 13th nationally in field goal percentage at .477, and sixth at .404 from 3-point land, with six players averaging between 8.0 and 11.1 points per game. GU averages 74.2 points per game and allows 54.1 with a plus-5.4 rebound margin.

    MSU Versus the Top 25
    Missouri State has had relatively good success all-time against ranked opponents, going 23-51 versus AP top-25 foes with an 8-24 mark in true road games. MSU has won two of its last three road games against ranked teams, including at No. 13 Iowa State in last season's NCAA Second Round, and at No. 23 Minnesota in the 2019 season opener.

    Friday will be the 17th ranked versus ranked match-up in school history. The Lady Bears are 8-8 in such games, most recently a loss to Purdue in the 2001 Final Four. The last such regular season match-up took place on Dec. 16, 2000, when the 21st-ranked Lady Bears topped No. 16 Oklahoma by a 69-61 final in Springfield, and the last road win in a ranked vs. ranked game was at No. 7 Iowa in the 1992 NCAA Tournament second round.
    Article Link: https://missouristatebears.com/news/...0-matchup.aspx

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    Another "chicken little" (The Sky is Falling) pre-game analysis by ZAB.

    I was frustrated as well, by the seemly lack of effort on the rebounding side of things on Tuesday. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a single Wyoming player get the offensive rebound amongst four (yes 4) Zags. However, I have found over the years that when I go back and look at the stats or re-watch the game things are frequently not what I thought I saw the first go around.

    5. Wirth twins are like Jill Barta minus the 3 point shot. They play no defense nor care much about defense, they just want their points.
    6. Wirth twins have problems guarding anyone underneath close to their height or taller.
    7. Only ones that play defense underneath is Jill and Melody.
    8. Can anyone on this team get a offensive rebound have not seen many lately.
    In reality, not only did LW have 18 pts on 6-10 shooting and shoot 6-6 from the charity stripe, but she also had 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. Sounds like a pretty good defensive game to me. Certainly not worth being thrown under the bus. Offensive rebounds, both teams had 8 offensive rebounds in the game. So yes, somebody can get an offensive rebound (but not JT or MK on Tuesday) as well as a defensive rebound.

    We have discussed the fallacy of using single game stats before as a baseline. Particularly when the stats are for a home game, against a 3-8 Missouri team that has an RPI of 162. Probably not a very good comparison to our Lady Zags.

    But Carry On,

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    Default Year to Date Statistical Comparison Between Missouri State and the Lady Zags

    I did this for my benefit, but I thought the results were surprising enough to present the data to the board. Missouri State and Gonzaga, in most statistical categories, are essentially equal. Take a look and draw your own conclusions:

    Missouri State - Overall Record/Home/Away/Neutral - (9-1)/(5-0)/(4-1)/(4-1) - Lost to Oregon State at OSU
    Gonzaga - Overall Record/Home/Away/Neutral - (10-1)/(4-0)/(3-1)/(3-0) - Lost to Stanford on the Farm

    NOTE: Both teams lost to a #1 seeded Pac-12 team on the Pac-12 team's home court.

    Missouri State - Winning Streak = W5
    Gonzaga - Winning Streak = W8

    Missouri State Current RPI = 2
    Gonzaga Current RPI = 9

    Missouri State - Scoring per Game/Opponents Scoring Per Game/Scoring Margin - (76.8) / (67.4) / (+9.4)
    Gonzaga - Scoring per Game/ Opponents Scoring Per Game/Scoring Margin - (74.2) / (54.1) / (+20.1)

    Note: Both teams score with 2.5 points of one another but Gonzaga gives up 13.3 ppg less than Missouri State.

