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  1. #26


    Bree Salenbien was the winner of the 3 point contest. In the finals it was Bree against Eliza Hollingsworth. Eliza had the most 3 pointers made in the 1st round 13. We have no shortage of good 3 point shooters on this team, no worries in that department. Cierra and one of the Troung's shot in the 1st round 3 point contest and both made it close in the 1st round.

  2. #27


    Blue team coaches Clinesmith/Tucker 30 defeats Red team Fortier/Greene 25.

    CLF who watches game said her hubby was not happy when he loses and goes home. CLF said this in interview before game (LOL).

    Player of the Game #14 Kaylynne Troung 5-7 FG, 2-2 3 pointers, 12 points.

    As far as the new players 2 stood out today.

    #35 Bree 2-3 FG, 1-2 3 pointer, 1 steal.

    #10 Stokes 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist.

    Hard to gleam much from a scrimmage but CLF hit it on the head in pregame about Bree and Stokes.

    Abby was on her game 3-5 FG, 1-1 3 pointer. Ejim is going to get her points, just needs to make her bunnies/ layups consistently. Eliza is a good offensive weapon.

    Great hustle on a fast break by Melody, leadership by example thats Melody.

    Great to see our Lady Zags back on the court.

    Only a scrimmage but still cool none the less. Welcome New Lady Zags we are happy to have you in the Kennel.
    Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 10-16-2021 at 07:19 PM.

  3. #28


    Women's basketball treats fans to Numerica FanFest festivities
    Henry Krueger Oct 16, 2021

    An event that serves as the public’s first opportunity to gauge the talent of the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team, this year’s annual Numerica FanFest in the Kennel took place Saturday.

    With attendance no longer restricted at the McCarthey Athletic Center, the Zags felt a level of energy they hadn’t experienced since before the pandemic.

    For senior forward Melody Kempton, who’s from the area, it was difficult not having her family in attendance during last season, so it was special to have them at the scrimmage along with a crowd of excited fans.

    “Seeing the crowd there, how happy they were to see us, everybody coming up and saying hi [and] being able to point to my family in the crowd made a big difference for me so it was really amazing,” Kempton said.

    The FanFest featured a skills contest, three-point shooting contest and a four-quarter controlled scrimmage with each quarter lasting four minutes.

    In the skills challenge, sophomore forward Yvonne Ejim was the winner, as she defeated sophomore guard McKayla Williams in the championship round.

    Freshman Bree Salenbien, a point guard and wing on the team, was the three-point contest champion. A four-star recruit in high school and the highest-ranked recruit in program history, Salenbien showed signs of great potential in the intrasquad scrimmage.

    Competing for the blue team who won 30-25, Salenbien ended the scrimmage with five points — knocking down a three-pointer off the dribble and finishing through contact on a contested layup.

    According to GU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Lisa Fortier, Bree has been impressive so far.

    “Bree is really heady, she can really shoot it and she competes in the live situations really well,” Fortier said. “She’s learning two positions right now and sometimes people have a hard time learning one. I think she did a pretty good job of being able to be a backup point guard and a wing."

    The game’s leading scorer was junior guard Kaylynne Truong of the red team, who had 12 points. For some of the game, she was guarded by her twin sister, junior guard Kayleigh Truong of the blue team, which made for an interesting sibling matchup. Unlike Kaylynne, Kayleigh served her team as more of a distributor than a scorer, as she had four assists in a little over 13 minutes of play.

    Kayleigh was pleased with how the team is gelling together ahead of the season.

    “I always like to look at the positives, so just playing today, I think this group has a lot of potential,” Kayleigh said. “I’m super excited because being off the court with them, we’re family, we’re so close, and then that helps on the court too.”

    Expectations are running high for the Zags after finishing last season 23-4 overall and holding a 16-1 record against West Coast Conference (WCC) opponents — winning the program’s ninth conference title and appearing in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.

    In the WCC in preseason polls, GU was picked to finish second in the conference, with Kempton being named to the Preseason All-WCC Team. GU has finished with the best conference regular-season record in 16 of the last 17 seasons and has a conference record of 242-31 over the past 16 seasons.

    After an exhibition matchup against Central Washington University on Nov. 6, the Zags begin their 2021-22 campaign by hosting Montana State University. From there, the Zags will take on another Montana school — traveling to face the University of Montana.

    Behind a strong group of veterans like the Truong twins and Kempton and with skilled newcomers like Salenbien, GU looks poised for another successful season.

  4. #29


    TV Schedule is out for Lady Zags. The following games will be on SWX:

    14 Nov - Montana
    8 Dec- Washington State
    21 Dec- Eastern Washington
    30 Dec- San Francisco
    15 Jan- San Diego
    20 January- Portland
    5 Feb- BYU
    26 Feb- LMU

  5. #30


    Expectations prior to the season for some Lady Zag players.

    Looking for various double digit scorers for the Zags. This is best so the opposing team cannot key on a couple of players and make the team cave. With that in mind don't think that will be a issue. Can see nine different players on any given night that could score over 10 points in a game, those being Melody, Yvonne, Kayleigh , Cierra, Kaylynne, Abby, Bree, Eliza, and Anamarie.

    Looking at 3 breakout players compared to last year that being Sophomores Yvonne & Eliza, & Freshman Bree. Thinking all 3 have offensive talent, although Yvonne was terrible from FT line. Of course Bree especially will have to develop her defensive skills to go along with offensive skills at this level. Yvonne and Eliza already have one good year learning CLF defense under their belt.

    Looking at 2 players that might have to earn their minutes using the Dennis Rodman route, which means tenacious defense, steals, rebounding, fighting for loose balls etc. that being Esther and Calli.

    Have no idea at this point who will be our next defensive star, or best double teamers in a Trap? Love to see pressure defense leading to turnovers, quick hands individuals poking the ball away leading to a steal. Will we find some hidden defensive steal talents like previous Zags before them?

    Who will make their shots count the most, shooting at high shooting percentage? Its always nice to have as many players as possible shooting a higher FG percentage. When you shoot plan on making a basket, don't just throw it at the rim.

    Who will be good at getting to the free throw line? Who will shoot the highest percentage from the Free throw line? Good Free throw shooters have to make them in the clutch being immune to pressure who will that be? Games can be lost at the free throw line, so be ready when you get to the free throw line.

    Once that exhibition practice game starts to get the Lady Zags feet wet, I will be a quiet observer until after the first four regular season games.

    Ok tough Love time before season gets started for our four returning Zags that are likely starters. Yvonne shot a horrible 54% from the free throw line last year, thats hack a Shaq territory where teams purposely would foul to take their chances from the line. Melody shot 66% from free throw line last year. Kayleigh shot 69% last year. Cierra shot 93% but only got to the free throw line 15 times. Message Yvonne really needs to improve big time on her free throw shooting this year. Melody needs to continue to work hard on free throw shooting throughout the year.

    Abby in 25 games played last year for the Zags attempted 0 free throws, wow interesting stat.

    Another reason for Bree being a starter quickly and on the court as much as possible. I looked at one year 2019 of Bree's free-throw stats in high school she was 82 for 89 from the free throw line thats 92.1%. Her Senior year Bree made 112 free throws and shot 86.9%.
    Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 10-30-2021 at 08:44 PM.

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