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    #17/16 Zags Face BYU Thursday in Provo

    Bulldogs looking to end three-game losing streak against the Cougars

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    #17/16 GONZAGA (12-1, 1-0 WCC) at BYU (7-5, 2-0 WCC)
    JAN. 2 | 6 P.M. PT | MARRIOTT CENTER | PROVO, UTAH
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    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 13-1 overall on the season Thursday at BYU. With a win, Gonzaga will post a 13-1 start to the season for the second time in program history and the second-straight season.
    - The Zags' current 12-1 mark ties for the best start in program history.
    - GU is currently on a 10-game win streak, the longest of the season so far. The Bulldogs longest win streak in program history is 23 games, a feat they accomplished from Dec. 10, 2004 to March 6, 2005. The longest recent streak is 15-straight victories which occurred between Dec. 17, 2017 and Feb. 8, 2018.
    - 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 moving up one spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 16.
    - Thursday will mark the 14th time the Bulldogs have played on Jan. 2. GU carries a 10-3 overall mark on the date. It will also be the first time since the 2015-16 season that the Zags have taken the court on Jan. 2. That season, GU rang in the new year with a 53-44 victory over Santa Clara inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
    - Gonzaga currently ranks second in the nation in percent attendance capacity. The Zags average 93.18 percent capacity; that's an average of 5,630 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 COUGARS
    - BYU returns its top two scorers in Paisley Johnson and Brenna Chase-Drollinger from the 2018-19 season, along with Sara Hamson who led the Cougars in rebounds and blocks a season ago. Last season's top scorer, Shaylee Gonzales, suffered an injury in the offseason and has not seen the floor this season.
    - This season, BYU is 7-5 through 12 games with a perfect 2-0 start to WCC play. The Cougars picked up wins at LMU (59-44) and at Pepperdine (65-47) last weekend to open WCC play.
    - As a squad, BYU averages 63.5 points per game shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from long range. BYU also carries a 69.6 percent shooting average from the charity stripe.
    - Johnson leads the Cougars in scoring this season at 14.7 points per contest, while Chase-Drollinger adds 12.1 points per game. Senior Jasmine Moody chips in 8.0.
    - The Cougars average 42.3 rebounds per game, led by a team-leading 8.2 from Hamson. BYU's 42.3 rebounds per game ranks second in the conference, behind only LMU at 43.2 rebounds per game.
    - BYU leads the conference and ranks 20th in the nation with 5.5 blocks per game. Hamson leads the charge for the Cougars with 3.7 blocks per contest; that mark also leads the league and is nearly 2.0 blocks per game higher than the next closest player.
    - After starting the season 3-4, the Cougars have won four of their last five and are currently on a two-game win streak.

    SERIES REVIEW
    Overall: Gonzaga leads 15-12
    Road: BYU leads 6-4
    Home: Gonzaga leads 9-3
    Neutral: BYU leads 3-2
    First Meeting: BYU won 80-63 during the 1983-84 season
    Last Meeting: BYU won 82-68 in the WCC Championship on March 12, 2019
    Streak: BYU, Won 3

    WCC OPENING SUCCESS
    Sunday's WCC-opening victory over Portland marked the third-straight season and 15th time in the last 17 seasons the Zags have opened WCC play with a victory.

    THE POWER TO ERASE
    On Dec. 29 against Portland, Gonzaga found itself down 20 points to the visiting Pilots in the second quarter. GU outscored Portland 38-20 in the second half to erase the deficit and pull out the win. The 20-point deficit was the largest that the Bulldogs have erased in a victory under head coach Lisa Fortier. Gonzaga limited Portland to just four points in the final 10 minutes, the fewest points scored by an opponent in a single quarter against the Zags this season.

    SHARP-SHOOTER
    As of Dec. 31, Katie Campbell leads the WCC and ranks tied for fourth nationally in three-point shooting percentage, shooting a killer 50.0 percent from long range. The senior guard has sunk 29 treys from long range off 58 attempts to average 2.2 made threes per contest.

