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    WBB Travels to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown
    The Zags will play three different teams between Nov. 26-28

    RV/RV Gonzaga (3-1, 0-0 WCC) at Rainbow Wahine Showdown
    NOV. 26-28 | STAN SHERIFF CENTER | HONOLULU, HI
    LIVE VIDEO (ESPN+) | LIVE STATS: GAME 1, GAME 2, GAME 3 | 790 AM KJRB

    THE TIP OFF
    - The Gonzaga Bulldogs travel to Honolulu, HI to take on Utah, Eastern Illinois and Hawaii.
    - The Zags are receiving votes in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll this week.
    - Gonzaga is coming off a close 66-62 loss to No. 7/2 Stanford. Overall, Gonzaga had 26 points come from the bench and 22 in the paint. The Zags also forced 13 turnovers and scored 14 points off them.
    - GU is forcing an average of 16 turnovers per game and a total of 60 so far this season.
    - Utah is one of three Pac-12 teams the Bulldogs is scheduled to play. The other two include defending National Champion Stanford and Washington State University at home on Dec. 8.
    - The meeting between the Bulldogs and Eastern Illinois will be the first meeting for the two teams.
    - GU and Hawaii have met up three times in history with Hawaii winning all three. The Zags look to earn their first win over the Rainbow Warriors.
    - In the fall tournament last season, the Zags traveled to South Dakota to compete against Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota. The game against OU got canceled as GU fell to USC 79-72 and defeated South Dakota 54-50. The tournament was the first games for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as the schedule was amended due to COVID.
    - The Bulldogs are averaging 67.5 points a game and shooting a 44.9 percentage from the field. The Truongs lead the team in points with Kaylynne tallying 11.3 ppg and Kayleigh recording 10.7. Sophomore Yvonne Ejim is tied with Kaylylnne with 10.8 ppg.
    - Gonzaga starts three of its four first games at home. The lone road game was Montana on Nov. 14 before the team traveled to the Rainbow Wahine Showdown 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.

    SERIES INFO: Utah: 8 all-time meetings; Utah leads 5-3. Eastern Illinois: First time meeting. Hawaii: 3 all-times meeting; Hawaii leads 3-0.
    STREAK: Utah - 1. Hawaii - 3.
    FIRST MEETING: Utah defeated GU 89-59 in 1996. Hawaii defeated Gonzaga in 1987 at home, 66-62.
    LAST MEETING: Utah won in 2016, 77-92 in the WNIT Second Round in Spokane, Wash. Hawaii and Gonzaga met in the 2007 Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu in 2003 and 2007. Hawaii won 71-6 in 2003 and 68-57 in 2007.

    SCOUTING THE UTES:
    - Utah's offense is the second-best scoring offense in the nation. They are averaging 95.2 points per game. Besides scoring, Utah ranks fourth in the nation in made threes per game, as they average 12.2.
    - Utah opened the season with back-to-back 100-point games. This was only the second time in program history that Utah scored 100 or more in back-to-back times. The first time this happened was during the 1978-79 season.
    - Utah set a single-game school record against Lipscomb when they hit 19 threes. The previous record was 16 made three-pointers against Colorado on Jan. 17, 2020.

    SCOUTING THE PANTHERS:
    - Senior Guard Kira Arthofer continues to demonstrate her prowess on both the offensive and defensive end, as she leads the OVC in both assists per game with 5.8 and steals per game with 4.3.
    - The Panthers defeated the visiting Oakland City Mighty Oaks 79-60 on Monday, November 22. Lariah Washington led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, while Julia Bengtson scored 13. Miah Monahan scored 7 points and dished out 5 assists in her first career start while Abby Wahl finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds.

    SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WARRIORS:
    - The University of Hawai'i women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 71-68 final over Portland State on Sunday night at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.
    - Hawai'i is currently 1-3 as the team just hosted another tournament last week. Two of the three losses come from two other WCC teams, University of San Diego and the University of Portland.
    - Three players average in double digits, including Amy Atwell (18.5), Kallin Spiller (13-3) and Daejah Phillips (12.0).
    Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/11/24/w...-showdown.aspx

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    From the Spokesman-Review:

    Gonzaga women open Hawaii tournament against unbeaten Utah
    By Jim Allen
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    The Utah women’s basketball team has some gaudy stats to go along with its 4-0 record.

    Going into Friday’s game against Gonzaga, the Utes are winning by an average of almost 40 points while outrebounding opponents by 20 per game and shooting almost 50% from the field.

    Even more startling, Utah is averaging almost 23 assists a game, the top mark in the country.

    The experts, however, aren’t impressed. For one thing, those wins – all at home – have come against Lipscomb, Xavier, Saint Mary’s and Cincinnati.

    Also, the Utes are coming off another tough season (5-16 overall and 4-15 in the Pacific-12 Conference).

    Utah has six players back from last year, but is picked for a 10th-place finish in the Pac-12.

    Gonzaga will play the Utes at 2 p.m. in the first game of Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Manoa, Hawaii. The Zags will play Eastern Illinois (4-0) on Saturday and host Hawaii (2-2) on Sunday.

    The Zags also had some good stats after sweeping Montana State, Montana and Idaho State; they’re 3-1 after a 66-62 home loss Sunday to seventh-ranked Stanford.

    “It’s not the end of the world every time you lose a game,” GU coach Lisa Fortier said. “You can be mad and also learn from it.”

    Fortier also said there could be “some things that will change” in upcoming games.

    Through four games, the Zags are shooting 45% from the field and 34% from 3-point range. They’re also dominating on the boards with a plus-nine average.

    They are holding opponents to 34% shooting and just 23% from beyond the arc. GU has 10 steals per game.

    The Zags are showing remarkable balance, with four players averaging at least 10 points, but none more than Kaylynne Truong’s 11.3 per game.

    Like Truong, second-leading scorer Yvonne Ejim (10.8 ppg) comes off the bench.

    Senior starters Anamaria Virjoghe and Abby O’Connor are averaging a combined 6.5 ppg while playing the same minutes as Truong and Ejim.

    With three games in three days, expect more minutes for the backups, including five-star recruit Bree Salenbien, who is averaging 2˝ minutes backing up O’Connor.
    Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...against-unbea/

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    That second article, the author kind of paints himself into a corner. While dissing all of Utah's opponents up to this point, he better hope the Zags don't struggle even the slightest bit against St. Mary's in any game they play against the Gaels this year.

    He also completely ignores that Utah is going very deep into their bench every game, with only 2 players averaging over 20 mpg so far, and neither of those are among the 6 returners from last year. We haven't seen what the Utes will look like when they actually keep their starting unit on the floor for more than half of a game.

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    As for playing time, I guess Kaylynne (14) is now playing more than Kaylee (11) after Coach Fortier somehow found out that Kaylynne, delivered five minutes before her sister, has more experience. Both will be needed on the court 30+ minutes, along with Yvonne, & hopefully Bree, to prevent a debilitating defeat at the hands of Utah. Fortier's comment, "some things will change", if past is prologue, probably means more minutes for the seniors in order to get their games straightened out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    As for playing time, I guess Kaylynne (14) is now playing more than Kaylee (11) after Coach Fortier somehow found out that Kaylynne, delivered five minutes before her sister, has more experience. Both will be needed on the court 30+ minutes, along with Yvonne, & hopefully Bree, to prevent a debilitating defeat at the hands of Utah. Fortier's comment, "some things will change", if past is prologue, probably means more minutes for the seniors in order to get their games straightened out.


    I hope your wrong, and I wish I could put together a solid argument for debate but........

