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    #11/11 Zags Head to Saint Mary’s Saturday

    Bulldogs boast nation’s best win streak at 21 games

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    #11/11 GONZAGA (23-1, 12-0 WCC) at SAINT MARY'S (10-13, 5-7 WCC)
    FEB. 8 | 2 P.M. | MORAGA, CALIF. | UNIVERSITY CREDIT UNION PAVILION
    LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS


    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga extended its program-record start with a 83-65 victory at Pacific on Thursday evening. The win extended GU's record-breaking start to 23-1, including an unblemished 12-0 mark in WCC play.
    - Gonzaga has started conference play 12-0 five times in program history. The first three seasons the Zags started 11-0 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 24-1 overall on the season Saturday at Saint Mary's. 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 21-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 BYU on Feb. 1, the Bulldogs have extended their home win streak record under Lisa Fortier. GU has won 14-straight home games dating back to Feb. 28, 2019 with 12 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.
    - GU is also closing in on setting a new mark under Fortier for its road win streak. The Zags are currently on an eight-game road win streak; the longest under Fortier is 11-straight road wins, set from Nov. 18, 2017 through Feb. 17, 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 set a new program record after moving up one spot to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll; the previous program high in the AP Poll was No. 12. The Zags held steady in the Coaches Poll at No. 12. It's the highest combined ranking for the Zags ever. Previously, the program record was No. 12/11.
    - Saturday will be the 10th time in program history the Zags have played on Feb. 8; GU carries a 4-5 overall mark on the date. It will also mark the second time the Zags have faced Saint Mary's on Feb. 8. The last time the two programs met on the date, GU defeated the Gaels 78-68 in Moraga during the 2006-07 season.
    - Gonzaga ranks second in the nation in attendance percent capacity at 94.01 percent. That's an average of 5,641 fans inside the McCarthey Athletic Center every game.
    - The Bulldogs also rank inside the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense; Gonzaga limits its opponents to 51.9 points per contest to lead the WCC and rank fifth in the nation.
    - Gonzaga is also among the top three-point shooting teams in the nation. At 40.8 percent shooting from long range, Gonzaga ranks second in the nation. Four players shoot over 40 percent from long range, led by Jill Townsend at 47.8 percent, while eight total Zags shoot at least 30.0 percent from beyond-the-arc.
    - The Zags also rank inside the top 15 in the nation in field goal percentage. At 46.2 percent shooting from the floor, GU ranks 14th nationally and first in the WCC.
    - 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 GAELS
    - Through 23 games this season, Saint Mary's carries a 10-13 overall record with a 5-7 mark in conference play. The Gaels opened WCC play with an unblemished 4-0 record until falling 74-49 at Gonzaga on Jan. 9. Since that loss, SMC has gone 1-6.
    - Saint Mary's averages 70.5 points per game to lead the West Coast Conference. However, SMC gives up an average of 72.0 points per contest, which ranks last in the WCC.
    - Four players average double figures for Saint Mary's, led by Sam Simons at 15.3 points per game. Emily Codding adds 14.7 (though she hasn't played since a 72-54 loss against San Diego on Jan. 16), while Madeline Holland and Taycee Wedin add 13.2 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.
    - As a squad, SMC averages 39.1 rebounds per game, good for fourth in the conference. Six players average at least four boards per game, led by Codding with 8.4 per contest. Claire Ferguson, who has seen action in 16 games this season, adds 6.1 per game, while Simons grabs 5.7.
    - With 14.7 assists per contest, SMC ranks fourth in the conference. Holland leads the charge with 111 assists on the season, good for 4.8 per contest. That mark ranks third in the WCC, behind Haylee Andrews of Portland (5.8 apg) and Jessie Loera, who dishes out 5.1 per contest.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga ran past Saint Mary's 74-49 in Spokane on Jan. 9. Four players had double-figures for the Zags, led by Katie Campbell and LeeAnne Wirth with 14 points apiece. Jenn Wirth added a double-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds while Jill Townsend added 11 points.

    SERIES REVIEW
    - OVERALL: Gonzaga leads 45-28
    - HOME: 23-10, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 17-15, Saint Mary's leads
    - NEUTRAL: 7-1, Gonzaga leads
    - FIRST MEETING: Saint Mary's won 79-63 in Moraga (2/6/88)
    - LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 74-49 in Spokane (1/9/20)
    - STREAK: Gonzaga, Won 4

    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 418 career assists and is 22 assists shy of surpassing Amy Simpson (439, 1982-86) for fourth place. Loera currently ranks tied for 14th nationally in assists with 123 on the season and 34th nationally in assists per game with 5.1.