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    COUGAR WOMEN HOST NO. 16 GONZAGA IN WCC HOME OPENER THURSDAY NIGHT

    PROVO, Utah— With a 2-0 record in West Coast Conference play, BYU women’s basketball continues league action at home. The Cougars host No. 16 Gonzaga Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. MDT. The game will be carried live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

    ABOUT BYU

    * Entering the second week of league play, the Cougar women are 7-5, 2-0 on the season after picking up road wins over LMU and Pepperdine; Monday’s victory over the Waves gave coach Judkins his 400th career win; he is the all-time winningest basketball head coach for either men or women
    * In nine of the 12 games played, BYU has had three players score in double figures; Paisley Johnson leads the team in scoring with a 14.7 average; Brenna Drollinger averages 12.1 ppg; she ranks 26th all-time in career points with 1,094 and is the team’s assists and steals leader with 4.0 and 1.8 averages; junior center Sara Hamson leads the way in rebounds (8.2) and blocks (3.7)
    * The Cougars finished the nonconference portion of the schedule with a 5-5 record; during the month of December the team played six road games and just one at home
    * BYU was picked to finish second in this year’s WCC race; Drollinger, Johnson and Hamson made the Preseason Team
    * Gonzaga leads the overall series 15-12; when playing in Provo, the Bulldogs have a 4-6 record; in last year’s league race, the Cougars swept the series with Gonzaga for the first time including an 82-68 third victory in the title game of last year’s WCC Championships
    * This year’s BYU roster boasts six international players: from Brazil (2) - Maria Albiero, Londrina and Babalu Ugwu from Jundai, Sao Paolo; from New Zealand (3) - Shalae Salmon, Porirua, Kaylee Smiler, Hamilton and Khaedin Taito, Hastings; from Sweden (1) - Signe Glantz from Ostersund

    ABOUT GONZAGA

    * Gonzaga has compiled a 12-1, 1-0 record and is ranked No. 16 in the latest USA Today Sports Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
    * In WCC play, the Bulldogs defeated Portland in Spokane, 62-57 on Sunday
    * Four players are contributing double-digit points for Gonzaga led by 11.5 points from Jenn Wirth; Jill Townsend follows with 11.2 points; Katie Campbell is scoring 11.1 with LeeAnne Wirth putting up 10.1 points; Townsend and Melody Kempton pull down a team-best 5.4 rebounds each; Jessie Loera tops the list in assists (5.9) and steals (1.9)
    * Gonzaga is averaging 72.5 points and pulls down 36.4 rebounds a contest
    * The Bulldogs were picked to finish in first place in this year’s conference race as voted on by the league’s head coaches last October
    * Head coach Lisa Fortier is in her fifth season at the helm of Gonzaga’s program where she has compiled a 139-41 record

    UP NEXT

    * After Thursday’s Gonzaga game, BYU hosts WCC foe Portland on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. MDT. The game between the Cougars and Pilots will be carried live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

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    For those posters who have access to BYUtv (Channel 232 on Comcast-Spokane), the ladies game against BYU will be televised by BYUtv and you can skip having to watch the WCC Live Stream and the issues it has presented so far this year.

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    Gonzaga WBB@ZagWBB 5 hours ago

    What. A. Decade.

    1⃣ Elite Eight
    1⃣ Nancy Lieberman Winner
    4⃣ Player of the Year Awards
    4⃣ Sweet Sixteens
    8⃣ Coach of the Year Awards
    8⃣ All-American Honors
    9⃣ WCC Titles
    9⃣ NCAA Tournament Appearances
    9⃣ WNBA players

    2020, we're ready for you! #UnitedWeZag


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    At the end of the 1st period, Gonzaga leads BYU 18-12...

    Lady Zags hit 8 of 14 from the field for 57%...Gonzaga is 2 of 3 from beyond the arc...

    Gonzaga has only 1 TO...

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    21-17 Zags lead but only scored 4 points in 2nd quarter with 5 minutes left.

