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    #13/11 Gonzaga Hosts Pepperdine Thursday

    Kicks off the first of a four-game home stand for the Bulldogs

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    #13/11 GONZAGA (18-1, 7-0 WCC) vs. PEPPERDINE (9-8, 3-4 WCC)
    JAN. 23 | 6 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
    LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS


    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga extended its program-record start with a 69-46 win at San Francisco on Saturday, improving to 18-1 overall on the season.
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 19-1 overall on the season Thursday against Pepperdine. 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 a 16-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 two spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 13 as well as in the Coaches Poll, moving up to No. 11. It's the highest ranking for the Zags this season, and it ties the highest ranking ever. Previously, GU reached its highest ranking in history during the 2018-19 season at No. 12/11.
    - Thursday will mark the 10th time in program history that the Bulldogs have played on Jan. 23. Gonzaga currently carries a 7-2 record on the date.
    - Gonzaga currently leads 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 52.8 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 WAVES
    - The Waves return nine from last season's squad that finished 22-12 overall and advanced to the WNIT Sweet Sixteen. Pepperdine graduated the reigning WCC Player of the Year, Yasmine Robinson-Bacote.
    - Pepperdine carries a 9-8 overall record with a 3-4 mark in West Coast Conference play.
    - As a squad, the Waves average 66.4 points per game shooting 37.2 percent from the floor and 32.8 percent from long range. Two layers average double-figures for Pepperdine, led by Paige Fecske at 12.6 points per contest. Malia Bambrick adds 10.3 points per game while Barbara Sitanggan adds 9.8.
    - The Waves average 39.8 rebounds per contest including 14.5 offensive rebounds per contest. That mark ranks second in the conference. Monique Andriuolo hauls in an average of 6.6 rebounds per game to lead the Waves and rank 10th in the conference. Sitanggan adds 6.3 rebounds per game to rank second on the team.
    - Pepperdine's longest win streak of the season came during a four-game span in November, early December. The Waves strung together four-straight victories at New Mexico State, against Concordia, Cal State LA and at Eastern Washington. The Waves opened WCC play with a 1-4 mark but have since gone 2-1 for a 3-4 overall record.

    LIMITING THE BENCH
    Saturday at San Francisco, Gonzaga did not allow the Dons' bench to score. It's the first time the Bulldogs have limited an opponent to zero bench points since 2017. That season, Gonzaga limited UNLV's bench to zero points in a 52-50 loss to the Rebels on Dec. 9, 2017. The Bulldogs have limited opponents' bench production to under four points three additional times in the last two seasons:

    vs. Portland 12/29/19 2 points
    vs. EWU 11/11/18 3 points
    vs. USF 3/5/18 1 point

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 19 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 11.5 points per game, Katie Campbell ranks second at 11.1 while Jill Townsend adds 10.9 points per game. LeeAnne Wirth adds 9.6 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 8.2 and Melody Kempton is at 7.1.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks seventh in the nation in scoring defense at 52.8 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited nine opponents to 50 points or fewer and 16 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, 49 points to Saint Mary's on Jan. 9 and 46 points to San Francisco on Jan. 18.

    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 390 career assists after dishing out five assists at San Francisco on Jan. 18, and she is three assists shy of sixth place. Loera also ranks 20th nationally and second in the WCC in total assists on the season with 95.

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    Waves Trek to Pacific Northwest for Two Games

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    MALIBU, Calif. –The Pepperdine women's basketball team hits the road to the Pacific Northwest to take on WCC-leading Gonzaga and third-place Portland.

    GAME #18: Thursday (January 23) at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash.: Pepperdine (9-8, 3-4 WCC) vs. #13 Gonzaga (18-1, 7-0 WCC) at 6 p.m...


    COVERAGE: Both games this week will be live broadcast through the WCC Network, with links to live stats and broadcasts available on the women's basketball schedule page at PepperdineWaves.com. Fans can also follow @WavesHoops on Twitter for live, in-game updates.

