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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women put Saint Mary’s win in the past as Pacific visits the Kennel
    UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

    By Jim Allen
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    Fortunately, head coach Lisa Fortier didn’t get too caught up in the euphoria of Gonzaga’s emphatic win over Saint Mary’s on Thursday night. Asked by a television reporter after the game whether the 16th-ranked Zags “are a team that you believe could compete for a national championship,” Fortier paused and brought him back to earth.

    “You know, we need to keep getting better,” Fortier said after a 74-49 win that wasn’t even that close. “If we could figure out a way to play defense the way we did in the second quarter and score points the way we did in the third and first … but we had a long way to go before that. “But we’re capable of winning a lot of games.”

    So do the national experts. In this week’s rendition of his popular NCAA bracket prediction, ESPN columnist Charlie Crème has the 15-1 Zags (4-0 in conference) as a No. 3 seed and hosting first- and second-round games at the Kennel. Implied in that prediction is that GU would move on to the Sweet 16 at the Portland Regional – a short trip by car but light-years away in Fortier’s mind.

    “Right now we’re focused on the next game,” Fortier said.

    That would be Saturday afternoon against Pacific, which visits the Kennel as the only other conference team with double-digit wins.

    The Tigers (11-5, 4-1) are off to their best WCC start in five years after a come-from-behind 77-73 win at Portland on Thursday. It was Pacific’s fourth straight road win.

    “I know they’re really good,” said Fortier, who lost three of her first five meetings against the Tigers as head coach. GU has won the last six, all by double digits.

    The Tigers are led in the paint by two players averaging better than 15 points a game. Junior Brooklyn McDavid, a 6-foot-1 junior, has scored in double digits in 13 of the Tigers’ 16 games. She averages 15.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. The player who’s more productive is senior guard Valerie Higgins (16.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg), who registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards against Portland. No other Pacific player averages more than 7 1/2 points a game.

    Unlike the all-guard lineup of Saint Mary’s, Pacific’s is more balanced. “They don’t shoot a billion 3s,” Fortier said.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...the-past-as-p/

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    From the Pacific Tigers web site:

    Tigers Head North to Face Portland, Gonzaga
    General 1/8/2020 12:34:00 PM

    GAME INFO

    Matchup: Pacific (10-5, 3-1 WCC) vs. No. 16/15 Gonzaga (14-1, 3-0 WCC)
    Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
    Location: Spokane, Wash.
    Time: 2:00 p.m.
    Venue: McCarthey Athletic Center
    Links: Live Stats | Live Stream | Listen

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
    - The Tigers are led down low by Katrina McClane Award Watch List honoree Brooklyn McDavid, who has registered a double-digit scoring performance in 12 of the Tigers' 15 outings this year while averaging 15.2 points per game this season.
    - Valerie Higgins became the only WCC player this season to win two Player of the Week awards after chasing a triple double (29 points, 11 rebounds, nine steals) against San Francisco on December 30. - The Preseason All-WCC selection and reigning WCC Defensive Player of the Year is also tied for second in the WCC with five double doubles, three of which have come in conference play. Higgins ranks eighth in the nation and second in the WCC with 50 steals on the year.
    - McDavid registered three offensive rebounds at CSU Bakers- field on December 7 to become just the seventh Tiger all-time to grab 200 offensive rebounds. At 71 career games entering Bakersfield, the Studio City native is the fastest in program history to hit the mark. McDavid also became the 24th Tiger in program history to score 1,000 career points with her first two buckets in Pacific's 64-63 win over Pepperdine last Saturday.
    - The Tigers continue conference play as the No. 3 pick in the WCC Preseason Poll after returning the likes of McDavid, who made 2019 All-WCC Second Team and Higgins, last year's WCC Defensive Player of the Year

    BY THE NUMBERS
    50 - Steals for Valerie Higgins this season, eighth in Division I and second in the WCC
    12 - Double-digit scoring performances for Brooklyn McDavid this season
    1,000 - Career point scored by McDavid against Pepperdine on January 4
    3 - WCC Player of the Week awards for Pacific this year (Higgins 2, McDavid 1)
    213 - Career offensive rebounds for McDavid, sixth all-time in program history

    LAST TIME OUT
    - Pacific upped its conference record to 3-1 following wins over Loyola Marymount on Thursday (76-67) and Pepperdine on Saturday (64-63).
    - McDavid notched the 1,000th point of her career against the Waves with Pacific's first two buckets of the game.
    - Higgins registered her fifth double double of the season on Thursday with game highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds.
    - The Tigers went 22 of 29 from the free throw line against LMU. Both made and attempted totals were season highs. Higgins accounted for a season-high 14 of the 17.
    - Higgins made the game-winning steal against the Waves on a last-second inbound.

