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    Zags Continue Road Trip at Pepperdine Saturday

    Bulldogs look to sweep Waves in conference play

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    #13/13 GONZAGA (26-2, 15-1 WCC) at PEPPERDINE (14-11, 8-7 WCC)
    FEB. 22 | 2 P.M. | MALIBU, CALIF. | FIRESTONE FIELDHOUSE
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    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga secured the outright West Coast Conference title Thursday with a 75-47 victory at Loyola Marymount, the 16th regular-season title in program history.
    - GU will look to improve to 27-2 overall on the season Saturday at Pepperdine. With a win, Gonzaga will match its program-record start. The Zags have posted a 27-2 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.
    - Saturday marks the ninth time in program history the Bulldogs have played on Feb. 22. GU carries a 5-3 overall record on the date. It will also be the first time in program history that Gonzaga has faced Pepperdine on the date.
    - 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 five in the nation in scoring defense; Gonzaga limits its opponents to 51.7 points per contest to lead the WCC and rank fourth 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 43.0 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 44.9 percent shooting from the floor, GU ranks 24th 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 WAVES
    - Pepperdine carries a 14-11 overall record with an 8-7 mark in WCC play, good for fifth. Five of the Waves' seven conference wins came in a row from Jan. 30-Feb. 15. Pepperdine's five-game win streak was snapped Thursday with a 64-62 loss to Portland.
    - As a squad, Pepperdine averages 66.1 points per game shooting 37.5 percent from the floor and 32.6 percent from long range. Three players average double-figures for the Waves while five players average at least nine points a game.
    - Hannah Friend leads the Waves in scoring at 10.7 points per contest shooting 42.9 percent from the floor. Malia Bambrick is close behind at 10.2 points per game while Barabara Sitanggan chips in an even 10.0 points per contest.
    - The Waves average 38.4 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the WCC while averaging 12.7 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.6 blocks per contest, good for second in the conference.
    - Monique Andriuolo leads the Waves on the glass with 6.8 per contest, good for eighth in the WCC. Sitanggan adds 5.8, Jayla Ruffus-Milner grabs 5.1 while Friend adds 4.7 per contest. Andriuolo leads the Waves in blocks per game with 1.5, good for second in the conference, while Sitanggan adds 4.7 assists per game, good for third in the conference.
    - In the last meeting, Gonzaga limited Pepperdine to 36 points, the fewest allowed by an opponent this season. The Bulldogs hauled in a season-high 57 rebounds against the Waves and dished out 21 assists on 29 made field goals. Four players finished in double-figures for the Zags, led by Jill Townsend with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

    KEEPING IT TO SINGLE DIGITS
    Thursday at Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga prevented a single LMU player from reaching double figures. Ciera Ellington and Raychel Stanley both finished with nine points to lead the Lions, while Naomi Yim added eight points. It marks the second time this season that a GU opponent has not had a single player in double figures. The Bulldogs also held each player for CSU Bakersfield to single digits in the first game of the season on Nov. 10. The high scorer for the 'Runners was Lexus Green with nine points.

    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 431 career assists and is 9 assists shy of surpassing Amy Simpson (439, 1982-86) for fourth place. Loera currently ranks 14th nationally in assists with 140 on the season and 34th nationally in assists per game with 5.0.

    SHARING THE SCORE
    - Through 27 games this season, two players average double-figures for Gonzaga with four 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 12.4 points per game, while Jenn Wirth adds 10.5 points per contest. LeeAnne Wirth adds 8.8 points per contest while Jessie Loera chips in 7.5.

    DEFENSIVE STRENGTH
    Currently, Gonzaga ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense at 51.7 points per game. This season alone, Gonzaga has limited 15 opponents to 50 points or fewer and 23 opponents to under 60 points. Nine of the last 11 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. Feb. 13 against San Francisco, GU held the Dons to 38 points.

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    Go Lady Zags!

    At the Issaquah Community Center to watch our 2nd oldest grandson Ryan play his basketball game...Should be back home in time to watch a portion of the 2nd half of the Gonzaga game online...

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    7 TO's in 1st quarter. Ouch.
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    Four minutes left in 2d Qtr, Zags lead 19-18. Watching same movie, or is it just one of those bad dreams that keep coming back, as Thursday. Townsend sitting with two fouls. Wirth's bricking shots. Troungs treating ball like something you don't want to touch. At least, Waves should get some credit for stellar D.

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    26-23 at the half. GU sleepwalking, still in the lead. Lisa gotta be scratching her head. Speaking of heads, we'll see if the gals can get theirs on straight in the next half.

