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    #15/15 Gonzaga WBB Hosts San Francisco in PINK Game Thursday

    Fans encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness


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    #15/15 GONZAGA (23-2, 12-1 WCC) vs. SAN FRANCISCO (9-15, 2-10 WCC)
    FEB. 13 | 6 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
    LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS


    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga's nation-leading win streak of 21 straight games was snapped on Saturday with a 70-60 loss at Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs are now 23-2 on the year with a 12-1 mark in WCC play. Saturday was the first loss for the Zags in more than two months; the last 'L' for the Zags came at then No. 3/3 Stanford on Nov. 17 with a 76-70 overtime loss at Maples Pavilion.
    - Gonzaga will look to improve to 24-2 overall on the season Saturday at Saint Mary's. With a win, Gonzaga will match its program-record start. The Zags have posted a 24-2 mark only once before, during the 2004-05 season. That season, GU strung together a program-best 23-game win streak and finished the season 28-4 overall with an unblemished 14-0 mark in WCC play. The Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the WNIT, losing at Missouri State 85-66 to end the season.
    - 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.
    - 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 fell four spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 15. 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.
    - Thursday will be the ninth time in program history that the Zags have played on Feb. 13. GU holds a 5-3 overall record, with seven of the eight contests having been WCC games. Thursday will be the second time in program history the Zags have faced the Dons on Feb. 13. In the first meeting, USF defeated Gonzaga 76-47 in San Francisco during the 1996-97 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 52.6 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 40.3 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 46.1 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 45.6 percent shooting from the floor, GU ranks 16th 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 DONS
    - Through 24 games on the season, San Francisco carries a 9-15 overall record with a 2-10 mark in WCC play. The Dons are fresh off a 70-68 victory against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 8, and they have won two of their last three contests.
    - As a team, USF averages 66.3 points per game shooting 40.1 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from long range.
    - Three players average double-figures for the Dons, led by Mikayla Williams at 14.9 points per game. Lucie Hoskova adds 14.8 shooting a team-leading 47.2 percent from the floor while Leilah Vigil chips in 11.3 per contest.
    - The Dons average an even 40.0 rebounds per game to lead the West Coast Conference with a +4.6 rebounding margin. Leilah Vigil leads the team and the conference in rebounding at 10.3 per game; Williams ranks second on the squad and third in the conference at 9.0 boards per game. Hoskova is the next closest Don with 4.7 rebounds per contest.
    - After opening WCC play with nine-game losing streak, USF picked up its first conference win with a 72-66 overtime victory at Santa Clara on Feb. 1. The Dons narrowly lost to Pepperdine (70-64) on Feb. 6 but picked up their second win with a 70-68 victory over LMU on Feb. 8.
    - In the last meeting between the Dons and the Zags, Gonzaga had four players in double figures to secure the 69-46 road win. GU led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter behind 13 points from Katie Campbell and continued on for the win. Jessie Loera added 11 points while Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth each chipped in 10.

    SERIES REVIEW
    - OVERALL: Gonzaga leads 45-26
    - HOME: 23-10, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 18-15, Gonzaga leads
    - NEUTRAL: 4-1, Gonzaga leads
    - FIRST MEETING: Gonzaga won, 57-36, Spokane (1/14/1988)
    - LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 69-46 (1/18/20, San Francisco)
    - STREAK: Gonzaga, Won 7

    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 421 career assists and is 20 assists shy of surpassing Amy Simpson (439, 1982-86) for fourth place. Loera currently ranks 13th nationally in assists with 130 on the season and 29th nationally in assists per game with 5.2.

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 25 games this season, two players average double-figures for Gonzaga with five 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 12.5 points per game, while Jenn Wirth adds 10.6 points per contest. LeeAnne Wirth adds 9.0 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 8.2 and Melody Kempton is at 7.0.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 52.6 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 eight games, the Zags have held their opponents to under 60 points; only two (Pacific, 65 points; Saint Mary's, 70 points) have 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.

