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    WBB: #12/11 Gonzaga Host BYU Saturday in West Coast Conference Clash

    Zags look to remain unbeaten in WCC play

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    #12/11 GONZAGA (21-1, 10-0 WCC) vs. BYU (13-7, 8-2 WCC)
    FEB. 1 | 2 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
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    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga extended its program-record start with a 57-46 victory over San Diego Thursday inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. The win extended GU's record-breaking start to 21-1, including an unblemished 10-0 mark in WCC play.
    - Gonzaga has started conference play 10-0 five times in program history. The first three seasons the Zags started 10-0 they went on to finish conference play with an undefeated 14-0 record: 2004-05; 2009-10; and 2010-11. Following the expansion of the WCC, Gonzaga opened conference play with a 15-0 mark during the 2014-15 season and a 13-0 mark during the 2017-18 season.
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 22-1 overall on the season Saturday against BYU. 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 19-game win streak, the longest win streak in the nation, and it also sets a new mark for the longest win streak under Lisa Fortier, breaking her previous mark of 16-straight victories (12/20/14-2/21/15). 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.
    - With the win over San Diego on Thursday, the Bulldogs have now set a new home win streak record under Lisa Fortier. GU has won 13-straight games dating back to Feb. 28, 2019 with 11 home wins so far this season. Previously, GU's top mark under Fortier was 12 straight home wins, which occurred from 11/7/18-2/14/19.
    - 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 poll to No. 12 while holding steady at No. 11 in the Coaches Poll. 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.
    - Saturday will mark the 10th time the Zags have played on Feb. 1. Gonzaga carries a 4-5 record on the day; all of the games GU has played on this date have been West Coast Conference games. In the first game the Bulldogs played on Feb. 1, the Zags defeated Santa Clara in Spokane 59-45 on Feb. 1, 1990.
    - Gonzaga currently ranks third in the nation in percent attendance capacity. The Zags average 93.41 percent capacity; that's an average of 5,608 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 51.7 points per contest to lead the WCC and rank sixth in the nation.
    - Gonzaga is also among the top three-point shooting teams in the nation. At 39.9 percent shooting from long range, Gonzaga ranks third in the nation. Four players shoot over 40 percent from long range, led by Jill Townsend at 47.5 percent, while seven total Zags shoot at least 30.0 percent from beyond-the-arc.
    - Gonzaga returns two starters and seven letter-winners from last season's squad that claimed the Zags' third consecutive and 15th overall West Coast Conference regular season title.
    - In 2018-19, the Bulldogs advanced to their third-straight NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Second Round.

    SCOUTING THE COUGARS
    - BYU returns its top two scorers in Paisley Johnson and Brenna Chase-Drollinger from the 2018-19 season, along with Sara Hamson who led the Cougars in rebounds and blocks a season ago. Last season's top scorer, Shaylee Gonzales, suffered an injury in the offseason and has not seen the floor this season.
    - Through 20 games this season, BYU carries a 13-7 overall record with an 8-2 mark in WCC play. Since opening conference play with a 2-2 record, BYU has strung together six-straight wins to rank second in the conference.
    - As a squad, BYU averages 62.0 points per contest shooting 40.0 percent from the floor. BYU's 62.0 points per game ranks second-to-last in the conference.
    - Two players average double-figures for the Cougars, led by Paisley Johnson at 14.3 points per game. Brenna Chase-Drollinger adds 11.3 points per contest.
    - Defensively, BYU limits its opponents to 55.4 points per game; that mark ranks second in the conference behind Gonzaga at 51.7 points per contest.
    - As a team, BYU averages 40.4 rebounds per game, 15.2 assists per game and 14.4 turnovers per game. The Cougars also average a league-leading 6.7 blocks per contest, nearly two blocks per game higher than the next team. Sara Hamson leads the charge with a nation-leading 92 blocks on the season, averaging 4.6 blocks per outing. That mark also leads the nation.
    - Hamson also leads the charge on the glass with a team-leading 8.1 rebounding average. Shalae Salmon adds 5.1 rebounds per game while Babalu Ugwu adds an even 5.0.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga held BYU to 43 points and delivered the Cougars their first WCC loss of the season. Katie Campbell led the Bulldogs with 11 points while Kayleigh Truong chipped in 10. GU held Chase-Drollinger and Johnson to eight and seven points, respectively.


