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    From the BYU Wbb website:

    BYU TO FACE GONZAGA IN WCC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Josh Carter
    8 Mar 2021

    LAS VEGAS — No. 2 seed BYU women’s basketball will take on No. 1 seed and No. 16-ranked Gonzaga on Tuesday, March 9, at 1 p.m. PST in the 2021 West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game. The Cougars and Bulldogs split the regular season series, with Gonzaga winning 63-56 in Spokane and BYU winning 61-56 in Provo.

    The matchup will be broadcast live on ESPNU and audio broadcasts will be available on BYU Radio 107.9 FM, the BYU Cougars App and on BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio.

    No. 2 BYU vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Game Notes

    ABOUT NO. 2 BYU (18-4, 14-3)

    The Cougars dominated No. 3 seed San Francisco 85-55 in the WCC semifinals Monday to advance to the WCC Tournament title game for the second time in three years
    The last time BYU reached the WCC Tournament championship game was in 2019, when the Cougars defeated Gonzaga 82-68
    BYU is making its sixth WCC Tournament title game appearance since joining the conference in 2011. The Cougars are 3-2 in the WCC Tournament championship game

    2020-21 WCC Co-Player of the Year Shaylee Gonzales is the WCC’s second-leading scorer and is averaging team bests in points (18.1 ppg), assists (3.9 apg) and steals (2.4 spg). Following Gonzales, fellow 2020-21 All-WCC First Team members Paisley Johnson Harding (14.1 ppg) and Lauren Gustin (11.7 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring. Gustin ranks second in the nation in rebounds per game (12.8 rpg) and has tallied 14 double-doubles on the season, good for 11th in the country. Sara Hamson, a 2020-21 All-WCC Honorable Mention, is averaging a league-best 2.5 blocks per game. Fellow 2020-21 All-WCC Honorable Mention Tegan Graham is averaging 8.1 points per game off the bench. Head coach Jeff Judkins is the 2020-21 WCC Coach of the Year.

    As a team, BYU entered the 2021 WCC Tournament ranked 16th in the nation in assists per game (16.9 apg) and 26th in field-goal percentage defense (.362)

    ABOUT NO. 1 GONZAGA (22-3, 16-1)

    The Bulldogs defeated Santa Clara 72-62 in the WCC semifinals to advance to their 15th WCC Tournament championship game and their fourth in the last five seasons
    Gonzaga collected five All-WCC honors this season, tying BYU for the most in the league. Senior forward Jenn Wirth was named Co-Player of the Year along with Gonzales, while Wirth and senior guard Jill Townsend were named to the All-WCC First Team. Junior forward Melody Kempton was named WCC Sixth Woman of the Year, while Kempton, sophomore guard Kayleigh Truong and senior forward LeeAnne Wirth were named All-WCC Honorable Mentions.

    Townsend and Wirth pace Gonzaga with 13.8 and 13.1 point-per-game averages, respectively. Wirth leads the Bulldogs in rebounds (5.4 rpg), Townsend leads the team in steals (1.2 spg) while Truong is Gonzaga’s assist leader (4.2 apg).

    As a team, the Bulldogs are averaging 72.6 points per contest while allowing just 55.4. Gonzaga finished the regular season leading the league in assists (17.8 apg), rebounds (39.9 rpg), field-goal percentage (.474), three-point field-goal percentage (.367) and scoring margin (17.5)

    SERIES HISTORY

    Gonzaga leads the all-time series over BYU, 18-13
    The Cougars are 3-2 against the Bulldogs in the WCC Tournament, including 2-1 in the title game
    The two teams split the regular season series, with BYU most recently defeating Gonzaga 61-56 in Provo on Feb. 18

    BROADCAST INFORMATION

    TV: ESPNU
    TV Talent: Paul Sunderland (play-by-play), Andraya Carter (analyst)
    Radio: BYU Radio 107.9 FM
    Streamed Audio: BYU Cougars App, BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio
    Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Kristen Kozlowski (analyst)
    Live Stats: BYUCougars.com
    Article Link: https://byucougars.com/story/w-baske...mpionship-game

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    No hype needed: Gonzaga-BYU women round 3 for WCC Tournament title
    UPDATED: Mon., March 8, 2021
    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
    (509) 459-5437

    Don’t expect a big motivational speech on Tuesday from Gonzaga women’s coach Lisa Fortier.