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    we need to win and we need to win out.......we've beaten all these teams except that outlier flusher the other night....


    but we could use some help is teams right above us loose some games...including Oregon State, Maryland...ucla perhaps.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    we need to win and we need to win out.......we've beaten all these teams except that outlier flusher the other night....

    but we could use some help is teams right above us loose some games...including Oregon State, Maryland...ucla perhaps.....
    Keep in mind that the AP and USA/Coach's rankings have absolutely nothing to do with seeding. While Maryland is just above us in the ranking and UCLA a little farther up the list, both teams are currently shown as a #2 seed. You are not going to pass them up in the tournament seedings. You need to focus on the teams on the #3 seed, #4 seed & #5 seed lines. It is these teams that we need to try and stay in front of or jump over.

    Charlie Crème is very good at selecting the 64 teams but he is less accurate at seedings but it is the best we have at the moment. Here are the current seed lines according to Mr. Crème:

    #3 Seed Lines---4 Seed Lines-----#5 Seed Lines-----Region
    Louisville---------Northwestern-----Florida State-----Greenville
    Mississippi St.-----Arizona-----------Texas A&M-------Dallas
    Oregon St.--------Gonzaga-----------Indiana---------Fort Wayne
    Depaul-------------Iowa-----------Missouri State-----Portland

    Root against any teams on the #5 seed line and #4 seed line (except GU). IMO we are not moving up to a #3 seed line unless something freezes over. We need to hope we can win out and try and move up to the first, #4 seed.

    Go Zags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Keep in mind that the AP and USA/Coach's rankings have absolutely nothing to do with seeding. While Maryland is just above us in the ranking and UCLA a little farther up the list, both teams are currently shown as a #2 seed. You are not going to pass them up in the tournament seedings. You need to focus on the teams on the #3 seed, #4 seed & #5 seed lines. It is these teams that we need to try and stay in front of or jump over.

    Charlie Crème is very good at selecting the 64 teams but he is less accurate at seedings but it is the best we have at the moment. Here are the current seed lines according to Mr. Crème:

    #3 Seed Lines---4 Seed Lines-----#5 Seed Lines-----Region
    Louisville---------Northwestern-----Florida State-----Greenville
    Mississippi St.-----Arizona-----------Texas A&M-------Dallas
    Oregon St.--------Gonzaga-----------Indiana---------Fort Wayne
    Depaul-------------Iowa-----------Missouri State-----Portland

    Root against any teams on the #5 seed line and #4 seed line (except GU). IMO we are not moving up to a #3 seed line unless something freezes over. We need to hope we can win out and try and move up to the first, #4 seed.

    Go Zags.

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    It's a double edged sword though. Part of seeding is "who did you beat?" Right now for GU it's Missouri St. and...? I don't think you really want MSU to lose and risk their only good win losing value. Purdue is an okay win but not really something to stake your resume on.

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    Gonzaga Women's Basketball Facebook Page:

    Gonzaga Women's Basketball

    Debuting our newest threads at tomorrow's PINK game!

    #ZagFam, join us tomorrow in wearing PINK for breast cancer awareness! #UnitedWeZag

    https://www.facebook.com/ZagWBB/videos/492195455049881/

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    Iowa losing nicely.

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    At the end of the 1st quarter, Gonzaga leads USF 11-6...

    LeeAnne Wirth leads the Lady Zags with 4 points...

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    Lady Zags on a 11-2 run...

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    At the half, Gonzaga leads USF 25-16...

    LeeAnne Wirth is the leading scorer for Gonzaga with 7 points...

    Jenn Wirth follows with 6 points...and has 4 rebounds...

    Louise Forsyth also has 6 points and she has 3 rebounds...


    Lady Zags just shooting 31% from the field...USF at 28%...


    Gonzaga was scoreless the last 3:27 of the 2nd quarter...

    USF was scoreless the last 2:46 of the 2nd quarter...

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    Gonzaga with 2 quick scores breaks their scoreless streak and now lead 29-16...USF has been score less for 4:49 now...

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    Gonzaga leads 33-16...Lady Zags on a 8-0 run...

    USF scoreless for last 6:42 now...

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    Gonzaga leads USF at the end of the 3rd quarter 41-25...

    LeeAnne Wirth leads the Zags with 10 points...

    Jenn Wirth is next with 8 points...

    Jill Townsend and Louise Forsyth follow with 6 points each...