    SERIES VS. GONZAGA: The Bulldogs hold a 42-30 all-time advantage over the Waves, and have won the past six meetings. The last time the Waves won was in the 2016-17 season, when the Waves defeated the Bulldogs 79-69 in Malibu...


    LAST TIME OUT: The Waves took on PCH Cup rival LMU. Paige Fecske scored 26 points, including shooting 4-for-9 from three, in the 84-77 loss.

    RECORD CHASING: Barbara Sitanggan is steadily climbing her way to the top of the all-time Pepperdine assists record. She currently sits in third with 432 assists, 11 behind Desi Marcelin in second and 20 behind the all-time mark. Sitanggan is also ninth all-time in free throws made with 326 ... Paige Fecske is just three points from becoming the program's 24th member of the 1,000 point club. She also has made 156 3-pointers in her career, fourth all-time at Pepperdine.

    WCC LEADERS: Paige Fecske is near the top of the West Coast Conference in a few offensive categories. She is 14th in the conference in scoring, putting up 12.6 points per game. She is also third in the conference in free throw percentage, making 86.2 percent of her foul shots.

    Monique Andriuolo is also at the top of the conference thus far. She is 10th in the conference in rebounding, bringing 6.6 boards down per game. Andriuolo also has 29 blocked shots, good for second in the WCC.

    Barbara Sitanggan is currently third in the conference in assists with 73, and sixth in steals with 31.

    LAST YEAR: Last year was Pepperdine women's basketball's best season in a long time. The Waves posted their first winning season since 2012. Pepperdine had its best WCC finish (third) and WCC seeding (third) since 2011. The Waves also won 20 games for the first time since 2010, the 12th such season in program history. The Waves lost one of the all-time great women's basketball players in Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, who graduated as the fourth-leading scorer in Pepperdine history with 1,772 points as well as having the fourth highest scoring average, scoring 15.3 points per game.

    RETURNERS: The Waves bring back the West Coast Conference's assist leader from last year in senior Barbara Sitanggan. Sitanggan had 176 assists last year, compared to just 46 turnovers, which was good for the third best assist-turnover ratio in the nation. She also scored 11.1 points per game, good for second on the team.

    Also returning for the Waves is redshirt-senior Paige Fecske. Fecske was named an All-WCC honorable mention as a junior in 2018 and had a promising start last year, scoring 9.5 points per game in five games before suffering a season-ending injury.

    Pepperdine also brings back senior Deezha Battle, who scored 8.5 points per game last year, mainly coming off the bench. She led the team with 47 made three-pointers, making just under 37% of her shots from beyond the arc. Battle was second on the team in assists, dishing out 68.

    Malia Bambrick returns for her sophomore season as a Wave coming off a WCC All-Freshman team designation last year. She scored 8.0 points per game and brought down 109 rebounds in 2018-19.

    THE ROSTER: The Waves return a total of eight players from last year's squad: three seniors (Deezha Battle, Barbara Sitanggan, Paige Fecske), two juniors (Monique Andriuolo, Mia Satie) and three sophomores (Malia Bambrick, Jayda Ruffus-Milner, Jayla Ruffus-Milner). Joining the team this year are freshman Destiny McAllister, sophomore transfer Cheyenne Givens, and graduate transfers Danijela Milisic, Hannah Friend and Tara Dusharm.

    PRESEASON RANKINGS: The Waves were picked to tie for sixth with Loyola Marymount in the annual WCC preseason poll. The entire poll is as follows: 1. Gonzaga, 2. BYU, 3. Pacific, 4. Saint Mary's, 5. Santa Clara, T6. Pepperdine, T6. Loyola Marymount, 8 San Diego, 9. San Francisco, 10. Portland...

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    Nice interview with CLF, JW and KC on last week's games and the upcoming game with Pepperdine on the Gonzaga Wbb facebook page.

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/ZagWBB

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    A pregame preview of the Waves of Pepperdine.

    In an interview with CLF, she thought the team generally played very well down in the Bay area. Liked that the team has won games with their inside game, their 3 point shooting and from the 3-point line. When you can win using a number of different methods it makes it more difficult for the opposing teams to game plan to defeat you. CLF's biggest complaint was the inconsistency with the team's rebounding on both sides of the court (offensive and defensive). CLF noted she wanted 5 players crashing the defensive boards and 4 players crashing the offensive boards and the team was not consistently doing that, so they are going to work on it again this week.