    Missouri State Shooting Percentage - Overall Shooting/3 Pt Shooting/Free Throw Shooting - (0.455) / (0.403) / (0.772)
    Gonzaga Shooting Percentage - Overall Shooting/3 Pt Shooting/Free Throw Shooting - (0.477) / (0.404) / (0.762)

    Missouri State Made Shots Per Game - Overall Shooting/3 Pt Shooting/Free Throw Shooting - (27.6) / (6.4) / (15.2)
    Gonzaga Made Shots Per Game - Overall Shooting/3 Pt Shooting/Free Throw Shooting - (26.8) / (6.3) / (14.3)

    Note: Less than 1 made field goal and 1 made free throw per game is the difference between these teams on offense

    Missouri State Rebounds Per Game - Overall Rebounds/Rebounding Margin - (39.7) / (+8.6)
    Gonzaga Rebounds Per Game - Overall Rebounds/Rebounding Margin - (36.2) / (+5.4)

    Note: About a 10% rebounding advantage to the Lady Bears.

    Missouri State Turnovers Per Game - Overall Turnovers/Turnover Margin - (16.7) / (+0.1)
    Gonzaga Turnovers Per Game - Overall Turnovers/Turnover Margin - (14.0) / (+3.3)

    Note: About a 20% advantage to the Lady Zags in steals per game.

    Missouri State Assists Per Game - Overall Assists/Assist to Turnover Ratio - (16.4) / (+1.0)
    Gonzaga Assists Per Game - Overall Assists/Assist to Turnover Ratio - (17.0) / (+1.2)

    Note: Slight advantage in assists per game to the Lady Zags.

    Missouri State Steals/Blocks Per Game - Overall Steals/Overall Blocks - (7.9) / (4.0)
    Gonzaga Steals/Blocks Per Game - Overall Steals/Overall Blocks - (8.5) / (3.1)

    Note: Gonzaga gets more steals per game but the Lady Bears get slightly less than one more block per game.

    Missouri State will be slightly better rested (Sunday game vs Tuesday game), but Missouri State will have a 4+hour plane trip (if chartered, much longer if commercial) plus will be playing 2 hours later than they normally do.

    Both teams have 1 win and 1 loss in quadrant 1, Gonzaga has played no games in Quadrant 2, Missouri State has 1 win in quadrant 2. Gonzaga has 4 wins in quadrant 3 while Missouri State has 3 wins in quadrant 3. Both teams have 4 wins in Quadrant 4. Interestingly, Missouri State has played only quadrant 4 teams at home while all games in quadrants 1 - 3 have been played away. Gonzaga has played two quadrant 3 games at home and two quadrant 4 games at home. All the rest of the Gonzaga games have been played away or at neutral sites.

    Friday's game is a very big deal. It is probably the last chance for both teams to get another quadrant 1 victory this year.

    Home court advantage is normally worth 5-7 points per game, so the game looks like a toss-up with maybe a slight advantage to the Lady Zags if both teams play to their offensive averages. Gonzaga seems to have a significantly better scoring defense, but Missouri State has a better Strength of Schedule (5 vs 76), so that may offset some of that defensive difference.

    So provide your guess at the victory and the final score. Winner gets bragging rights until the start of Conference Season (Dec. 29).

    What say you Zag Fans,

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    So I say the glass is half full... ‘tis the season

    A team of gamers... look at the number of team members that have been player of the game.

    The twins... The Worth’s are playing very well... not perfect like a few expect but very good. Can make the bunnies and hit from around the key. Defense is better than some want to admit.
    The Troungs are coming along.... their setup and passing, for frosh, is exceptional. Next year look out. Their defense will get there with more time and comfort with the speed.

    As for the game tomorrow... its exactly what the team needs and their fans...

    GU... in the 70s win by 10

    Go Zags!!

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    Game Day!!

    Maybe the second best team we will play all year.

    Offensively, GU does not have to do too much different from anything they have done all year. Maybe simply eliminate the 4th quarter drop-offs that have seemly become way too prevalent. Gonzaga needs to maintain their typical advantage on points off turnovers and stay even or better on points in the paint. Otherwise just playing a "normal" game with achieving average shooting percentages, and limiting turnovers, should be more than sufficient, offensively, to defeat the Lady Bears.