    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
    - Gonzaga enters Saturday as one of the nation's most potent offenses, shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while allowing just 52.6 points per game.
    - The Bulldogs convert 41.2 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, led by 48.5 percent from Katie Campbell. Conversely, like Portland, GU allows just 25.2 percent of the opposition's three-point shots to fall.
    - Gonzaga has a knack for getting into foul trouble with 245 on the year, seventh in the WCC. GU also pulls down 36.60 rebounds per contest, also seventh among conference members.
    Article Link: https://pacifictigers.com/news/2020/...d-gonzaga.aspx

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    From GoZags:

    WBB Takes on Pacific Saturday at 2 p.m.
    GU only undefeated left in WCC play at 4-0
    Women's Basketball 1/10/2020 7:17:00 PM

    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 16-1 overall on the season Saturday against Pacific. With a win, Gonzaga will post a 16-1 start to the season for the second time in program history and the second-straight season.
    - The Zags' current 15-1 mark ties for the best start in program history.
    - GU is currently on an 12-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 moved up one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 16 while moving up one spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 15. It's the highest ranking for the Zags this season. Previously, GU reached it highest ranking in history during the 2018-19 season at No. 12/11.
    - Gonzaga has won its last three games played on Jan. 11, with the last one coming in a 70-56 win at Portland during the 2017-18 season.
    - Gonzaga currently ranks second in the nation in percent attendance capacity. The Zags average 93.23 percent capacity; that's an average of 5,594 fans that fill McCarthey Athletic Center every game.
    - The Bulldogs also rank inside the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense; Gonzaga limits its opponents to 52.4 points per contest to lead the WCC and rank seventh in the nation.
    - 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 TIGERS
    - Pacific returns three starters from last season's squad and added the services of two newcomers and four Division I transfers -- Callie Kaiser (Colorado State), Sofie Tryggedsson (Colorado State), Jordan Cruz (Utah), and Loretta Kakala (Louisville).
    - The Tigers were selected to finish third in the league preseason poll, selected by WCC head coaches.
    - Pacific is off to a great start in league play, entering the game with a 4-1 record after escaping Portland with a narrow win.
    - As a team the Tigers average over 70 points per game, and give up just 63.5. They force nearly 20 turnovers per game and average more than 10 steals per contest.
    - Offensively, the Tigers are led by the two-headed scoring tandem of Valerie Higgins and Brooklyn McDavid. Higgins averages 16.1 and McDavid averages 15.6 points per game. Each player has taken more than 200 field goal attempts on the season, but no teammate has taken more than 100 entering the game.
    - Higgins also averages a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game, while McDavid averages 5.7, the next highest on the team.
    - Higgins success on the floor has no limit as she also leads the team in assists with 56, blocks with 16 and steals with 54. She's also the team's most prolific free-throw shooter, heading to the line a team-high 95 times on the year.
    - Pacific has been at its best in the middle two quarters, outscoring opponents by 45 points in each the second and third quarter.

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 16 games this season, three players average double-figures for Gonzaga with six players averaging over 7.3 points per contest. The Bulldogs have had seven different top scorers this season, spanning each academic year (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). Jenn Wirth leads the Zags in scoring at 11.0 points per game, Jill Townsend ranks second at 10.9 while Katie Campbell adds 10.8. LeeAnne Wirth adds 9.8 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 7.9 and Melody Kempton is at 7.3.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks seventh in the nation in scoring defense at 52.4 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited eight opponents to 50 points or fewer and 14 opponents to under 60 points. Against BYU, Gonzaga limited the Cougars to 43 points, the fewest scored by a WCC opponent since Gonzaga limited BYU to just 37 points in Spokane on Feb. 24, 2018. Gonzaga followed it up by limiting San Diego to just 42 points on Jan. 4 and 49 points to Saint Mary's on Jan. 9.