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 24 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 12.3 points per game, while both Jenn Wirth and Katie Campbell add an even 11.0 points per contest. LeeAnne Wirth adds 9.4 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 7.7 and Melody Kempton is at 7.2.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 51.9 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited 12 opponents to 50 points or fewer and 20 opponents to under 60 points. The six of the last seven games, the Zags have held their opponents to under 60 points; only one (Pacific, 65 points) has scored more than 52 points. On Jan. On 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.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    From the St. Mary's web site:

    Gaels to Host Portland, No.11 Gonzaga This Week
    Women's Basketball
    2/5/2020
    2:00:00 PM

    Games #24
    Saint Mary's Gaels (WCC 5-6, 10-12) vs. No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC 11-0, 22-1)
    Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m.
    Moraga, Calif. – University Credit Union Pavilion
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    MORAGA, Calif. — The Gaels return home this week to host the Portland Pilots and the No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs for two big conference matchups.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Gaels split their two competitions last week as they took 70-61 victory over Loyola Marymount on the road and then fell to Pepperdine in overtime 73-64. Saint Mary's win against the Lions snapped a five-game losing streak for the team as they shot 45 percent from the field and sophomore Taycee Wedin led the team with five treys. Last Saturday when the Gaels took on the Waves, the contest was close all the way to the end, but it was foul trouble in the overtime period that eventually sealed the win for Pepperdine. SMC is now 1-2 in overtime matchups as they lost a heartbreaker to Pacific just two weeks ago. The Gaels are now tied with Pepperdine for fifth in the West Coast Conference.

    SMC RANKINGS
    Saint Mary's continues to shoot well from the three-point line this season and they remain in the rankings. The Gaels are currently ranked first in the conference in three-point field goals attempted (582, 7th nationally), made (216, 4th nationally), and three-pointers per game (9.8, 5th nationally). The team is also ranked highly in three-point field goal percentage (37.1) as they are second in the WCC and 16th in the country. Wedin is ranked first in all four three-point shooting categories, while her average per game is also ranked third in the country. Sophomore Sam Simons is close behind as she is ranked third in the conference in made threes, threes per game, and three-point percentage. The Gaels have also been clutch from the free-throw line as they are ranked first in the WCC and 27th nationally with a free-throw percentage of 75.8.

    NO. 11 GONZAGA
    The Bulldogs are having the strongest season in the conference as they are 11-0 through WCC play and have only lost one game all year. Gonzaga has not taken a loss since November 17 where they went into overtime with Stanford and eventually fell 76-70. The Bulldogs are ranked first in the conference and 12th in the country. Gonzaga will travel to UCU Pavilion for the only time this year, however the Bulldog's only loss this season was on the road. Following their contest against the Gaels, the team will travel back to Spokane for games against USF and Santa Clara. When Saint Mary's and Gonzaga met earlier this season, the Bulldogs won 74-49 which is the lowest score SMC has recorded this year.
    Article Link: https://smcgaels.com/news/2020/2/5/w...this-week.aspx

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    From the Spokesman Review:

    Gonzaga women, Saint Mary’s have gone in different directions since Bulldogs’ beatdown last month
    UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
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    Perhaps it was that disastrous game in Spokane four weeks ago, but the Saint Mary’s women haven’t been the same since.

    Picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference preseason poll, the Gaels went into the Kennel on Jan. 9 with 4-0 record in league play. They left at 4-1 after a 74-49 defeat that wasn’t that close. GU led 39-12 at intermission and by as many as 32 points in the second half. A month later, the Gaels have dropped six out of seven going into their rematch with GU on Saturday afternoon in Moraga, California.

    That doesn’t mean it will be that easy against Saint Mary’s, though the Gaels (10-13, 5-7) are coming off a 72-53 home loss to Portland.

    “It’s a big-time rivalry game,” said Fortier, who expects to defend a lot of dribble drive. “But if we defend and play offense as a team then we’re going to be a tough out.”

    In the last meeting, Gonzaga got double-figure scoring from Campbell, Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth and Jill Townsend.
    Entire Article can be found here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...n-different-d/

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    Ouch 18-4 end of 1st quarter everything looks bad right now. Wide open 3s for SMC and Zags playing sloppy. Offensive non existent. Missed katie 1st quarter big time. We should trap full court press that would give SMC problems.

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    18-4 SMC end 1st qtr Zags 1-15 from the floor

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    St. Mary's leads Gonzaga 18-4 after the 1st quarter...

    Have the Lady Zags gotten off the bus yet?