    SERIES REVIEW
    - OVERALL: Gonzaga leads the series 16-12
    - HOME: 9-3, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 6-5, BYU leads
    - NEUTRAL: 3-2, BYU leads
    - FIRST MEETING: BYU won 80-63 in Spokane in 1983-84
    - LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 55-43 at BYU (1/2/2020)
    - STREAK: Gonzaga, Won 1

    DISHIN' ON UP
    With her third assist of the night against Loyola Marymount on Jan. 25, Jessie Loera moved into fifth all-time in career assists, surpassing Jasmine Redmon (400, 2010-14). Loera now has 409 career assists and is 21 assists shy of surpassing Amy Simpson (439, 1982-86) for fourth place. Loera currently ranks tied for 13th nationally in assists with 114 on the season and 32nd nationally in assists per game with 5.2.

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 22 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).
    Jill Townsend leads the Zags in scoring at 11.9 points per game, Jenn Wirth ranks second at 11.2 while Katie Campbell adds 10.7. LeeAnne Wirth adds 9.3 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 8.0 and Melody Kempton is at 7.4.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense at 51.7 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited 11 opponents to 50 points or fewer and 19 opponents to under 60 points. Jan. 23 against Pepperdine, Gonzaga held the Waves to just 36 points, more than 30 points below their season average of 66.4. Pepperdine's 36 points also ties for the fewest points allowed to a WCC opponent under Lisa Fortier. Jan. 16 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.

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    There are plenty of games left, but a win would all but wrap up a conference title. Currently 2 games up on BYU, a W on Saturday would give them a 3 game cushion and a season sweep of the Cougs. Portland and San Diego are 2 games further back from BYU. I don't see any possible way BYU would catch up. If GU runs the table it's all moot anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    There are plenty of games left, but a win would all but wrap up a conference title. Currently 2 games up on BYU, a W on Saturday would give them a 3 game cushion and a season sweep of the Cougs. Portland and San Diego are 2 games further back from BYU. I don't see any possible way BYU would catch up. If GU runs the table it's all moot anyway.
    Yep, all of the above is true and the Cougars know it.

    If they win on Saturday, they are right back in the Conference title race. They just need another oops by the zags and we're tied.

    USD was in a similar position on Thursday. Beat the Zags and have the Zags beat BYU and then USD and BYU are tied for second. By losing on Thursday, USD is essentially out of the championship hunt but if the Zags beat BYU on Saturday, the winner of the USD and Portland game on Saturday is only one game back of BYU in the race for second.

    Keep in mind that 1st and 2nd places in the conference get byes to the semi-finals of the WCC tournament. Teams #3 & #4 get single byes to the quarter finals. The bottom four teams have to meet in play-in games. Thus, big things come to those who finish high in the conference, so lots of effort to beat the teams in front of you.

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    Anyone know how to delete a thread did not see BYU posted by TerpZag so I posted it, then saw Terp Zag posted it when I came back to the Forum. If not guess will just leave it empty thread.
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    BYU has tinkered with its lineup below is the minutes of BYU players verses Portland Thursday:

    #01 Drollinger (5'8") 40 minutes, 7 points, 10 FG attempts.

    #13 Johnson (5'9") 39 minutes, 12 points, 10 FG attempts.

    #22 Hamson (6'7") 37 minutes, 14 points, 11 FG attempts.

    #05 Albiero (5'8") 31 minutes, 10 points.

    #33 Moody (6'2") 29 minutes, 11 points.

    #14 UGWU (6'0") 11 minutes, 8 points.

    #11 Smiler (5'8") 10 minutes, 2 points.

    #03 Salmon (6'3") 3 minutes. 2 points.

    Note #01 Drolinger and #13 Johnson usually always have double digit FG attempts in games.

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    From the Spokesman Review:

    Gonzaga women hoping to stop history from repeating itself ahead of BYU visit
    UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

    By Jim Allen
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    One year later, little has changed. Going into Saturday’s home game against BYU, the Gonzaga women have a two-game lead on the rest of the West Coast Conference, are on the cusp of a top-10 ranking and dream of hosting games in the NCAA Tournament. In other words, it’s the same scenario as last year – when BYU came into the Kennel and blew it all up.