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    Despite holding (?) the Waves to 23 points in the 1st half, the zags continually let the Waves get all the way to the basket for lay-ups or simply leave players on the wing wide open.

    Wirths need to get their arms up on defense. Truongs missing switches letting people get to the basket.

    Pepperdine has 9 more shots than the zags at half. Can't let that continue if you want to win.

    Pepperdine has 11 offensive rebounds in the 1st half. It is about effort ladies, net to put more into the defensive side of the ball.

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    23-9 third quarter to open things up.
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    49-32 end of three. Zags pulling away. Bed heads finally woke. Crisp passing when Waves went to zone thing of beauty. No. 13 in the country decided, I guess, to, as Coach Few says, "Rep the rank!"

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    Oops. Spoke too soon.

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    Gonzaga defeats Pepperdine 64-50...

    Lady Zags improve to 27-2 overall and 16-1 in the WCC...

    Jill Townsend leads Gonzaga with 13 points...Jill also had 8 rebounds...

    Melody Kempton was next with 12 points...Melody also had 9 rebounds...

    Jessie Loera follows with 10 points...

    Kaylynne Truong scored 8 points...

    Jenn Wirth scored 7 points and led the Lady Zags with 10 rebounds...

    Gonzaga bench out scored the Pepperdine bench 27 to 10...


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

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    didn't get a chance to watch that game just followed on my phone, as we are traveling.......so can't comment on the game play...

    but I did notice that 8 players averaged 24 minutes of play time....amazing....that's spreading the work load....

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    Big Third Quarter Lifts Zags Over Pepperdine

    Three Zags finish in double figures

    Gonzaga 64 - Pepperdine 50 Final Box Score Link

    MALIBU, Calif. – The #13/13 Gonzaga women's basketball team used a dominating third quarter to collect a 64-50 victory at Pepperdine Saturday afternoon inside the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. The Zags held Pepperdine to 27.8 percent shooting and outscored the waves 26-18 in the paint.

    Gonzaga (27-2, 16-1 WCC) finished with three in double-figures led by Jill Townsend with 13 points, all of which she netted in the second half. Melody Kempton added 12 points and nine rebounds while Jessie Loera chipped in 10 points with three assists. Jenn Wirth hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds and added seven points.

    The Bulldogs edged Pepperdine (14-12, 8-8 WCC) on the glass, 50-41, but gave up 22 offensive rebounds to the Waves; however, Pepperdine converted just 11 second-chance points. Gonzaga's bench also outscored the Waves 27-10.

    "Today was a great road win," head coach Lisa Fortier said. "We had stretches in the game where we were really good offensively and where we were really good defensively. During the third quarter, we put them both together, and that was the difference in the game."

    The Zags opened the contest with a 50.0 percent shooting effort while limiting Pepperdine to 26.3 percent shooting, but seven first-quarter turnovers coupled with eight Pepperdine offensive rebounds prevented the Zags from taking a lead. After the first 10 minutes, the two squads were deadlocked at 12 points each.

    A trey from Louise Forsyth less than a minute into the second period put the Zags up by three (15-12), and a jumper from Loera 90 second later extended the lead to five. The Bulldogs held a five-point advantage for most of the second quarter, but a late run by Pepperdine closed the gap, tying the game 23-all with two minutes remaining in the half. The Zags finished on a 3-0 run to take a 26-23 lead heading into the break.

    Back-to-back Zag buckets to open the third period put GU by seven, and just over four minutes into the period Gonzaga had extended its lead to 12 (37-25). Townsend hit all five of her field goals during the third stanza for 12 points, helping Gonzaga to a 23-9 third quarter scoring advantage. By the start of the fourth, GU held a 13-point lead, 49-36.

    The Waves cut it to single digits once in the final period, but the Zags finished the quarter on a 8-3 run to claim the 64-50 victory.

    Pepperdine was led by Monique Andriuolo and Hannah Friend, each with 10 points, while Barbara Sitanggan finished with a game-high six assists.

    The Bulldogs continue play on the road next week with their final regular-season game Saturday, Feb. 29 at Portland. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Check GoZags.com for up-to-date game-time information.

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    From the Pepperdine web site:

    #13 Gonzaga Beats Waves on Senior Day
    Women's Basketball | 2/22/2020 4:41:00 PM

    MALIBU, California – The Pepperdine women's basketball team put forth a spirited Senior Day effort against #13 Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs broke the game open in the third quarter and went on to a 64-50 West Coast Conference victory.

    Pepperdine (14-12, 8-8) was tied after the first quarter and within three points at halftime against Gonzaga (27-2, 16-1), which had already clinched the WCC regular-season title. But the Bulldogs outscored the Waves 23-9 in the fourth quarter.

