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    #13/13 Gonzaga Faces Loyola Marymount Thursday in Los Angeles

    Bulldogs look to capture outright title with win on Thursday


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    #13/13 GONZAGA (25-2, 14-1 WCC) at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (6-19, 3-10 WCC)
    FEB. 20 | 7 P.M. | LOS ANGELES | GERSTEN PAVILION
    LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS


    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga secured a share of its 16th West Coast Conference title on Saturday with a 53-46 victory over Santa Clara. It marks the fourth-straight season the Bulldogs have claimed the regular-season title. A win on Thursday at Loyola Marymount would secure the outright title; currently, Gonzaga (14-1 WCC) has a three-game lead over both San Diego (10-4) and BYU (10-4).
    - GU will look to improve to 26-2 overall on the season Thursday at Loyola Marymount. With a win, Gonzaga will match its program-record start. The Zags have posted a 26-2 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 53-46 victory over Santa Clara on Feb. 15, the Zags finished undefeated at home for the fourth time in program history and the first time since the 2013-14 season; it also marks the seventh undefeated home conference slate in program history. GU is currently on a 16-game win streak inside The Kennel, the longest streak under Head Coach Lisa Fortier. GU has not lost a game inside McCarthey since Feb. 16, 2019. 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 jumped two spots in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll to No. 13.
    - Thursday marks the 10th time in program history that Gonzaga has taken the court on Feb. 20. The Bulldogs carry a 3-6 overall record on the date. It also marks the second time in history that GU has faced Loyola Marymount on Feb. 20. In the last meeting on the date, Gonzaga defeated LMU 69-57 inside The Kennel during the 1998-99 season.
    - Gonzaga leads the nation in attendance percent capacity at 94.87 percent. That's an average of 5,692 fans inside the McCarthey Athletic Center every game. This season alone, Gonzaga has had six sellouts, including four of the last five home games.
    - 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 39.2 percent shooting from long range, Gonzaga ranks fourth in the nation. Two players shoot over 40 percent from long range, led by Jill Townsend at 42.7 percent, while eight total Zags shoot at least 30.0 percent from beyond-the-arc.
    - The Zags also rank inside the top 25 in the nation in field goal percentage. At 45.0 percent shooting from the floor, GU ranks 24th nationally and second 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 LIONS
    - Loyola Marymount carries a 6-19 overall record with a 3-10 mark in conference play. LMU opened conference play with four-straight losses before stringing together three-straight wins from Jan. 9-18. Since defeating Pepperdine 84-77 on Jan. 18, the Lions have lost six straight games.
    - As a squad, LMU averages 64.3 points per game shooting 39.9 percent from the floor. The Lions' 64.4 points per game ranks eighth in the WCC.
    - Three players average double figures for Loyola Marymount, led by Chelsey Gipson at 13.1 points per game shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. Ciera Ellington adds 11.3 points per game while Jasmine Jones averages an even 11.0.
    - The Lions add 39.1 rebounds per game, 12.8 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.3 blocks per game. Jones leads the Lions in rebounding with 7.7 per game to rank fifth in the WCC. Ellington adds 5.5 per game to rank 14th in the conference.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga became the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins with a 78-52 win over the Lions in front of a sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center. Jill Townsend drained six threes on her way to a career-high 28 points, while Jenn Wirth added her second-straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

    SERIES HISTORY
    Overall: Gonzaga leads 48-21
    - HOME: 26-6, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 19-14, Gonzaga leads
    - NEUTRAL: 3-1, Gonzaga leads
    - FIRST MEETING: Gonzaga won, 100-78 (1985 in Los Angeles)
    - LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 78-52 (1/25/20 in Spokane)
    - STREAK: Gonzaga, Won 25


    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 428 career assists and is 13 assists shy of surpassing Amy Simpson (439, 1982-86) for fourth place. Loera currently ranks 16th nationally in assists with 133 on the season and 30th nationally in assists per game with 5.1.

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 27 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 12.1 points per game, while Jenn Wirth adds 10.5 points per contest. LeeAnne Wirth adds 8.9 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 7.7 and Melody Kempton is at 7.1.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 51.9 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited 14 opponents to 50 points or fewer and 22 opponents to under 60 points. Eight of the last 10 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. Thursday against San Francisco, GU held the Dons to 38 points.

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    From the Spokesman Review:

    Gonzaga women look to improve aim against Loyola Marymount while eyeing outright WCC title
    UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
    (509) 459-5437

    As the Gonzaga women take aim Thursday night at an undisputed West Coast Conference championship, they know their aim needs to improve. The Zags (25-2, 14-1 WCC) are ranked 13th in the nation, but the past three wins have come despite some inconsistent offense after a season-ending injury to senior guard Katie Campbell.

    “We’re reinventing ourselves to some extent without Katie,” Zags head coach Lisa Fortier said Tuesday as the Zags prepare for road games at Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday.
    “It’s like the beginning of the season a little bit, where we were trying to figure out what our identity is,” Fortier said.

