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    From the San Diego Wbb Website:

    Toreros Return Home to Face Pilots, No. 16 Zags
    San Diego will face Portland and nationally-ranked Gonzaga this week

    SAN DIEGO - San Diego women's basketball returns home to face Portland and No. 16 Gonzaga inside Jenny Craig Pavilion. Tipoff against the Pilots is set for 6 p.m. (PT) and Saturday's contest against the Zags is set for 2 p.m. (PT).

    Thursday's contest against the Pilots will be broadcast on WCC Network. The matchup against nationally-ranked Gonzaga will air on Fox Sports regional networks and Fox Prime Ticket. Live statistics will be available for both contests via USDToreros.com.

    Saturday's contest marks the program's annual Pink Game as the Toreros will don pink uniforms in support of the Kay Yow Foundation. Donations to support breast cancer research can be made through the team's fundraising page here.

    Due to current state and local health guidelines, no fans are currently permitted inside Jenny Craig Pavilion. Fans can tune in via livestreaming options and live statistics coverage.

    LAST TIME OUT
    • San Diego shot 50 percent from beyond the arc as the Toreros took a 21-14 first quarter lead and did not trail from there on the way to an 82-59 victory against Pepperdine on the road on Monday.

    • The Toreros had two players score in double figures, led by senior Myah Pace, who had 22 points and six assists. Steph Gorman tacked on 14 points, four assists and two steals, and Jordyn Edwards added six points and three steals.

    • The San Diego defense was effective at taking away the basketball in Monday's game, forcing 24 Pepperdine turnovers while committing nine. Those takeaways turned into 31 points on the other end of the floor. Edwards' three steals led the way individually for the Toreros.

    • San Diego started off strong, putting together a 21-14 lead heading into the second quarter. Pace got the Toreros rolling, coming out 3-for-3 from the field in the first few minutes. USD coasted to the win from there, increasing their margin of victory by outscoring the Waves 24-16 in the fourth quarter. San Diego fired away from deep in the fourth quarter, knocking down five shots to account for 15 of its 24 points.

    ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST NO. 16 GONZAGA
    • Saturday's matchup marks the first of the 2020-21 campaign between nationally-ranked Gonzaga and San Diego. The Zags lead the all-time series at 47-23. The Toreros will look to snap a nine-game losing streak against Gonzaga.

    AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
    • Gonzaga is the only nationally ranked opponent the Toreros have faced since the 2017-18 season. During the three-year span, San Diego has not broken through in any contest.

    • The Toreros and Gonzaga last matchup in the postseason was the 2018 WCC Championship game, where USD fell 79-71 in Orleans Arena.

    AMONG THE COUNTRY'S BEST - STEAL CITY IN THE RANKINGS
    • San Diego's defense continues to be a powerhouse in NCAA Division I.

    • San Diego is currently second in steals per game, third in total steals, fourth in turnovers forced and fourth in turnover margin. The Toreros yet to dip below top 10 in any of these categories during conference play in 2020-21.

    • Edwards is also among the country's elite defenders, ranking 11th in steals per game and 16th in total steals on the season.

    OFF THE COURT SUCCESS
    • Senior Pace is among the 60 men's and women's basketball student-athletes who have been selected as candidates for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award. She is one of only two women's basketball athletes to represent the West Coast Conference.

    • To be eligible for the award, a scholar-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Pace's accomplishments transcend the basketball court as the all-time single-season steals leader as worked to create impact in her community.

    LEADING THE WAY
    • A group of San Diego's seniors continue to lead the way for the Toreros in most statistical categories as Pace's recent performance has her leading all scorers averaging 12.0 points per game.

    • Edwards continues to be a force on both sides of the ball, leading the Toreros in steals per game averaging 3.2 takeaways on the year. Fellow senior Sydney Hunter has been a force off the glass as San Diego's best rebounder averaging 6.0 boards per game.

    THE HUNT FOR THE WCC CROWN
    • The Toreros will look to continue their dominance in the West Coast Conference after finishing the 2019-20 regular season ranked second in the WCC. San Diego earned the triple-bye to the WCC Tournament Semi-finals for the first time in program history to knock off Pepperdine.

