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    Default WBB Hosts No. 7 Stanford This Sunday

    Pre-Game preview from GoZags:

    WBB Hosts No. 7 Stanford This Sunday
    The Zags are coming off a big 69-39 win over Idaho State

    -/RV Gonzaga (3-0, 0-0 WCC) vs. No. 7/2 Stanford (2-1)
    SUNDAY, NOV. 21 | 1 P.M. | McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER | SPOKANE
    TELEVISION: SWX
    LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | 790 AM KJRB

    THE TIP OFF
    - The Gonzaga Bulldogs host No. 7/2 Stanford on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.
    - Gonzaga is coming off a dominant 69-39 win over Montana State. The Zags' bench scored 37 points for the team as junior Kaylynne Truong led the team overall for the second game in-a-row with 11 points.
    - GU is forcing an average of 15.7 turnovers per game and a total of 47 so far this season.
    - Stanford is coming off a 77-55 home win over the University of Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Haley Jones had the first triple double by a Stanford player in nearly 20 years. She finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
    - Before the home win over Portland, Stanford lost 61-56 to No. 25 Texas, snapping a 21-game winning streak for the defending national champion.
    - Stanford is one of three Pac-12 teams the Bulldogs is scheduled to play. The other two include the University of Utah at a neutral venue in Honolulu, HI over Thanksgiving break and Washington State University at home on Dec. 8.
    - Gonzaga starts three of its four first games at home. The lone road game was Montana on Nov. 14 before the team travels to the Rainbow Wahine Tournament in Hawaii over Thanksgiving.
    - The Bulldogs will face six teams that were part of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, including defending National Champions, Stanford.
    - Last season, the Zags advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year under head coach Lisa Fortier.
    - Gonzaga returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last season's squad that claimed the Zags' fifth consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title.
    -The Zags won their ninth WCC Tournament Title in 2021 with a thrilling victory over BYU in the championship game.
    - GU went undefeated last year at home with a perfect 9-0 record. Overall, the Zags have been undefeated at home since Feb. 16, 2019, with a 37-1 overall record in the last three seasons.

    SCOUTING THE CARDINAL:
    - Standford was the preseason pick to win the Pac-12 Conference by both the coaches and media.
    - The Cardinal is sitting at 2-1 on the season with a win against Portland and Morgan State along with a loss to No. 25 Texas.
    - That defeat against Texas snapped a 21-game winning streak for the defending national champion Cardinal and also marked the first non-conference loss at home since December 2017.
    - Stanford returns 12 of its 13 players from last year's championship squad, as Kiana Williams was the only departure after being drafted in the second round by the WNBA.
    - 82 percent of scoring, 95 percent of rebounding and 81 percent of Stanford's assists return to the floor for the Cardinal this season.
    - Tara VanDerveer is the winningest coach in women's college basketball history.
    - Several Cardinal earned spots on national preseason watch lists, including Haley Jones (Cheryl Miller Award), Lexie Hull (Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award), Francesca Belibi (Lisa Leslie Award) and Cameron Brink (Katrina McClain Award).
    Article Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/11/19/w...is-sunday.aspx

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    Pre-Game write-up from the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women hope to rise to challenge of No. 7 Stanford
    By Jim Allen
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    The box scores from the win over Idaho State had barely cleared the copy machine Thursday night when the Gonzaga players were asked about the next home game.

    That would be defending national champion Stanford, which visits the Kennel on Sunday afternoon. It’s the biggest nonconference game in the Kennel since the last time the Cardinal made this trip, back in 2018.

    The Zags won that game, 79-73, and figure to a have a decent shot of doing it again. GU is 3-0, with plenty of talent and depth to go along with a hunger to prove they deserve a spot in the national rankings.

    “I can’t wait,” said Cierra Walker, who watched that game from the bench as a transfer.

    “I think we’re all super excited,” senior Abby O’Connor said after the Zags’ 69-39 win over Idaho State.

    The Zags have played their share of marquee nonconference games in recent years, and have risen to the occasion every time.

    Four years ago, they hung with defending national champ Notre Dame in a Thanksgiving tournament; a year later it was the big win over Stanford, and in 2019 it was an overtime loss at then-No. 3 Stanford that catapulted the Zags into the Top 25.