    DOUBLE-DOUBLE, PLEASE
    Jenn Wirth notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win over SaintMary's on Jan. 9. 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.

    DISHIN' ON UP
    With her fifth assist of the afternoon against Portland on Dec. 29, Jessie Loera moved into seventh all-time in career assists with 356. Loera surpassed Robin Allen (355, 1984-88). Loera now has 377 career assists after dishing out seven assists against Saint Mary's on Jan. 9, and she is 16 assists shy of sixth place. Loera also ranks 13th nationally and second in the WCC in total assists on the season with 82.

    SHARP-SHOOTER
    As of Jan. 9, Katie Campbell leads the WCC and ranks second nationally in three-point shooting percentage, shooting a killer 49.3 percent from long range. The senior guard is now 34-of-69 this season from behind-the-arc. Campbell averages 2.2 made threes per game.

    KEEP 'EM UNDER 20
    On Jan. 9 against Saint Mary's, the Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just 12 first-half points. It's the fewest points any team has scored against the Zags in a half this season. GU has limited three other programs to 20 or fewer points in a half: Texas Southern (17, 1st half), Eastern Washington (18, 2nd half) and Purdue (20, 1st half).

    CHANCES ARE, IT'S GOING IN
    As of Jan. 9, Gonzaga ranks 16th nationally in field goal percentage at 46.7 percent; from three, the Zags rank fifth in the nation at 40.8 percent. Gonzaga's 48.1 percent shooting from the floor also leads the West Coast Conference, and four Zags rank in the top 10 in the conference in field goal percentage. Melody Kempton leads the way at .538, second-best in the league. Katie Campbell ranks fifth shooting 51.8 percent, Jill Townsend is eighth at 50.8 and LeeAnne Wirth ranks ninth shooting 50.0 percent from the floor.
    Article Link: https://gozags.com/news/2020/1/10/wo...y-at-2-pm.aspx

    With Pacific, you know who you need to keep track of; Valerie Higgins and Brooklyn McDavid, the rest of the team is not going to beat be you.

    Come On Lady Zags, You Got This,

    ZagDad

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    any chance the game gets cancelled?.....I hope not....we only have 7 home games left....

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    I really doubt it.

    The Tigers are already here in Spokane.

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    Thanks ZagDad84 for posting these articles for the Gonzaga game...

    16/15 GONZAGA (15-1, 4-0 WCC) vs. PACIFIC (11-5, 4-1 WCC)
    JAN. 11 | 2 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
    TV: SWX (locally)
    WATCH LIVE | LIVE STATS

    This evening we were watching our 4 grandkids as their mom and dad had a date night...

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    Notice to Jill concerning last game you were up by 30 and rather that taking a wide open 15 foot jumper, you elected to drive the baseline to the basket and get hammered. Jill you need to play smarter than that and take care of your body. Beside that driving the baseline really has not been working either you step on the out of bounds line, loose the ball, or put up a wild shot play smarter Jill.

    Sometime arriving early has its perks. Saw a cute and classy moment. A little girl perhaps 4-5 years old perhaps 3' tall was shagging balls for Jill. One ball came down and bounced right into the little girls face and the fun was over for her. Jill walked the little girl the length of the court to her mom. Then Jill went back in the stadium tunnel to the locker room and told the Wirth twins what happen, and the Wirth twins came from the tunnel walked the length of the floor and talked to the girl and her mom. Then posed with the little girl between them in two different poses while the mom took the pictures. Making the little girl very happy. Again tremendous class and character shown by our Lady Zags Jill, Jenn, and Leeanne. Thank You Ladies once again you made me proud to be a Lady Zag fan.
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    Default Next Up - The Pacific Tigers

    Pacific drives physicality against teams. Foul trouble strategy IF the refs are not swallowing their whistles.

    I think Zags by 15


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    There was less build up to this game on this board than any of their previous opponents, but I think Pacific is the best team among GU's WCC rivals.

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    GU up over Pacific at half 33-32.

    Lady Zags not shooting very well particularly from three (1-8). Pacific's shooting has dropped off from their 1st quarter barn burner but still shooting 43.3% overall and 37.5% from three. GU still in the game because they shot 12-16 from the charity stripe versus pacific only shooting 3-4 from the free throw line.