    • San Diego then fell to Portland 64-63 in overtime in the WCC Championship and qualified for the 2020 WNIT prior to the season's cancellation in March. The postseason appearance would have marked the eighth under head coach Cindy Fisher's tenure at USD.
    Article Link: https://usdtoreros.com/news/2021/2/1...o-16-zags.aspx

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    From the GoZags website:

    WBB: Zags Look to Bounce Back at San Diego Saturday
    Final regular-season road contest for the Zags
    Women's Basketball 2/19/2021

    SPOKANE, Wash. – The No. 16/16 Gonzaga women's basketball team travels to San Diego to take on the Toreros inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The game is set to be broadcast on multiple networks, including ROOT Sports NW, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and NBC Sports California.

    #16/16 GONZAGA (18-3, 13-1 WCC) at SAN DIEGO (12-5, 9-3 WCC)
    FEB. 20 | 2 P.M. | SAN DIEGO, CALIF. | JENNY CRAIG PAVILION
    TELEVISION: ROOT SPORTS NORTHWEST | LIVE STREAM (OUT OF REGION) | LIVE STATS

    THE TIP-OFF
    - The Bulldogs fell at BYU 61-56 Thursday evening, marking the first loss for the Zags since Dec. 8, 2020, effectively ending the third longest win streak in the nation at 17 games.
    - With the loss, the Zags dropped their first WCC game of the season.
    - Saturday will mark the 11th time in program history that Gonzaga has played on Feb. 20. and the second-straight season. The Zags carry a 4-6 overall mark on the day. Last year at Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga registered 18 steals in a 75-47 victory, which tied for the most steals in a single game under Head Coach Lisa Fortier.
    - Currently, Gonzaga is ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 16th in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs have now been ranked or receiving votes for 51 consecutive voting weeks, dating back to Dec. 3, 2018.
    - The Bulldogs return three starters and nine letter winners from last season's squad that claimed the Zags' fourth consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title.
    - In 2019-20, Gonzaga rose to its highest regular-season national ranking ever, securing a No. 11 AP and No. 10 ranking in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. Prior to the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zags were predicted as high as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were expected to host the First and Second Rounds for the first time since the NCAA changed hosting rules for the tournament in 2014-15.
    - Gonzaga returns 79.1 percent of its scoring and 79.2 percent of its rebounding from last season.
    - Gonzaga returns as one of the top defensive teams in the nation from a season ago. In 2019-20, the Bulldogs ranked third in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 51.9 points per game.
    - The Bulldogs won 28 games last season, including a 17-1 mark in WCC play to tie their own record for wins in a conference season. It was the fourth-straight 25+ win season and 12th 25+ win season in the last 13 seasons.

    SERIES NOTES
    - HOME: 25-8, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 19-15, Gonzaga leads
    - NEUTRAL: 3-0, Gonzaga leads
    - FIRST MEETING: Gonzaga won 64-60 at USD (1/5/87)
    - LAST MEETING: Gonzaga won 57-46 in Spokane (1/30/20)
    - STREAK: Gonzaga, Won 9

    SCOUTING THE TOREROS
    - Saturday will be the first time this season the Zags have faced San Diego; the first matchup, set for Jan. 21, was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within the San Diego program.
    - USD is 12-5 on the season with a 9-3 mark in West Coast Conference play, good for third place in the standings.
    - As a team, the Toreros average 66.6 points per game shooting 40.3 percent from the floor and 33.0 percent from long range. San Diego leads the league in steals at 14.1 per game; that mark also ranks second in the nation. Grand Canyon owns the top spot with 14.6 steals per contest.
    - Two players average double figures for USD, led by Preseason All-WCC selection Myah Pace at 11.8 points per game shooting 46.2 percent from the floor.
    - Jordyn Edwards ranks second in scoring at 10.4 points per game shooting 38.5 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from long range. Edwards also leads the Toreros in steals per game (3.2) and assists (3.9).
    - As a team, USD limits its opponents to 58.5 points per game to rank third in the conference behind Gonzaga (56.5 points) and BYU (58.1 points).
    - Since dropping a 63-56 decision against Saint Mary's at home on. Jan. 26, the Toreros have won seven of their last eight contests including a five-game win streak from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11.