    BIG WAVES
    - Junior forward Monique Andriuolo (Melbourne, Australia) had 10 points and eight rebounds.
    - Senior guard Hannah Friend (San Clemente, Calif./Sacramento State) had 10 points and two steals.
    - Senior guard Barbara Sitanggan (Fullerton, Calif./Troy HS) had seven points, six assists and five rebounds.
    - Sophomore guard Malia Bambrick (Santa Clarita, Calif./Bishop Alemany HS) scored eight points.

    KEY STATS
    - The Waves were held to 27.8% shooting, while the Bulldogs finished at 39.7%.
    - Gonzaga made eight three-pointers to Pepperdine's three.
    - The Waves committed only nine turnovers while forcing 14, and had an 11-6 edge in points off turnovers.
    - Gonzaga was led by Jill Townsend's 13 points.

    PLAY BY PLAY

    - A close first quarter saw both teams take their biggest lead of three points, with the Waves at 3-0 and Gonzaga at 8-5. It was tied at 12 after the first quarter.

    - Gonzaga scored the first five points of the second quarter, but a basket by senior guard Paige Fecske (Studio City, Calif./Chaminade HS) cut it to one at 19-18, and it was tied at 23 after a Bambrick three-pointer. Gonzaga scored the final three points of the half to go up 26-23 at the break.

    - The Bulldogs opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run to make it 37-25, and Townsend scored eight straight points to push the lead to 47-30. Gonzaga led 49-32 after 30 minutes.

    - Pepperdine won the fourth quarter at 18-15, but could only get the deficit down to single-digits once at 56-47 after a Sitanggan jumper with three minutes left.

    NOTABLE
    -Six Pepperdine seniors were honored before the game – Fecske, Friend, Sitanggan, Deezha Battle, Ashleen Quirke and Tara Dusharm. The seniors combined to score 25 of Pepperdine's 50 points today,
    Sitanggan was also honored pregame for becoming the program's all-time assist leader earlier this month.
    Article Link with Pepperdine Highlights: https://pepperdinewaves.com/news/202...enior-day.aspx

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women use big third quarter to down Pepperdine 64-50
    UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

    By Jim Allen
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    Thanks to another big third quarter, the Gonzaga women earned another road sweep in Southern California on Saturday. Leading Pepperdine by just three points at halftime, Jill Townsend and the 13th-ranked Zags pulled away to a 64-50 West Coast Conference victory in Malibu, California. With the win, GU is 27-2 overall and 16-1 going into the West Coast Conference regular-season finale next week at Portland. Win that one plus the WCC Tournament, and the Zags would certainly host first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games at the Kennel.

    This road trip, however, was tougher than usual.

    Townsend finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Jenn Wirth added seven points and 10 boards, while Melody Kempton came off the bench for 12 points and nine boards. Not as dominant as in their 70-36 win in Spokane last month, the Zags still outrebounded the Waves 50-41. For the game, GU shot far better from outside the arc (8 for 15: 53%) than inside (15 for 43: 35%).
    Read Entire Article Here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...o-down-pepper/

    Just like on Thursday, the entire team kept missing lay-ups & bunnies. You simply cannot keep missing bunnies and not making the shots through contact. Defensively, the Zags have to stop the person with the ball (way too many lay-ups) before they get to the rim and once again numerous times opponents on the perimeter were left wide open, particularly when they were supposed to be guarded by somebody on the frontcourt. The Zag frontcourt wanted to sag into the key even when the person they were supposed to be guarding was standing outside the 3 point line. Way too many "hope they miss" opportunities today. Need to tighten up quite a bit.

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    Two great road wins on the Southern Cal swing....

    I have said... every team we will be playing will give us their best. After seeing Pepperdine play Eastern early in the season, they have improved considerably. Did GU play a perfect game... no. But they know how to win... like 27 times.

    Get ready for a game in Portland that will feel like a playoff game.... which is what GU needs to get ready for the tournaments.

    Go Zags!!

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    well after watching the game, I am mostly impressed how this team has come together missing an important member......Truongs are doing nicely. I am impressed with our bench overall...LF giving valuable minutes and you know, these last two games Ana has shown flashes of becoming a good player.....maybe she'll turn into a great player......

    I am happy the team is surviving......a week to go before portland.....

    Congrats team for keeping together....

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    After spending the weekend watching lots of D-1 Wbb, as well as the Pepperdine highlights (see the Pepperdine web site), some general comments can be made about the trip to LA our lady zags made this week.