    Defensively, Gonzaga needs to limit ball penetration without resorting to overhelp defense. The ladies need to get all the way out to the 3-point shooters to get a hand in their face. Simply waving an arm at the shooter will not be sufficient today. Stay even with MSU on rebounds (both offensively and defensively) and limit the number of 2nd chance points should be sufficient to carry the day.

    The Lady Zags have, all year, played better defense than Missouri State. I think today the teams play true form and the Lady Zags win with better defense. Being on the road and playing against a better Zag defense will keep the Lady Bears from hitting their average offensive output. Similarly, playing a better MSU defense will also keep the Lady Zags to less than their offensive average.

    Prediction: I think the game will be a double digit lead for the Lady Zags going into the final 3-5 minutes before Gonzaga gives back some or most of that lead.

    Lady Zags defeat the Lady Bears, 65-62.

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    From the Spokesman Review:

    Top-25 tilt: No. 17 Gonzaga women welcome No. 20 Missouri State to the Kennel in midmajor showdown
    UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

    By Jim Allen
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    There won’t be a watch party at Riverfront Park on Friday night when the Gonzaga women host Missouri State. That’s too bad, because based on national ranking, the Lady Bears are the best team – men’s or women’s – to visit the Kennel this year. Friday night’s game, which matches No. 17 Gonzaga against No. 20 MSU, is full of superlatives. It’s one of the biggest mid-major matchups of the year. In fact, it’s almost unheard of for ranked mid-majors to meet under any circumstances, considering that all but four of this week’s Top 25 teams hail from Power 5 conferences. It’s also the first regular-season matchup of top 20 teams in the Kennel and the first of any kind since 2011, when No. 20 Gonzaga hosted No. 8 UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    A win over Missouri State in the final nonconference game of the season would give the Zags a quality win that would come in handy come Selection Monday. It also would give the Zags an 11-1 nonconference record, matching the program best from last year.

    “I’m happy to play this game and I’d like to play more teams like this,” GU coach Lisa Fortier said before practice on Thursday. “We’ve had this one circled.”

    Presumably, so have the Lady Bears, who lost at home to GU 70-67 last December. That loss dropped MSU to 3-8, but the team rallied to finish atop the Missouri Valley Conference and reach the NCAAs. The Bears didn’t stop there, knocking off Iowa State to reach the Sweet 16. After losing by nine to Stanford in the Elite Eight, they also lost coach Kellie Harper to her alma mater, Tennessee.

    On the court, the Bears remind Fortier of her team: versatile, deep and not reliant on one player.

    “They have an inside-outside presence, and a lot of teams don’t have that,” Fortier said. “They’re also extremely physical.”

    GU forward LeeAnne Wirth doesn’t recall much from last year’s meeting, but she hasn’t forgotten that. “They were really physical,” Wirth said. “We just have to come out ready to come out and end this nonconference season with a bang.”

    To do that, they’ll have to stop senior Alexa Willard, a 6-foot-2 guard who averages 17.8 points and almost four rebounds. Willard shoots 49% percent from the field and even better – 53.7% – from beyond the arc.

    Fortier said she wasn’t sure who would be the primary defender on Willard, but said GU guards don’t “have the same kind of length that she has.” “Whoever it is, they’re going to get help,” Fortier said. “We don’t leave anyone on an island.”
    Read Entire Article Here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...me-no-20-miss/

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    At the end of the 1st quarter, Gonzaga leads 13-9...

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads Missouri State 27-22...

    Katie Campbell is the leading scorer with 7 points...

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    Very physical game.

    Lady Zags have missed at least 5 easy bunnies. Should be up double digits.

    One more half to go.

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    Lady Zags on a 11-2 run...

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    Gonzaga leads 49-34 after 3 quarters...

    Jenn Wirth leads the Zags with 10 points...

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    Gonzaga defeats Missouri State 64-52...Lady Zags improve to 11-1...

    Jenn Wirth leads the Lady Zags with 14 points and has 7 rebounds...

    Katie Campbell follows with 11 points...

