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    WBB Set for Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic

    Zags will play three games over three days in Sioux Falls, Nov. 28-30

    Sioux Falls, S.D.The Gonzaga women's basketball team will be one of four teams to participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Nov. 28-30 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event will follow a round-robin tournament style and will mark the official start of the 2020-21 season for Gonzaga.

    Gonzaga will face South Carolina, the unofficial preseason No. 1 team for the 2020-21 season, along with South Dakota and Oklahoma. Last season, South Carolina finished 32-1 overall with a No. 1/1 ranking and claimed both the regular-season and tournament titles in the SEC. South Dakota also amassed 30 wins, finishing 30-2 overall with both the regular-season and tournament titles in the Summit League. The Coyotes closed the 2019-20 season ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press and No. 11 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. Oklahoma finished ninth in the Big 12 with a 12-18 overall record.

    "We are very excited to be part of this field," Head Coach Lisa Fortier said. "We always try to schedule a high-level tournament early in the season to give us an assessment of what our strengths are, and where we need to improve. This will be a great opportunity for our team."

    Gonzaga finished the 2019-20 season with a 28-3 overall record, and the Zags were projected to host the First and Second Rounds as a No. 3 seed before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs return an experienced core for the 2020-21 season, including reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year Jill Townsend and First Team All-WCC selection Jenn Wirth.

    The four programs participating in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic have a combined 41 NCAA Tournament appearances along with 24 Sweet 16s, five Final Four banners and one national championship (South Carolina, 2017). Flo Hoops will broadcast all six games.

    Tickets are $25 for each day (two games) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. November 12 at ticketmaster.com, with a limited amount available. Masks are required for all spectators and will be available for free at the door.

    About the Sanford Pentagon
    The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball.

    The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women's and Men's Basketball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit sanfordpentagon.com.

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    Great news for the GU WBB family...

    The ladies will be able to play infront of their family and fans!!

    Hopefully there will be more...

    Go Zags!!

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    Thanks TerpZag.

    Great news but big challenges for our Lady Zags. We play two (2) power 5 teams and one of the best mid-major teams playing near their home court.

    South Carolina is the preseason #1 in the country, Oklahoma took the Lady Zags out in the 1st round of the NCAA a few years back and South Dakota bombs away from 3-point range.

    The Lady Zags will probably be favored against Oklahoma (probably by a fair margin) and South Dakota (maybe a toss up considering the location of the game) and will likely be a double digit deficit to South Carolina.

    It looks like Oklahoma will host a non-conference game before the Bad Boy Mower Crossover Classic. The Sooners will play Houston at home 3-days (11/25) before the start of the tournament.

    The order of games is in favor of the Lady Zags. We probably play the easiest game first (Oklahoma), then play the 3-point shooting team (read less physical) next followed up with South Carolina. If the Lady Zags could win the first two games, a loss to the #1 team in the country would be a very minor wound while a win, even early in the season, would dramatically improve the Lady Zags chance of moving up the Top-25 list and help significantly during the NCAA selection process.

    Great start to the non-conference season. Let's hope the rest of the non-con season lives up to these first 3 games.

    Nice job CLF and Mike Roth.

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    From the University of South Dakota Wbb website:

    Coyotes to play in Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic
    By: Britni Smith, USD Sports Information
    11.06.2020

    VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota women's basketball has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic held at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The season-opening tournament is scheduled for Nov. 28-30 with the Coyotes scheduled to play three games in three days.

    The four-team round-robin tournament field boasts three Associated Press Top 25 teams, including No. 17 South Dakota. Joining them in the field are No. 1 South Carolina, No. 13 Gonzaga and Oklahoma.

    "We are really looking forward to participating in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic hosted at the Sanford Pentagon," said South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "This tournament allows our team to take on some of the most elite competition in the country! Plus, we are able to do this while staying in the great state of South Dakota! We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and we will certainly learn a great deal from this experience."

    South Dakota, the defending Summit League regular season and tournament champions, finished 30-2 a year ago in one of the program's most successful seasons in history. The Coyotes return three starters in Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Hannah Sjerven, preseason first-team pick Chloe Lamb and preseason second-team pick Monica Arens. Liv Korngable and Claudia Kunzer round out the senior class. Three-time Summit League Coach of the Year Dawn Plitzuweit begins her fifth season at the helm, boasting a 110-24 record with the Yotes.

    The cancelation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament left college women's basketball without a national champion to crown, but top-ranked South Carolina would have been the favorite in the tournament had it taken place. South Carolina rolled through the SEC en route to capturing regular season and tournament titles and boasting a 32-1 record. The Gamecocks lose two key seniors from last year's squad, but their top-ranked freshman class are no longer rookies. Aliyah Boston, who averaged 12.5 points and 9.4 boards per game, won the Lisa Leslie Award as a true freshman. She was the consensus National Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year. Reigning Naismith Coach of the Year Dawn Staley boasts four Sweet 16 appearances and the 2017 National Championship in her time at South Carolina.

