Bulldogs Battle The Top Team In The Nation Sunday
|GAME 8: NO. 1 STANFORD AT GONZAGA|
DATE: Sunday, December 2, 2012
|THE LAST MEETING: Nov. 13, 2011 @ Stanford, Calif.|
NO. 1 STANFORD CARDINAL
RV/RV GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-1)
NO. 1/1 STANFORD UNIVERSITY CARDINAL (6-0)
GONZAGA HOSTS NO. 1 STANFORD SUNDAY: After playing five games in seven days, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team had 10 days to recoup and prepare for No. 1 Stanford University. The Bulldogs will host the top team in the nation Sunday at 2 p.m. The game, which is sold out, can be seen locally on SWX and heard live on 1050 AM the Key.
GONZAGA VS. STANFORD SOLD OUT: Tickets for the Gonzaga University women's basketball game versus No. 1 Stanford University on Sunday are sold out. The Bulldogs host the top team in the nation at 2 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center Sunday. The game will be televised locally on SWX and can also be heard on The Key 1050 AM in Spokane and via the internet at GoZags.com. The game will also be live streamed at GoZags.com. This will be the 11th sellout in school history for the Zags and first this season.
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ZAGS OPEN SEASON 6-1: Gonzaga University women's basketball has begun the 2012-13 season with a 6-1 record. The Bulldogs held a 5-0 mark before dropping their first game of the season, a 55-42 setback to then-No. 6 University of Louisville, Nov. 21. The 5-0 start tied the program's best start in school history. The only other time Gonzaga started 5-0 was in 2008-09; that team went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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 STANFORD CARDINAL: The Stanford University women's basketball team is currently the top ranked team in the nation with a 6-0 record. The Cardinal bumped into the No. 1 spot after defeating then-No. 1 Baylor University 71-69 to break the Lady Bears 42-game winning streak. Stanford is coming off a 77-41 victory over Long Beach State University and will play at UC Davis Friday prior to its game versus Gonzaga University Sunday. The Cardinal are led by Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle, older sister of Zag freshman Elle Tinkle. Ogwumike is averaging a double-double of 19.8 points and 11.7 rebounds, while Tinkle is averaging 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Stanford is coached by Tara VanDerveer in her 27th year at the helm.
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SISTERS WILL PLAY EACH OTHER SUNDAY: When the Gonzaga University women's basketball team plays No. 1 Stanford University Sunday at the McCarthey Athletic Center fans will get to see two sisters playing against each other. The Bulldogs have freshman guard Elle Tinkle, while the top ranked Cardinal boast her big sister Joslyn Tinkle, who is a senior forward. Elle Tinkle is averaging 8.7 minutes off the bench for GU and is averaging 4.6 points per game and shooting a team-best 57.1 percent from the field. Joslyn Tinkle is second on Stanford's team in points per game, averaging 18.2, along with 5.2 rebounds per contest.
FIRST TIME HOSTING A TOP RANKED SCHOOL; SECOND TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO PLAY THE NO. 1 TEAM: The Gonzaga University women's basketball game against Stanford University Sunday will be the first-time in school history the Bulldogs will have hosted the No. 1 school in the nation. The Cardinal are currently the top ranked squad in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll. The Zags have played a No. 1 school once before when they dropped a 96-73 victory at No. 1 University of Tennessee, Dec. 16, 2007. That game oddly enough also saw sisters on opposite teams. Gonzaga junior Jami Bjorklund battled younger sister Angie Bjorklund, who was a freshman at the time.
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.
REDMON NAMED TO HARDWOOD TOURNAMENT OF HOPE ALL-TOURNAMENT: Junior guard Jazmine Redmon helped Gonzaga to a third place finish at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Over three games, Redmon averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while only turning the ball over a total of three times. Redmon shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from the field, including a stellar 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the 3-point arc and sank 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Redmon began the tournament scoring a career-high 16 points, on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point land, in GU's win over Missouri State. She also dished out five assists, had two steals and two rebounds. In the Zags lone setback of the tournament and year, a 13-point setback to No. 6 Louisville, Redmon had five points, three assists and five rebounds. The point guard rebounded with a 13-point, seven assist performance in the Zags 80-66 win over Winthrop University. She had 11 of the Zags first 19 points in the second half to help break open the game. For her efforts, Redmon was named to the Hardwood Tournament of Hope All-Tournament Team.
McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER: Since the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team has gone 109-12 overall. The Bulldogs went undefeated at 14-0 in the McCarthey Athletic Center during the 2004-05 campaign, the first season it was open, and went 15-0 during the 2009-10 season. Three of the 12 losses have been to Pacific-12 Conference members (Stanford, Arizona State and USC) and three to West Coast Conference schools.
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. Albanez is currently second on the team in points per game at 10.1.
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 22 of the Zags 81 picks after seven 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. Cheslek leads the squad in blocks per game at 1.7 and rebounds per game at 4.9.
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. In their first two home games of the season, the Zags had 5,758 fans at their home opening win over the University of Wisconsin, Nov. 16 and followed that up with 5,561 at their win over Monmouth Nov. 18. Gonzaga's game versus Stanford University on Dec. 2 is already sold out.
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 20 votes in the Coaches' poll; the fifth team 'also' receiving votes. The Zags earned two 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 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 first in both polls, Ohio State is 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches' poll. When GU lost the Louisville it was ranked No. 6 in both polls at the time. The Bulldogs host Stanford Dec. 2 and host Ohio State Dec. 17.
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.