    When you look at the teams ranked around us that have lost leading scorers/playmakers like Rhyne Howard at Kentucky, Chennedy Carter at Texas A&M and Aari McDonald at Arizona. Each of these teams maintained, at least, a 500 record during the absence of their "star" player. While KC is not the nationally prominent player of these other fine ladies (except for her 3 point shooting percentage), she certainly had a significant major impact on the Zag team on both sides of the ball.

    First, The lady zags have a 5-1 record playing the three (3) teams at the bottom of the WCC and three (3) teams in the mid-pack of the WCC since the KC injury. Having a 5-1 record without a starter, who played the first 75% of the season, out for the season, throwing in the fact that four of the games have been on the road, while only two (2) games have been in the friendly confines of the Kennel is something to be very proud of.

    Secondly, the six (6) teams we have defeated during this stretch have a season average of 64-68+ points a game. in the last 4 games, the lady zags have not allowed the opposition to score more than 50 points in any single game. Keeping these teams 15 or more points under their season average shows a team which is starting to come together on the defensive side of the ball. We have a long way to go, but we have had a chance to refine our strategies against easier competition before we have to face the top of the league. However, keep in mind, these same teams, have, on occasion, beaten the some of the top teams in the WCC.

    Offensively, the last two (2) games we have averaged approximately our season average of just under 70 points per game. We still have not put a full game together, and there are way too many missed shots, but the offense is showing more continuity over the past couple of games than it has in the previous four games.

    Winning games on the road, a good record since the KC injury, winning sole possession of the WCC regular season championship, and a sense that the defense and offense are starting to come together, what more do we need?

    After watching numerous teams ranked around the lady zags and above the lady zags, I have found that every team misses lay-ups, every team mucks up some bunnies and every team also fails to pick up the ball handler on their way to the hoop. Maybe not to the level exhibited, at times by our lady zags, but frequent enough to know that it is not an uncommon occurrence even by the #1 team in the country. While our highlights show some of the great plays by our Lady Zags, if you go to the Pepperdine web site to look at their highlights, you get to see where the Lady Zags were not quite so good.

    So what do our Lady Zags need to improve on (as always IMHO) to enhance our opportunities to win the WCC tournament and make some noise in the NCAA tournament?

    Defensively:
    The Truong's typically play very "in your face" defense. This is fine at the perimeter, however as the players move in, such tight defense, frequently let them get beat off the dribble and force some necessary help defense. The Truong's need to back off their defense when their opponents dribble inside the 3 point line and try and keep their opponent in front of them.

    Absolutely must get out to the perimeter to guard the shooters. Way too often, Gonzaga is leaving shooters open at the perimeter. Whether this is due to guards leaving their post or bigs refusing to get out on the switch, sometime somebody is going to hit those wide open shots (St. Mary's), we have to keep the shooters covered and the Lady Zags have to keep their arms/hands up. Much harder to shoot over outstretched arms than players just standing there.

    Offensively
    By watching the teams not named Gonzaga, their frontcourt rarely took the ball up against double- or more teams. The ball was passed inside to the frontcourt and as soon as the double team occurred the ball came back out. If the double team did not come, the frontcourt immediately took the ball to the hoop. One of the reasons the GU frontcourt has had such poor shooting percentages in recent games is that they insist on taking it up against double- or more teams looking for the foul, which has rarely been called. Quicker decision making and not taking the ball up against double or more teams, will improve the shooting percentages of the frontcourt.

    Look for the roll and backdoor cuts off the picks the frontcourt sets for the guards. Too many times the GU guards are looking to dribble away from the double team and wait too long to look for the frontcourt. Get the ball to the bigs immediately after the pick, when they are open, and you will have many more wide open lay-ups.

    Move the ball quickly around the key and take the open shot. When we shoot 18 or more 3 point shots, we typically get somewhere near our 65-70 point scoring average. When we keep forcing the ball inside, forcing up shots against double teams and running our half court offense, we typically score in the 50s. If we score in the 60s, I like our chances against any of the WCC teams.

    The ladies have done very well with the revised line-up. The Truong's are having to grow up faster than we would have liked, but they have the talent.

    Minimize the turnovers and easily, fixed errors and we should be fine for the next couple of weeks, hosting the WCC tournament trophy a couple of weeks from Tuesday.

    You got this ladies,

    Go Zags,

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    Last edited by ZagDad84; 02-24-2020 at 10:13 AM.

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    With a bye this week, its a good week to heal, rest and get back to basics. As ZD said in his last sentence... I call it tightening things up, Bunnies, passes... misses and turn overs are stops. GU WBB will from now on play the best of the conference and then the dance... so nothing but playing their “A” game will do. It starts this Saturday.

    Go Zags!!

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