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    Time for some tough love:

    Jill you came back into the BYU game with gauze in both nostrils made two free throws for Katie. Then one of the Truong's gave you a desperate pass with the 24 second clock ready to expire and 3 players in your face and you nailed a 3 pointer. Then you nailed a 2nd 3 pointer against BYU in the 4th quarter. Lets recap Jill you hit 2 3 pointers against BYU with gauzed stuck up both nostrils in the 4th quarter.

    Now Jill lets review the last 4 games and your 3 point shooting since then wearing your mask. 1st game you were 3-9 on 3 pointers, 2nd game 1-4 on 3 pointers, last two games 0-6 on 3 pointers. Perhaps it has become a mental barrier. Saw last game you were not wearing the sleeve. On your 3 pointers last game they were off angle when they left your hand they were rim bouncers. Jill it looks like your trying different mask, previous games looked like a full front face shield, this last game it seemed smaller more just protecting nose. The broken nose is going to require you to wear that mask for about 6 weeks when you play basketball. So you are just going to have to overcome that mask and any mental blocks.

    On the positive note Jill I saw you hit one nice jump shot last game so you can do it. Recommend when shooting 3s try to create game atmosphere moving your head to receive a pass then going up with a 3. You need to start shooting a lots of 3 pointers and jump shots in practice with the mask so it becomes instinct and you forget the mask. Think of it like wearing sun glasses or glasses but make a point of not touching your glasses (facemask).

    Jill in game action see you fumbling with the mask a lot. Try to get that mask fine tuned to the point where your not constantly playing with it in game action (hands off your face).

    Jill you are the Zags anchor you need to snap out of your funk against LMU. Your fellow Zags are going to have to know you can be counted on when the Waves come crashing down on the Zags ship.
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    Lets look at our next opponent Thursday the LMU LIONS.

    The following players are trending up the last 2 games:

    1. #20 Jones (5'10") 2 games ago she scored 18 pts, 6-8 FG, 6-8 charity stripe, 11 rebounds. Last game 15 Pts, 5-14 FG, 5-9 charity stripe, 10 rebounds.
    So what does that tell us #20 Jones scored all her points within the 3 point line, and she likes taking the ball to the hoop and is very good at getting to the free throw line. Also Jones#20 is a excellent rebounder.

    2. #01 Adams (5'8") two games ago scored 16 pts, 5-7 3 pointers all FG attempts taken from 3 point line. Last game 12 Pts, 4-11 3 pointers, all FG attempts taken from 3 point line again.
    This tells us #01 Adams must be guarded closely at all times at the 3 point line. Not only does she make all her FG attempts from 3 pointer, but she can get really hot from 3 point range.

    3. #22 Stanley (6'2") last game really stepped it up. #22 Stanley was 6-9 FG 12 pts. All her points were scored in the paint. Reminder #22 Stanley is a big girl.
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    And our following opponent on Saturday is Pepperdine Waves.

    Pepperdine is going to be a real test they are firing on all cylinders right now they have won their last 5 games in a row.. Lets look at their key players:

    1. #1 Bambrick (5'10") last game scored 21 pts, 5-9 on 3 pointers.

    2. #24 Friend (5'10") last games scored 16 pts, 6-8 FG, 1-2 3 pointers, 6 rebounds.

    3. #23 Sitanggan (5'6") last game 10 assists, 6 steals.

    4. #11 Andruiuolo (6'1") averages 9.3 Pts. and 6.8 rebounds per game.

    5. #10 Fecske ( last game 11 pts, 4-10 FG, 1-4 3 pointers, 5 rebounds. Averages 9.8 Pts. per game.

    6.. #14 Ruffus-Milner (5'10) starter one of identical twins on team she averages 23 minutes and 5.9 points per game.

    Lets hope the Zags can significantly improve from last weeks performance.
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    Ok some more tough love:

    Jenn congrats on the 15 rebounds last game way to pound those boards.

    Jenn the reason you were 3-14 FG last game is because you were just tossing it next to the basket with no aim to go in the basket. How about attack every shot with a hope of a 3 point play, instead of just a prayer to get to the free throw line.

    Leeanne 3-11 repeat what was told your sister to a lesser degree.

    Both Wirth twins you are long and lanky you have the advantage underneath, evidence Jenn's 15 rebounds last game. Ladies at 6'3" tall you should have a high field goal percentage every game.

    We need all the Juniors to step it up starting this week, especially our starters.
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    One single thing the Wirth twins, & especially Ana Marie could do to double their effectiveness is take advantage of their height and HOLD THE BALL UP HIGH. The twins, as well as Melody, keep dropping the ball to waist or chest high preparing for a shot or pass. Essentially putting it in steal range of every 5' 8" guard in the league. I'm sure they've been taught this since high school, but they've apparently yet to learn. Drives me crazy (and, ask my wife, it's not much further down that road I can afford to go).