    The teams didn’t meet last year because of COVID-19; instead, GU opened with top-ranked South Carolina and lost by seven after leading late in the game.

    But the Stanford rivalry is special. Cardinal Coach Tara VanDerveer, a Hall of Famer, has won three national titles and is a towering figure in the women’s game.

    “This is the game we look forward to year after year,” Fortier said. ‘We have a ton of respect for their program, and regardless of the outcome, there’s so much to be learned when you play a team of their caliber.”

    On top of that, this will probably be the final homecoming for Lacie and Lexie Hull, who led Central Valley High School to a national championship in 2018.

    “Lexie and Lacie has been one of the highlights of my coaching career,” VanDerveer said last week. “They are such warriors, not only inspiring young women, but so competitive and fantastic students and teammates.”

    “Spokane can be very proud of these young ladies,” VanDerveer said.
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...ge-of-no-7-st/

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    Great first half! Still vigilant on defense girls!

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    Zags jumped out to a 23-13 lead in Q1 and had a highwater mark of 31-18, but couldn't hold on. Narrowly lost 66-62. Had a 3 that rimmed out that would've put them ahead w/ around 4 seconds left.

    Who would've guess Kempton would score 16 and Hollingsworth 12?

    Zags were +9 from the charity stripe, they hit an excellent 17-19 while Stanford was a pathetic 8-18. GU fouled intentionally quite a bit down the stretch and Cardinal either split or missed both. Left the door open.

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    IMHO, that was a great game for our team. Could we nitpick? yes, but why? It was a better game than I anticipated. This sets us up well for the Hawaii trip. Go Zags!

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    Well, we got homered and we were the home team. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaglaw View Post
    IMHO, that was a great game for our team. Could we nitpick? yes, but why? It was a better game than I anticipated. This sets us up well for the Hawaii trip. Go Zags!
    Well said. You can find 2 points anywhere, starting with the first shot (a missed lay-up) to start the game by MK and go on from there. A couple of questionable foul calls giving Stanford a second (or third) shot at a basket gave them some extra points that maybe were not earned.

    The Lady Zags had an open 3-point shot to take the lead with 4 seconds to go. I can't think of a Zag Fan who would not take that exact scenario before the game started. Stanford got what they wanted, a hard earned victory in a raucous arena. GU got most of what they wanted, an extremely competitive game against the current national champions (ranked #7) that shows they can compete and beat anybody remaining on their schedule. The only thing that would have been better would have been a victory, but short of the "W" everything else about today was a victory.

    Today, the team, coaching staff and fans learned some things about their team, some of which were known or speculated about, maybe some others that weren't so obvious.

    Both teams played their backcourt (guards and wings) a lot of minutes today but I think Stanford handled it a little better than did the Zags. I think our Lady Zags got tired in the 4th quarter and as such were a little late on some rotations, leading to easy lay-ups by Stanford or wide open 3s. IMO this one area where CLF could have done a little better. The GU backcourt and wings, both starting and off the bench, had a really hard time with the height and speed of Hulls and Hannah Jump along with the height of Brink and Prechtel in the key. The GU starting backcourt (guards and wings), who all played 27-29 minutes, went 3-20 overall, and 2-8 from 3. K-14 played 20 minutes and went 1-6 overall and 1-4 from 3. Our top 4 guards and wings made exactly one (yup 1) shot inside the 3-point line and only 3-12 from outside the 3-point line for a total of 19 points including free throws (K-11 went 7-7 of free throws, great job). You have MW and BS on the bench, both of who bring significant added height to the backcourt even if MW is not offensively motivated. I thought McKayla played some great defensive minutes in her 13 minutes and Bree was only in for 4 minutes but got a steal. How much could it possibly have hurt the Lady Zags to give MW and BS more time on the court in lieu of AO and CW. You have to have a Truong at the point, but for shooting guard and wing give them some rest, let MW and BS chase around the Hulls and Jump ( 39, 33 & 31 minutes played respectively) and in the 4th quarter the Zags would have been on fresh legs. Monday morning quarterbacking, but the guard/wing matchups were not in our favor today and CLF did not do anything to change them up. Kept beating that same drum, that she has had for years. CLF had some more bullets sitting on her bench that could have helped the Lady Zags today and chose not to use them. I think CLF could have helped the Lady Zags a little more today than she did.