    Pacific has been very physical and as a result has numerous players with 2 fouls.

    No slowing the pace down so far in this game. Both teams looked very gassed at the end of the 2nd quarter. Both teams missing shots that they made in the first quarter.

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    1st half was much like Portland in that Pacific scored a ton of points in the 1st quarter and then GU s defense picked up in the 2nd quarter.

    Thankfully Pacific only had a 5 point lead maximum.

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    There’s Kakala again. Lowered the shoulder on the drive and then the follow up elbow.

    Now the flopping is starting too...sigh.

    By 15.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CG3Dad View Post
    There’s Kakala again. Lowered the shoulder on the drive and then the follow up elbow.

    Now the flopping is starting too...sigh.

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    This is a great game. The GU players need to worry less about the refs and the physical nature of the game. Great win.

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    Great win Zags. Didn’t expect JW to foul out. Though KC and JT stepped up a bit.


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    Hard fought game congrats on the victory Lady Zags.

    Zags were out coached in this game. One thing really stuck in my craw.

    1. Their best player Higgins #22 got her 4th foul called on her with one minute left in the 3rd quarter and Pacific coach left her in.. Told my friend they need to drive the ball at her on offense or just stand in front of her feet planted on her next layup attempt and she is out of the game. Well Higgins was not defended well at all once she got her 4th foul and no one charged at her on offense. Higgins got to the free throw line Leeanne fouled out, and then near the end Jill fouled out. But not Higgins she was scoring points like water after she got her 4th foul. Talk to your players CLF its called situational awareness.

    2. Pacific was flopping all over today and getting fouls called on us. CLF should have been in the refs ear all game about Pacific flopping. Their is a foul this year for flopping (This game Refs apparently did not get the memo) now but Pacific never got a foul called against them for flopping.

    3. Higgins was keeping her team a float in the 4th quarter with 4 fouls.

    Jenn Wirth had a career game and we needed all of it (Atta Girl Jenn). Jenn it could not have come at a better time. Katie Campbell came up big in the clutch end of 4th quarter.
    Jessie Loera had a great game. Jill chipped in 11 points thanks to her improved free throw shooting this year.

    Jill frustrated me today with the stupid fouls. One in 4th quarter really irked me in the back court getting all over a player foul called and because they were in the bonus they went right to the free throw line. Think we got lucky though because they missed one or both shots. None of Jill fouls today were good hard fouls defending the rim, they were all stupid fouls in my opinion that could have been avoided. However do have to say Pacific was flopping a lot today and the refs called the fouls on the Zags. But situational awareness tells you to adjust your game Jill did not. On another key play in the 4th quarter Jill had a pick that was blocking out 2 players and was open for a 3 pointer with the clock winding down instead of shooting, she started waving at the pick to do something else. And as I posted earlier not to do she drove the baseline again with no success of course and passed to Katie and got a 24 second violation called on the Zags. Good free throw shooting Jill Townsend 6-6 FT. And you know I only criticize you Jill because your only on the fringe of your potential. Oh and just a reminder Jill stay on your 2 feet (LOL).

    4. Our bench only scored 4 points today and that was all Kayleigh Truong. Bench has to do better than that on offense they got plenty of minutes. Our bench went 0-12 on FG attempts.

    5. Most valuable player of game Jenn Wirth 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 10-13 on FG attempts.

    6. Feel extremely grateful to escape with a win today. Can already see Portland and Pacific road games are going to be tough.
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    WBB Closes Out Pacific Down the Stretch, 68-67

    Jenn Wirth notched double-double with career-high 24 points, 10 boards


    Gonzaga 68 - Pacific 67 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. — No. 16/15 Gonzaga women's basketball answered a major challenge from Pacific with all the right plays down the stretch to win 68-67 on Saturday afternoon in Spokane, Wash.

    After Pacific (11-6, 4-2) took a 62-61 lead over the Zags (16-1, 5-0) with 2:53 remaining, Jenn Wirth made a free throw before Katie Campbell took over. Inside the final two minutes, she made a contested three and a jumper from the elbow to put GU ahead for good. Jessie Loera iced it with a free throw with five seconds left.