    Jill Townsend finishes with 8 points and leads the Zags with 9 rebounds...

    Melody Kempton also finishes with 8 points and 6 rebounds...

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

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    Well, the rebounding battle was even and Gartner was held scoreless. Looks like Missouri St. did not have height and rebounding the Zags weren't ready for. I'm looking forward to seeing how much ZAB will hype up BYU prior to GU's trip to Provo on Jan. 2nd. The Cougs are 5-5 and have been struggling quite a bit this season.

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    One of the worst officiated games I've ever seen... Kudos to the lady Zags for living through that mugging and winning the game...

    Go!! Las Zagas!!!
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    So proud of all the Lady Zags tonight everyone stepped up at different key times. Awesome Christmas present for about 5,600 screaming Lady Zag fans. 3rd quarter the Kennel was rocking we were screaming stomping and clapping our hearts out like I had not seen for a while. The Lady Zags had us on cloud nine at the end of the 3rd quarter giving high fives to those around us. Way to kick butt in the 3rd quarter Lady Zags. Put it in the bank great victory Lady Zags. Great job CLF and coaching staff. :



    Have a fantastic Christmas Lady Zags and thanks for sharing your Christmas and with other Lady Zags who could not make it home Peace Love Happiness God Bless
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    #17 Zags Run Away from #20 Missouri State in 64-52 Victory

    Jenn Wirth leads Bulldogs with 14 points

    Gonzaga 64 - Missouri State 52 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. – The #17 Gonzaga women's basketball team used a 22-point third quarter to build a double-digit lead and run away from #20 Missouri State Friday evening inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. With the win, Gonzaga finishes the non-conference season with an 11-1 overall record, the second-straight non-conference season the Bulldogs have finished with just one loss.

    "Some games we're going to make a bunch of threes, some games we're going to shoot a bunch of free throws, some games we're going to force a bunch of turnovers," head women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. "We can find a way to be successful, and that is something I think we should be confident about…Stick with it, work hard, do the little things and the dirty work and we can do a lot of big things."

    Gonzaga (11-1) was led in scoring by Jenn Wirth with 14 points off 7-of-12 from the floor to go along with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. Katie Campbell also finished in double-figures with 11 points. The senior added three steals, two rebounds and an assist. Jill Townsend added a team-high nine rebounds—which ties a season-high--eight points, two assists and a steal.

    Both teams were off to a slow start in the first quarter, and with 2:15 remaining GU's Louise Forsyth hit a trey to give the Bulldogs an 11-4 lead. Missouri State (9-2) responded and put together a 5-2 run over the final minutes of the quarter to cut GU's lead to four (13-9).

    The second period featured five ties and two lead changes, and the back-and-forth play continued until Campbell hit a three with 1:25 left to go to put Gonzaga up by three, 25-22. On the ensuing possession, Campbell stole the ball and went the distance to convert the fast-break layup for the Zags with a minute to go, giving Gonzaga the five-point lead (27-22) heading into the break.

    Gonzaga erupted in the third period, shooting 62.5 percent from the floor while locking down defensively to force Missouri State into nine turnovers and 35.7 percent shooting. GU limited Missouri State to 12 third-quarter points while scoring 22 to extend its lead to 13 points (45-32).

    The Zags maintained a double-figure lead for most of the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 15 points. A late bucket from Elle Ruffridge with 30 seconds to go cut the lead to 12, and neither team scored in the final seconds, giving GU the 64-52 win.

    "This was a really tough game," Campbell said. "[We] kind of pulled away at the end, but it was a battle the entire time. It's exciting, and we are definitely in high spirits going into this break."

    Missouri State was led by Brice Calip with a game-high 15 points, six rebounds and three assists wheil Alexa Willard added 11 points.

    Gonzaga will take a nine-day break for the Christmas holiday and will return to the floor to kick off West Coast Conference play Sunday, Dec. 29 against Portland at 1 p.m. inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.

