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    For the first time in many years, the WCC Mbb and Wbb are not congregating in Las Vegas in person to kick off the college basketball season. It appears this year a WCC sports columnist put together a written summary of the league overall and each team individually.

    2021-22 Women's Basketball Season Preview
    Jeff Faraudo (WCC Columnist)

    For the first time in nine seasons, the Gonzaga women are not projected as West Coast Conference champions by the league’s coaches. BYU gets that honor, and deservedly so.

    But few are counting out the Zags.

    “They’re not going anywhere,” Santa Clara coach Bill Carr said.

    Saint Mary’s coach Paul Thomas believes BYU is the favorite but laughed at the notion Gonzaga will fade from contention. “I’m never fooled by that kind of stuff.”

    “BYU has its whole team coming back. They have to be everybody’s top pick,” USF’s Molly Goodenbour added. “But Gonzaga is Gonzaga — they kind of reload. Even though they lost some players, they have a great system.”

    Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier, whose team graduated three elite players including a pair of former WCC Player of the Year honorees, said that’s all part of how this works.

    “I’ve said it before, the sign of a good program is you lose good players every year,” Fortier said. “The goal doesn’t change.”

    To achieve that goal and stay on top, Gonzaga will need to overcome a BYU squad that Carr says is underrated nationally. “I saw the AP poll and they weren’t even receiving votes. I was shocked by that,” he said. “A team that had a chance to beat the runner-up in the NCAA tournament.”

    The Cougars lost 52-46 in the second round of the NCAAs to an Arizona squad that went on to lose by just one point to Stanford in the national championship game.

    BYU, like so many teams around the country, is deeper and more experienced this season because players were given the chance by the NCAA to play another year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic the past two seasons.

    BYU coach Jeff Judkins loves his team, but he knows the WCC won’t be forgiving. “This is my 11th year [in the WCC] and this is the best we’ve been from 1 to 10,” he said of the league’s depth. “Everybody’s got everybody back.”

    Almost everybody, anyway.
    You can read the individual team summaries and see the pictures here: https://wccsports.com/news/2021/11/9...n-preview.aspx

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    BYU is handling the Cavinder twins from Fresno St., up 20 late.

    St. Mary's has had a couple of 4th quarter rallies to pull out close wins (Nevada, UC Davis).

    USF just got crushed by Cal, playing in a darn near empty Chase Center (Golden State Warriors arena).

    Pacific had a double digit lead early but collapsed in the 2nd half against UC Riverside.

    San Diego had a 4th quarter rally that fell short against Washington last night. Cut a 16 point deficit down to 3, but couldn't get closer. Teams combined for 61 TOs. That is not a misprint.

    Fairly hit and miss results for the WCC thus far.

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    I gotta rant a little. I watched the USF game. The arena was empty. There probably weren't more than 100 people in there. Official attendance listed as 2057. Absolutely bogus. There's a double header w/ the men, that might be tickets sold, but none of those people were there. Why count tickets sold instead of people that enter the building? Makes no sense at all.

    I streamed 2 games today w/ the exact same scenario. Utah played a home game w/ absolutely nobody there, and claimed attendance of 1600+. Guaranteed there weren't even 1/4 of that number there.

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    BYU took out a ranked Florida St. team today. The Cougs are having a good OOC so far.

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    Yes, Florida State was ranked 17th going into today.

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    BYU edges #22 West Virginia. Might find themselves ranked in the next poll. 7-0 and 2 wins over ranked teams.

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    Pacific just threw a major scare into Oregon St. Led most of Q4 before coming up just short 76-72. Were 2-4 coming into the game w/ only 1 win against a D1 opponent, so there was absolutely no reason to expect this. Anaya James was unstoppable w/ 31 points.

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    BYU is #21 in the AP and #23 in the coaches poll this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    BYU is #21 in the AP and #23 in the coaches poll this week.
    And Oregon State was the reverse: #23 in AP poll and #21 in Coaches poll.

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    Future Lady Zag opponent, UC Davis is up 7 over #18 Oregon with less than 5 minutes remaining.

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    Down goes KG's squad 64-57 by UC Davis.

    Ducks are now 3-3 on the season.

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    #22, 7-0 Florida Gulf Coast goes down to unranked Princetcon 58-55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Down goes KG's squad 64-57 by UC Davis.

    Ducks are now 3-3 on the season.

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    I don't know how good they are this year but watched a lot of the game. UC Davis pretty much had the lead for most of the game. Year-in-and-year-out they are a really good program. Tough, gritty, disciplined, and usually a bunch of good shooters.

    Jennifer Gross has done a nice job down there over the years. Seems like an Aggie-lifer as well.