    That two-point defeat was GU’s only home loss of the season, but it was among the most costly in recent history as it all but assured the Zags would be on the road for the NCAAs.
    A few weeks later, BYU beat the injury-depleted Zags in the WCC finals. Jill Townsend was on crutches for that one after an injury in the semifinals. By the time this year’s schedule came out she was physically and emotionally ready for the Cougars.

    “When we get the schedule, you don’t want to look ahead, but it’s definitely one of the games you’re circling,” Townsend said Thursday night after GU beat San Diego.

    Then again, so is BYU, which would be tied atop the WCC standings were it not for a 55-43 loss to the Zags in Provo, Utah, on Jan. 2. The Cougars shot 33% from the field on the night compared to the Bulldogs’ 40%, and had 12 bench points compared to Gonzaga’s 23.

    “We got outexecuted,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said after the game. “I know this team can play better than we did tonight.”

    And so they have. BYU is 13-7 overall and 8-2 in the WCC after beating Portland 66-54 on Thursday night. That win, the team’s sixth straight, also avenged the Cougars’ only other conference loss and kept them within two games of the Zags.

    A win for GU (21-1, 10-0) would give the Zags a three-game lead with seven to play as they chase another regular-season title. A loss would cut the lead to one game, but the Zags weren’t thinking about that on Thursday. While admitting to a less-than-stellar game against San Diego, coach Lisa Fortier didn’t attribute that to looking ahead to BYU.

    “We’re trying hard to keep the focus, coach them hard and make sure they know what to expect from the team that’s coming in next,” Fortier said after the San Diego game.

    The Cougars are balanced with seven players averaging seven points or more per game. Guard Paisley Johnson averages 14.3 points and shoots 39% from 3-point range. Guard Brenna Drollinger scores 11.3 points but is hitting only 28% from long range. She’s attempted a team-high 136 shots from beyond the arc.

    Post Sara Hamson, a 6-foot-7 junior, leads the nation with 4.6 blocks per game.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...from-repeatin/

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    BYU led 10-7 after Q1 and were up 22-15 at one point, but GU goes on a run to take a 26-25 halftime lead.

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    Halftime, Lady Zags up 26 - 25 on a last second 3 by JW.

    The reason for the close score is easy to explain.

    Total Rebounds
    - BYU = 24
    - Zags = 8

    Offensive Rebounds
    - BYU = 8
    - Zags = 2

    BYU has made three 3s and all three were made by Drollinger when she was left wide, wide open. Zag guards absolutely must stay, as the female announcer said, camped in their shorts. If you leave the BYU guards alone, the will kill you.

    Breakdowns by the bigs on both teams. When you drop down to provide help defense, you cannot rotate away until the ball handler picks up the ball, otherwise they simply wait for the big to move and continue the drive to the hoop. Both teams have been equally guilty.

    Gonzaga needs to up the defensive intensity and work a lot harder on the boards. Can't keep giving BYU 2 and 3 chances at a basket.

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    Doesn't look good for Katie.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Zags win 59-44, outscoring BYutes 34-19 in 2d half. Young ladies battered & bruised by physical play but gave as good as they got. Katie's knee looks bad -- probably gone for year on a totally needless foul, though I'm not sure the knee didn't give out just before she was flattened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    Zags win 59-44, outscoring BYutes 34-19 in 2d half. Young ladies battered & bruised by physical play but gave as good as they got. Katie's knee looks bad -- probably gone for year on a totally needless foul, though I'm not sure the knee didn't give out just before she was flattened.
    I agree UP.

    On the replay she looks like she is reaching for her knee even before the shot (or non-shot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    Anyone know how to delete a thread did not see BYU posted by TerpZag so I posted it, then saw Terp Zag posted it when I came back to the Forum. If not guess will just leave it empty thread.
    ZAB, you might send a PM to one of the Moderators and ask them to delete the thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post

    On the replay she looks like she is reaching for her knee even before the shot (or non-shot).

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    That's what I saw on the replay as well.
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    I am heart broken for poor Katie. Off of a steal when going up for a contested layup form left side and Troung following behind on right side looks like Katie tried to slow down suddenly and her knee just gave way with the sudden movement before she was fouled. Unfortunately its quite common for women basketball players to have ACL injuries which we pray its not. Best case scenario LCL sprain grade I or II out 2-4 weeks. If its LCL III sprain or ACL out for season. Lets all pray for the best scenario for our Dear Katie.