    CLOSING IN ON 1,000
    [Feb. 19] Senior forward Jenn Wirth is the second Zag this season that has the 1,000-career point milestone within reach. Wirth currently has 992 career points; she is averaging 13.5 points per game this season and is expected to reach the milestone Saturday at San Diego.

    CLINCHING SCENARIOS
    [Feb. 19] The Zags still have a bit more work to do before they can clinch the outright WCC regular season title. With the loss at BYU Thursday, Gonzaga now needs two wins out of the next three contests to secure the title IF BYU also wins all of its remaining contests. However, if BYU loses Saturday against Portland at home, and Gonzaga defeats San Diego on the road, the Zags will clinch the regular-season title for the 17th time in program history and the fifth straight season.
    Article Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/2/19/wo...-saturday.aspx

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Coming off BYU loss, Gonzaga Women Look to Bounce Back at San Diego
    UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 19, 2021
    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
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    Saturday’s game at San Diego was almost an afterthought during Gonzaga’s virtual news conference on Tuesday.

    All the talk was about the showdown with BYU, and it fell to senior Jill Townsend to bring up the fact that the Toreros are among the nation’s Ieaders in steals.

    “But we don’t know that much else about them,” Townsend said before the conversation returned to BYU.

    Because of COVID-19 protocols, GU didn’t play the Toreros earlier this year in Spokane. With the end of the regular season almost here, there’s no plan to do so.

    But the Zags still have plans to win another West Coast Conference regular-season title. At 18-3 overall, they’re 13-1 in the WCC after losing Thursday night at second-place BYU (15-3, 13-2).

    Third-place San Diego (12-5, 9-3) still has an outside chance at a share of the title, but will need to knock off the Zags on Saturday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

    The Toreros hope to accomplish that with defense, the kind that beat Portland 66-59 on Thursday night.

    In that game, San Diego forced 20 turnovers, converting those into 28 points. The Toreros had 10 steals, leaving them second in Division 1 at 14.1 per game.

    San Diego’s offense also clicked against UP. With the help of 20 assists, the Toreros got 19 points from Steph Gorman, 12 from Kendall Bird and a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) from senior guard Sydney Hunter, who also had seven assists.

    Guards Myah Pace (11.8 ppg) and Jordyn Edwards (10.4) lead the way, but the Toreros are also deep, with seven players averaging at least six points a game. Meanwhile, Gonzaga is coming off an uneven performance at BYU. Forwards Jenn Wirth and Melody Kempton combined for 28 points – half the team total – and shot 12 for 23.

    The rest of the Zags shot 10 for 35; starting guards Townsend and Cierra Walker were 2 for 11 and totaled five points.

    Gonzaga finishes the regular season next week at home against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. For the first time this season, players’ families will be allowed to attend games in the Kennel.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...k-to-bounce-b/

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    Halftime, Zags up 36-22.

    Played an excellent 1st quarter, shot well scored 23 points and only had 3 turnovers.

    As has been the case in recent games, Zags flopped around on offensive in the 2nd quarter only scoring 13 points and had 4 turnovers. After a big rebounding edge in the first quarter, USD came back to almost even up the rebounds.

    Way too many missed bunnies. 2nd half starts with a missed bunny by JW and USD hitting a 3.

    Time to wake up Zags.

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    Glad to see Jill shake off that rust.

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    O'Conner is 0-2 and CW is 0-6, yet they are still playing in the game.

    I see LF finally is getting some minutes.

    Where are YE and EH?

    Zags following current script of being outplayed in the 3rd quarter. Right now with 3 minutes to go Zags being outscored 12-8.

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    Zags broke even in the 3rd quarter 13-13 to maintain their 14 point lead.

    First quarter 23 points, 2nd and 3rd quarter both are 13 points.

    Come on CLF, we need to get the Zag offense going. These games are much closer than they need to be.

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    Remember Defense...

    We all have said how important defense is to controlling the game....
    San Diego has had a number of games where they scored in the 60s and 70s and GU held them in the 40s. And yes I’m aware of them missing a couple of starters... I think we have been there. That is why the bench is so important.

