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    #16/13 Zags Face San Francisco Saturday

    Bulldogs look to remain unbeaten in WCC play

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    #16/13 GONZAGA (17-1, 6-0 WCC) at SAN FRANCISCO (7-11, 0-6 WCC)
    JAN. 18 | 5 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. | WAR MEMORIAL GYM
    LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS


    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga set a new program record Thursday evening following a 67-52 victory at Santa Clara as the Zags now carry a 17-1 overall record, the best start to a season ever.
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 18-1 overall on the season Saturday at San Francisco. With a win, Gonzaga will extend its program-record start; previously, Gonzaga's best start was 16-1, a record the Bulldogs set during the 2018-19 season.
    - GU is currently on an 15-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 remained the same in the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 16 while moving up two spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 13. It's the highest ranking for the Zags this season. Previously, GU reached its highest ranking in history during the 2018-19 season at No. 12/11.
    - Saturday will mark the eighth time in program history that Gonzaga has played on Jan. 18. The Bulldogs carry a 3-4 overall mark, all against current WCC opponents. This will be the first time since the 2017-18 season that GU has played on the date; that season, the Zags defeated Saint Mary's 73-65 in Moraga to improve to 7-0 in WCC play.
    - Gonzaga currently ranks third in the nation in percent attendance capacity. The Zags average 93.31 percent capacity; that's an average of 5,598 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 53.2 points per contest to lead the WCC and rank eighth 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 DONS
    - San Francisco carries a 7-11 overall record with an 0-6 mark in WCC play.
    - As a squad, the Dons average 69.2 points per game shooting 39.9 percent from the floor and 33.8 percent from long range.
    - Lucie Hoskova leads the Dons in scoring at 15.3 points per game shooting 49.1 from the floor. Hoskova's 49.1 shooting percentage ranks eighth in the WCC. Mikayla Williams adds 14.4 points per game shooting 45.2 percent from the floor.
    - San Francisco adds 41.4 rebounds per game, 11.6 assists per game and 2.2 blocks per game. Leilah Vigil leads the charge on the glass with a conference-leading 10.1 rebounds per game. Williams adds 9.2 rebounds per game to rank second in the WCC.
    - The Dons are currently on a six-game losing streak after finishing 5-1 in the final six games of non-conference play. USF picked up wins against Bowling Green, Houston, Cal State Fullerton, Sacramento State and UC Irvine to close non-conference play with a 7-5 record.

    SERIES REVIEW
    - OVERALL: Gonzaga leads 44-26
    - HOME: 23-10, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 17-15, Gonzaga leads
    - NEUTRAL: 4-1, Gonzaga leads
    - FIRST MEETING: Gonzaga won, 57-36, Spokane (1/14/1988)
    - LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 64-44 (2/23/19, San Francisco)
    - STREAK: Gonzaga, Won 6

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 18 games this season, three players average double-figures for Gonzaga with six players averaging over 7.0 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 11.6 points per game, Jill Townsend ranks second at 11.1 while Katie Campbell adds 10.9 points per game. LeeAnne Wirth adds 9.6 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 8.1 and Melody Kempton is at 7.1.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense at 53.2 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited eight opponents to 50 points or fewer and 15 opponents to under 60 points. Thursday at Santa Clara, the Bulldogs limited the second-best scoring team in the conference to 52 points, more than 20 points less than SCU's season average of 74.3 points per game. Against BYU on Jan. 2, 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
    Jill Townsend is just the latest Zag to notch a double-double. The Okanogan, Wash., native posted her second career double-double on Thursday at Santa Clara, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Townsend's 12 boards are a career-high for the junior; she ranks second on the squad with 5.6 rebounds per contest. Jenn Wirth won WCC Player of the Week on Jan. 13 after posting back-to-back double-doubles in a pair of league games. First, she notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Saint Mary's on Jan. 9, then posted a career-high 24 points along with 10 rebounds in a win over Pacific. 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 385 career assists after dishing out two assists at Santa Clara on Jan. 16, and she is 8 assists shy of sixth place. Loera also ranks 16th nationally and second in the WCC in total assists on the season with 90.