    Katie was all over the place today, best defensive player by far, best offensive player was caring team and the reason we were ahead with her deadly shooting today. It was agony watching Katie writhing in pain under the basket. God please heal Katie Campbell's knee she is one of your precious souls for Jesus sake amen. Please all readers say this prayer for Katie.

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    BYU COUGARS FALL TO NO. 12 GONZAGA 59-44 ON THE ROAD

    BYU at Gonzaga Final Box Score

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Despite a season-high 24 points from Brenna Chase Drollinger, the BYU women’s basketball team fell 59-44 to No. 12 Gonzaga Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

    "We came out playing really well early in the game," BYU head coach Jeff Judkins said. "We just needed to sustain that level of play. We took them out of their offense for much of the game, but they still got some shots. We’re a good team and we’ll bounce back. I thought Brenna had an outstanding game tonight, both offensively and defensively."

    Drollinger shot 10 of 17 from the field, including four of eight from three-point range to reach 24 points while also adding two rebounds and one assist. Paisley Johnson added seven points to go along with two rebounds and one assist, while Sara Hamson contributed nine rebounds, three points, two steals and two blocks. Babalu Ugwu chipped in four points, four rebounds and three steals for the Cougars (13-8, 8-3).

    Hamson scored BYU’s first points of the game with a put-back layup to bring the score to 4-2 for Gonzaga (22-1, 11-0) three minutes into the contest. Drollinger then scored a floater in the lane and a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Cougars an 8-5 lead. A Johnson pull-up jumper put BYU up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

    A mid-range jumper by Johnson followed by a baseline floater by Drollinger and a pair of free throws by Maria Albiero put the Cougars up nine, 16-7, two minutes into the second quarter. The Bulldogs responded, however, with a 7-0 run to come back within two, 16-14.

    Back-to-back triples from the left wing by Drollinger then gave BYU a 22-14 advantage with four minutes left in the half. Gonzaga answered with a 12-3 run to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.

    After the Bulldogs opened the second half on an 8-2 run, a deep trey by Drollinger and a layup by Ugwu brought the Cougars within two, 34-32. Gonzaga proceeded to score eight unanswered points before a Drollinger mid-range jumper brought BYU within six, 40-34, at the end of the third quarter.

    Drollinger hit a jumper to stop an 8-1 Bulldog run and bring the Cougars within 11, 48-37, with 4:25 left in the game. Drollinger drained two more mid-range jumpers to bring the score to 51-41 for Gonzaga with 2:28 remaining. Despite a late 3-pointer by Johnson, the Bulldogs held on to secure the 59-44 win.

    Up next, BYU travels to take on San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. PST at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. A live video stream of the game will be available on the WCC Network.

    Team Notes

    BYU shot 39.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from the charity stripe in the first half. For the game, the Cougars shot 37.2 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range and 58.3 percent from the free-throw line.
    Gonzaga had the advantage in assists through the first half of action with six. BYU dished out three. At the conclusion of the game, the Bulldogs had recorded 15 assists to the Cougars' five.
    BYU pulled down the most rebounds in the game with 37. Gonzaga grabbed 25.

    Player Notes

    Brenna Chase Drollinger led all scorers at the break with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, picking up her 12th game with double-digit points. She finished the contest with a game-high and season-best 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the field and 4 of 8 shooting from behind the arc. Drollinger also pulled down two rebounds.

    Sara Hamson grabbed six rebounds in the first half to lead all players in that category. She finished with a game-best nine rebounds along with three points while also tying for game bests in blocks with two and had two steals.

    Babalu Ugwu scored four points, pulled down four rebounds and had a team-best three steals.

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    #12/11 WBB Earns 59-44 Victory Over BYU

    Bulldogs on 20-game win streak

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    SPOKANE, Wash. – The #12/11 Gonzaga women's basketball team picked up its 20th-straight win Saturday with a 59-44 win over visiting BYU Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center. The win extended GU's nation-leading win streak to 20 games.

    Gonzaga was led by a career-high tying 17 points from Katie Campbell. Campbell finished 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-4 from long range with five steals and five rebounds. Jill Townsend added 16 points and three rebounds for the Zags.

    "It was a hard-fought game," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "It's a dogfight when you play BYU. You always have to expect that."

