Women's Basketball At Washington State Wednesday
GAME NO. 5 - WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Wednesday, November 30 - 8 p.m.
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum (12,058) - Pullman, Wash.
Radio: 1050 AM; Live Stats and Video Links: GoZags.com
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-1, 0-0 WCC)
F - 32 Kayla Standish, 6-3, Sr., Ellensburg, WA
(18.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 spg)
F - 44 Kelly Bowen, 6-0, Sr., Victoria, Australia
(10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg)
G - 3 Haiden Palmer, 5-8, So., Moreno Valley, CA
(11.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 spg)
G - 12 Taelor Karr, 5-8, Jr., Paola, KS
(5.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.3 apg )
G - 23 Katelan Redmon, 6-1, Sr., Spokane, WA
(14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg )
HEAD COACH: Kelly Graves (University of New Mexico, 1988)
GONZAGA RECORD: 235-120 (12th year); CAREER RECORD: 301-146 (14th year)
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (4-3, 0-0 Pacific-12)
F - 22 Sage Romberg, 6-1, So., McKinleyville, CA
(8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 apg )
F - 33 Carly Noyes, 6-5, Jr., Moses Lake, WA
(8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg)
G - 1 April Cook, 5-8, Sr., Carson, CA
(5.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.0 apg)
G - 2 Ireti Amojo, 5-10, So., Berlin, Germany
(7.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.4 apg)
G - 10 Tia Presley, 5-8, Fr., Spokane, WA
(8.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.0 apg)
HEAD COACH: June Daugherty (Ohio State University, 1978)
WSU RECORD: 29-69 (5th year); CAREER RECORD: 350-306 (23rd year)
GONZAGA OFF THE BENCH
G - 34 Jazmine Redmon - 5-9, So., Spokane WA
5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 23.8 mpg
C - 30 Stephanie Golden - 6-3, So., Clayton, CA
6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, shooting 50.0 percent from the field
F - 14 Sunny Greinacher - 6-4, Fr., Essen, Germany
7.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 18.5 mpg
G - 24 Keani Albanez - 5-10, Fr., Santa Barbara, CA
4.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 13.5 mpg
ON THE RADIO: Gonzaga University will have all regular-season games broadcast on the radio this season as Steve Myklebust returns for his seventh year of calling the action. Each game will be broadcast on either KGA 1050 The Key AM in Spokane with a pre-game show 30-minutes prior to tip and a 30-minute post-game show. Games will also be available on the internet at GoZags.com.
GRAVES' WEEKLY RADIO SHOW: Gonzaga University women's basketball head coach Kelly Graves has his own radio show in 2011-12. Graves' second show of the new season is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 5:30-6 p.m. on 1510 KGA AM. Listen in to get all the inside scoop on every Gonzaga women's basketball!
TWITTER: Yes, the Gonzaga University Bulldogs are on twitter! You can find us at www.twitter.com/GonzagaBulldogs. We provide inside scoop on all Bulldog athletics as well as in-game updates for all home and away women's basketball contests. CHECK US OUT! Do you want insight on Gonzaga University women's basketball straight from head coach Kelly Graves too? Now you can, check out Graves' twitter site at www.twitter.com/kgzag for everything Bulldog basketball and much, much more!
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LIVE VIDEO COVERAGE: All home Gonzaga University women's basketball contests can be seen live on the Zags Sports Channel all-access through GoZags.com. Check out the women's basketball schedule page for the link to the video broadcast. Live stats are also available for all home games and can be accessed at GoZags.com.
TICKET INFORMATION: Single game tickets to Gonzaga University women's basketball can be purchased through TicketsWest at 325-SEAT (7328), TicketsWest.com, at any TicketsWest outlet, or at the McCarthey Athletic Center Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Women's Basketball Ticket Prices are as follows: Single-game ticket prices are $8 for Reserved Adult, $5 for Reserved Children (12 and under) and Seniors (65 and over). Group tickets are also available for groups of 20 or more at $3 per ticket. Season tickets are still on sale and can be purchased for just $85.
SEASON TICKETS OFFICIALLY HIT 4,000: Gonzaga University women's basketball season tickets have hit a record-high 4,000 and counting. Season tickets are up nearly 1,250 from a season ago - the largest increase in school history. The Bulldogs hit a then-record high of 2,756 season-tickets in 2010-11 and averaged 4,060 for their 16 home games which stood 25th in the NCAA for women's basketball attendance. Gonzaga has won 14-straight at the McCarthey Athletic Center and only lost once in the past two seasons.