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Opportunity to rise in rankings awaits Gonzaga women ahead of visit to San Francisco
    UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

    By Jim Allen
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    Another big opportunity awaits the Gonzaga women this weekend in San Francisco. They’ve already made some history on their annual trip the Bay Area. After a 67-52 win at Santa Clara on Thursday, the Zags are off to a 17-1 start, the best in school history. If a few more dominoes fall, they also could have one of the highest rankings in school history. Currently 16th in the Associated Press, the Zags will certainly move up after No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Florida State and No. 15 Indiana lost on Thursday night. GU’s all-time highest AP ranking is 12th, before last year’s West Coast Conference Tournament. That team finished 16th after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Like that squad, this one is taking care of business against WCC foes. In the last two-plus seasons, coach Lisa Fortier is 49-3 in conference play going into Saturday’s 5 p.m. tipoff against last-place USF.

    “Road games in the WCC are tough and we try to control what we can,” Fortier said.

    The Zags are again winning with defense. Up by three after one quarter at Santa Clara, the Zags held the Broncos without a field goal for the next 6 minutes to build a 40-30 halftime lead. For the game, GU outrebounded the Broncos 43-26.

    “I thought our team did a really good job competing on the glass tonight,” Fortier said. “That was a big focus for us and it is great to see them come out and get the job done in that area. “When we take care of the ball, hit the glass and make free throws, we put ourselves in a great position to be successful.”

    USF was positioned Thursday night to get its first conference win. The Dons (7-11, 0-6) led Portland by as many as six in the third quarter, but an illness-depleted roster faded down the stretch as the Pilots won 73-66.

    Lucie Hoskova leads the Dons in scoring at 15.3 points per game shooting 49.1% from the floor. Hoskova’s shooting percentage ranks eighth in the WCC. Mikayla Williams adds 14.4 points per game, shooting 45.2% from the floor. Sophomore forward Leila Vigil, who’s only 5-foot-10, averages a double-double with 10.2 points and 10.1 rebounds.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...s-gonzaga-wom/

    Another Reminder - Game time is 5:00 PM

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    A USF game preview from The Swish Appeal:

    Preview: No. 16 Gonzaga hopes to keep winning streak alive against San Francisco
    The Gonzaga Bulldogs have quietly crept up the rankings and sit comfortably at the top of the WCC standings. They are expected to blow by San Francisco and its weak defense, although the Dons do have the offensive firepower to make this game an interesting one.
    By Zachary Ward Jan 18, 2020, 2:00pm EST

    When the No. 16 Gonzaga Bulldogs meet the San Francisco Dons tonight in the Bay Area, it will be a matchup between two teams going in completely opposite directions. The Bulldogs are on a 15-game winning streak, while the Dons haven’t won since WCC play began, putting them at 0-6 in the conference. The Bulldogs (17-1, 6-0 WCC) have a two-game lead over the BYU Cougars (9-7, 4-2 WCC), while the Dons (7-11 overall) trail the second-to-last teams (Loyola Marymount Lions and Santa Clara Broncos) by two games. Aside from Gonzaga and San Francisco, the rest of the WCC is either 2-4, 3-3, 4-3 or 4-2. So, the Bulldogs and Dons are distinctly the WCC’s best and worst teams, respectively — for now.

    The Bulldogs were receiving Top 25 votes in the preseason, but with their only loss coming against the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal in overtime, they have been able to move into the top 20. Gonzaga is led by junior forward Jenn Wirth, who averages 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Katie Campbell also averages double-figure scoring with 11.1 points per game and is leading the team in 3-point shooting, hitting a scorching 45.7 percent of her long-range shots.

    San Francisco may be able to compete with Gonzaga’s shooting prowess. The Dons’ strength is their offense, which averages 69.2 points per game — not too far behind Gonzaga’s 70.2. However, the Dons’ leading scorer, freshman guard Ioanna Krimili, has been dealing with a foot injury and hasn’t played since Dec. 4. According to Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle, her status remains “uncertain.”