    Gonzaga (22-1, 11-0 WCC) forced 21 turnovers on visiting BYU (13-8, 8-3 WCC) while registering 11 steals on the afternoon. The Cougars are the 12 opponent this season that the Zags have held to 50 or fewer points, and BYU's 44 points is nearly 20 points fewer than its season average of 62.0. Despite losing the rebounding battle 37-25, GU's 11 offensive rebounds edged the Cougars in second-chance points, 15-14.

    The Bulldogs struggled to get started in the first quarter, scoring just seven points in the opening 10 minutes behind 21.4 percent shooting from the floor. But a 19-point second quarter, fueled by eight points from Kayleigh Truong, saw the Zags overcome a nine-point deficit to take the lead heading into the break. A big part of that scoring run came from two monstrous treys in the final minute, one from Campbell and another from Jenn Wirth. The duo hit back-to-back threes to lift the Zags over BYU 26-25 heading into the break.

    "The momentum that we got on those two big shots—Katie made one and Jenn made one—that gave us a good positive tone going into the locker room," Fortier said. "Our team was able to carry it through. They just played really hard."

    Gonzaga outscored BYU 14-9 in the third to extend its lead to six (40-34) and continued to roll in the fourth. GU shot an even 50.0 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter while forcing seven turnovers on the Cougars and limiting them to 10 points. A jumper from LeeAnne Wirth with 30 seconds to go sealed the 59-44 victory.

    BYU was led by a game-high 24 points from Brenna Chase-Drollinger while Sara Hamson added nine rebounds and two blocks.

    Gonzaga hits the road next week for a pair of games at Pacific (Feb. 6, 7 p.m.) and at Saint Mary's (Feb. 8, 2 p.m.). Check GoZags.com for up-to-date game time information.

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    Sometimes even I get something right.

    My suggested halftime adjustments:

    Gonzaga needs to up the defensive intensity and work a lot harder on the boards. Can't keep giving BYU 2 and 3 chances at a basket.
    First Half

    Total Rebounds
    - BYU = 24
    - Zags = 8

    Offensive Rebounds
    - BYU = 8
    - Zags = 2

    2nd Half

    Total Rebounds
    - BYU = 13
    - Zags = 17

    Offensive Rebounds
    - BYU = 5
    - Zags = 9

    Way to up the intensity. Well done ladies.

    Wishing the best to KC. Keeping you in our prayers.

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    Gonzaga Handles BYU, 59-44

    Senior guard Katie Campbell left the game with a knee injury.

    Last season, the BYU Cougars had the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ number. This season has been all about the Zags, and behind stellar play from Katie Campbell and Jill Townsend, Gonzaga defeated BYU for the second time this season, 59-44.

    Campbell was the star of the show on both ends of the court for much of the game. She was aggressive in finding her shot, finishing with 17 points off 7-of-10 shooting. On the defensive side, she managed to pick up five steals. Unfortunately, Campbell left the game with a knee injury midway through the fourth quarter. She wasn’t putting any weight on her injured leg. All we can hope for is the best.

    With Campbell out, Townsend, a couple of pieces of guaze shoved up her nose for much of the game, took over, hitting three pointer after three pointer to constantly keep BYU out of striking distance. Townsend finished with 16 points, hitting three from long range.

    The Zags forced 21 turnovers in the game and held BYU to under 40 percent shooting from the floor. Paisely Johnson, BYU’s leading scorer at 14.3 points per game, was held to seven points on 3-of-12 shooting. Outside of Brenna Chase Drollinger’s 24 points, BYU couldn’t get much offense from anyone else. Drollinger and Johnson combined for 31 of BYU’s 44 points.

    Gonzaga, currently ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll, might be able to crack into the top 10 next week. But, all thoughts about the future have to be put on pause until more news comes out about Campbell’s injury. She is the main three point shooting threat for Gonzaga, and will not be easily replaced if she is out for an extended period of time.

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    From Spokesman-Reviews Jim Allen who covers the Zags women via Twitter:

    No cheers but plenty of tears as the
    @ZagWBB
    players emerge from the lockerroom after a 59-44 win over BYU. No official word on Katie Campbell's knee, but it doesn't sound good. From LeeAnne Wirth: It's tough, but I know Ithat we're going to come together."

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    Katie Campbell was the Lady Zags best defensive disrupter this year. Katie the difference maker, when #01 Drollinger could not be stopped CLF would put Katie on her. Katie would not only stop the open 3s but harass her and steal or poke the ball away. No opposing team player wanted to be guarded by Katie because of her long arms, and speed were a offenders nightmare.