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    #18, undefeated Ohio State goes down to 3-4 Syracuse, 97-91.

    Lots of loses in the lower reaches of the Top-25. Maybe some room for the lady Zags to make it into the Top-25 next week if the can beat Wyoming.

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    Read the WCC article again….

    Two things stuck out to me.
    First was BYU returning all of last years team.
    Second was CLF saying that every year our team looses great players… which is true.

    The coaches know that GU WBB runs a program that reloads year after year. I wonder, knowing BYU plays their starters for the most part close to a full game, how do they plan on filling those positions with experienced players?. Their players have started for a number of years.
    With GU WBB, there is evolution. From spot player to rotation player to starter. We have had great players not start until their senior years yet have a lot of playing time as part of the rotation.

    I know there has been a lot of talk about BS should be getting more time on the court…. Well as good as she will be, give her time to learn and get comfortable. Last game 1 for 6 from the 3… I know she is better than that.

    As we have seen in the WCC… GU will still be getting the other teams best games. That’s called respect.

    Interesting about UC Davis…. Hope GU is taking note.

    ZD… I just don’t see GU WBB getting any respect this year in the rankings after last years early exit. I think we will need to prove again to them that we are worth of a spot in the top 25. If we get into the dance, as we should, I see a low ranking in the tournament.

    Go Zags!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipZag View Post
    ZD… I just don’t see GU WBB getting any respect this year in the rankings after last years early exit. I think we will need to prove again to them that we are worth of a spot in the top 25. If we get into the dance, as we should, I see a low ranking in the tournament.

    Go Zags!!
    The Good News is that the Lady Zags got asked to participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis next year. One of, if not the, best Wbb tournaments around with all 8 teams being quality teams. If the Lady Zags had not garnered some respect, they would not have been asked to that quality tournament.

    Unfortunately, when you don't live up to your seeding (when you're seeded in the Top 7 and favored in round 1), year after year, in the NCAA tournament that stigma sticks and it takes a lot of shoveling to get back toward the top. Unlike the Spokesman-Review which thinks a 25 win season just about guarantees an "at-large" bid, I have no such hope. Wins over very good mid-major teams just does not carry the same weight a win over ranked teams, a win over P5 teams or preferably wins over ranked P5 teams. We have played Idaho State and will play UC Davis and SF Austin, all of whom are predicted to win their league. I just don't see the writers caring if we beat both UC Davis and SFA, but they care will if we lose.

    IMO, the Lady Zags better not lose any more OOC games, maybe split with a ranked BYU team in conference, and make it to the WCC championship game, then I think the Lady Zags will be in the Top-20 in the polls (maybe the Top-15) and have essentially guaranteed an NCAA "at-large" bid. Anything else, then I think they are going to need help from more than one somebodies along the way. Best not to leave it in the hands of the committee, you most likely will not like what you hear.

    Go Zags,

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    St. Mary's ran away from Fresno St. in the 2nd half. I can't figure out Fresno St. They have talent but are gonna fall to 2-6. Watched them nearly beat Cal in Berkeley this week. The Cavinder twins can keep them in most games.

    SMC is being led by former UW transfer Ali Bamberger w/ a monster game--25 pts/19 reb.

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    Looks like BYU and Utah have a good game going. Cougs have been leading most of the way. Harding and Gonzales doing almost all of the scoring.

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    Yeah,

    If Utah wants to have a chance, they have to keep BYU from shooting over 60% from the field and over 55% from 3.

    Interesting that it appears that Laura Gustin is not playing in this game, at least not yet.

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    The BYU-Utah game is now showing on Pac-12 network.

    It had been superseded by the WSU vs USC Mbb game.

    Just starting the 3rd quarter and Utah can't seem to guard BYU under the basket or out on the 3-point line. A very dangerous combination for the Utes.

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    The announcers just said that Laura Gustin is one of four (4) BYU players who are out today under the Covid protocols.

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    Being shorthanded doesn't seem to be hurting the Cougs.

    Harding is going off, 29 on 12-15 shooting.

    Maxwell had 1 good quarter but was MIA in Q1 and Q3. She's good but inconsistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Being shorthanded doesn't seem to be hurting the Cougs.

    Harding is going off, 29 on 12-15 shooting.

    Maxwell had 1 good quarter but was MIA in Q1 and Q3. She's good but inconsistent.
    BYU has 19 players on this year's squad, being 4 players short will have little impact on them particularly since Gustin is the only starter missing.

    Utah making a big comeback. Finally starting to hit their 3's and the Utes have been playing better defense.

    Utes down 5 with 22 seconds to go.

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    Harding w/ 33, Gonzales 19. The rest of BYU has combined for 30.

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    Utes down 3 with 13.4 seconds to go.

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