TV GAMES: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team will have eight of its 15 home games in 2011-12 televised locally on SWX. The televised season will begin immediately with the Bulldogs season-opener Friday against Hofstra University. Two other non-conference games will be televised; the Zags game against Pacific-12 Conference member USC, who is currently ranked No. 23 in both the Associated Press and USA Today ESPN Coaches Top 25 polls, on Sunday, Dec. 4 and GU's game against the University of Montana on Sunday, Dec. 11. Both games are set to begin at 2 p.m. The five other home games featured on SWX this season are West Coast Conference games, starting with its WCC home-opener against the University of San Francisco Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. Other games are: Saturday, Jan. 14 versus Saint Mary's College at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 4 against the University of San Diego at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 16 versus Santa Clara University at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 against BYU at 2 p.m.
ON TAP: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team has a busy week. The Bulldogs opens the week up playing at Washington State University, Wednesday at 8 p.m. They then travel to California for a game at Cal State Fullerton, Friday at 7 p.m. Gonzaga then closes out the long week hosting its second Pacific-12 Conference member of the week in USC Sunday. That game is schedule for 2 p.m.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY: The Washington State University women's basketball team currently holds a 4-3 record. The Cougars just returned from the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament when it finished 2-1; having defeated Marquette (65-52) and Prairie View A&M (90-52) and lost to Michigan (69-39). WSU spreads the offense and is led by four different players; Sage Romberg (8.6 ppg), Jazmine Perkins (8.3 ppg), Tia Presley (8.3 ppg), Carly Noyes (8.3 ppg). The Cougars are shooting a respectable 43.8 percent (184-of-420) from the field. Washington State is coached by June Daugherty in her fifth year at the helm.
TWO MEETINGS IN 2010-11: Gonzaga University and Washington State University face each other twice in 2010-11. The Bulldogs first matched up with the Cougars in the third game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. GU escaped with the 67-65 victory. It was senior Katelan Redmon who helped the Bulldogs win that game, sinking two free throws with five seconds remaining to break the 65-65 tie. Three games after that victory, Gonzaga hosted Washington State University in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs went on to win that game 93-75. Redmon scored a game-high 26 points in the victory, while Kayla Standish added 22.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST THE COUGARS: Washington State University leads the all-time series with Gonzaga University 15-5 but the Bulldogs have won the last three. The last time the Zags played on the campus of WSU was in 2001-02 with the Cougs earning the 80-72 victory.
BULLDOGS ROLL BY PORTLAND STATE: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team rolled to a 99-69 victory over Portland State University Sunday afternoon in front of its second-straight 4,000-plus crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs, who improved to 3-1 with the victory and had 4,025 fans in attendance to witness the 30-point victory, were led by the senior tandem of Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon who together scored 47 of GU's 99 points.
DESPITE HALFTIME LEADS, ZAGS FALL TO NO. 5 STANFORD: It was a tough task at hand for the Gonzaga University women's basketball team, facing No. 5 Stanford University in only the second game of the season. Despite the Bulldogs holding the 32-31 halftime advantage, they dropped a 76-61 decision to the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion this past Sunday in what was an Elite Eight rematch from a season ago. The Zags had eight players score, including three in double-figures. Redshirt sophomore Haiden Palmer led the charge with 13. The Moreno Valley, Calif., guard also had three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 30 minutes of action. Senior forward Kelly Bowen, coming off a career-high night where she scored 17, and junior Taelor Karr both chipped in 10 points. Senior Kayla Standish and senior Katelan Redmon, who combined for 37 points in the Bulldogs 101-88 opening game victory; were held to a combined 5-of-20 shooting from field and 11 points.
GONZAGA OPENS THE SEASON HITTING TRIPLE DIGITS: Coming off its NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010-11, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team made a pretty strong statement that there was no drop in talent despite losing a pretty impressive class to graduation, including All-American point guard Courtney Vandersloot. The Bulldogs, who led the nation is points per game a season ago, hit the century mark, defeating visiting Hofstra University 101-88 in front of a record-setting opening crowd of 4,243 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Senior forward Kayla Standish tallied a game-high 22 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-4 at the charity strip.
KARR PASSES OUT CAREER-HIGH EIGHT ASSISTS: Gonzaga University women's basketball junior Taelor Karr, who transferred from Kansas State University this summer and was immediately eligible, dished out a career-high eight assists in the Bulldogs 91-42 victory at the University of Idaho, Nov. 17. Karr's previous career-high heading into her first season in a Zag uniform was seven handed out in KSU's game against Iowa State University, Feb. 26, 2011. The eight assists is also a Zag high this season.
COACH GRAVES GETS CAREER VICTORY NUMBER 300: Gonzaga University women's basketball head coach Kelly Graves had racked up a 299-146 career Division I record in his 14 years as a head coach prior to the Bulldogs game at the University of Idaho, Nov. 17. Gonzaga defeated the Vandals 91-42 to earn Graves his 300th-victory. He is now 301-146 as a Division I head coach.