    Pepperdine likes to run and takes lots of shots. For the season, the Waves average almost 67 shots per game compared with the Lady Zags average of almost 56 shots per game. Despite taking fewer shots Gonzaga is averaging 70.1 ppg game while Pepperdine is averaging 66.4 ppg for the season. The big difference is the Waves are giving up an average of 66.6 ppg while Gonzaga's defense has been smothering, only giving up 52.8 ppg. The lady zags shoot considerably better in all areas (overall, 3 pt, and free throws) than does Pepperdine. Defensively, Pepperdine's opponents shoot better overall and almost exactly the same as the Waves from "3" while Gonzaga's opponents shoot considerably worse than the Lady Zags as would be expected with a very good defensive team. Neither team is likely to use the "3" to get a large number of points as both teams average making right around six 3s per game. Gonzaga tends to share the ball a little better than Pepperdine with the Lady Zags averaging about 16 apg while the Waves come in at 12.8 apg.

    In the last several games, Pepperdine has started with a four(4) guard and one (1) forward offense. The Waves don't have a lot of height as the starting forward (Monique Andriuolo) is only 6'1" and the only substitute forward that gets any minutes is 6'3" Ashleen Quirke who plays about 13-14 mpg. The starting guards also do not have a lot of height with one at 5'4", a second at 5'6" and two at 5'10". The primary guard substitutions are 5'6" and two at 5'10". While the best known players for Pepperdine are Paige Fecske (5'4" guard) and Barbara Sitanggan (5'6" guard), four of the five starters average between 8.2 - 12.6 ppg. The Waves have had several players lead the team in scoring including their 6'1" forward Monique Andriuolo. Pepperdine is a very well balanced team that has a number of options to score. A note of interest is that Pepperdine also has a set of red-shirt, freshman, twins playing for them (Ruffus-Milner), where Jayla starts and Jayda comes off the bench. Both girls are guards and both stand 5'10" tall.

    Pepperdine averages about 3 more rebounds per game than do the Lady Zags, but the Waves have a -2 rpg rebounding margin while Gonzaga has a +6 rpg rebounding margin. Gonzaga tends to commit about 3 more turnovers per game than does Pepperdine, both teams create an average of 2.5-3+ more turnovers per game than their number of turnovers. The difference in the turnover department is that Gonzaga averages 20.2 ppg off of turnovers while the Waves average 13.3 points off of turnovers.

    One interesting stat is that Pepperdine, despite their lack of height, averages over 5 blocks per game while the much taller Gonzaga only averages 3.6 bpg. The teams are relatively equal in generating steals with the Waves averaging 7.8 spg and the Lady Zags averaging 8.5 spg.

    If the Lady Zags play their typical tight defense, they should come away with the victory.

    Zag Up Ladies,

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    Whats concerning about Pepperdine is they have the same kind of depth as we do, they go 9 deep. They are a short team, but they still are a very good rebounding team. Just like us you don't know who is going to be their big scorer on any given night. Lets look at their 6 main scorers by going through how many points they scored in each WCC game 1st to last game played respectively.

    #10 Femke (5'4") 5,7,9,15,16,12,26. Is a 3 point shooter

    #23 Sitanggan (5'6") 16,12,20,7,14,9,17. Is a 3 point shooter

    #01 Bambrick (5'10") 7,5,17,14,7,11,6. Is a 3 point shooter

    #11 Andriuolo (6'1") 9,8,8,10,10,20,4.

    #24 Friend (5'10) 27,6,3,9,21,11. Friend did not play in their 3rd conference game guessing injured, then next game (4th WCC) limited scored 3 points. Is a 3 point shooter

    #14 Ruffus-Milner, Jayla (5'10") averages 22.2 minutes a game and her identical twin sister #10 Ruffus-Milner, Jayda (5'10") is a sub averaging 8.5 minutes per game. Wow 3 identical twins sitting court side on these 2 teams.