    The offense... solid game in the paint. I thought the Wirths and MK played well. As for the 3s... back in the gym this week. Very important to have the 3 to open up the paint.

    As for the rotation... It’s the time of year that it should be figured out. I know they have the 3 players on the bench that are the first to come off... but there are times in the game where getting some of the other players court time isn’t working.
    When you see an open player and the player with the ball doesnt throw it to them... well it reminds me of years past when you were concerned with a player missing a bunny. The flow of the game goes out the window.
    The time is now to get prepared for the dance... and if things work out for the bench to see time at the end... great.

    Last week of conference... finish like you are prepared for the dance!

    Go Zags!! “Just Win Baby”

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    Yesterday's game.

    First, thank you Root Sports for broadcasting the game. It is nice that we did not have to live stream the game.

    Defense was the star of the day on Saturday. In each of the 4 quarters, the Zags only permitted the Toreros to score 10-13 points per quarter. Very consistent, never gave USD a chance to get back in the game. USD's call to national ranking is in the number of turnovers, number of steals and points off turnovers. The Lady Zags won each of these categories on Saturday; Turnovers Zags created 18 vs 14 for USD, Zags won the battle of the steals 11-7 and Gonzaga won the points off turnovers battle 19-13. When you better a team in the categories in which they are in the Top-10 in the nation, odds are pretty good you are going to win the game. The Lady Zags held USD to an overall shooting percentage of 27.5% and although the Toreros shot a decent 38.5% from long range, they only made 5 3-pointers. USD did shoot 20 free throws which is not way out of line but was considerably more than the Zags shot. Overall, a defensive job very well done ladies.

    The offense, at first glance showed significant improvement from the BYU game. Overall shooting percentage of 45.0%, and a 3-point shooting percentage of 37.5% were good. If the Zags shoot these percentages every game, the odds of winning go up significantly. Free throw shooting could use some improvement as Gonzaga only shot 69.2% for the game. Gonzaga did score 69 points in the game, which is just under their season average. So, everything is good, right?

    Not so much. Once again we had two 13 point periods (2nd and 3rd quarters) surrounded by two 20+ point quarters. The lady zags need to quit having multiple 12-13 point quarters and reduce that to one or none for future games. Bad quarters simply allow the opposition to get back in the game. Once again, the opposition played the lady zags equal coming out in the 3rd quarter. This has been an on-going problem over the past several games. CLF needs to get the ladies stoked coming out at half and whatever she is doing, it is not working.

    Gonzaga outscored USD 26-8 in points in the paint which is fantastic. What is not so fantastic is only scoring 26 points in the paint. Against USD, the Zags should have scored 35+ points in the paint. There was way too many lay-ups, short range jumpers, shots from the elbow simply missed. When you make your lay-ups, the shooting percentages go up to over 50% and you do not have to count on making long-range shots. Make the most of your match-up advantages, which I do not think the Zags did on Saturday.

    Finally, another game where the opposition shot considerably more free throws than the Zags shot. The aggressive offensive team generally gets the benefits of the calls. I think the Zags have been a little passive on the offensive side of the ball, anticipating the contact when contact does not come. The Zag opponents are taking it to the hoop forcing the hand of Gonzaga. Need to find that "eye of the tiger" mentality for tournament time.

    As for the rotation... It’s the time of year that it should be figured out. I know they have the 3 players on the bench that are the first to come off... but there are times in the game where getting some of the other players court time isn’t working. When you see an open player and the player with the ball doesn't throw it to them... well it reminds me of years past when you were concerned with a player missing a bunny. The flow of the game goes out the window. The time is now to get prepared for the dance... and if things work out for the bench to see time at the end... great.
    Generally speaking, I agree with you Skip. However, every player is not on in every game. In some games, several players may not be "on" for whatever reason. Sometimes a starter may need to simply just sit down and watch the game for a bit and can get their head back in the game. IMO, it is the coach's job to put the team in the best position to win the game with pre-game preparation, in-game management, and in-game changes as the game progresses. This may mean changes in the offense and defense schemes, it may mean changes in the personnel on the floor. I see no use in spending the year developing the depth of your bench only to abandon the depth during the end of the year. Yes, during tournament time rosters tend to contract and most of the time that is the way it should be. However, when your first 6-7 players are not getting the job done, don't show the energy, etc. then in any particular game, that contracted roster may need to be expanded. What does the coach need to do to put the team in the best position to win.