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    From the Slipper Still Fits:

    Rainbow Wahine Showdown Preview
    The women head to sunny Hawaii for the long weekend.
    By Peter Woodburn @wernies
    Nov 25, 2021

    The Gonzaga Bulldog’s women’s basketball team has gotten off to a strong start to open the season. The Zags stand at 3-1 with convincing wins over Montana State and Idaho State. The lone loss was a nail-biter in Spokane to the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal, hardly something to hang the head low over.

    After nearly a week off, the Zags head to Honolulu to take part in the Rainbow Wahine Showcase, and will rattle off three games in three days over the weekend. Let’s take a quick look at their competition.

    Utah Utes, 4-0
    The Utes were picked to finished 10th in the Pac 12 preseason poll but have started off the season strong, with wins over Xavier, Saint Mary’s, and Cincinnati. They have a scorers mentality and will be a solid test for the Zags’ defense.

    Junior guard Brynna Maxwell, from Gig Harbor, Washington, has been on an absolute tear, averaging 16.3 points per game in just under 20 minutes. She has re-discovered her three-point shot to start the season, shooting a lethal 50 percent (51.7 to be exact) from long range.

    She is complimented down low by talented forward freshman Jenna Johnson from Minnesota. The 6’2 Johnson was ranked as the No. 42 player overall by ESPN and the seventh-best forward nationally. She has been everything as advertised for the Utes, averaging 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game (This skill set and ranking matchup almost perfectly with the Lady Zags Bree Salenbien, if she played a similar number of minutes).

    Utah is a very efficient scoring team. They are ninth in the country in two-point percentage and effective field goal percentage. They’ve been attacking the offensive glass and passing the ball with the best of them. The Zags defense will have to be locked in to come away with a win over their first opponent.

    Eastern Illinois, 2-0
    The Zags’ next opponent is an exercise in contrasts. Eastern Illinois has some talented scorers in Lariah Washington, Abby Wahl, and Kira Arthofer, and in total have all five starters averaging double-digit points per game. Part of that is because the Panthers pretty much run a seven-women rotation. Each of the starters averages at least 31 minutes.

    That might be problematic when you are playing in back-to-back games and then your opponent is the Zags, who empty out the bench with fresh legs multiple times throughout the game. Eastern Illinois will try and grind out a win. They are an aggressive squad on defense, and opponents are averaging 23.5 turnovers per game (albeit, small sample size).

    Hawaii, 1-3
    If things get rough for the Zags this tournament, they should be able to leave with a win. The hosting Rainbow Wahine are just not very good this season on both ends of the court. Opponents average 83.8 points per game vs. Hawaii, the eighth-worst mark in the country. In general, the team struggles to score and stop opponents from scoring. On the offensive end, Hawaii has shown adept at getting to the free throw line, but in general, this should not be a game the women drop. Luckily, it is the final of the three games.

    Game information
    As of now, according to GoZags.com, there is not an online stream available for these games, but perhaps that will change. In the meantime, the games will be broadcast over the radio on 790 AM KJRB.

    vs. Utah: Friday, Nov. 26, 2:00 pm PT
    vs. Eastern Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2:00 pm PT
    vs. Hawaii, Sunday, Nov. 28, 4:30 pm PT
    Link: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/202...gonzaga-hawaii

    According to the Schedule, the Lady Zag game on Sunday vs Hawaii, is scheduled to be shown on ESPN+. None of the other Zag games are scheduled to be streamed from what I have seen.

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    Zags shooting well in Hawaii: GU 73 Utah 52: End of 3rd Qtr

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    Hats off to GU. I thought this would be more competitive. Have shut down Utah's high scoring offense and Zags are bombing away from 3--9-18 so far.

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    Utah's leading scorer for the season has 1 point nearly midway thru Q4.

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    O'Connor w/ 21 on 9-10 shooting, Walker w/ 13 on 5-9. Getting big contributions from some unexpected sources today.