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    Sloppy passing all night.

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    Gonzaga defeats San Francisco 56-38...

    Lady Zags improve to 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the WCC...

    Melody Kempton and LeeAnne Wirth lead Gonzaga with 10 points each...

    Louise Forsyth, Jenn Wirth and Jill Townsend all follow with 8 points each...


    Gonzaga out scores USF off the bench 25 to 6...

    Lady Zags lead with points off of turnovers 15 to 9...

    Gonzaga out scores USF in the paint 30 to 22...

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

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    this was not a very pretty game....workmanlike for sure......we should have been able to handle this team a lot easier than it seemed......in the "crying over spilt milk" category, we sure miss Katie.......it was her quickness.....it was her ability to get to an open spot, her defense.....tonite it seemed like nobody wanted to make a mistake and nobody wanted to shoot....

    I noticed after the game when the camera focused on the players at mid court, the girls weren't as lighthearted and happy and smiling like usual....

    this team looked emotionally drained..

    ...its not going to be easy for them to just "move on" without their firebrand Katie Campbell..

    ..don't discount this.....

    I think the spunk will return, just hope it happens soon......

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    WBB Puts Away San Francisco, 56-38

    Two Zags in double-figures

    Gonzaga 56 - San Francisco 38 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. – The #15/15 Gonzaga women's basketball team picked up a 56-38 victory over visiting San Francisco Thursday evening the annual PINK game in front of a sold out McCarthey Athletic Center.

    Gonzaga (24-2, 13-1 WCC) finished with two players in double figures and five players with at least eight points. LeeAnne Wirth and Melody Kempton led the way with 10 points each while Louise Forsyth, Jill Townsend and Jenn Wirth each added eight points.

    The Bulldogs finished with 16 assists on 21 made field goals and outscored San Francisco's bench 25-6. The Don's 38 points are the second-fewest points allowed by an opponent this season; Gonzaga held Pepperdine to 36 points back on Jan. 23.

    "Defensively, we did a really good job, so there wasn't a lot of open, easy looks for them," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "It's really exciting if you let Lucie [Hoskova] get going, if you let Mikayla Williams shoot threes and if you let [Leilah] Vigil drive it to the basket. But we did a good job defending those things, so the combination of things, points were hard to come by on both sides."

    A slow start for both Gonzaga and San Francisco (9-16, 2-11 WCC) in the first quarter saw just three field goals combined between the two squads in the first seven minutes. A trey from Forsyth at the 2:38 mark fueled a 7-2 GU run to put the Zags in front 11-6 after the first 10 minutes. GU extended its lead to as many as 12 in the second quarter, but a short USF burst to close the period cut the Zags lead to single digits (25-16) by half.

    "[San Francisco] was definitely pressuring the ball and pressuring a lot on the bigs [in the first half]," Forsyth said. "It was a really physical game inside."

    The Zags shooting efficiency improved in the third stanza as GU converted 7-of-14 attempts to shoot 50 percent while limiting the Dons to nine points shooting 25 percent from the floor. Gonzaga extended its lead to 16 points (41-25) by the end of the third, and midway through the fourth quarter the Zags lead was up to 22 points. San Francisco outscored GU by four points in the final three minutes to bring the lead under 20 as Gonzaga claimed the 56-38 win.

    San Francisco was led by Mikayla Williams and Leilah Vigil with 10 points each.

    Gonzaga returns to the floor Saturday, Feb. 15 as it hosts Santa Clara in the final regular-season home game of the season. The Bulldogs will honor seniors Katie Campbell and Jessie Loera before the start of the game.

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    Gonzaga Women Rebound in Win over San Francisco

    Back to the Gonzaga style.

    The Gonzaga Bulldogs are not one for enjoying losing streaks this season. The Zags rebounded from last Saturday’s disappointing loss to Saint Mary’s by going back to the basics against San Francisco, winning 56-38.

    Melody Kempton and and LeeAnne Wirth led the Zags with 10 points a piece, as the balanced scoring attack gave Gonzaga more than enough for San Francisco to handle.

