Women's Basketball Welcomes Monmouth Sunday
|GAME 4: MONMOUTH AT GONZAGA|
DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012
|THE LAST MEETING: Teams have never met before|
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-0)
MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY HAWKS (0-2)
BULLDOGS HOST MONMOUTH SUNDAY: The Gonzaga University women's basketball squad closes out its home-opening weekend by hosting Monmouth University Sunday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
FIVE GAMES IN SEVEN DAYS: Gonzaga University women's basketball is in the midst of a five-games-in-seven-days spurt. The five games started Friday with a win over the University of Wisconsin. The Zags now play Monmouth University Sunday prior to having one day between a 3-consecutive game stretch at the Puerto Vallarta Tournament of Hope. Gonzaga will play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Mexico. Its first opponent is Missouri State University Tuesday.
ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS: Gonzaga University women's basketball is coming off another successful campaign where it earned its fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet Sixteen for the third-consecutive season. The Bulldogs return nine letterwinners from its 28-6, 14-2 WCC squad in 2011-12, including two starters. Headlining the group of Bulldogs returnees are senior guard Taelor Karr and junior guard Haiden Palmer, who each were named to this year's West Coast Conference Preseason All-Conference team. Karr, the nation's reigning assist-to-turnover leader, averaged 7.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds as a junior in 2010-11. Palmer was named the 2012 WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year after averaging 12.4 points, 2.3 steals, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
ABOUT THE MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY HAWKS: The Monmouth University women's basketball team currently holds a 0-2 record. The Hawks are coming off a 79-69 loss at Washington State on Friday. Alysha Womack scored a game-high 25 points in defeat, while the Hawks took a 51-45 advantage on the boards. MU opened the season with a tough 71-68 setback at UMBC. Monmouth, who is averaging 48.5 rebounds per game, has two players averaging 9.5 boards per contest; Abigail Martin and Betsy Gadziala. The Hawks are coached by Jenny Palmatee who is in her second season at the helm. The university is located in West Long Branch, N.J. and is members of the Northeast Conference.
WHAT WE RETURN: Gonzaga University's women's basketball team returns 51.8 percent of its scoring from the 2011-12 season and 44.0 percent of its rebounding. The Bulldogs top returning scorer is junior Haiden Palmer, who was third on the squad last year averaging 12.4. Senior Taelor Karr and junior Jazmine Redmon are the only other two players to average more than 20 minutes a game. Karr, who started all but five games, averaged 28.6 minutes per contests and averaged 7.5 points. Redmon played in all 34 games with seven starts, averaged 20.9 minutes, 4.7 points 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
A YOUNG SQUAD: Gonzaga University women's basketball team has a lot of depth, holding 15 players on the squad, but overall is young. The Bulldogs have 10 underclassman on their roster, which includes four freshmen, two returning redshirts and four sophomores. Besides the returning guard trio of Haiden Palmer, Taelor Karr and Jazmine Redmon, the six other returners averaged 7.4 minutes per game in 2011-12.
A NATIONAL LEADER: Senior Taelor Karr enters the 2012-13 campaign as the a reigning national champion in assist-to-turnover ratio. Karr paced Gonzaga and the West Coast Conference with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.7. Junior Jazmine Redmon was seventh in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio last year at 2.27.
ALBANEZ HAS STELLAR OPENING WEEKEND: Sophomore Keani Albanez led Gonzaga University women's basketball to an opening 2-0 weekend. Albanez averaged 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals, while shooting an impressive 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the floor. She also topped her total 3-pointers made (4) during the 2011-12 season, with six the opening weekend. Albanez started the weekend off scoring a career-high 17 points at UC Riverside. Albanez followed that up with another 17-point outing, this time in the Zags 63-52 win at USC.
STEALING THE BALL: Gonzaga University women's basketball junior Haiden Palmer opened the new year making a career-high six steals at UC Riverside, Nov. 9. She followed that up with five steals at USC, Nov. 9 and had another five against the University of Wisconsin, Nov. 16. Palmer, who had a team-leading 78 steals a season ago, has 16 of the Zags 39 picks after three games.