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    Final GU 89-71: O'Conner with 21

    Utah 30-42 from the stripe, Virjoghe, Williams foul out, Ejim, Kempton with 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 116 View Post
    Final GU 89-71: O'Conner with 21

    Utah 30-42 from the stripe, Virjoghe, Williams foul out, Ejim, Kempton with 4
    Thats interesting. In looking at the stats, Williams only played 5 minutes and had 5 fouls (including a "T"??). Did she really get 5 fouls in 5 minutes or did she get a double "T" and was disqualified?

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    According to the playlog (bottom right): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=378477 at the 5:11 mark of of the 4th qtr Williams was called for a foul and a technical

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    I did not listen to the game today, but just looking at the stats, it appears to have been a very interesting game.

    Team wise, GU held Utah to about 10-15% under their average shooting and 3-point shooting percentages. Utah had been outrebounding their opposition by double digit boards and GU dominated on the boards 43-21 overall and 14-5 on the Offensive boards. While both teams were essentially equal in turnovers (14-13) Gonzaga made the Utes pay by turning those turnovers into 19 points while Utah could only generate 11 points off the Zag turnovers. As Section 116 noted, Utah took 42 foul shots (Zags shot 20) and made 30 of them. Without all of the free throws, this game would have been a blowout. 12 Lady Zags played and 10 had double digit minutes. Only EL and MW played single digit minutes.

    On an individual front, the Hawaiian air must be good for AO and CW. Abbey led the Zags with 21 points on 9-11 shooting, 3-4 from long range (she had not made a 3 all year), 4 rebounds, 2 assists and only 1 turnover in 23 minutes. Cierra, got 13 points on 5-9 shooting and 3-5 from 3 on 25 minutes. Finally, after 4 games, we have the senior leadership break out of the funk. Great job ladies, could not have happened at a better time.

    Great job for the entire coaching staff and the lady zag team. Other than way too many fouls leading to 30 points, it appears by the stat sheet the most complete game of the season ending in a solid victory over an undefeated P-5 team.

    One down and two more to go.

    Let's go Zags, let's bring that trophy back to Spokane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    As for playing time, I guess Kaylynne (14) is now playing more than Kaylee (11) after Coach Fortier somehow found out that Kaylynne, delivered five minutes before her sister, has more experience. Both will be needed on the court 30+ minutes, along with Yvonne, & hopefully Bree, to prevent a debilitating defeat at the hands of Utah. Fortier's comment, "some things will change", if past is prologue, probably means more minutes for the seniors in order to get their games straightened out.
    I guess Fortier had the answer for both of us.

    Skip was right, at least for game one.

    Game #2 tomorrow.

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    Post Game Summaries:

    From the Utah Athletic Department:

    Utah Falls to Gonzaga in Rainbow Wahine Showdown
    Gianna Kneepkens sets a career-high with 15 points vs. Gonzaga.

    HONOLULU – The University of Utah women's basketball suffered its first loss of the season on day one of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Utah was defeated by Gonzaga, 89-71.

    The Utes (4-1) shot 37.5 percent from the floor against Gonzaga (4-1). Utah hit five three-pointers in the contest, led by three by Gianna Kneepkens. Kneepkens led the team in scoring with 15 points, and Dru Gylten followed with 14 points. Gylten dished out nine assists in the game.

    Gonzaga opened the game on a 7-0 run over the Utes, and the Utes first bucket of the game was scored by Dru Gylten, trimming the lead down to five, 7-2. With the Utes down 10, with 5:20 left in the quarter, Gianna Kneepkens came off the bench and gave the Utes a spark. She scored the following five points for Utah, trimming the Bulldogs lead down to seven, 16-9. The Utes scored three more points in the quarter and trailed 24-12 after the first quarter.

    Trailing by 19 in the second quarter, Utah slowly started chipping away at the Bulldogs lead. Kelsey Rees scored six straight for Utah, and Kneepkens hit her second three of the game. Kneepkens three helped kickstart an 11-0 run for Utah that was capped by four straight points by Andrea Torres. With 1:43 left in the first half, Utah trailed 36-27. Utah added two more points in the quarter trailed 40-29 at halftime.