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    32-18 Zags lead halftime. Both Troung twins looked really great in first half. Have to say our bench was awesome in first half Melody, Louise had a 3, and someone Sylean and Zaglaw really called it Troung twins they looked like confident starters for next year (OH Yeah). Ok I will calm down but our bench really carried us the last 5 minutes of the 2nd quarter. Isn't depth great.

    Ok I'm going to slow my roll Jill needs to stay on her feet always see her getting off the floor looking like someone tried to knock her out. Come on Jill play within yourself.

    3 players that really stepped up to me in 1st half all come off the bench Truong twins and Melody.

    Now lets see how the 2nd half shakes out.

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads BYU 32-18...

    Lady Zags finish the quarter on a 14-1 run...

    BYU with 11 TOs...Gonzaga with 5 TOs...

    Melody Kempton leads the Zags with 7 points and 5 rebounds...

    Jenn Wirth, Katie Campbell and Kayleigh Truong all have 5 points...

    Zags have hit 4 of 5 from beyond the arc...BYU is 2 of 7...

    Gonzaga shooting 46% from the field...BYU shooting 28%...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerpZag View Post
    At the half, Gonzaga leads BYU 32-18...
    ...
    Quote Originally Posted by CG3Dad View Post
    BYU is quite beatable. You should be fine.

    Zags by 12.
    Correction. Zags by 14+


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    Quote Originally Posted by CG3Dad View Post
    Correction. Zags by 14+


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    In the 3rd quarter, Zags off to a slow start...BYU off to a 7-0 run...

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    Lady Zags lead cut to 34-33...

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    34-33 Zags all BYU in 3rd quarter so far. Jill really sluggish so far today and then ran right into a Troung as they were going up the court and banged her head as she is holding her head and went out of the game.
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    BYU's Sara Hamson now with 3 fouls...

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    Lady Zags now on a 8-0 run...lead 42-33...

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    After 3 quarters, Gonzaga leads BYU 44-33...

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    Sara Hamson picks up her 4th foul...

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    Zags lead 46-37...Zags scoring drought extends to 4:44...

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    Gonzaga defeats BYU 55-43...

    We have a winner!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CG3Dad View Post
    BYU is quite beatable...

    Zags by 12.

    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=281278


    Katie Campbell leads the Zags with 11 points and she had 6 rebounds...

    Kayleigh Truong follows with 10 points...

    Jenn Wirth, Jill Townsend and Melody Kempton were next with 7 points...Melody also finished with 6 rebounds...

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    sooo happpy......


    team effort and team win.....


    followed on the computer but got it recorded as well......

    congratulations to the Zags!


    btw....Florida state, who is rated at 8 lost tonight to unranked Syracuse......if we win on Saturday, we might move u a little....

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    Solid Defense Lifts Gonzaga Over BYU, 55-43

    Campbell leads all scorers with 11

    PROVO, Utah – The #17/16 Gonzaga women's basketball team collected a 55-43 victory at BYU on Thursday inside the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. The Zags' defensive intensity limited the Cougars to their second-lowest offensive output and forced 17 turnovers on BYU.

    "Defensively I think the first half we were really dialed in," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "Second half, we were a little tired maybe—I don't know exactly what changed to start that half—but we rallied and got a little more of that first-half defense."

    Gonzaga (13-1, 2-0 WCC) limited both of BYU's leading scorers, Brenna Drollinger and Paisley Johnson, to just eight and seven points, respectively, well below their season averages of 12.1 and 14.7 points per game. The Bulldogs held the Cougars to 32.7 percent shooting from the floor including 31.6 percent from long range while forcing 17 turnovers.

    The Bulldogs were led by 11 points from Katie Campbell as the senior finished 4-of-7 from the floor including 3-of-4 from long range. Kayleigh Truong added 10 points while Campbell and Melody Kempton led the Bulldogs on the glass with six boards each. As a squad, GU shot 40.0 percent from the floor and 61.5 percent from long range.