    For example, I thought CLF did a fine job on the USD game. I thought she brought in LS a little early as playing guard against the uber aggressive USD team put LS in a no win situation. However, I would have liked to see YE and maybe EH brought in a little earlier as I think YE and EH could have come in and played forward with little drop-off from the Wirths. Overall, I have no significant complaints with the way CLF managed the USD game.

    However, on the BYU game, I stand by my statements that, IMO, CLF flat dropped the ball. In the BYU game, you gave the starters and first off the benchers 3-1/2 quarters and the combination of JT, LW, CW and AOC were a combined 17+% overall, had only made one 3-point shot between the four of them. Given the Zags were down 10 points, expecting any significant offensive impact from those four players in the last 5 minutes was really a "Hail Mary" by CLF. . It was totally irresponsible to leave those unproductive (offensively) starters in the game. You had MK who was 5-8 sitting on the bench who could have replaced LW. You had K-14 who was 2-4 who could have replaced CW. These players already had played double digit minutes in the BYU game so bringing them in the game would not have changed the rotation but would have put at least 4 productive offensive players on the court to try and win the game. CLF cannot be afraid to change out the players if the players on the court are not helping the Zags win the game.

    I agree that playing bench players to simply get them PT at this time of year is not necessary and not necessarily desirable. I am all for playing bench players in specific situations if it gives the team a better chance at winning. Waiting until there are only 5 minutes left in the game is a little late in the game to expect bench players to save the day. We simply cannot continue to have starters or first-off-the-benchers going 0-anything if the Zags want to win; you simply cannot play 4 on 5 or worse on the offensive side of the game and expect to win.

    Let's hope that CLF quits trying to fit that square peg in the round hole the rest of the season.

    Only 2 games to go.

    Let's go get them ladies,

    This week, families will finally get a chance to see you play in person.

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    Agree ZD with most of your thoughts....

    Haven’t seen that perfect game yet... so we will always have something to say

    When a player is having a problem with a part of their game, I’m sure that we aren’t the only ones noticing. The thing is, what do you do to correct the problem... and when. CW is struggling and I would think she would be the first to admit it. When a player is struggling.... do you let them work it out on the court or have them take a seat? How you handle every player is different... and good coaches need to know their players and what to do to get the problem resolved.
    You need all cylinders firing to be a complete team.

    This week is very important for preparing for the next step to the dance and preparing for the dance. The starters have had a good season to save the knees... now is the time to see some time on the floor to prep for what could be games against BYU level teams.

    Senior week with the parents....

    Go Zags!! “Just Win Baby”

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipZag View Post
    Agree ZD with most of your thoughts....

    When a player is having a problem with a part of their game, I’m sure that we aren’t the only ones noticing. The thing is, what do you do to correct the problem... and when. CW is struggling and I would think she would be the first to admit it. When a player is struggling.... do you let them work it out on the court or have them take a seat? How you handle every player is different... and good coaches need to know their players and what to do to get the problem resolved.
    You need all cylinders firing to be a complete team.
    When the outcome of the game is not in question, the coach has the luxury of a variety of options at her (or his) disposal; Leave them in and shoot themselves out of their slump, sit them for a period of time to watch the game from the sidelines and then put them back in, maybe sit out a game, etc. No right or wrong answer. The coach knows how each player responds to a variety of types of encouragement.

    However, when the outcome of the game is in doubt, the number of options available to the coach, if the coach wants to win the game, is greatly reduced.

    My biggest concern (recently) with this team is the inconsistency on offense and not being able to outplay their opponents coming back out after half. Give me four (4) solid quarters on both sides of the ball and I will be happy. Has not happened in quite a while.

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    USD game recap from the USD Wbb website:

    Toreros Fall to No. 16 Gonzaga
    San Diego falls 69-47 in a top 25 matchup
    Game Recap: February 20, 2021

    SAN DIEGO - The Toreros (12-6, 9-4 WCC) bench tacked on a double digit performance, but San Diego fell 69-47 to No. 16 Gonzaga (19-3, 14-1 WCC) at home on Saturday afternoon.