    The Zags started off the game a little slow, nearly turning the ball over as often as they scored. However, after an off night with Saint Mary’s, the defense was back on the ball, and held San Francisco at bay while the offense got on track.

    After Saint Mary’s shot 60 percent from beyond the arc, the perimeter defense locked it in better against the Dons. Gonzaga held San Francisco to just 1-of-13 from beyond the arc.

    With the defense looking a bit better, it is clear that Gonzaga missed the outside presence of Katie Campbell and her shooting ability. Campbell, whose season ended early with a knee injury, was the Zags best shooter. With Jill Townsend missing all three of her three-point attempts, Gonzaga was rather cold from outside. Louise Forsyth hit a couple of threes, but overall, Gonzaga shot just 3-of-13 from long range.

    Thanks to the likes of Forsyth, and the rest of the bench, Gonzaga’s depth showed how and why they’ve been able to compete with the likes of everybody this season. Gonzaga’s bench outscored San Francisco 25-6.

    On the defensive end, the Zags held San Francisco to 30 percent from the floor and forced 17 turnovers. The Dons 38 total points marks the second lowest point total for a Gonzaga opponent this season, narrowly better than Pepperdine’s 36 points earlier this season.

    Gonzaga will host Santa Clara on Saturday, Feb. 15, with their final home game of the season, honoring seniors Jessie Loera and Katie Campbell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    this was not a very pretty game....workmanlike for sure......we should have been able to handle this team a lot easier than it seemed......in the "crying over spilt milk" category, we sure miss Katie.......it was her quickness.....it was her ability to get to an open spot, her defense.....tonite it seemed like nobody wanted to make a mistake and nobody wanted to shoot....

    I noticed after the game when the camera focused on the players at mid court, the girls weren't as lighthearted and happy and smiling like usual....

    this team looked emotionally drained..

    ...its not going to be easy for them to just "move on" without their firebrand Katie Campbell..

    ..don't discount this.....

    I think the spunk will return, just hope it happens soon......
    The only player who exhibited spunk was Melody... the rest it was workmanlike as you stated... Jill's injuries definitely have their effect on her... AV is very hard to watch and LF plays matador style defense....we do miss Katie's heart and fire... and skill set on the court on both sides of the ball... time for the gals to grow even closer and pull the wagon together...

    Go!! Las Zagas!!!
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    as things go sometimes, the "odd man out"can excite a team and a fan base.......did you see the reaction when Ana got a basket....the crowd wants her to succeed.....I actually saw some hope in her play last night......

    with Katie out, these players have to TAKE OWNERSHIP of the team.....they can't just be working around the team as 2nd stringers........they have to BE THE TEAM.....TAKE OWNERSHIP.....

    LF is doing well....considering that this is the first year she's really playing....she's averaged I think under 10 minutes a game in previous yrs.....if she can hit 2-3 shots a game, its all a win-win for the team...

    I read that a person with a broken nose should not be in contact sports for at least 6 weeks....HA....that ain't happening......Jill T had some impressive putbacks last night....I don't worry about her.......overall the team just looked like I said previously, emotionally drained from the last two weeks.......THEY WILL GET OVER IT....I hope soon....

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    I think jill should have her mask painted like goalies do. Maybe a bulldog...or Nacho Libre

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    Not sure they can just GET OVER IT, sylean. It would be like asking the men's team to just get past it if they lost Orlando Woolridge for the season. Katie & OL bring many of the same indispensable, sometimes intangible, contributions to the table. I hadn't realized how valuable KC had been to this team until seeing them play without her. Will Jesse, JT and the Wirths step up & as you say, take ownership? Haven't done it so far. Not saying they won't, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    Not sure they can just GET OVER IT, sylean. It would be like asking the men's team to just get past it if they lost Orlando Woolridge for the season. Katie & OL bring many of the same indispensable, sometimes intangible, contributions to the table. I hadn't realized how valuable KC had been to this team until seeing them play without her. Will Jesse, JT and the Wirths step up & as you say, take ownership? Haven't done it so far. Not saying they won't, though.
    Orlando Woolridge? Have to jump in the way back machine for that one. Retired in the 90s and died in 2012.

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    the ownership part was directed more towards the bench.....they have to realize their time is now.....no more playing safe...they have to play strong and decisive, mistakes and all..