    So just looking at those top 5 listed 4 of them have scored 20 points in a game, and fifth one has scored 17 points.

    One notable game they lost to Pacific by one point and that was when #24 Friend played limited after having to miss the previous game.
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    My thoughts on Pepperdine is mixed...
    First, they have a new coach...
    Second, I watched them play EWU and wasn’t impressed... beat the Eags with a last second shot.
    Last, that being said, they have played some pretty good ball as of late and the Lady Zags, as always, will need to play their best.

    Teams seem to react differently to the Kennel. Some aren’t bothered by the fans and it seems to up their game while others seem to be maybe a little overwhelmed. Which way Pepperdine reacts... well I guess we will see.

    Go Zags!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipZag View Post
    Teams seem to react differently to the Kennel. Some aren’t bothered by the fans and it seems to up their game while others seem to be maybe a little overwhelmed. Which way Pepperdine reacts... well I guess we will see.

    Go Zags!!
    Keep mind that Pepperdine is a very experienced team as Fecske is a redshirt senior, Sitanggan, Quirke, Battle & Friend are a seniors, while Andriuolo & Satie are a juniors. Many or most of the starters and subs off the bench have been to the kennel several times before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Keep mind that Pepperdine is a very experienced team as Fecske is a redshirt senior, Sitanggan, Quirke, Battle & Friend are a seniors, while Andriuolo & Satie are a juniors. Many or most of the starters and subs off the bench have been to the kennel several times before.

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    Fecske or any of the other 3 point shooting guards at Pepperdine will destroy teams with threes, IF you give them open looks they will make you pay. I believe @ZagDad calls this the “let them shoot and hope they miss” defense?!

    They will live and die with the three. From what I’ve seen however, the Zags PATIENT, “settled” and intense defense will be too much for the Waves to handle, much like it did against St Mary’s. CLF made sure that your players weren’t falling for St Mary’s, what I’ll call the “Okie Doke” - (Muhammad Ali).

    Prior to last Sat we’d lost three or four straight games against our (beach) cross town rival. Last year we lost 96-87 or something like that in overtime. Our biggest problem was OVER helping and trying to TRAP which freed up their 3 point shooters.
    Pescke set a school record for made threes if I recall? This year we didn’t fall for it. Nor did we over help/trap. They had to play us “straight up”.

    I’m going to give another try at a score prediction.

    Zags over the Waves.
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    Good luck against Portland CG3Dad.

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    our depth took a big hit with Kale going down.....I am very disappointed that Eliza hasn't played yet....all in all, we have too many out with injuries, but it happens......hopefully we get a couple back......

    but what we do have, we need them to really play well.....Mel looked very good the last game, Louise hit some shots, and looks like Lynne will do just fine.....I haven't heard about Ava but I hope she can play..

    with the men's team, rumors get out pretty quickly about injuries...but we just don't hear squat about the womens team..

    kind of like Elle a few years ago......just sat on the bench for the longest time without much word...even LF with her first year injury, not much was said and she was suited up for most of the games. IIRC.........and she didn't redshirt, which made it all the more interesting...

    I have always liked feske......I like getting to recognize players year to year......it hurts a ton when we loose our seniors , but it also hurts a little bit when our opponents move on......how could one not miss somebody with a name like "raggio".....lol....raggio....raggio...raggio. ....

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    On the Gonzaga Wbb twitter page, they have a video titled "still grinding" and it shows part of recent practice.

    If you watch closely, you can see EH participating in the practice.

    Link: https://twitter.com/ZagWBB

    Is this the week we see her suit up??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    I have always liked feske......I like getting to recognize players year to year......it hurts a ton when we loose our seniors , but it also hurts a little bit when our opponents move on......how could one not miss somebody with a name like "raggio".....lol....raggio....raggio...raggio. ....
    Fecske is the proverbial “gym rat”. I remember back in high school when she and teammate Valerie Higgins stunned Mater Dei (Katie Lou Samuelson, the Velasco sisters and Neah Odom) in the state championship.

