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    Default Gonzaga Women Have High Hopes for Next Season

    From the Spokesman Review:

    Gonzaga women have high hopes for next season behind strong group of frontcourt returners
    UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

    By Jim Allen
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    With all that’s happened in the college basketball world in the last two weeks, perhaps it’s better to look ahead to next year. That’s especially true if you root for the Gonzaga women, who dearly would have loved to follow a 28-3 season with a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

    The COVID-19 outbreak ended that dream, but the next one is only a few months off. Assuming the world gets back to normal by this fall, GU has the talent and experience to match or better this year’s record. The bar is high: The Zags went 17-1 in the West Coast Conference and reached program highs in the Associated Press ranking and coaches poll. Yet they return three starters – four if you count guard Kayleigh Truong, who took over from injured senior Katie Campbell late in the season – and lose only two players overall.

    The Wirth twins, Jenn and LeeAnne, should be even more dominant going into their senior year, as should their roommate Jill Townsend, the WCC Player of the Year. Certainly there will be questions: Who will take over at point guard for graduating senior Jessie Loera? Who will provide depth in the frontcourt? Will the Zags get more productivity from their bench, especially on offense? Who, besides Townsend, can offer a consistent 3-point shooting threat?

    Also, will Kylee Griffen and Eliza Hollingsworth bounce back from this year’s injuries? And can the Zags continue to dominate the WCC in the face of challenges from BYU, San Diego and a resurgent Portland program?
    Read the rest of the article here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...t-season-behi/

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    South Carolina tops women's college basketball's Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2020-21

    22. Gonzaga Bulldogs

    Unfortunately for both player and team, Gonzaga already got an extended look at life without second-leading scorer Katie Campbell after the senior's season-ending injury. But the final stretch of this season at least demonstrated that the Bulldogs still have a strong core. Moving to the 2020-21 season also means replacing point guard Jessie Loera, but twin sisters Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong showed a lot of promise playing together and separately as freshmen. And beyond all of that, Gonzaga returns WCC Player of the Year Jill Townsend and the kind of post play from twins Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth that mid-majors rarely enjoy. Incoming freshman McKayla Williams makes it six top-100 recruits on the roster. -- Hays

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    Thanks for the link TerpZag.

    Only three (3) mid-majors (not counting UConn) in the Way-To-Early Top-25; Depaul at #20, Gonzaga at #22 and Missouri State at #24. The Blue Demons must replace leading scorer Chante Stonewall and assists and rebounds leader Kelly Campbell. Missouri State loses leading scorer Alexa Willard which is a big blow. The 6-2 sharpshooter was a matchup nightmare for opponents, major and mid-major alike. But Missouri State will otherwise return largely intact.

    Gonzaga may be in the best shape of all the mid-majors with their returning starters and backups plus an experienced point guard in Cierra Walker which was not mentioned in the above article.

    If we can stay healthy, the Lady Zags could be within the Top-15 again next year and maybe the Top-10 depending on the OOC schedule and the success that Gonzaga has in the OOC.

    It is nice to see the national pundits, recognizing the Lady Zags with a pre-season Top-25 ranking. Notoriety is coming, maybe not as fast as we would like, but the ladies are working their way up the national rankings, year after year.

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    Some big news today that will effect too early projections for next year. Chennedy Carter from Texas A&M is going pro, Aari McDonald from Arizona is coming back for her Sr. year.

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    Yeah, Texas A&M (Carter) and Arizona (McDonald) did not play very well in the games these two (2) ladies missed. Texas A&M never really got back on track even after Carter came back. Arizona had that inexplicable loss to Cal in their last league game even though McDonald played.

    Great news for Arizona and not so much for A&M,

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