NCAA STATISTICS ARE OUT: The NCAA released its first set of statistics Monday and Gonzaga University ranks in the top 15 in six categories. The Bulldogs lead the nation in assists per game (22.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.76). GU is third in scoring offense (88.0) and turnovers per game (12.5), 11th in field goal percentage (47.8) and 13th in turnover margin (9.0).
GONZAGA SHARING THE BALL: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team passed out 28 assists in its victory over the University of Idaho, Nov. 17 and followed that up with 29 assists in its win over Portland State University, Nov. 27. The 29 assists are the most dimes for the Bulldogs since they also had 29 against Idaho last season on Dec. 17. In their win over the Vikings, the Bulldogs had 10 players with at least one assist in the victory. Sophomore Jazmine Redmon and junior Taelor Karr led the way with six assists each.
CAREER HIGH FOR THREE PLAYERS: Three Gonzaga University women's basketball players secured personal career highs in the Bulldogs victory over Portland State University, Nov. 27. Sophomore Stephanie Golden recorded her first career double-digit point contest, finishing the game with 10 points, besting her previous career-high by one point. Freshmen Keani Albanez and Sunny Greinacher each hit double-figures as Albanez tallied 12 and Greinacher had 10.
REDMON HITS 1,000 POINTS: Katelan Redmon became the 18th player in Gonzaga University women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a Zag uniform during the Zags win over Portland State University, Nov. 27. Redmon hit the exclusive mark when she hit a layup with 7:27 left in the first half. She closed out the game with a season-high 22 points and now has scored 1,011 points at Gonzaga.
STANDISH 29 REBOUNDS FROM MAKING THE 600 REBOUND CLUB: Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Kayla Standish had grabbed 571 rebounds in her three years as a member of the Bulldogs. She now needs 29 rebounds to become the 12th player in school history to grab 600-plus rebounds in their careers. When she hits 600, she will also then become just the eighth player in school history to score 1,000-plus points and bring down 600-plus boards.
GONZAGA DRAINS NINE THREE-POINTERS: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team sank nine 3-points in its 91-42 victory over the University of Idaho, Nov. 17. The nine 3-pointers are the most made by the Bulldogs since they hit 12 in their victory over North Carolina Central in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Nov. 27, 2010. This time around, redshirt-sophomore Haiden Palmer led the charge hitting 4-of-8 from downtown.
RECEIVING VOTES IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team continues to receive votes in the Associated Press Top 25. The Bulldogs, who ended last season ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press final poll, are the first team receiving votes with 73; just four votes behind No. 25 Vanderbilt who earned 77 votes this week.
TWO SPOTS AWAY FROM THE TOP 25 IN THE USA TODAY ESPN COACHES' POLL (AS OF NOV. 15): The Gonzaga University women's basketball team is also receiving votes in the USA Today ESPN Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs received 46 votes in the poll this week, up 11 from the previous week to be the third team receiving votes.
LEFTCOASTHOOPS.COM TOP 10: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team is ranked No. 4 in leftcoasthoops.com Power Rankings for the week of Nov 21. On Gonzaga it says "Kelly Graves won his 300th game against Idaho last Thursday and take a week-long break before playing at home against Portland State Sunday'.
KACZOR BERRY ONE OF TOP 25 ASSISTANTS: CollegeInsider.com recently put together a Top 25 Mid-Major Women's College Basketball Assistants. Gonzaga University assistant Jodie Kaczor Berry made the list at No. 4. It states 'Kaczor Berry has helped guided Gonzaga to new heights, as the Bulldogs have made three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances since she was promoted as top assistant in 2008. The Bulldogs' amazing run of success includes winning 36-straight West Coast Conference games, making their first-ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010 and their inaugural appearance in the Elite Eight in 2011.
WHAT WE LOST: Gonzaga University had arguably its best season in 2010-11, finishing with a school record 31 wins and only five losses and made it to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs did lose five BIG seniors to graduation last spring. GU lost consensus All-American and 3-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year Courtney Vandersloot; guard Janelle Bekkering, who left Gonzaga scoring 1,050 points; forward Claire Raap; back-up point guard Tatriana Lorenzo and fan favorite Carter Schick. Altogether, GU lost 43.7 percent of its scoring from the team that lead the nation in points a season ago.
WHAT WE RETURN: Despite losing five seniors to graduation, including two starters from a season ago, the Gonzaga University women's basketball squad still returns a decent amount of ammunition. As a team, Gonzaga returns 56 percent of its scoring and 73 percent of its rebounding. The Bulldogs return four of its top seven scorers and its top three rebounders.