    "It was hard fought, they are really talented," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "We weren't at our best, but we made some big plays at big moments. It's awesome to have those kinds of wins where you have to work for it and grind it out against a really good team."

    The win ties the best start to a season in school history for Gonzaga at 16-1, matching last year's record-setting mark. GU is also the only undefeated team left in West Coast Conference play.

    Jenn Wirth had a career day for GU, posting a double-double that featured a career-high 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Campbell finished with 15 points, while Loera had 11 points and six assists, and Jill Townsend matched with 11 points of her own.

    "Jenn wanted the ball at important times…and she was ready for the defensive assignments," Fortier said. "It got heated and it got intense, and Jenn didn't shy away from that at all, which is what we need. She's a huge leader on our team, and we want people who want to be in the big moment like that."

    Pacific got off to the hot start with a 16-11 lead, but Jenn Wirth took over offensively with the help of some fantastic passing from the GU guards. She went on to score 14 of the next 21 points for Gonzaga to tie the score at 32-all. LeeAnne Wirth knocked down a free throw at the end of the half to give Gonzaga its first lead of the game.

    The second half featured more of the same with each team staying within two or three possessions of each other, but GU held the edge most of the way.

    Loera hit a three-pointer from the wing to push the lead to five points at 43-38, but Pacific answered with a 5-0 run of its own before Townsend made a three to give Gonzaga the lead back. Pacific tied it again at 47-all, but Jenn Wirth came through with two more buckets as part of a 6-0 run that gave the Zags a 53-47 lead.

    Back-to-back baskets by Campbell, including a three-pointer, pushed the GU lead to eight at 58-50, but Pacific kept battling back. The Tigers put on a 12-3 run to take a 62-61 lead with just 2:53 remaining before Campbell's back-to-back baskets took the lead back for good.

    Gonzaga will hit the road to Santa Clara and San Francisco on Thursday and Saturday, continuing league play. Both games will be broadcast online on the WCC Network.

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    Attendance was 5,631 but oddly it seemed fuller than St.Marys game but attendance records say other wise.

    The Kennel was rocking today think I should have brought ear plugs, lost some hearing definitely it was that loud without the band, cheerleaders were in attendance today also. Way to raise the house Lady Zags Fans.

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    UPSET BID FALLS SHORT IN SPOKANE

    SPOKANE, Wash. – It was a battle from the opening whistle, but Gonzaga (16-1, 5-0 WCC) outlasted Pacific (11-6, 4-2) in a thriller Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

    First Half

    Pacific got off to a fast start, going 6 of 11 from the field in the opening six minutes to hold a 16-11 lead with Lianna Tillman grabbing a team-high seven of those points. The Tigers outrebounded the Bulldogs 7-3 in the stretch.

    Pacific led 22-20 after a quarter on a game-high nine points from Tillman on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. Tilman led the Tigers in the opening half with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

    The Tigers held a normally hot-shooting Bulldog team to just 14.3 percent from beyond the arc.

    Second Half

    Pacific answered the bell when called upon out of the second half gate, including a three up top from Kaylin Randhawa at the 6:20 mark of the third quarter to bring the Orange and Black within two.

    Randhawa went on a streak of 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to pull Pacific to a 53-50 deficit at the end of the third quarter.

    Gonzaga went on a run with Jenn Wirth hitting six of seven from the field to stretch a lead to 58-50.

    Higgins muscled in a short-range jumper on a put back before trudging through the defense once more for an and-one, cutting Gonzaga's lead to 61-58. It was the first and second of three consecutive Pacific buckets scored by the USC transfer, before pickpocketing GU for her fifth steal of the day with Pacific leading 62-61 at the 2:33 mark of the fourth quarter.

    Gonzaga hit a three with under two minutes to go to pull ahead 65-62 in front of an already-ruckus McCarthey Athletic Center, then hit a clutch mid-range jumper at the :17.0 mark of the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 67-62 before sinking a key three throw in the last ten seconds for the win.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

    Tillman notched a double-figure scoring performance for the second straight game, pouring in 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with all 11 going in before the halftime break.