    Katie was the defensive player of the year in the WCC up to this point. Katie was always great avoiding contact, her court awareness and speed would get her the rebound, and she could dribble anywhere. One of the unique things about her is she got it done without getting beat up. Another amazing thing about Katie she looked like she weighed 90 pounds, but over the last 3 years as a Lady Zags she just became more and more aggressive as a player and as a leader. What am I saying Katie played smart and during her career was one of our most durable players despite her thin build. Smart players find a way and Katie did that.

    Katie has become a amazing all around player this year. Best defensive player on the team, she has been a deadly 3 point shooter the last 2 years, this year she improved to being able to make jump shots all over within the 3 point line, doing amazing layups, dishing out fantastic assists to her teammates, rebounding the ball all over the court. Katie all the fans send you our love.

    Simply put some players cannot be replaced and Katie is one of those players.
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    A team cannot win on past stats especially when the player that was a huge cog on the stats is on the bench. I have never been one of those fans that watch the top 25 polls or care what other teams outside the WCC are doing. Its what your team does on the court that matters, not what anyone else is doing.

    You can stop bragging on previous stats for the Lady Zags and throw them out the window. This Lady Zags team is entirely different with Katie on the bench. Thus far the Truongs while capable on offense, have proven to be very poor defenders thus far (IE today#01 Drollinger). Louise is not a good defender either and not a good ball handler at all.

    We have always played 2 bigs and 3 smalls (guards) on the court. Thats 3 ball handlers on the court at a time. Well when Louise plays its 2 ball handlers, but still 3 guards. While Katie is out I see huge minutes for both the Truongs now. With Katie out I now see each game as a battle, you can no longer look at previous games on paper we are simply not the same team.

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    Well while were dealing with the heartbreak about Katie (Mighty Mouse) and wanted to acknowledge another Lady Zag warrior today.

    Jill you just can't seem to avoid elbows to the face for more than 1 or 2 games at the most this year. Unfortunately more than a few of those elbows to Jills face have come from her roommates the Wirths. Today the first elbow was from a BYU player and the second to the nose was from a Wirth, Leeanne I believe. Jill how are we going to protect you? Have the Wirths where elbow pads? I'm thinking be like Katie swoop in for rebounds but don't get caught just standing underneath with all the bigs. Do the Zags need to buy you a face shield Jill this is getting hazardous to your face, because your shorter those tall players elbows find your face when your standing next to them.

    Ok here it comes Jill you were the best Lady Zag warrior I've seen as far as toughness for your height. You come back into the game with cotton stuck up both your nostrils, and only able to breath threw your mouth. When you came back into the game I saw your apprehension, not going inside to rebound from the side on a missed 3 from Katie, and thats understandable. But then Katie went down, and you put your armor back on and stepped up and made her free throws and made a couple of 3s all with cotton stuck up both sides of your nose.

    Jill with Katie on the bench you need to start learning more how to protect your body, yes you need to play smarter like Katie, its a long season ahead and we need you.

    On a positive note have noticed you have stopped falling all over the floor in recent games, got rid of those rubber legs. Don't know what has changed hopefully your getting those legs stronger.

    Jill ice first 24 yours try to keep that swelling down girl.
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    so Chase had 24 out of 44 points for BYU?....so what!...that is bad basketball when you have one player getting over half the points......

    this team played like champions today as they did the other night...every challenge is not the same and a great team adjusts and then wins.....

    LF does okay on defense and she has dribbled very little this year but I remember last year she made a great drive to the basket.....stop dumping on her.....she has had very little playing time over the last 3 yrs.....

    the Troungs are doing great, defense and all.....where would we be without them...

    every single one of our players plays their hearts out..

    I have total respect for this team...

    .I'll rewatch tomorrow and we'll talk about BYU 33 shooting her hip out every time, how LF gets mauled by BYU under the basket and she's called for the foul, and why when BYU thrusts a solid elbow into our player our player gets called......incompetent idiot refs....

    letting a team get away with this stuff just increases the intensity of the game thus JT is clobbered on the nose and Katie gets badly injured......

    but Katie......I do believe in prayer and lets do this one positive thing tonite....say a prayer for a good outcome for our Katie......I still think she was the key against SD the other night.....not a lot of points but the steals and disruptions....

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