    BYU coach Jeff Judkins won’t need one either; in fact, both coaches may talk their players down from the ceiling of the Orleans Arena, where the Zags and Cougars will play at 1 p.m. for the West Coast Conference tournament title.

    For BYU, the surest way off the NCAA Tournament bubble is to win the league’s automatic bid.

    The Zags, their ticket to San Antonio punched long ago, are playing for something a little more personal. This year’s seniors have won 4 straight WCC regular-season titles, but it’s been 3 years since they raised the tournament trophy.

    “We want the confetti,” senior forward Jenn Wirth said last week.

    Last year, GU lost to Portland in the semifinals. Two years ago, they fell in the title game to BYU, which also returns several players from that 2019 team.

    Gonzaga (22-3) has won 21 of its last 22 games, is ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll and still has a shot at a high seed at the NCAAs.

    BYU (18-4) has even more to play for. Two weeks ago, the Cougars were penciled in for an at-large berth by most experts. Then came a rough trip to the Bay Area, as they barely won at Santa Clara and got drubbed at San Francisco.

    As of Monday, they were among the First Four Out by ESPN.

    “I think we deserve to be in the Tournament,” Judkins said last week. “Even by losing a game to San Francisco on the road. We should still be in the hunt.”

    On Monday, the Cougars made their case, throttling USF 85-55 in a game that was every bit that one-sided.

    Trailing 19-16 after one quarter, BYU outscored the Dons 49-13 in the middle quarters to advance to the title game.

    Earlier on Monday, the Zags struggled to a 72-62 win over Santa Clara.

    Even after winning, “We were frustrated,” senior Jill Townsend said. “We just let them get to their tendencies a little too much, and we didn’t have a hand in their face quick enough when they got those shots off.”

    Expect more intensity from the Zags on Tuesday. “BYU is always a game we circle on the calendar,” Townsend said.

    The teams split their two regular-season games. GU won 63-56 in Spokane on Feb. 2 but fell 61-56 two weeks later at BYU.

    The game will feature the WCC’s Co-Players of the Year, Jenn Wirth of Gonzaga and Shaylee Gonzales of BYU.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...d-3-for-wcc-t/

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    Pre-Game write-up from GoZags:

    Bulldogs Ready for BYU in WCC Tournament Championship Tuesday
    Second time in three seasons Zags & Cougars have matched up in WCC Finals
    Women's Basketball
    3/8/2021

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The No. 16/15 and No. 1-seeded Gonzaga women's basketball team is set to face No. 2-seeded BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship March 9 at 1 p.m. PT inside The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

    #16/15 GONZAGA (22-3) vs. BYU (18-4)
    MARCH 9 | 1 P.M. | LAS VEGAS, NEV. | THE ORLEANS ARENA
    TELEVISION: ESPN+ | STREAM (ESPN) | LIVE STATS