    I'm not over the loss of Katie and I don't really expect the team to "move on" easily......I watched the interview with CLF after the game and I think she is getting stronger and hopefully it will reflect on the team...she almost joked that Katie is the same leader except for the knee brace...I hope Katie realizes that......

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    From the USF web site:

    Dons Pester No. 15/15 Gonzaga Before Bulldogs Pull Away
    Game Recap: Women's Basketball
    2/13/2020 10:32:00 PM

    SPOKANE, Wash. — A staunch defensive effort Thursday on the road against the West Coast Conference's best kept the University of San Francisco women's basketball team in reach, but No. 15/15 Gonzaga finally found its stroke in the second half and pulled away from the Dons for a 56-38 win at McCarthey Athletic Center.

    HOW IT HAPPENED
    The Dons (9-16, 2-11 WCC) held the WCC's best shooting team (45.6% entering the night) to only 30.7% shooting in the first half. They forced eight turnovers by the Bulldogs (24-2, 13-1 WCC) in the first 20 minutes and were within three points or less for most of the first quarter, only trailing by five after one.

    USF's strong defensive effort continued in the second, holding Gonzaga to just 5-for-17 shooting (29.4%) during the period. The Dons forced the Bulldogs – the WCC's best ball-handling team with a 1.10 assists-to-turnovers ratio – to turn it over three more times, and thanks to scoring six of the second quarter's last nine points, were within single digits at halftime, trailing 25-16.

    Gonzaga settled down and figured it out coming out of the break, going on a 10-2 run to start the second half and gain some separation with a 35-18 lead. The Bulldogs shot 50.0% in the third and only turned the ball over twice. Meanwhile, the Dons struggled to shoot for most of the night, not going over 40% until the fourth quarter. Leilah Vigil and Mikayla Williams both led USF in scoring and tied for the game high with 10 points each.

    Gonzaga's balanced attack shined through as usual, with five players scoring at least eight points and none scoring more than 10. Three Bulldogs had at least five rebounds and three had at least three assists each. Gonzaga outrebounded San Francisco, 38-28, only the second time in the last 10 games USF has been outrebounded, and the Dons' second-lowest rebounds total (25 on Jan. 18, also versus Gonzaga).

    NOTABLE NUMBERS

    1: San Francisco made only one 3-pointer (1 for 13, 7.7%), but the single trey came from Rojeen Sharifi, who in her one-plus minute of action, made the only shot she took. It was her second triple of the season after also making one at Washington on Dec. 20.

    77.8%: The Dons were over the 70% mark at the free-throw line Thursday for the third straight game, a streak that follows a stretch where they were only at 70% or better twice in their previous 12 contests.
    Article Link: https://usfdons.com/news/2020/2/13/w...pull-away.aspx

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women rebound from setback against Saint Mary’s with 56-38 romp over San Francisco
    UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

    By Jim Allen
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    There won’t be another 21-game winning streak for the Gonzaga women, at least not this season.

    But you have to start somewhere, so the Zags began a new one Thursday night with a 56-38 win over San Francisco in front of an appreciative crowd in the Kennel. Now they just need one more to lock up another West Coast Conference title, and five more after that to give those same fans a chance to watch the No. 15-ranked Zags host NCAA Tournament games next month. Fans may be thinking in those terms, but Coach Lisa Fortier really is taking them one at a time after last week’s loss at Saint Mary’s.

    “I think after Saturday it’s a whole lot easier,” Fortier said. “Now the players have a little bit of weight lifted off their shoulders. The streak is one, and on Saturday, we hope to make it two.”

    A win on Saturday against Santa Clara would lock up the top seed in the WCC Tournament next month in Las Vegas.

    “Defensively, we did a really good job, so there wasn’t a lot of open, easy looks for them,” Fortier said. That was especially true from outside. Averaging 33% from long range in their last 10 games, the Dons made exactly one in 13 tries.

    “We defended their strengths, and they defended ours,” Fortier said.

    GU also forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded the last-place Dons (9-16, 2-11) by 10.
    Entire Article and Lots of Pictures can be found Here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...15-gonzaga-wo/

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