    The first meeting between the Coyotes and the Gamecocks came last December in Columbia. Then-No. 5 South Carolina edged out South Dakota 73-60, with the Coyotes being the lone non-conference opponent to reach 60 points inside Colonial Life Arena.

    Another perennial mid-major powerhouse, Gonzaga has won 15 of the last 16 regular season West Coast Conference titles. The Zags, who finished 28-3 last year, were picked as preseason favorites again this year with reigning WCC Player of the Year Jill Townsend returning. Joining her on the All-WCC preseason team was fellow senior Jenn Wirth. The pair were two of three that averaged double-figures on a well-rounded Bulldog squad. Four-time WCC Coach of the Year Lisa Fortier enters her seventh year at Gonzaga.

    Oklahoma boasted a top-20 scoring offense last season led by preseason All-Big 12 guard Taylor Robertson. The nation's leading 3-pointer shooter splashed in 131 treys to set a single-season Big 12 record as a sophomore, averaging 19.1 points per game. The Sooners finished 12-18 on the year. Under longtime head coach Sherri Coale, who surpassed 500 career victories last season, the Sooners went to 19-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2000 to 2018 with three Final Four appearances.

    This will mark the Coyotes' first meeting with both Oklahoma and Gonzaga.

    "This event is going to be a special three days of basketball," said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for the Sanford Sports Complex. "Both the No. 1 women's and men's college basketball teams in the country are going to be playing at the Sanford Pentagon within three weeks of each other setting up a historic month of basketball."

    The four programs have a combined 41 Division I NCAA Tournament appearances along with 24 Sweet 16s, five Final Four banners and one national championship. FloHoops will broadcast all six games.

    Tickets are $25 for each day (two games) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at ticketmaster.com, with a limited amount available. Masks are required for all spectators and will be available for free at the door.
    Article Link: https://goyotes.com/news/2020/11/6/w...r-classic.aspx

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    From the University of South Carolina website:

    Gamecocks to Play in Women's Crossover Classic
    11/6/2020 2:05:00 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women's basketball will be one of four teams to compete in the 2020 Women's Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., Nov. 28-30. The four-team round-robin event will include South Dakota, Gonzaga and Oklahoma as well.

    "We're excited to be involved in the Women's Crossover Classic this season and travel to Sioux Falls, which is know is a great city for basketball," South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. "Everyone we've worked with on this event has been wonderful, and I know it will be among the best run tournaments in the country. After working through a preseason that has looked really different than previous years, these three games will be great to determine where we are as a team early in the season."

    The four programs in the event have a combined 41 NCAA Tournament appearances along with 24 Sweet 16s, five Final Four banners and one national championship. Flo Hoops will broadcast all six games.

    Tickets are $25 for each day (two games) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 at ticketmaster.com, with a limited amount available. Masks are required for all spectators and will be available free at the door.

    "This event is going to be three special days of basketball," said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for the Sanford Sports Complex. "Both the No. 1 women's and men's college basketball teams in the country are going to be playing at the Sanford Pentagon within three weeks of each other, setting up a historic month of basketball."

    Bad Boy Mowers, based in Batesville, Ark., and nationally known for its zero-turn mowers, is the title sponsor of the tournament. The company has a long history of supporting major college basketball events and postseason college football games.

    "Complete Sports Management is proud to partner with Sanford Health on the creation of the Women's Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, which will showcase some of the country's top women's basketball talent," said Lea Miller, tournament director. "This will be another opportunity to highlight and amplify women's college basketball."

    Sanford Health and the Sanford Pentagon will work closely with the schools and individual states to be ready to adjust based on guidelines and safety measures for all involved.

    Jeremy Cauwels, M.D., who is the senior vice president of quality at Sanford Health, is also a member of the NCAA COVID-
    19 Medical Advisory Group. The committee is responsible for providing guidance to NCAA Schools regarding training, practice and competition.

    All members of each team's traveling party will be tested regularly for COVID-19 once they arrive in Sioux Falls. All traveling members will remain in a controlled environment during their entire stay.

    The addition of these three games means South Carolina's eight-game non-conference schedule includes four teams that finished the 2019-20 season ranked in the top 20 in both national polls – UConn, NC State, Gonzaga and South Dakota. All four were either the regular-season or tournament champions in their conference.
    Article Link: https://gamecocksonline.com/news/202...r-classic.aspx

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    Guess the tournament news is not quite as important in Oklahoma. From the Sooner Wbb website:

    SOONERS REVEAL NON-CONFERENCE SLATE

    NORMAN – University of Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale and Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione released the Sooners' 2020-21 non-conference slate on Friday.

    The Sooners are set to host three games at Lloyd Noble Center in addition to playing four road contests.

    OU will open the season at home on Nov. 25 with Houston. The Sooners and Cougars met last year in Houston, with UH prevailing in that contest.

    The Sooners will then head to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, where they will play three games in three days from Nov. 28-30. Opponents will be determined at a later date.