    Higgins logged her 15th multi-steal game of the season and fifth with at least four, ending with five. The Preseason All-WCC honoree also dropped a team-high 20 points on Gonzaga for the day on 6-of-7 shooting. Her 20 points made it three of six WCC contests this year scoring 20 or more. The 20 points Saturday afternoon came on a season-high 86.7 percent from the field.

    Pacific held the Bulldogs to their lowest three-point percentage of the season, yielding just 6 of 21 from downtown (.286).

    UP NEXT:

    The Tigers will return home to the Alex G. Spanos Center to face BYU on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. and San Diego on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. The first 250 fans through the door on Thursday will receive a free pair of Powercat socks, and the 250 in attendance on Saturday will receive a free pair of Pacific sunglasses.

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    Portland beat St. Mary's tonight.

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    It’s a “W”

    As CLF said... while we didn’t play our best, we fought hard for the win.

    As for being upset about being called on a foul that you didn’t commit... being called for fouling after being run over by a left tackle lowering her shoulder, I give our players credit for not getting a technical. Both JT and LW foul out because of cheap calls called on them after being held not once but twice on their end of the floor in front of the official (and I use that term lightly). KG use to say that he expected his players to play their best... so why wouldn’t we expect the same from the officials?

    Kyle you are right that they need to get past thoughs bad calls... but it’s tough when you are playing your butt off and you get called for something that you know wasn’t a foul. It isn’t that at this level and the number of games these players have played that they don’t know when a foul is committed. I felt sorry for LW when she got her 5th foul because she couldn’t have played it any cleaner... with out fouling. She stayed in her lane and went straight up with her arms straight above her head.

    Looks like we are back in the WCC. There’s strong play... and then there is cheap dirty play.

    Time to move on and get after it.

    Good win Ladies...

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    Nice win, that was a hard fought battle. Kudos to the Zags for staying mentally tough and persevering. Pacific was well prepared and executed extremely well, they always seem to play the Zags to the wire. Didn’t agree with the officiating at all times, but that’s how she goes sometimes. Play on.

    Jenn was stellar today. She really seems to be taking steps every game; although she scored a career high (congrats), I was equally if not more impressed by her developing leadership skills. She wanted the ball when things were on the line, with just a few minutes left in the game after a questionable foul she was yelling at her teammates, gathered them at the line “Hey! Hey! Get over here!” She settled everyone down and got people refocused after the disputed call. The game seems to have slowed down for her lately. Keep it up!

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    rewatch the game and the picture becomes clear....Pacific flopped twice to get Jill T in trouble.....FLOPPED.....it was perfectly clear on the replay......I thought they weree going to call that this year......and poor Lee got caught up in the imbecile refs inconsistent calls...

    Jill Townsend....YOU KEEP PLAYING YOUR GAME.....we LOVE your intensity.....we see what you put up with......

    this was an ugh game....

    the refs called an extremely poor game and it upset our game plan....Tigers hit their shots......Tigers flopped and got away with it....our player gets a chop to the face NO CALL......NO CALL and not looking at the monitor....CLUELESS REFS.....

    our bench didn't score well but they played hard....gave the starters a breather......

    we had too many empty possessions overall....too many loose passes fumbled away...

    and the free throws.....its just unacceptable to miss so many....this has got to change....

    and you know what is one of the worse things?......that the Tigers drove the length of the field and got a three at the buzzer.....if some one fouled her we're going into OT with 2 starters out.........yikes....

    which brings us back to FT's...Jess hits both her shots the game is over... as it turned out, we were smart not to foul on the last play and lucky the doofus refs didn't call one just for the heck of it.......the fact that we missed so many FT's is just unacceptable and I hope its of great emphasize this week....

    not a fun game to me....perhaps the positive is that it was a true learning experience for our kids.....


    thx for sticking with it team.... tough game......but......I feel confident that we will win easily when we go to Pacific.....

    Go Zags.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    There was less build up to this game on this board than any of their previous opponents, but I think Pacific is the best team among GU's WCC rivals.

    as it turns out, you were right.......FTR....I hope the coaches don't make a point out of a particular team not shooting threes very much...prepare for every possibility....it a team knows that you know they don't do something very much, their game plan will be to do just that.....

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    Regarding free throws: See the Gonzaga men's team! GU women team free throw percentage 74%: GU men 66%!

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    I don't understand it......with the women,I see some just not getting set and throwing it up.....

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