    Utah cut the lead down to eight after halftime, following an old-fashion three-point play by Jenna Johnson. Following the three-point play, Gonzaga slowly stretched the lead to 15 points midway through the quarter. Utah continued to battle but trailed 73-52 after three-quarters of play.

    The Utes continued to battle in the fourth quarter and, midway through the quarter, went on a run, and after a layup by Torres and a free throw by Maka Jackson, Utah trailed by 16 points. However, Utah could not get closer and would fall to Gonzaga, 89-71.

    GAME LEADERS
    Utah was led in scoring by Gianna Kneepkens, who came off the bench and scored 15 points for the Utes. She shot 4-of-5 from the field, including going 3-of-4 on threes in the contest. She also was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.

    TALKING ABOUT THE GAME: HEAD COACH LYNNE ROBERTS
    We got outplayed today in every area. Gonzaga played a really good game. We started the game really slow and just got in too big of a hole. Gonzaga is too good to do that against. We're disappointed in how we played, but we will learn and be better tomorrow.

    STANDOUT STAT
    The Utes and Bulldogs combined for 62 free throws in the matchup, with Utah attempting 42. Utah went 30-for-42 from the line, with 11 of the 13 players attempting a free throw. Dru Gylten led the team going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the game.

    BLACK FRIDAY DEAL

    From today through Monday, season tickets to see the Utes play are only 15 dollars per ticket. Click here to buy your season tickets today. Come see us play at the Jon M. Huntsman Center this season.
    Link: https://utahutes.com/news/2021/11/26...-showdown.aspx

    Wow, did I read that right, only $15 for season tickets to see the Utes Wbb on a Black Friday special???

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    Post Game Summary from GoZags:

    RV/RV WBB Runs Past Utah, 89-71
    The Zags continue competition at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown tomorrow against Eastern Illinois

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Gonzaga women's basketball team played in the first game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown and defeated the University of Utah, 89-71.

    Coming into the game Utah was the second-best scoring offense in the nation and averaged 95.2 points per game.

    Four Zags scored in double digits with senior Abby O'Connor leading the way with 21. Junior Kayleigh Truong had 19 while senior Cierra Walker had 13 and senior Melody Kempton had 12.

    Redshirt sophomore Eliza Hollingsworth led the team in rebounds with a career-high of seven.

    As a team, Gonzaga shot at 49.2 percent and outrebounded the Utes 43-21.

    In the first half, Gonzaga came out hot and had a 20-point lead with five minutes left in the half at 34-14. The Utes went on a run late in the second half to cut the lead to 40-29 going into halftime.

    Overall in the first half, the team shot at 41.2 percent from the field and outrebounded Utah 25-11.

    In the third quarter, Utah came within ten points, but the Zags rallied to hold onto the lead. Walker made back-to-back three pointers late in the third to bring Gonzaga's lead to 21 points.

    Both Walker and Kempton recorded eight points in the third frame as the Zags shot 71.4 percent from the field, going 10-for-14 overall.

    Gonzaga closed out the game strong as GU didn't let go of the lead for the entire game. O'Connor recorded four more points in the final frame and the Zags forced four turnovers over Utah.

    The Bulldogs scored 23 points off the bench and 34 in the paint. The team also forced 13 turnovers and scored 19 points off of those.

    Records: The Zags move to 4-1 on the year as Utah falls to 4-1 as well.

    This was the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams as Gonzaga improves to 4-5 against the Pac-12 team.

    Up Next: Gonzaga plays the second game of the tournament tomorrow against Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. PT. The meeting is the first between the two teams.
    Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/11/26/w...tah-89-71.aspx

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    Next Game for our Lady Zags is Eastern Illinois, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

    Eastern Illinois was undefeated going into this weekend's tournament in Hawaii, but they got hammered by the host University of Hawaii, 71-50.