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    One single thing the Wirth twins, & especially Ana Marie could do to double their effectiveness is take advantage of their height and HOLD THE BALL UP HIGH. The twins, as well as Melody, keep dropping the ball to waist or chest high preparing for a shot or pass. Essentially putting it in steal range of every 5' 8" guard in the league. I'm sure they've been taught this since high school, but they've apparently yet to learn. Drives me crazy (and, ask my wife, it's not much further down that road I can afford to go).
    Or to dribble.

    Two steps will take you out to the free throw line, why do you keep trying to dribble in the key?

    Makes absolutely no sense, yet they keep doing it.

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    Are some of you Zags coming down for the game? Please look me up if so. My wife and I will be in our usual spot directly behind the LMU bench.

    There's a great Italian food place on Lincoln Blvd that we sometimes go before the games:

    Alejos Presto Trattoria Italian Restaurant

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    So am reading more books lately as I age. I was at the local library a few times and noticed John Stockton Autobiography on display and thumbed through the pictures in his book. On a recent visit I started reading a few areas in his book at the Library and got a few chuckles, so at the last second decided to check it out.

    Turns out John met Laura Stepovich in his first class 1980 as a Freshman at Gonzaga. He plucked down in the seat right next to her by the door. One morning he looked out the door and saw a carbon copy of Laura walking by. John did some enquiring and found out Nada and Laura Stepovich were identical twins. Well that spurred on John to get the courage to start talking with Laura and by mid term he asked her to borrow her notes. When John stopped by Laura's dorm room to pickup Laura notes he met her identical twin sister Nada.

    John Stockton ended up dating Nada Stepovich all 4 years at Gonzaga, and they married in 1986. So identical twins are intermingled with Gonzaga basketball way back in 1980.
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    Jack Stockton, Johns dad who died in 2017 at the age of 89 was instrumental in in his sons basketball success. Jack helped out Kerry Pickett and his wife when they first came to town, and when Jack found out Kerry was quite the basketball and football player in college he recruited him to coach John in the sixth grade. Well Coach Pickett and a couple of his buddies started coaching St. Al's basketball. John said Coach Pickett spent 3 hours a night 6 days a week preparing them. This is where John learned his basket ball work ethic, work harder than everybody else.

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    Well finished John Stockton Autobiography book. Went to the gym did my senior citizen workout and then shot a few hoops. Made 8 free throws in a row ended up making 9 out of 10 free throws 90%, does not get any better than that for me.

    Ok a couple of tidbits I will give you about Johns book he bought a old warehouse across from Gonzaga at some point, he had rebuilt in 2002 to a Basketball and Baseball facility etc. He named the place The Warehouse Athletic Center. If your interested in more info. about the place you can find it on the internet. His Coach for life Kerry Pickett was running the place still as of 2012.

    The book actually surprised me in a good way it told of Johns childhood and how the pieces all fell in place for him in the realm of basketball that to me was the most interesting. Another plus is other the the inside cover all the stats were left out of the book. You learned about Johns wife Nada which was very entertaining.

    John says in the book some people called him a mommas boy. Which made it funny when after he comes home in the summer after his first NBA season he bought a house right next door to his parents (LOL). But heres the real kicker John stayed stayed living in his parents basement (LOL). Then one of his sisters suggested he rent the house to her and Nada and that happened (LOL).

    Their were many other chuckles involving Nada and John until they got married in 1986. Lets just say they dated 6 years, and that unlike basketball John moved like a turtle in this arena (LOL).

    The book history goes to 2012.

    Anyway would recommend this book to my fellow perhaps 80% senior citizens of the Lady Zags it is a good read I finished it in 2 days. And being that perhaps the 1st half of the book takes place in Spokane it makes it even more interesting.

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    So CG3Dad thought you said your daughter butted heads with another player how did she end up wearing a boot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    So CG3Dad thought you said your daughter butted heads with another player how did she end up wearing a boot?
    Yep butted heads in the SF game in the fourth. Still haven't watched that game.

    She's doing better. Her foot had been bothering her for the last several weeks, which is part of the reason she had been playing so inconsistently. Being out with the head injury was an opportunity to wear the boot for a while and immobilize the foot a bit to help it heal. She told me today the boot came off yesterday and her foot feels much better as well.


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    CG3Dad

    Glad to hear she is doing better and taking the time to heal her foot in the process. God's amazing creation our bodies heal themselves, if we can just be patient enough.
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    Well folks lets look at our team this week compared to last time we played LMU and Pepperdine. At that time we had Katie however both Leeanne Wirth and Kayleigh Truong were out with sprain ankles.

    LMU is also banged up this week and their leading scorer might be out. Back to the Zags Jill since breaking her nose has gone ice cold from 3 point range and jumpers seem to be dwindling. The Wirth twins were ice cold last game on offense. So where does this leave us verses our two opponents this week.

    I would be happy with the same score as last game 78-52 against LMU. Of course our offense needs to shake off their funk.

    Pepperdine just like SMC we blew out of the water at home. Pepperdine probably have game planned all week just for Saturday game verses the Zags. The Waves have some 3 point shooters that can get hot Bambrick and Friend come to mind. I think the Waves have improved since our last meeting, won their last 5 games.