TWO RETURNING REDSHIRTS: The Gonzaga University women's basketball teams returns two redshirts to its 2011-12 squad. Sophomore guard Haiden Palmer sat out last year after transferring from Oregon State University, while freshman guard Danielle Walter returns after medically redshirting her first year on campus. Palmer played and stared in all 31 games as a freshman on the Oregon State University women's basketball team, averaging 10.8 points per contest; second best on the squad. For her efforts at OSU she was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman team. Walter was rated the No. 73 prospect in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred and No. 22 in her position as a senior in high school in 2009-10.
KARR IMMEDIATELY ELIGIBLE: Gonzaga University women's basketball junior guard Taelor Karr, who transferred from Kansas State University this summer, is eligible to play this season as determined by the NCAA. Karr and Kansas State parted ways after her sophomore season. She played in all 32 games for the Wildcats in 2010-11, including getting the starting nod 29 times. Karr played 33.3 minutes per game and averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals.
WHO ARE THE NEW FACES I SEE?: The Gonzaga University women's basketball squad has six freshman on the squad this year. The newcomers are: 5-6 point guard Maiki Viela, a 2011 Parade All-American out of Hawaii; 6-5 center Shelby Cheslek, who along with her basketball accolades in high school was the State 2A Most Valuable Player in volleyball in 2009 and 2010; Sonja Greinacher, the Bulldogs 6-4 German who goes by Sunny; Keani Albanez a guard from Santa Barbara who led her high school to the CIF Division II So Cal Regional finals; Shaniqua Nilles a 6-0 from Spokane who battled Cheslek on the basketball and volleyball courts in high school; and Megan Benedict, a walk-on from Lebanon, Ore.
REDMON AND STANDISH REPRESENT THE USA IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES: Gonzaga University women's basketball seniors Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish were both named to the 2011 USA Basketball Women's Pan American Games Team The 12-member team featured 11 college athletes and one high school senior and compete Oct. 21-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the 2011 Pan American Games. The United State placed seventh at the Pan American Games after going 2-2 overall. For the tournament, Redmon averaged 20.8 minutes, 6.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal while shooting 39.2 percent (11-of-28) from the field. For the tournament, Standish averaged 12.5 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.0 block per contest and hit 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from the field.
GONZAGA TO HOST 2012 NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS: Gonzaga University was one of 16 institutions selected to host the first-and-second rounds of the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament as announced by the NCAA. The Bulldogs will host the opening weekend action at the McCarthey Athletic Center. If Gonzaga earns a bid to the NCAA Tournament, it automatically will be seeded to play at the MAC.
BULLDOGS PICKED FIRST IN WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Gonzaga University was chosen as the favorite to claim the West Coast Conference women's basketball title by the coaches for the fourth-straight year in the 2011-12 preseason poll. The Bulldogs, who received the maximum eight first place votes for a total of 64 points, have won the WCC regular season title for an unprecedented seven-straight years.
LOOKING FOR ITS EIGHTH IN A ROW: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team is looking to capture its eighth-straight West Coast Conference regular season title in 2011-12. The Bulldogs have won the regular season title starting in 2004-05. The Zags tied for the title in 2005-06, but won it outright the six other years. In those six seasons, Gonzaga has gone 91-7 in conference and has had three perfect 14-0 seasons (2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11).
REDMON (KATELAN) AND STANDISH AMONG TOP WCC RETURNEES: Heading the group of Gonzaga University that were tabbed as preseason All-West Coast Conference are seniors Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish. Both Redmon and Standish earned All-West Coast Conference honors in 2010-11 and Standish was named to the WCC All-Tournament squad.
SOFTBALL TO BASKETBALL: Walk-on Molly Anderson, a redshirt-sophomore, transferred to Gonzaga University in 2009-10. Anderson attended Indiana University her freshman season (2008-09) and was a catcher for the Hoosier softball squad. She then walked on to the women's basketball team two seasons ago.
SAME LAST NAME, SAME HOMETOWN BUT NOT RELATED: When you look at the Gonzaga University women's basketball roster you will see two players with the last name Redmon, who are both also from Spokane, Wash. You may think they are related but they are not. Senior Katelan Redmon played high school ball at Lewis & Clark, while sophomore Jazmine Redmon was a soccer and basketball star at Mead High School.
TINKLE, KUDRON, WATERS SIGN WITH BULLDOGS: Gonzaga University women's basketball head coach Kelly Graves has announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent. Joining the Bulldogs next fall is Elle Tinkle, a 6-2 guard from Big Sky high school in Missoula, Mont., Kiara Kudron, a 6-2 forward from Huron high school in New Boston, Michigan, and Chelsea Waters, a 6-1 guard/forward from Lewiston high school in Lewiston, Idaho. Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has Graves' 2012-13 recruiting class ranked 42nd.