    Link: https://eiupanthers.com/news/2021/11...at-hawaii.aspx

    For those that want a little more information on Eastern Illinois. here is a few links for you:

    Statistics Link: https://static.eiupanthers.com/custo...ts%20Nov26.pdf

    - Average Scoring = 72.8 PPG - Shooting Percentage=41.0%, Shooting from 3=25.5%
    - Average Scoring-Opposition = 58.0 PPG - Shooting Percentage= 40.4%, Shooting from 3=23.8%
    - Average # of Free Throws per game = 14.6-21.4 for 68.2%
    - Average # of Free Throws per game - Opposition = 10.4-14.4 for 72.2%
    - Average Rebounds = 38.8 rpg
    - Average Rebounds - Opposition = 34.0
    - Turnovers per game = 16.6
    - Turnovers per game - Opposition = 25.4

    Roster Link: https://eiupanthers.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster

    Schedule Link: https://eiupanthers.com/sports/women...tball/schedule

    The Starting Five for Eastern Illinois Include:
    - Lariah Washington, 5'9' Junior Guard
    - Abby Wahl, 6'1" Senior Forward/Center
    - Jordyn Hughes, 5'8" Senior Guard
    - Kira Arthofer, 5'8" Senior Guard
    - Morgan Litwiller, 5'11" Junior Forward

    The Main Backups for Eastern Include:
    - Julia Bengtson, 5'8" Freshman Guard
    - Miah Monahan, 5'8" Freshman Guard

    We have the height and the rebounding edge. Eastern Illinois shoots just an average percentage overall and has shot terrible from 3. Looks like Eastern Illinois is very good at forcing turnovers (21 today) so the Lady Zags have to hang onto the ball and don't get themselves boxed into the corners.

    You got this ladies,

    Good Luck tomorrow,

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    Do the Zags get off to a fast start in every game? Seems like it. Some games they maintain that momentum, other games they let their opponent get back in it. 23-13 in Q1 today.

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    Zags win 74-53.

    Kayleigh Truong went down with a knee injury after colliding with Melody. No news yet on the severity of injury.

    CLF took out the starters with more than 5 minutes to go and the Zags did not score in the last 5+ minutes and had more turnovers than shots. Pretty ugly end to a game which had been played very well up to that point.

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    Team scored 0 points in last five minutes. Salenbien's now afflicted with Abbyitis. Can see why she's not playing more. Abby, meanwhile, seems to have survived her near death experience & is thriving in the Island heat. Somebody send a sun lamp to her in Spokane.

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    Utah bounced back to beat Hawaii 73-57. Maxwell scored 23 after nearly being shut out by the Zags.

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    Post game summary from GoZags:

    RV/RV WBB Defeats Eastern Illinois, 74-53
    This was the first meeting between the two teams

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – The women's basketball team cruised by Eastern Illinois, 74-53, in the second game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

    Three Zags scored in double figures with junior Kaylynne Truong leading the way with a career-high 17 points. Junior Kayleigh Truong recorded 11 and sophomore Yvonne Ejim tallied 10 points. Seniors Abby O'Connor and Melody Kempton also nearly scored in double digits as they both scored nine.

    Senior Anamaria Virjoghe recorded a career-high of four blocks and led the team in rebounds with seven.

    As a team, Gonzaga made 13 three-pointers with Kaylynne Truong making five of them, marking another career-high for the junior.

    In the first quarter, the Zags came out strong and went on a 9-0 scoring run to help secure the lead for the entire game. O'Connor led the team with six points in the first frame as she went 3-for-5 from the field.

    The Bulldogs went on another run in the second quarter, going 7-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

    Going into the third quarter up 34-25, Gonzaga had its best shooting percentage of the game in the third frame, shooting 72.7 percent and going 8-for-11 in the field. The team also shot at 70 percent from beyond the arc, draining 7-of-10 shots. Both Truongs recorded a combine five three-pointers and shot at 100 percent from the three-point line.