    Last weekend, the Zags swept USF and Santa Clara by holding those teams to 34% shooting and dominating on the boards. However, the offense struggled. GU shot 37% from the field (compared to a season average of almost 46%). Three-point shooting was even worse: 20%, a big drop from the 39% clip the Bulldogs have been at all year.

    After watching film, Fortier and her staff noted that shot selection was less than ideal. Perhaps more important, some players took those shots with poor form – “falling backward, off to the side and a little quickly,” Fortier said.
    Entire Article Can Be Read Here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...inst-loyola-m/

    NOTE: Tomorrow's game against LMU is at 7:00PM instead of the usual 6:00PM.

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    Whoa. St Mary's deja vu. Zagettes trying to better -- no wait -- that's not the right word, worser that monument to futility by going 1 for 30 against (sorry, but it's true) the WCC's least accomplished team.

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    LMU leads Gonzaga 21-17 at the end of the 1st quarter...

    LiveStats not working for me...

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    Well, maybe you can shoot 18% from the floor, miss 10 bunnies, and still win a game. Glad it's LMU.

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    Gonzaga and LMU are tied at 30 at the half...

    LiveStats still not working for me...


    LiveStats are now working...

    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=285345

    Jill Townsend and LeeAnne Wirth lead Gonzaga with 6 points each...

    Jenn Wirth and Kaylynne Truong are next with 5 points each...


    Gonzaga shooting 41% from the field...LMU shooting at a 55% clip...

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    30-30 at half. It looks like lay-ins are a lost art all of a sudden for the Zags. Missing lots of them.

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    Troungs playing like freshman... value the rock ladies...

    Go Las Zagas!!!
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    Hmmm, that was, um . . . some kind of wonderful. Can't think of quite the right word to describe it. Pathetic? Nope, not strong enough. Abysmal. A little closer, still not there. Comical! That's what it was. To any team ranked in the top 100 we'd be down by 20. By 30 to anyone in the top twenty-five. I'd say it was embarrassing, but we'll see. The second half might be worse. What's the next floor down from embarrassing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    going 1 for 30 against (sorry, but it's true) the WCC's least accomplished team.
    Ouch!

    We've got FOUR injured players including our leading scorer as well as our 6'4" center so considering that and we’re tied at the half with the top 25 Zags, we’re pretty stoked right now?



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    Lady Zags on a 8-0 run to start the 3rd quarter...

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    Turnovers and fouls are hurting the Lady Zags...

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    CG3. That's why I posted the opinion. Well aware Lionettes not at full strength. They should be congratulated for their grit, but they shouldn't be hangin' with the number 13 Zags. Right?

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    Lady Zags finish quarter on a 7-1 run...

    Gonzaga leads LMU at the end of the 3rd quarter 47-37...

    Jill Townsend leads Gonzaga with 18 points...

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    LeeAnne Wirth now with 4 fouls...

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    Buh bye. Turning on the men's game. Can't watch this any longer. Expect the girls to hang on for the W, but won't be surprised if they don't. They certainly don't deserve to win.

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    Melody Kempton now with 4 fouls...
    Last edited by TerpZag; 02-20-2020 at 08:05 PM.

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    bandwagon fans noted on this thread....first little bump and they're off.....

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    Gonzaga defeats LMU 75-47...

    Lady Zags out score the Lady Lions 58-26 over the last 3 quarters of the game...

    Jill Townsend leads Gonzaga with 21 points...

    Kaylynne Truong and Jenn Wirth follow with 11 points each..

    Kayleigh Truong was next with 10 points...


    Gonzaga out scored LMU 30 to 18 with points in the paint...

    Bench Points: Lady Zags with 25 and the Lady Lions with 9...

    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=285345

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    CG3Dad....technically, we have one sitting per transfer rules and three out injured....and our number one player played with a recently broken nose.....I'd say we're even.....lol

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    Hows that mens game going?.......scored 22 points first half and down 9.........lol.....

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    Congrats to the entire Lady Zags team (players, staff & coaches).

    By winning tonight you have clinched sole possession of the WCC championship.

    Not very Christian like nor very lady like, but we ain't share'in nothing this year.

    ZagDad

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    CG3. That's why I posted the opinion. Well aware Lionettes not at full strength. They should be congratulated for their grit, but they shouldn't be hangin' with the number 13 Zags. Right?
    It's all good. Congrats on the win Zags.
    You're right, we should not have been hangin' with you guys. Would've been a little funner for us perhaps had Chels been playing?

    Jill Townsend is one of my favorite players in the WCC. Such a heads up player, grit and as smooth a shot as any I've seen.... Power 5 schools included.

    See you guys at the tourney. My girl's so mad as this is the third season she's injured going to Vegas. Next year perhaps?



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    CG3Dad hope Chelsey makes it back for the tournament tell her to keep her chin up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    CG3Dad....technically, we have one sitting per transfer rules and three out injured....and our number one player played with a recently broken nose.....I'd say we're even.....lol
    Tou-che' sylean
    I assume you're talking about the exquisite Jill Townsend?
    She certainly looked fantastic tonight! Lol

    It'll be fun next year when our own sitting transfer DeCosta is eligible




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