    As previously announced, Oklahoma will meet Georgia in the seventh annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 6 in Athens, Ga. The matchup will mark the sixth meeting between the Sooners and Bulldogs and the first since 2009. Georgia leads the all-time series 4-1.

    The Sooners return to LNC on Dec. 13 to host Texas State in the first meeting between the teams since 2005. OU leads the all-time series with the Bobcats 2-0.
    OU closes out the calendar year with Arkansas Pine-Bluff at home on Dec. 29. The Sooners are 2-0 all-time against the Lady Lions, with both of those victories coming in Norman.

    Oklahoma's final schedule, with conference games, tip times and TV information, will be revealed on a later date.

    OU officials are continuing to work closely with top medical experts to ensure they are making decisions that are in the best interest of student-athletes, stakeholders and the university. At this moment, OU is anticipating the seating capacity of Lloyd Noble Center to be at approximately 25% for the 2020-21 season. Seating capacities are subject to change.

    Sooner Club members and season ticket holders will receive email communication in the coming days providing them an opportunity to opt in for tickets for the upcoming season. Fans interested in becoming a season ticket holder should submit an interest form to the OU Ticket Office.

    Full details on gameday procedures for the 2020-21 season will be announced soon.

    For more information on Oklahoma women's basketball, follow the Sooners on Twitter (@OU_WBBall) or like Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball on Facebook.
    Article Link: https://soonersports.com/news/2020/1...nce-slate.aspx

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    From the Slipper Still Fits:

    Gonzaga Set to Face Top Ranked South Carolina
    One of the biggest game in school history.
    By Peter Woodburn@wernies
    Nov 6, 2020, 11:19am PST

    The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be one of the four teams playing in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, Nov. 28-20. The round-robin tournament will begin the season, and will feature three stellar teams.

    After arguably one of their best seasons in school history, the Zags are ready to build on the previous year behind seniors Jill Townsend, LeeAnne Wirth, and Jenn Wirth. They will begin their season with one of the toughest opponents the Zags have ver faced: the South Carolina Gamecocks.

    South Carolina finished last season 32-1 and ranked No. 1 overall. They are the presumed preseason No. 1 team for this season. They will be the highest ranked team the Zags have faced since narrowly losing to the Stanford Cardinal last season.

    The rest of the field includes South Dakota, who finished last season 30-2, and Oklahoma, who finished the season 12-18.

    All of the games will be broadcast on Flo Hoops.
    Article Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/202...ad-boys-mowers

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    More than 700 people in Spokane County have been diagnosed with COVID since Saturday
    Posted: November 9, 2020 3:36 PM
    by Erin Robinson
    SPOKANE, Wash. — More than 700 people in Spokane County were diagnosed with the coronavirus over this past weekend.

    The county set another gruesome record, with more than 348 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed on Saturday alone.

    That marks the county’s highest single-day rate of new cases since the start of the pandemic. The county’s previous single-day high was reported on Friday with 187 new cases.

    Saturday was not an anomaly in terms of a significant rise in COVID-19 diagnoses; 162 were reported on Sunday and 202 were reported Monday.

    That equates to 712 new cases reported over the weekend, in addition to four new deaths.

    The majority of the new cases diagnosed over the weekend were in people ages 20-39. According to the latest data, people ages 20-29 made up 18.8 percent of the new cases, while people ages 30-39 made up an additional 18.8 percent of cases.

    Nearly 10 percent of new cases were in children ages 10 to 19 and 12 people were admitted to the hospital on Friday.

    Additionally, the majority of cases are concentrated in the 99019 zip code, but the spread is across most of the county.

    The increases likely come from people gathering on Halloween. The Spokane Regional Health District had warned the community to be careful and avoid large gatherings during the holiday.

    Spokane County has seen some of its biggest case increases following holidays; the same happened on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, though not to the same extent.

    Health experts are now concerned about the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. They have warned that there is really “not any safe group gathering.”

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    It is concerning in this Pandemic where cases are skyrocketing that the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic is allowing fans.

    This is a dangerous way for the Lady Zags to start the season in a closed arena. Great they are testing players, but letting fans in opens a hornets nest and in my opinion at this time is both irresponsible and not looking out for the welfare and safety of our student athletes.

    The Vaccine is making progress the fans can wait until we have it. Protecting the health of our student athletes should be the top priority.

    I'm excited about the top notch competition, but you cannot start our season haphazardly. Have we learned nothing from the NBA and WNBA bubbles with no fans?

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    Okay ZAG... any rain coming from your dark clouds?

    Due to the Covid-19 we have lost to date: 0 people under 20 years of age... 1 under 30... 2 more under 50 years of age in Spokane County... any thoughts on depression and suffering due to lock down?
    That is 3 people under 50 years of age out of 600,000 in Spokane County since we started counting 7+/- months ago.

    South Dakota has been open... funny how they are attracting these tournaments and why GU is ecstatic to being playing there. Players are tested all the time and the fans are asked to wear masks...

    Time to play ball and let the kids enjoy...

    FanFest!!!

    Go Zags!!

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