    The Zags started hot, shooting 57.1 percent in the opening quarter to take an early 18-12 lead, and with 57 seconds to go in the second GU held an 11-point advantage (29-18). BYU missed a jumper on the ensuing possession as Campbell secured the rebound with nine seconds to go. Kaylynne Truong took the go-ahead trey with three seconds to go, sinking the long-range shot to put GU up by 14 at the half.

    A quick 15-2 run in favor of the Cougars to open the third quarter cut the Zags' lead to one (34-33), but a clutch trey from Campbell ended BYU's scoring run and ignited a 10-0 Bulldog run to put GU up by 11 (44-33) by the end of the period.

    "The one-mores in this game were critical," Campbell said. "We had a lot of assists, a lot of great passes, a lot of one-mores that led to open threes, open shots. My team found me for that big shot; I was ready."

    In the final period, the Zags held BYU to 28.6 percent shooting while forcing six turnovers on the Cougars. The Bulldogs outscored BYU 11-10 in the fourth to collect the 55-43 win, extending their win streak to 11 games in the process.

    BYU (7-6, 2-1 WCC) was led by Bablu Ogwu with 10 points and 11 boards. Drollinger and Johnson each added eight points each.

    Gonzaga returns to the floor Saturday, Jan. 4 at San Diego. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Jenny Craig Pavilion. Check GoZags.com for up-to-date game information.

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    COUGARS FALL 55-43 TO NO. 16 GONZAGA

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    PROVO, Utah — Despite having a double-double from Babalu Ugwu, the BYU women’s basketball team lost its first conference game of the season, falling 55-43 to No. 16 Gonzaga at the Marriott Center Thursday night.

    "We got outexecuted tonight," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "I thought they ran their stuff well and we were scatterbrained offensively. You've got to give them credit for that, but part of it is still on us. I thought defensively we played pretty well tonight. We got a little sluggish and out of position, but for the most part, we played well. I know this team can play a better than we did tonight and we've got to take care of business on Saturday."

    Ugwu led the Cougars (7-6, 2-1 WCC) with 10 points and 11 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season. Brenna Chase Drollinger and Maria Albiero both chipped in eight points apiece while Paisley Johnson filled the stat sheet with seven points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Sara Hamson added five rebounds and four blocks for BYU.

    The Cougars shot 33 percent from the field on the night compared to the Bulldogs’ (12-1, 2-0 WCC) 40 percent, and had 12 bench points compared to Gonzaga’s 23.

    After Gonzaga opened the scoring with a layup, a fast break layup from Moody and consecutive 3-pointers by Albiero gave BYU an 8-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Both teams then traded baskets back and forth with the score at 13-12, then Gonzaga closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to take an 18-12 advantage.

    Back-to-back baskets down low from Ugwu and Salmon brought the Cougars within two, 18-16, just over a minute into the second quarter. A free throw from Ugwu then cut BYU’s deficit to one, but the Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run to build their lead to nine, 26-17, with three minutes left in the period. After a Sara Hamson free throw ended the Cougars’ four-minute scoring drought, Gonzaga scored six more unanswered points to take a 32-18 lead into halftime.

    BYU came out strong to open the second half, as Drollinger made a reverse layup, Albiero hit a midrange jumper and Moody converted from distance to bring the Cougars within seven, 32-25. After the Bulldogs hit a jumper for their first points of the half, a Johnson layup followed by 3-pointers from Johnson and Drollinger cut BYU’s deficit to one, 34-33, midway through the third quarter. Gonzaga, however, responded by closing the period on a 10-0 run to take a 44-33 advantage.

    A baseline jumper by Ugwu and a basket in the paint by Johnson brought the Cougars within nine, 46-37, with just over six minutes left in the game. After the Bulldogs proceeded to score six unanswered points, a three-point play by Drollinger put the score at 52-40 for Gonzaga with just under two minutes remaining. Both teams each hit one last 3-pointer before time expired to bring the final score to 55-43 for the Bulldogs.

    BYU remains at home to take on the Portland Pilots on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be carried live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

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    Happy for the Lady Zags���� Great win for them and great start in the WCC.

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    Welcome AirborneJag,

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