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    So many instant memories made tonight. When big #50 Gartner shoved Katie to the floor, 5,600 Zag Fans rained down the boos with such ferocity that #50 was removed from the game, and when they did the replay we rained downed the boos again for emphasis don't mess with our Mighty Mouse Katie!

    The Wirth twins both hit the deck and Leeanne came up holding her upper leg ouch, but she shook it off and then scored a couple of nice buckets within a short time of each other, atta girl Leeanne.

    Katie clutch got us to the half with a 3, steal and a nice layup.

    When our offense sputtered in the 4th quarter, Jenn stepped in to give us some offense.

    Jessie put the Cherry of top with a layup then a steal and another layup late in the 4th quarter.

    Melody was once again a physical force off the bench you go girl 6th person of the year award nomination again!!!!! Melody back muscle pose on big screen just before her free throws priceless.

    Jill was flying all over the floor literally but smiling all the while she played tough despite injuries. And Jill yes I see you adjusted your game atta girl. Now practice about 100 of those 6-8 footers. Nothing but love Jill you are a warrior.

    Both Truongs were contributors tonight Hoorah Freshman. Louise had a nice 3 and no mistakes way to go Canadian girl.
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    Gonzaga Tops Lady Bears in Battle of Top-20 Clubs

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    SPOKANE, Wash. – In a match-up between the two teams ranked 17th in the AP and Coaches Polls, it was home standing Gonzaga that came out on top, holding the Missouri State Lady Bears to 34 percent shooting for a 64-52 victory Friday evening inside McCarthey Athletic Center.

    The Lady Bears (9-2) trailed 11-4 late in the first quarter after a 2-for-12 shooting start but took a 20-19 lead with 4:23 left until halftime on Abby Hipp's first 3-pointer of the season.

    The Bulldogs (11-1) closed the first half on an 8-2 run to lead 27-22 at the break, and MSU pulled to 30-28 before GU rattled off a 19-4 run to lead 49-32 with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.

    Missouri State had one final run, with Alexa Willard scoring seven of her 13 points in a 9-0 spurt to cut the gap to 49-41 with 6:47 left in the game, but the Lady Bears could get no closer, suffering only their second road loss in the last 16 tries, both to ranked competition.

    Brice Calip led MSU with 15 points, adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals, but the Lady Bears shot under 40 percent and scored fewer than 68 points for the first time this season.

    Jasmine Franklin hauled in 10 rebounds and made all three of her field goals, moving her December total to 25-of-27 from the floor in four games. Elle Ruffridge hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine off the bench, and Hipp finished with seven points.

    The Lady Bears committed 20 turnovers, with 14 of those coming in the second half, and each team had 39 rebounds. Gonzaga shot 45 percent overall and had 18 turnovers, 10 of those due to MSU steals.

    The Lady Bears will have a break until wrapping up non-conference play with a 1 p.m. home game against William Jewell on New Year's Eve.

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    Gonzaga Prevails in Top 20 Showdown

    Zags nearly perfect in non-conference

    Jenn Wirth had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the 17th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs to a 64-52 non-conference home win over 20th ranked Missouri State. It was just the second time in McCarthey Athletic Center history that two women’s teams ranked in the top 20 squared off with one another in the regular season.

    Gonzaga finishes their non-conference slate at 11-1 for the second straight year. And for the second straight year, that one loss came at the hands of the top ranked team in the nation (Stanford in overtime). They start West Coast Conference play on December 29.

    Last year, Gonzaga upended the Lady Bears, on the road, 70-67. Missouri State reached the Sweet 16 a season ago. On Friday night, it was a bit easier. They held a five-point lead at halftime before their 22-12 third quarter outburst put the game out of reach. Like usual, the Bulldogs’ depth and defense were on display. Nine different Zags had a bucket, they forced 20 turnovers, and held Missouri State to 34 percent shooting.

    Katie Campbell notched 11 points and three steals. Jill Townsend struggled from the field, but added nine rebounds and a pair of assists to her eight points. Melody Kempton, newly inserted in the starting lineup, added eight points, six rebounds and two blocks.

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