    After Krimili, junior guard Lucie Hoskova (15.3 points per game, 39.4 percent from three) and graduate student forward Mikayla Williams (14.4 points per game) do most of the scoring for the Dons, while sophomore forward Leilah Vigil is averaging a double-double with 10.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.

    San Francisco’s rebounding margin (4.8) is only two behind Gonzaga’s, but the Bulldogs have the two tallest rotation players in Wirth and her twin sister LeeAnne, both of whom stand at 6-foot-3.

    The Dons’ true weakness is their defense. They allow 74 points per game, while Gonzaga only allows 53.2. The Bulldogs will try to take advantage of that weakness with their conference-leading field goal percentage (45.7) and 3-point shooting percentage (38.8). Meanwhile, the Dons may try to be aggressive and get to the free throw line, where they shoot a decent 71.4 percent. They make 13.2 free throws per game, which is good for second in the conference behind the Pacific Tigers.
    Article Link: https://www.swishappeal.com/ncaa/202...skova-williams

    Nice to get some recognition from a national publication/web site.

    ZagDad

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    Once again, if you're having trouble with the WCC telecast, go to the San Francisco women's basketball website. On their schedule, hit view, and you will get a good video feed of the game.

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    After the 1st quarter, Gonzaga leads USF 16-14...

    Dons finish on a 6-0 run...Zags are scoreless in the last 2:20...

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    Zags up 16-14 after first quarter. They looked to be pulling away, but poor shooting and defense let the Dons back into it. The team benches are on the side of the court the camera isn't covering, but when you do get a glimpse of them, it looks like Kayleigh Truong is sitting in street clothes. If there's been any mention of her injury in the Santa Clara game, I haven't seen it.

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    I admit I just got home and haven't read everything and I too wonder about Kale....

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads 36-24...

    Zags shoot 73% from the floor in the 2nd quarter...

    LeeAnne Wirth and Louise Forsyth lead the Zags with 8 points each...


    Gonzaga has out scored USF 15 to 0 with points from the bench...

    The Dons have out scored the Zags 12 to 4 with points in the paint...

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    Halftime. Gonzaga up 36-24. Came out strong in the second quarter. Saw Kayleigh leave a time out huddle. No crutches, but she was limping. Anamaria Virjoghe, who had a late game injury against Santa Clara looks to be fine. She got some playing time in the second quarter.

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    Zags now with 11 turnovers...

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    Jessie Loera for 3!

    Jessie is 3 for 3 from beyond the arc...

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    Katie Campbell for 3!

    Zags lead 50-37...

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    Gonzaga leads 50-38 after 3 quarters...

    Jessie Loera leads the Zags with 11 points...

    LeeAnne Wirth and Louise Forsyth are next with 8 points each...

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    50-38 to start the 4th. Kayleigh appears to be in a boot. The announcers are doing a good job, but the guy gets the pronunciation of Gonzaga right only about half the time. You should have heard him try Okanogan, when he was talking about Jill Townsend's home town. Amy Rathbun of SF is a former teammate of Jesse's in Moses Lake. The Dons only have eight players suited up tonight.

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    Jenn Wirth with her first points...

    Katie Campbell for 3!

    Zags 55-38...

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    Katie Campbell for 3!

    Zags lead 64-43...

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    Good solid game for the Zags, have a safe trip home.
    "If you smell something, say something." Jon Stewart

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    Gonzaga defeats USF 69-46...

    Zags improve to 18-1 overall and 7-0 in the WCC...

    4 Zags finish in double figures...

    Katie Campbell leads with 13 points...

    Jessie Loera was next with 11 points...Plus 5 assists...

    LeeAnne Wirth and Jenn Wirth both finish with 10 points...and both lead with 4 rebounds each...

    Gonzaga shoots 56% (23-41) from the floor, 53% (10-19) from beyond the arc and 81% (13-16) from the free throw line...