    THE TIP-OFF
    - Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara 72-62 in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament to advance to its 15th WCC Tournament championship game and its fourth in the last five seasons.
    - With the win, GU improved to 22-3 on the season. It marks the fifth-straight 20-win season for the Zags, and the 19th 20-win season in program history.
    - For the second time in three seasons, Gonzaga will face BYU in the championship game. The Cougars bested the Zags back in the 2019 finals matchup, 82-68. BYU earned a trip back to the finals--its first since 2019--with an 85-55 victory over No. 3 San Francisco Monday afternoon.
    - The Zags secured the outright West Coast Conference regular-season title with a 95-49 victory over Pepperdine on Feb. 25 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. It's the fifth-straight regular-season title for the Zags and the 17th in program history.
    - Gonzaga concluded the regular season with another dominating performance, defeating visiting LMU 77-39 on Senior Day on Feb. 27. It extended the nation's leading home win streak to 25 straight games. The Zags haven't lost a game in the Kennel since the 2018-19 season. Currently, Gonzaga is tied with Stephen F. Austin for the nation's longest win streak. Maryland is third with 22 straight, while South Dakota (20 straight) and Rice (19 straight) round out the top five.
    - With the win over Loyola Marymount on Feb. 27, Gonzaga finished undefeated at home for the fifth time in program history and the second-straight season. It also marks the eighth undefeated home conference slate in program history.
    - Tuesday will mark the sixth time in program history that the Zags have played on March 9, and the second-straight season. All five of the games GU has played on the date have been part of the WCC Tournament; the Zags carry a 2-3 overall record on the day.
    - Gonzaga collected five WCC All-Conference honors this season, tying BYU for league-leading honors. Senior Jenn Wirth picked up Player of the Year honors--the first of her career--and the second-straight Zag and third in the last four seasons to earn the top award. Wirth was also selected to the All-WCC First Team along with Jill Townsend, the second such award for both. Melody Kempton was named the first-ever WCC Sixth Woman of the Year along with Honorable Mention All-WCC, the first all-conference awards for the junior forward. Kayleigh Truong and LeeAnne Wirth joined Kempton as All-WCC Honorable Mention, the second All-WCC award for Truong (All-Freshman in 2020), and the first All-WCC award for LeeAnne Wirth.
    - Currently, Gonzaga is ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 15th in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs have now been ranked or receiving votes for 54 consecutive voting weeks, dating back to Dec. 3, 2018.
    - Gonzaga leads the WCC and ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense, limiting squads to an average of 55.4 points per game.
    - The Zags are also one of the top rebounding teams in the nation. On average, Gonzaga out-rebounds its opponents by 13.8 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the nation in rebounding margin.
    - 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: 11-3, Gonzaga leads
    - ROAD: 7-5, BYU leads
    - NEUTRAL: 3-2, BYU leads
    - FIRST MEETING: BYU won 80-63 in Spokane in 1983-84
    - LAST MEETING: BYU won 61-56 in Provo on Feb. 18.
    - STREAK: BYU, Won 1

    SCOUTING THE COUGARS
    - BYU is 18-4 overall on the season following an 85-55 romp over San Francisco in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament Monday. The Cougars secured the No. 2 overall seed after finishing 13-3 in WCC play.
    - As a team, BYU averages 70.5 points per game shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from long range. The Cougars average 37.6 rebounds per game with a +4.5 rebounding margin with 17.0 assists per game, 7.6 steals per game and 4.3 blocks per game to go along with 14.4 turnovers per game.
    - Three players average double-figures for BYU, led by Shaylee Gonzales at 18.1 points per contest. Gonzales was named Co-Player of the Year in the WCC this season along with Gonzaga's Jenn Wirth.
    - Paisley Harding adds 14.1 points per game while Lauren Gustin chips in 11.7; both Harding and Gustin were named to First Team All-WCC.
    - Gustin adds 12.8 rebounds per game to lead BYU; the sophomore forward led the WCC in rebounding this season and collected the most double-doubles in the conference with 13. GU's Jenn Wirth ranked second with nine.
    - Six-foot-seven senior center Sara Hamson leads the Cougars and led the WCC in blocks per game with 2.62. Hamson is also the active career leader among all NCAA D-I players with 392 career blocks.
    - Three players have over 70 assists on the season, led by Gonzales with 85 total on the season for a 3.86 per game average, good for sixth in the WCC. Harding (74, 3.36 apg) and Albiero (71, 3.2 apg) rank second and third for the Cougars, respectively.
    Article Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/3/8/wom...p-tuesday.aspx

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