    The Zags finished strong in the fourth to secure the 21-point victory. The team outrebounded the Panthers 16-5 in final frame as sophomore McKayla Williams led the team with three. Ejim led the scoring action with four points within five minutes.

    Overall GU outrebounded EIU 48-28 and forced eight turnovers. The Zags scored 36 points from the bench and had 22 points come from inside the paint. Defensively, Gonzaga held the Panthers to a 31.3 shooting percentage as the Zags shot 49.1 percent from the field.

    Records: Gonzaga moves to 5-1 overall as Eastern Illinois falls to 4-2.

    Up Next: The Zags finish the Rainbow Wahine Showdown by playing the University of Hawaii tomorrow. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. PT and it will be streamed on ESPN+. Live stats can be found at GoZag.com along with Twitter and Instagram, @ZagWBB.
    Link: https://gozags.com/news/2021/11/27/w...ois-74-53.aspx

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    From Eastern Illinois Athletic Dept:

    Women's Basketball Beaten By Gonzaga
    Panthers drop their second straight in Honolulu

    HONOLULU, HI. -- Eastern Illinois women's basketball was defeated 74-53 by the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday evening in their second game of the Unviersity of Hawaii round robin tournament. With their second straight loss, the Panthers drop to 4-2 on the season.

    It was another slow start for the Panthers, as Gonzaga scored the first 9 points of the game before ending the first quarter with a 23-13 lead. EIU was able to make a run in the second quarter, as an 8-4 surge by the Panthers cut the Bulldogs' lead to 27-21. But EIU was ultimately unable to get any closer, as Gonzaga took a 34-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. Gonzaga then outscored the Panthers 40-28 in the second half to seal the deal.

    Abby Wahl led the team in scoring with 13 points. Lariah Washington contributed with eight points, while Kira Arthofer stuffed the stat sheet with six points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Morgan Litwiller also scored six, while Parker Stafford scored four on 2-of-3 shooting from the field.

    Freshmen were again a factor for EIU, as Julia Bengtson was once again a force off the bench, scoring eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. Miah Monahan hit a three-pointer while also dishing out four assists. Taris Thornton blocked two shots for the Panthers.

    EIU plays their final game in Honolulu against Utah on Sunday, November 28. Tipoff is set for 4 pm CT.
    Link: https://eiupanthers.com/news/2021/11...y-gonzaga.aspx

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    From the Spokesman Review:

    Gonzaga women outshoot Eastern Illinois, remain unbeaten in Rainbow Wahine Showdown
    UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 27, 2021

    By Jim Allen
    jima@spokesman.com
    (509) 459-5437

    For the second consecutive game at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown, the Gonzaga women got off to a fast start Saturday and cruised to a 74-53 win over Eastern Illinois.

    The Zags used some familiar weapons – dominance on the boards and superior depth – to beat the Panthers of the Ohio Valley Conference.

    GU (5-1) also had its best outside shooting effort of the season, going 13 for 28 from beyond the arc.

    Leading the way was backup guard Kaylynne Truong, who had a game-high 17 points while making 5 of 6 shots from long range.

    One day earlier, Truong was 1 for 7 from the field in the Zags’ win over Utah.

    “We shared the ball really well against a pressure defense,” coach Lisa Fortier said.

    “That’s how we pass when we’re at our best.”

    Truong’s sister, Kayleigh, had 11 points while making 3 of 4 from long range. She also had five assists.

    Gonzaga also dominated inside, outrebounding the shorter Panthers 48-28. Anamaria Virjoghe led the way with seven boards.

    The Zags will play host Hawaii on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

    Eastern Illinois (4-2) dropped its second consecutive game after winning its first four.
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...llinois-74-53/

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