    The Toreros had two players score in double figures, led by Steph Gorman, who had 13 points and three steals. Myah Pace added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Kiera Oakry added three points.

    Led by Pace's three offensive rebounds, San Diego did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards that resulted in 12 second chance points.

    San Diego forced 14 Gonzaga turnovers as the Toreros turned the takeaways into 13 points on the other end of the floor. Gorman's three steals led the way for San Diego.

    San Diego struggled out of the gate, falling behind 23-10 at the end of the first quarter.

    The Toreros held Gonzaga to only 13 additional points in the second quarter, but continued to lose ground. Seven players combined to boost USD's offensive efforts as the Toreros scored 7 of 12 points off of takeaways in the period. San Diego faced a 36-22 deficit headed into halftime.

    San Diego and Gonzaga both put up 13 points in the third quarter, keeping the deficit even at 49-35 entering the fourth. Amanda Olinger came out firing for the Toreros, nailing a three with nine and a half to go in the period. San Diego knocked down two three-pointers in the quarter to score six of its 13 total points.

    San Diego couldn't pull any closer in the fourth, losing by a final of 69-47. The Toreros pulled down five offensive rebounds to score six second chance points out of 12 total in the period
    Article Link: https://usdtoreros.com/news/2021/2/2...6-gonzaga.aspx

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    USD game recap from the GoZags website:

    Zags Handle San Diego 69-47
    Townsend leads all scorers with 16 points
    Game Recap: 2/20/2021

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 16/16 Gonzaga women's basketball team picked up its 19th win of the season with a 69-47 rout of San Diego Saturday afternoon inside Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.

    Gonzaga (19-1, 14-1 WCC) finished with three players in double figures, led by senior Jill Townsend with 16 points off 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range. The Okanogan, Wash., native added three steals, two assists and three rebounds in the win. Kayleigh Truong added 13 points and three assists, while Melody Kempton chipped in 10 points off 4-of-5 from the floor. Jenn Wirth dominated the glass, grabbing 12 rebounds in 25 minutes of play to go along with six points. Wirth is now just two points shy of 1,000 career points, sitting at 998 total points.

    The Bulldogs put together another solid defensive effort as they forced San Diego (12-6, 9-4 WCC) to shoot 27.5 percent from the floor for the game (14-of-51) while forcing 18 turnovers on the Toreros, leading to 19 points for the Zags. Gonzaga edged USD on the glass with a 39-35 advantage and dominated the paint with a 26-8 advantage inside.

    A quick start from the Zags with help from five straight points from Townsend put GU in front 9-3 just over four minutes into the period. Over the next 4:30, Gonzaga outscored USD 11-7 to take a 20-10 lead with just over a minute to go in the first. Kayleigh Truong extended the lead with a trey with six seconds remaining, giving the Zags a 23-10 edge after the first 10 minutes.

    The Zags held San Diego to just two points until the four-minute mark of the second period, forcing seven turnovers on the Toreros while extending their lead to as many as 19 points. With just under three minutes to play, Gonzaga held a 34-16 lead; USD closed the period on a 6-2 run to cut into Gonzaga's lead at the half, 36-22.

    Gonzaga held San Diego to 18.8 percent shooting in the third, but the Toreros drew eight fouls on GU, offsetting the dismal shooting performance with five points at the charity stripe. A bucket from Kempton at the 5:07 mark gave GU a 14-points advantage (42-28), but a 6-0 USD run over the next 90 seconds cut the lead to single digits for the first time since the first period. Jenn Wirth ended the cold spell for the Zags, sinking a jumper that sparked a 7-1 Bulldog run to put the Zags in front 49-35 heading into the fourth.

    The Zags shot 47.1 percent in the fourth, hitting 8-of-17 attempts for 20 fourth-quarter points while holding San Diego to 12 points off 30.8 percent shooting. Lily Scanlon forced a turnover with 41 seconds to go, finding Yvonne Ejim in transition for the go-ahead layup to extend the lead to 21 points. On the next possession, Scanlon drew a foul to head to the line, making one-of-two to seal the 69-47 victory.