CHESLEK MAKES PRESENCE FELT: Gonzaga University women's basketball redshirt freshman made her presence felt in the Bulldogs nine-point win over the University of Wisconsin, Nov. 16. Cheslek recorded her first career double-digit rebounding game with 11, and added seven points, three blocks, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes of action.
BASKETBALL IN HER GENES: Gonzaga University women's basketball freshman Elle Tinkle comes from a basketball family. Her father Wayne Tinkle played for the University of Montana, played professionally in Europe for 10 years and is currently the head men's basketball coach at the University of Montana. Her mother Lisa Tinkle also played for Montana and was inducted into Montana's Hall of Fame. Her sister Joslyn Tinkle is currently a senior on the Stanford University women's basketball team. The two sisters will battle each other on the hardwood Dec. 2 when the Cardinal visit the McCarthey Athletic Center.
ALL-AROUND ATHLETIC FAMILY: Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Meghan Winters is one of four Winters siblings to play a collegiate sport in college. Her brother Brendan Winters played collegiate basketball at Davidson College. Her sister was a member of the University of Portland women's soccer team. Her younger brother Ryan Winters is currently a sophomore on the Elon University men's basketball team. And where do they get their athletic talents from? Her father Brian Winters was the 12th pick in the NBA draft in 1974, taken by the L.A. Lakers. After his playing career, he went on to coach for the University of South Carolina, L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and the WNBA's Indiana Fever. He is currently an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.
COACH GRAVES AND USA BASKETBALL: This past summer, Gonzaga University women's basketball head coach Kelly Graves added USA Basketball to his resume, becoming an assistant coach with the U18 women's basketball squad and helping the team to a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas.
SEASON TICKETS TOP 4,300: Gonzaga University women's basketball season tickets have hit a record-high 4,315 and counting. The Bulldogs hit a then-record-high of 4,104 season-ticket holders in 2011-12 and averaged 5,442 fans for their 17 home games which stood 14th in the NCAA for women's basketball attendance.
RECEIVING VOTES IN BOTH THE USA TODAY COACHES' AND AP POLL TOP 25 POLL: The Gonzaga University women's basketball squad is receiving votes in both the USA Today Coaches' Top 25 poll and the Associated Press Top 25. The Bulldogs received 24 votes in the Coaches' poll; the sixth team 'also' receiving votes. The Zags earned three votes in the AP poll Monday.
BULLDOGS PICKED SECOND IN WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Eight-time West Coast Conference Champion Gonzaga University women's basketball has been picked to finish second this year in a preseason vote of the nine league coaches. The Bulldogs, who for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign were not picked to win the WCC, garnered four first-place votes and received 60 points. Second-year member BYU was chosen as the favorite to claim the WCC women's basketball title, edging out the Zags by one point. The Cougars, who defeated GU to win the 2012 WCC Tournament title, received five-first places votes and 61 overall points.
OPPONENTS IN THE TOP 25: Gonzaga University women's basketball 2012-13 opponents Stanford University and Ohio State University, along with possible 2012 Hardwood of Hope Tournament opponent University of Louisville are all ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls. Stanford is ranked fourth in both polls, Ohio State is 20th in the AP poll and 21st in the USA Today Coaches' poll, while Louisville is eighth in both polls The Bulldogs host Stanford Dec. 2, host Ohio State Dec. 17 and could battle Louisville Nov. 21 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
GONZAGA TO HOST 2013 NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS: Gonzaga University was one of 16 institutions selected to host the first-and-second rounds of the 2013 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 McCarthey Athletic Center. This will be third year in a row Gonzaga has been selected to host the first and second rounds.
ZAGS SIGN TWO: Gonzaga University women's basketball head coach Kelly Graves has announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent. Joining the Bulldogs next fall is Bayli McClard, a 6-1 forward from Hanford high school in Hanford, Calif., and Emma Wolfram, a 6-5 center from South Kamloops high school in Kamloops, British Columbia.