    Lady Zags out rebounded 25 to 23...The Lady Dons with 11 offensive rebounds...

    https://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=269238

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    No. 16/13 WBB Finishes Bay Area Sweep at USF, 69-46

    Campbell had 13 points, Loera 11 points and five assists

    Gonzaga 69 - USF 46 Final Box Score Link

    SAN FRANCISCO – No. 16/13 Gonzaga women's basketball opened up a big lead in the second half and never looked back in a 69-46 win at San Francisco on Saturday evening.

    Gonzaga (18-1, 7-0) put together a strong performance from start to finish at USF (7-12, 0-7) to stay undefeated in West Coast Conference play and complete the weekend road sweep.

    "When we settled in offensively, we were working for team shots and we made a really high percentage" head coach Lisa Fortier said. "It was a grind around the basket, USF was very physical, but once we got those threes it really started to open things up for us. We are really happy with the wins, but I'm really happy with the way our team came down here and competed. We have struggled from time-to-time in this series, and I thought that in both games we came out and were mentally tough. We knew what to expect and we were determined to stay accountable and take care of what we can control."

    Katie Campbell led the way with 13 points, among four Zags in doubles figures. Jessie Loera provided a spark with 11 points and five assists, while Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth each had 10 points.

    Gonzaga used strong defense and the three-pointer to build an early lead in the first quarter. Louise Forsyth hit a three to make it 10-6, and then GU forced a turnover that led to a pair of Campbell free throws for a 14-6 lead.

    After USF closed the GU lead down to two by the end of the quarter, the Zags came out of the break with a 12-2 run to begin the second and never looked back. KayLynne Truong and Loera each hit threes in the final two minutes of the half to push the lead to 36-24 at halftime.

    GU held its 12-point lead through the third quarter, and then early in the fourth Campbell got hot and the Zags pulled away with an 18-5 run to build a 25-point lead. Campbell had a pair of threes, and Jenn Wirth scored eight points during a quarter in which GU held USF to just eight points.

    Gonzaga heads back home for its next four games, starting with Pepperdine on Thursday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast online on the WCC Network.

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    A really great trip to the Bay...

    The Lady Zag Team Family should be very proud of what they accomplished this weekend. To have the lead in both games by 25 midway through the fourth periods was great.

    The one down was the injury to K11...
    Last year JW started the year out injured allowing her sister to get more playing time... turned out to be a big plus. This weekend when K11 got hurt, her sister K14 got more playing time and will continue until K11 can heal. In the end, again I think this could be a big plus for the last half of the season. While this wasn’t the best for JW and K11, at least they are handing their playing time to their best friends.

    Looking forward to having the Lady Zag Team Family home for a couple of weeks!!

    Go Zags!!

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    Couple of my favorite moments of the last game:

    1. Katie playing the post and banging with a Don underneath. You go Mighty Mouse.

    2. Jessie with the ball beyond 3 point line acts like she pointing for a player to set a pick for her, and the Don guarding her gets distracted looking both ways to see where a player is coming from. Jessie dials up a long 3 nothing but net.

    What a great game by our Seniors Jessie and Katie. Katie made her points diving into the key for short jumpers leading to the free throw line, and shooting 3s in the 2nd half did not matter if someone was in her face or not. Jessie three points were a thing of beauty lined up perfectly nothing but net, and that long one (our girl has range).

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    San Francisco Hangs with No. 16/13 Gonzaga Early

    SAN FRANCISCOLimited numbers and tough odds Saturday didn't keep the University of San Francisco women's basketball team from putting forth one of its toughest efforts of the season against a top-20-ranked opponent. But No. 16/13 Gonzaga was still able to lock things down on the defensive end in the second half and pull away for a 69-46 West Coast Conference victory at War Memorial at the Sobrato Center.