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    Uh oh. That'a gotta be a GU record for shooting futility. Four points on 1 for 15 shooting! Wow. Good newsis: Just to get half way to season's average. the Zagsters have to hit their next nine shots.

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    Now 20-16 St. Mary's with 6:18 left in the 2nd quarter...

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    Don't understand your mounting a come back and you bring in AV who can't defend, rebound, or score what a lousy coaching by CLF. Save AV for blow outs. Didn't you learn from last game when AV enabled Pacific come back in 2nd quarter CLF?
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    That did not last long...now St. Mary's up 30-16...

    Neither Wirth has scored yet...

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    Our shooting is as cold as ice and we our playing no defense.
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    At the half, St. Mary's leads Gonzaga 32-23...

    Jessie Lorera leads the Lady Zags with 12 points...

    Gonzaga shooting 30% from the field...SMC shooting 52% from the field...

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    Ease up there a little ZAB. Jill hurt her wrist or forearm going for a loose ball. Looks serious. Coaching does not make players shoot 1 for 15. Many good looks, shots not falling. Better to ask why no one is covering SMC's only two scoring threats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    Don't understand your mounting a come back and you bring in VJ who can't defend, rebound, of score what a lousy coaching by CLF. Save VJ for blow outs only. Didn't you learn from last game when VJ enabled Pacific come back in 2nd quarter CLF?
    Are you watching the same game as anybody else or do you just want to bash AV? You sure are giving a lot of credit to a player who saw all of 2 minutes of court time.

    The Lady Zags lost the momentum because they absolutely refuse to get out and defend the perimeter and are letting St. Mary's shoot 60% (6-10) from 3. Here is a clue, find Simons (#21) and guard her at all times. 5-8 overall and 4-4 from 3.

    Gonzaga played better both offense and defense in the 2nd quarter, winning the quarter 19-14. Had some very ill-timed turnovers and lapses in defense which let St. Mary's stem the Zag momentum. The Zags looked really tired in the first quarter, all of their shots were coming up short.

    Lots of arm checks going uncalled on both teams. Lady zags have only shot 3 free throws and St. Mary's has not had a free throw attempt. It is going to get ugly in the 2nd half if the refs don't get control of this game.

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    Wow we really missed Katie Campbell 1st half. Jessie only one making shots in 1st half. What happened to guarding 3 point line?
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    Are the Zags going to play defense today at all?

    Not getting out to the perimeter to guard the 3, SMU is now 8-12 (updated 9-13) and not boxing out under the hoop for rebounds.

    15 minutes to figure out how to play defense and how to shoot.

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    SMC really came ready to play today.
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    Not going to make up 18 points by running the shot clock down.

    Just say'in.

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    SMC went on a 11-0 run in less than 2 minutes.

    Not going to cut it ladies,

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    Dumb foul on LW (#3), grabbing for an O-board sending SMC to the line. Not good since JW already has 4 fouls.

    Need some better game awareness.

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    Well if we lose this game we know the impact of not having Katie, in fact no matter what we miss Katie as a difference maker. If we lose today I blame no one, SMC has been far the better team today. But what does that say about our team now are we extremely vulnerable to any team in our conference perhaps? SMC is not a good team but today compared to us they look like the best team in the league.
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    At the end of the 3rd quarter, SMC leads Gonzaga 55-37...

    Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth have still not scored a point today...

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    Gals are going down today, but I'd be surprised if they didn't make a mini-run in the fourth. Doubt that Katie would be able to rescue the crew today. Gotta give Gael's all the credit. They're hitting the opportunities that BYU and many of the other teams had against us earlier in the season but missed. The L's going to be good for the team going forward. Can't just waltz into the gym & expect a win.

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    The "Hope They Miss" defense in full effect today and SMC is taking advantage of it.

    Even Katie at her best could not save this game.

    Everybody (except maybe AV) has been quilty of not covering the perimeter and not having their arms up.

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    55-37 end of 3rd quarter. Hats off to SMC they came ready to play. While I was unhappy with 1st half, due to decisions made by CLF. The 3rd quarter SMC was still the better team. Note 55 points by SMC in 3 quarters defense is sorely lacking in 2 games since Katie's injury we are not the same team obviously. We did not have a couple of players to bail us out today when everybody else got cold.

    Well no one is perfect and we certainly were not today. For all you poll watchers told you it does not matter what other teams do, only what we do.

    Lets just check this game off to growing pains, wakeup call for CLF coaching staff, and for Lady Zags still taking the court. Five very important games still ahead of us. Regroup and move forward know your weaknesses exposed today and work on them feverishly for next week.

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