    "Our team did a really good job handling pressure against a problematic defensive team today," Head Coach Lisa Fortier said. "I'm proud of the way we rallied and adjusted throughout the game. There were stretches where we were struggling, but we consistently made a team play to turn it around."

    San Diego was led by Steph Gorman with 13 points off a 4-of-10 performance from the floor while Myah Pace added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

    Gonzaga returns home for its final two regular-season contests of the season, starting with Pepperdine Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. The game is set to be broadcast locally on SWX. For up-to-date game time information, visit GoZags.com.
    Article Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/2/20/wo...ego-69-47.aspx

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    USD game recap from "The Slipper Still Fits":

    Gonzaga Gets Bounce Back Win Over San Diego
    Jill Townsend with a big game
    By Steven Karr Feb 20, 2021

    Gonzaga was a little upset after losing their first WCC game of the season on Thursday, ending their 17-game winning streak. They took out their frustrations on the third-place San Diego Toreros on Saturday afternoon. Three Bulldogs finished in double figures as Gonzaga picked up a 69-47 victory.

    After perhaps her worst offensive game of the season on Thursday against BYU, Jill Townsend came out on fire Saturday. The senior wing scored 12 first quarter points, outscoring USD by herself, as the Zags took a 23-10 lead after the first 10 minutes. The game would never get any closer.

    Townsend would finish the day with a team-high 16 points. Kayleigh Truong continued her stretch of good play, pouring in 13 points with three 3-pointers. Melody Kempton added 10 points off the bench and Jenn Wirth brought in 12 rebounds.

    San Diego, who entered the game 9-3 in the WCC, averages just under 67 points a game. Gonzaga’s defense held them to a paltry 27.5 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers. Lisa Fortier’s group has not lost back-to-back games in over four years.

    Gonzaga heads back to Spokane to host Pepperdine on Thursday. At 19-3 overall, they are one win away from another 20-win season. They also need just one win in their final two games to clinch another regular season WCC Championship.
    Article Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/202...over-san-diego

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    USD game recap from the Spokesman-Review:

    Jill Townsend lifts No. 16 Gonzaga women past San Diego 69-47
    UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 20, 2021
    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
    (509) 459-5437

    It’s been four years since the Gonzaga women lost back-to-back games in the West Coast Conference, and that streak will continue after the Zags won 69-47 on Saturday at San Diego.

    The 16th-ranked Zags were coming off a loss at BYU Thursday night that ended a 17-game winning streak along with any chance of going undefeated in WCC play.

    “It was definitely a response,” GU senior forward Jill Townsend said after the game.

    “We weren’t happy with how we played on Thursday, and we wanted to come here and prove to the rest of the WCC that that wasn’t going to happen again.”

    The Zags started quickly and finished strongly. They led 23-10 after one quarter and by as many as 19 late in the first half.

    A short-handed San Diego team got to within eight points before the Zags pulled away in the fourth quarter.

    With two games left in the regular season, Gonzaga is 19-3 overall and 14-1 in the WCC – one game ahead of BYU, which beat Portland 75-68 earlier Saturday.

    Chasing a fifth consecutive regular-season title, Gonzaga closes out the regular season at home next week against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

    BYU is at San Francisco and Saint Mary’s.

    Gonzaga led by 13 points after one quarter thanks in part to a stellar effort from Townsend.

    Held to a season-low three points at BYU, Townsend had 12 in the first quarter while making 5 of 8 shots and 2 of 3 from long range.

    Townsend finished with a game-high 16 points.

    The lead grew to 31-12 late in the second quarter, but San Diego closed to 36-22 at halftime.

    The third-place Toreros (12-6, 9-4) played without starter Jordyn Edwards for undisclosed reasons. Starter Kendall Bird was injured and didn’t return after playing 5 minutes.

    Still with an outside chance to win the title, the Toreros cut GU’s lead to 42-34 with almost 4 minutes left in the third quarter. San Diego had a chance to get closer following a GU turnover. After a GU timeout, the Zags forced a miss and LeeAnne Wirth fed sister Jenn for a layin.
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...en-past-san-d/

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