    She is a very determined and skilled player who uses everything she has at her disposal to win. It was fun watching these prep players come up in So Cal.

    I liked Raggio too!


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    After the 1st quarter, Gonzaga leads Pepperdine 20-7...

    Zags finish on a 10-0 run...

    Jill Townsend leads Gonzaga with 9 points...

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

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    20-7 GU after Q1.

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    At the half, the Lady Zags lead the Waves 37-18...

    Jill Townsend leads Gonzaga with 11 points...and 7 rebounds...

    Melody kempton and Katie Campbell are next with 8 points each...

    Pepperdine shooting only 23% (7-31) from the field...

    Zags out rebounding the Waves 30 (11 offensive) to 15...

    Gonzaga has out scored Pepperdine in the paint 16 to 6...

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerpZag View Post
    At the half, the Lady Zags lead the Waves 37-18...

    Jill Townsend leads Gonzaga with 11 points...and 7 rebounds...

    Melody kempton and Katie Campbell are next with 8 points each...

    Pepperdine shooting only 23% (7-31) from the field...

    Zags out rebounding the Waves 30 (11 offensive) to 15...

    Gonzaga has out scored Pepperdine in the paint 16 to 6...

    https://gozags.com/sidearmstats/wbball/media
    Zags on track to score 75+ but Pepperdine’s not likely to get even within 25-30 at this rate. They live...and DIE with the three ball.
    Seems odd with the over match that they would push the pace? Early “chuck up” 3’s.

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    Gonzaga out scores Pepperdine 19-8 in the 3rd quarter and now lead by 30...56-26...

    Jill Townsend leads the Zags with 16 points...Jill also has 9 rebounds...

    Katie Campbell and Melody Kempton have 10 points...

    Jenn Wirth has scored 8 points and Jenn now had 10 rebounds...

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

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    Gonzaga defeats Pepperdine 70-36...

    Zags improve to 19-1 overall and 8-0 in the WCC...

    3 Lady Zags finish with double-doubles...

    Jill Townsend leads with 18 points and 10 rebounds...

    Katie Campbell finishes with 12 poinst and 10 rebounds...

    Jenn Wirth was next with 10 points and 10 rebounds...

    Melody Kempton scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds...

    Anamaria Virjoghe finished 9 rebounds...

    Gonzaga out rebounded Pepperdine 57 to 32...

    Gonzaga finished with 21 rebounds on their 29 baskets this evening...

    Gonzaga outscored Pepperdine in the paint 32 to 14...

    All 9 Lady Zags who got into the game scored...

    Zags committed 14 turnovers...

    Pepperdine shot only 22% from the field for the game...

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

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    We need an update on LeeAnne Wirth, anybody? I suspect Steve Myklebust addressed this on the radio. Anyone hear anything?

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    Craig Fortier was on the post game show, he said they are evaluating Lee and K11 daily and are focusing on “should they play” vs “could they play”. Made sense to me.

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    From The Slipper Still Fits: The Zags began this game minus one from each set of their twins. Starting forward LeeAnne Wirth and backup point guard Kayleigh Truong were both in street clothes (Wirth with a boot on) with ankle injuries that were announced to be day-to-day. Thanks as well Swagger!!!

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    Heard that LW sprained her ankle yesterday in practice. CLF said the staff had both LW and K11 in boots because they keep walking on it and making it take longer to heal.

    LW was in a boot at the game, K11 was not in a boot at the game.

    On the good news front, for the first time this season EH was suited up. She did not play but was suited up and participated in pre-game drills.

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    #13/11 Zags Roll to 70-36 Win Over Pepperdine

    Gonzaga owns nation’s longest win streak at 17 games

    Gonzaga 70 - Pepperdine 36 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. – The #13/11 Gonzaga women's basketball team rolled past visiting Pepperdine 70-36 Thursday evening inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. The win is Gonzaga's 17th straight, the longest win streak in the nation.

    Pepperdine's 36 points are the fewest allowed by a Gonzaga opponent this season and the fifth opponent Gonzaga has held to 45 or fewer points this season. The Bulldogs also dominated the glass, hauling in a season-high 57 rebounds while limiting the Waves to 32. The Zags also dished out 21 assists on 29 made field goals for the third 20-plus assist game this season.