    While AV can be an imposing presence in the paint against shorter players, players of similar height with quicker feet will take her to the hoop all day long. Cameron Brink and Ashten Prechtel had AV for lunch whenever she wanted. Brink took AV to the hoop anytime she wanted and AV simply could not get out to AP to guard her on the wing. As opposed to what she did (or didn't do with the backcourt, CLF quickly realized in the 2nd quarter that MK, YE and EH where much better than AV on both ends of the court despite the Zags height disadvantage. Anna played most of the 1st quarter and when Stanford started their run halfway through the 2nd quarter, AV was taken out and only played spot minutes from there on out. When faced with a talented forward/post/center of near equal height, AV simply offers minimal benefit to the lady zags. Nothing many of us had theorized before the season, but a couple of 5* forwards today showed everybody how far AV is from being a starting post for a Top-10 team.

    Eliza got some more minutes today and showed what she can do on the offensive side of the ball. If you are going to play high-low, the person at the high point needs to be able to hit the medium jumper or the 3 to get the opposition out of the zone defense. YE hit a couple today, MK hit one and Eliza moved it out to the 3-point line where she was 2-4. Offense will run better if we put somebody who can hit the long jumper at a forward. 12 points in 11 minutes today. The more PT EH gets, the better Gonzaga will be.

    Bree is 6'3" and could have provided a much more imposing defense against the Hulls and Jump than either Truong (5'9"), CW (5'8") or AO (6'0"). She is not the ball handler, that the Truongs are (at least yet), but she is better than AO and at least equal to CW. Her added height may have affected some of Jumps 3 point shots and she may have been able to block some of the Hull shots from behind (not possible with the other Lady Zags). She has already shown she can hit the 3 and take it to the hoop. Would have giving her more minutes really hurt the Zag team on either end of the court? This freshman needs to get more PT, IMO.

    Great effort by all of our lady zags today and it is a tough loss. Remember the intensity of today when you are soaking up the sun in Hawaii. If you play like today, you can beat every team in the tournament.

    Go Get Them Zags,

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    Even though it was a “L”…. Much gained from this game.

    And ZD… just a heads up. AV was not well as per Craig after the game. So while she wasn’t 100%, she was able to do what she was asked to do and that was to get fouls early on Stanford’s 22 sending her to the bench. And make her foul shots.
    As for AO… plays a hard game. Her shot isn’t there yet but I’ll bet that before long, she will be able to relax and not worry about the young players and start concentrating on hers.

    The intensity was great and needs to be part of their game the rest of the season.

    For the sophomores and freshmen, welcome to a Zags game in the Kennel. Saw lots of smiles.

    Off to some fun in the sun!!

    Go Zags!!

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    I thought Craig said it was Eliza who was not feeling well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaglaw View Post
    I thought Craig said it was Eliza who was not feeling well.
    Hey, 12 points in 11 minutes is better than chicken soup for making somebody feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Hey, 12 points in 11 minutes is better than chicken soup for making somebody feel better.

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    Was Stanford missing one of their star players today? If so, when is she returning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle dixon View Post
    Was Stanford missing one of their star players today? If so, when is she returning?
    Yes, Haley Jones, their starting point guard was out today. She had a triple-double against Portland earlier in the week.

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    Post Game Write-ups on todays gave versus Stanford.

    Spokesman-Review:
    ‘We have moved past the time for moral victories’:
    Gonzaga women drop narrow loss to No. 7 Stanford
    Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...season-in-nar/

    From the Slipper Still Fits:
    Zags almost grind out upset, fall to Stanford 66-62
    A late Truong three rimmed out and the Cardinal survive a huge scare in Spokane.
    Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/202...stanford-recap

    From Stanford Athletic Department:
    Gutsy Win at Gonzaga
    Belibi, Jump lead the way with 14 points each
    Link: https://gostanford.com/news/2021/11/...t-gonzaga.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Yes, Haley Jones, their starting point guard was out today. She had a triple-double against Portland earlier in the week.

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    Their best player, leading team in scoring, rebounding and assists (by average/game).

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