    HOW IT HAPPENED

    Still hampered with injuries and left with only eight active players, the Dons (7-12, 0-7 WCC) hung with the nationally ranked Bulldogs (18-1, 7-0 WCC) for much of the first half. Three consecutive turnovers midway through the first quarter allowed Gonzaga to turn a one-point game into an eight-point lead. But over the opening quarter's final three minutes, the Dons made four consecutive shots – three from Lucie Hoskova – and cut that lead down to only two at 16-14.

    There were the Dons, hanging with their third top-20-ranked opponent of the season, trailing by only two after the first 10 minutes. And the possession arrow pointed to USF to start the second, giving it a chance to tie. But turnovers came back to bite the Dons again at the start of the second quarter, with three in their first five possessions.

    That opened the door for the Bulldogs to put some space between themselves and the Dons while they opened the period shooting 5 for 6, including two 3-pointers. Gonzaga's balanced attack was on display during that four-minute stretch. The Bulldogs started the evening with no player averaging more than 11.6 points per game and seven players averaging at least 5.5 points per contest. And in that small spurt, they got buckets from four different players while also getting rebounds and assists from multiple players.

    San Francisco still wasn't done, though. The Dons' defense was able to force three turnovers of their own and cut their deficit in half to six points, a run started by one of Kia Vaalavirta's three 3-pointers on the night. Gonzaga responded with two treys of its own in the final two minutes and pushed its lead back to 12 before halftime at 36-24.

    The Dons continued to battle at the start of the second half. 3s from Vaalavirta and Rathbun dipped the deficit back under double digits each time, but six more turnovers in the third quarter did the Dons in. Gonzaga turned 18 USF turnovers during the game into 22 points, and while the Dons forced double-digit turnovers for the first time in three contests, they only scored seven points off of them.

    NUMBERS TO KNOW

    25: San Francisco outrebounded No. 16/13 Gonzaga Saturday, but it was held to its lowest number of rebounds in nearly two months. San Francisco had collected no less than 34 rebounds in 12 straight games, since being held to 22 rebounds against then-No. 10/8 Mississippi State on Nov. 28 in Victoria, British Columbia.

    999, 499: Both Mikayla Williams and Leilah Vigil will have to wait one more game before reaching career rebounding milestones. Williams entered Saturday needing seven rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career, but she grabbed six. Vigil needed nine rebounds to reach 500 for her career, but she collected eight.

    COMING UP

    San Francisco hits the road next week for the second time during the conference season, going to second-place BYU on Thursday then crossing back to Southern California to face San Diego on Saturday. Fans can find all live coverage links
    on USFDons.com.

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    Another good win, against an undermanned USF team in a location CLF has had issues with earlier in her coaching career.

    Better game Saturday than Thursday, but still things to work on. The lady zags again did not score a field goal in the last 5+ minutes but did have some free throws so they were not skunked in the last 5+ minutes and did not give back 40% of their lead on Saturday (unlike Thursday).

    Offensively, Gonzaga had one of their best shooting days of the season. When your lowest overall shooting percentage in a quarter is 44.4%, your lowest 3 point shooting percentage in a quarter is 40% and your lowest free throw shooting percentage of 70%, you had a pretty good day.

    Minor concerns include no free throws taken at all in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. If the lady zags are being the aggressive team they will get the foul calls. Played a little too passive in the middle part of the game relying on jump shots, thankfully the shots were falling yesterday. This is also supported by the Lady Zags only getting 14 points in the paint, while the smaller Dons got 16 points in the paint. Both teams only got 6 2nd chance points. Gonzaga had 8 turnovers in the first half, not very good, but they cleaned it up in the second half only having 3 turnovers in the second half.

    Defensively I noticed a few issues yesterday. A few times, nobody picked up the ball carrier allowing a free run to the hoop for a lay-up. For portions of the game, the lady zags did not get out and press the Dons on the perimeter, allowing some wide open 3 point attempts. USF took advantage of the occasional lapses in coverage shooting 46.2% (6-13) from 3 with Hoskova and Vaalavirta doing most of the damage (71.4%, 5-7).