    Last game against the Waves they scored 36 points I don't see that happening missing a key defensive cog. However we scored 70 last time against them, and we should be able to do that again if our offense heats up this week. The Waves make me nervous this week, because they were thoroughly embarrassed in the Kennel just like SMC, and will clearly be looking for payback. I think this game will be a lot closer, and we our clearly going to need our offense to elevate its game against the Wave's this week.

    Last 3 games the Waves have scored 70,77, and 79 points. Seems like their offense has awaken be aware Zags.

    Anybody want to chime in for scoring predictions for our next two games?

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    30-30 Halftime great 1st half for LMU.

    Zags how about starting a new game in 2nd half. Jill stop making the stupid fouls, get on the court and make some shots, you should be well rested.

    Zags your way taller than LMU lets dominate on the boards, and make those bunny shots.

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    Good 2nd half by Zags good offense and defense total opposite of 1st half.

    Jill scored 21 Pts, Kayleigh 13 Pts, Jenn 11 Pts 7 rebounds, Kaylynne 9 Pts, Jessie 8 Steals.

    Good to see our defense pressure coming alive in 2nd half, lets continue that next game.

    Welcome back Jill your handwork paid off, good to see your face tonight, welcome back to normal.
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    It was a Jekyll and Hyde show today tale of 2 halfs.

    One think that upset me this game was how college players can miss open layups (Truongs and Wirths). Heck being North of 60 I could make those layups they missed tonight, of course I will have to borrow someones younger legs.

    We are going to have to clean that up against Pepperdine. We our also going to have to play a complete game against Pepperdine not one half.

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    Portland barely beat Pepperdine 64-62 tonight. Lady Zags this is Pepperdine team that is licking their chops looking to take the Zags down.

    You must come out prepared against Pepperdine from the opening buzzer.

    Also be prepared for the full court trap to be put on by Pepperdine.

    The Waves barely missed winning their 6th straight today, they are on the top of their game right now. Be ready Lady Zags for Saturdays game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
    Portland barely beat Pepperdine 64-62 tonight. Lady Zags this is Pepperdine team that is licking their chops looking to take the Zags down.

    You must come out prepared against Pepperdine from the opening buzzer.

    Also be prepared for the full court trap to be put on by Pepperdine.

    The Waves barely missed winning their 6th straight today, they are on the top of their game right now. Be ready Lady Zags for Saturdays game.
    Ugghh our cross town beach rivals. We split this year with them. Both of us winning on each other's home court. That Paige Feskie is a little dynamo. They don't have much height but they're pretty fast. And yes, they will try to get you with that trap. Also, said it before....but you CANNOT over HELP with them as they'll destroy you with threes.

    I think you Zags will be fine. You're going to probably kill them on the boards.


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    Well Lady Zags after my senior citizen workout at the gym I was 3 for 5 from 3 point land today. Lady Zags challenge someone to beat this afternoon.

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    Zags up 26-23 halftime. Jill you are going to have to stop with the quick 2 fouls in the first half. Jill start attempting shorter jump shots and work your way to the basket also. No more stupid fouls in 2nd half Jill.

    Zags still missing bunnies. Lets light a fire on offense in 2nd half Lady Zags.

    We have so much height advantage lets start pounding the boards in the 2nd half. Giving up way to many offensive rebounds to Pepperdine.

    All right Lady Zags lets come out fired up and ready to play in the 2nd half. Lets cut down on turnovers and take care of the ball. The Waves are quick and very good at stealing the ball.
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    Zags win 64-50.

    Jill 13 Pts 8 rebounds, Melody 12 Pts 9 rebounds, Jessie 10 Pts 3 steals, Jenn 10 rebounds, Kayleigh 5 assists.
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    Zags made this interesting tonight, thank goodness they had a good 3rd quarter.

    Zags need to practice their free throw shooting only 58%. Jill you have shot 3-6 free throws last two games. Recommend you shoot 50 free throws everyday until next weeks game, you lost your muscle memory at the stripe. We know your a way better free throw shooter than that Jill.

    Jill you need to play smarter with the fouls. Against better teams the Zags will lose, with you getting two quick fouls in the first half and sitting on the bench. Then you made a 3rd foul right out the gate in the 3rd quarter today. You need to be aware of the 24 second clock ready to expire when you jumped into their player. Jill what happen to keeping those feet planted and taking a charge? Then you played wild towards the end of the game when we were up and easily could have called for your 5th foul before you did get your 5th foul.

    Jill you had a great 3rd quarter well done, but cowgirl we need you the whole game against better opponents, the next 3 games.

    Congratulations on the victory today Lady Zags.

    Now we have 5 days to practice to get ready for Portland, lets make those practices count Lady Zags.
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    Portland beat LMU today 89-78. Might want to brush on that defense for next weeks game against Portland CLF.

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    Portland could be playing for the 2nd seed in the WCC tournament against us, and a birth straight to the Semi-Finals. Both BYU and San Diego lost today and both of them have 2 more games remaining.

    Both BYU and San Diego are now 11-5, while Portland is nipping at their heals with a 11-6 record with 1 game remaining.

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