    "[Coming into tonight's game] I was concerned about our defense, not because our defense is bad; we've done a great job defensively but their offense is really good if you let them get off the ball screens to the middle," head women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. "We really wanted to do a good job on ball screens…that started it off well. Then we got out to shooters, we rebounded the ball well, we got a lot of defensive rebounds and limited theirs."

    Gonzaga's defensive intensity limited Pepperdine to more than 30 points below its season average of 66.4 in addition to keeping both of the Waves' leading scorers, Paige Fecske and Malia Bambrick, well below their double-figure season averages at five and three points, respectively.

    "We came out, right from the punch," junior guard Jill Townsend said. "That was our first key coming into the game was to throw the first punch. I thought we executed that."

    The Bulldogs finished with four players in double figures including three players notching double-doubles. Townsend led all scorers with 18 points and 10 boards for her second career double-double, Katie Campbell finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double while Jenn Wirth added her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. Melody Kempton rounded out the double figure scoring with 12 points in her first career start with the Bulldogs, while Jessie Loera dished out a game high eight assists. Loera moved into place all-time in career assists with 398.

    Gonzaga shot 45.3 percent from the floor for the game and 35.0 percent from long range while limiting Pepperdine to 21.5 percent shooting and 20.0 percent from long range. Gonzaga jumped out to an early 20-7 lead after the first quarter and had extended its lead to 19 (37-18) by halftime. GU limited the Waves to 18 points in the second half as well and extended its lead to 34 points by midway through the fourth quarter, rolling to the 70-36 win.

    Pepperdine was led in scoring by Hannah Friend with 15 points while Monique Andriuolo and Barbara Sitanggan added eight rebounds each.

    Gonzaga returns to the court Saturday, Jan. 25 against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m., inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. Saturday's game will serve as a toilet paper and diaper drive for Catholic Charities; fans are encouraged to bring both for donations at the game.

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    I was shocked to see Lee in a boot........fwiw, somebody said that they heard that is was "not too bad".....good news is that Kale was NOT in a boot and ELiza was in a uniform.....

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    Gonzaga Forgets About Mercy and Demolishes Pepperdine, 70-36

    Jill Townsend, Jenn Wirth, and Katie Campbell all finished with double-doubles.

    A combination of their trademark ruthless defense combined with some poor shot selection by the Pepperdine Waves led to one of the biggest point disparities this season, as the Zags absolutely crushed Pepperdine, 70-36.

    The Zags began this game minus one from each set of their twins. Starting forward LeeAnne Wirth and backup point guard Kayleigh Truong were both in street clothes (Wirth with a boot on) with ankle injuries that were announced to be day-to-day. Considering that the two players average a healthy amount of points between the two, it would be understandable if the Zags took a slight step back this evening.

    However, the depth wasn’t having any of it. Melody Kempton earned the first start of her career, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds. Like all good deep squads do, the Zags dug their heels in and chipped in from all over the place. The way the offense and defense was flowing, you could hardly tell that LeeAnne or Kayleigh were absent.

    Jill Townsend, Jenn Wirth, and Katie Campbell each led the Zags with a double-double. Townsend scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Campbell scored 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Wirth added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jessie Loera finished with eight rebounds, moving into sixth all-time in career assists.

    As always, the defense took no prisoners. Gonzaga held Pepperdine to just 22 percent shooting in the first half as they took 37-18 lead. The Waves couldn’t muster much else in the second half, and Gonzaga held Pepperdine to just 20.3 percent from the floor, leading to an absolutely bonkers 57-32 rebounding edge.

    In a year of stellar defensive performances, this one probably takes the cake. For the full 40 minutes, the Zags made Pepperdine’s life absolutely miserable. Although Pepperdine is far from a top 25 team, the way the Zags have been playing as of late, it is getting harder and harder to contain the excitement for March Madness. The Zags haven’t been in the second week for years. For the entire season, this squad is showing it belongs in the upper echelon of basketball. Tonight was a prime example.

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