    The most disappointing aspect of the game, from my point of view, was the lady zags getting outrebounded on both sides of the ball. USF outrebounded GU on the offensive side of the ball 11-5 and overall 25-23. USF is a smaller team, and rebounding is about who wants it more. The lady zags played a little soft yesterday, which given the score is o'k, but it is too easy to let than kind of effort become common place.

    A bay area road trip resulting a pair of double digit wins, is a successful trip. Need to tighten up a few areas, and with the energy in the kennel, expect bigger things next week.

    The LA crew is coming to town and LMU is coming in with a 3 game win streak. Can't overlook these teams next week.

    Zag Up Ladies,

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    More Game thoughts:

    This past game was quite alarming in the rebounding department against a shorter team.

    Louise came in hot off the bench last game hitting her first 3 shots. Including a jumper in the key that looked like a set play. Always like to see players get more well rounded not pigeon holed to one shot, so was happy with that jumper inside the key. She had a quick 8 points. Also had to laugh because she is starting to remind me of previous years bench players, going to make my time count and get my shots in the minutes I got.

    That brings me to a previous bench player Jill, she never had any set plays for her as a bench player, she just had to scrounge and make things happen on her own hustle. Thought that would change this year as a starter she might get some set plays for her. But I always see her set up on offense sitting off in the corner one side of the 3 point lane, with opposing player standing right next to her. Then with not much purpose she will moves into the lane and to the other corner 3 point line with the opposing player standing right over her. Yeah I get it thats their setup to spread the floor and the opposing players. Even the opposing broadcasters of the Dons said Jill has one of the smoothest pull up jumpers in the league. Its just seems like a waste she does not get to use it more. Also as good of a free throw shooter as Jill is (when she does not rush her first shot) would think you would want to get her to the free throw line as often as possible.

    While I have confidence in Kaylynne shooting ability (with exception of free throws so far), waiting to see if she can dish out the assists. Last game she had 1 assist in 20 minutes.

    Speaking of free throws looks like Melody has been practicing her free throws in the last two games have noticed a vast improvement (that a girl keep it up).

    Sometimes it seems we let our guard down against opposing teams in the Kennel. We have 4 straight home games, nothing but time for coaches and players to get ready for each of those opposing teams. We narrowly escaped with victories over Portland and Pacific on our home court. Lets not allow any more close calls that could go against us in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    More Game thoughts:

    This past game was quite alarming in the rebounding department against a shorter team.

    Louise came in hot off the bench last game hitting her first 3 shots. Including a jumper in the key that looked like a set play. Always like to see players get more well rounded not pigeon holed to one shot, so was happy with that jumper inside the key. She had a quick 8 points. Also had to laugh because she is starting to remind me of previous years bench players, going to make my time count and get my shots in the minutes I got.

    That brings me to a previous bench player Jill, she never had any set plays for her as a bench player, she just had to scrounge and make things happen on her own hustle. Thought that would change this year as a starter she might get some set plays for her. But I always see her set up on offense sitting off in the corner one side of the 3 point lane, with opposing player standing right next to her. Then with not much purpose she will moves into the lane and to the other corner 3 point line with the opposing player standing right over her. Yeah I get it thats their setup to spread the floor and the opposing players. Even the opposing broadcasters of the Dons said Jill has one of the smoothest pull up jumpers in the league. Its just seems like a waste she does not get to use it more. Also as good of a free throw shooter as Jill is (when she does not rush her first shot) would think you would want to get her to the free throw line as often as possible.

    While I have confidence in Kaylynne shooting ability (with exception of free throws so far), waiting to see if she can dish out the assists. Last game she had 1 assist in 20 minutes.

    Speaking of free throws looks like Melody has been practicing her free throws in the last two games have noticed a vast improvement (that a girl keep it up).

    Sometimes it seems we let our guard down against opposing teams in the Kennel. We have 4 straight home games, nothing but time for coaches and players to get ready for each of those opposing teams. We narrowly escaped with victories over Portland and Pacific on our home court. Lets not allow any more close calls that could go against us in the future.




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