Bulldogs Host Eastern Oregon In Exhibition Game Saturday
EXHIBITION GAME -
Eastern Oregon vs. Gonzaga
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 2 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center
Live stats/video available at GoZags.com
Radio: 1050 AM The Key
EXHIBITION CONTEST ON TAP FOR ZAGS: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team hosts Eastern Oregon University on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in its lone exhibition contest of the season.
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 is 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 EASTERN OREGON MOUNTAINEERS: Eastern Oregon University, a NAIA institution that is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC), finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 25-9 overall record and had a 13-5 mark in league action. The Mountaineers exploded in the postseason, making a historic run to the NAIA Division 2 Tournament Quarterfinals, the furthest the program has ever advanced in the national tournament. Eastern Oregon returns 10 players from last year's squad, including senior Brooke Randall, who averaged 10.9 points and 2.3 assists per game as a junior, and junior Korrie Bourn who averaged 9.22 points a season ago and shot 41.9 percent from the field. The Mountaineers have one player from Spokane in junior Nyesha Joseph who played at University high school. Eastern Oregon is coached by Anji Weissenfluh, who is in her 13th year at the helm.
HOW YOU CAN WATCH/HEAR THE GAME: If you aren't able to make it to the McCarthey Athletic Center for the Gonzaga University vs. Eastern Oregon University game Saturday, there are still ways you can check out the game. You can listen to it live in Spokane on the radio on 1050 AM The Key with the 'Voice of the Zags' Steve Myklebust calling the action. You can also head to GoZags.com and watch live video that will also include Myklebust's broadcast or watch the game on live stats. Links for both video and live stats can be found on the women's basketball schedule page of GoZags.com.
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.
WHO ARE THE NEWCOMERS: The Gonzaga University women's basketball squad welcomes four newcomers in 2012-13, along with two returning redshirts. The Bulldogs true freshman consist of guard/forward Chelsea Waters from Lewiston, Idaho, forward Kiara Kudron from New Boston, Mich., guard Elle Tinkle from Missoula, Mont., and guard Michaela O'Rourke from Bellevue, Wash. The two Zags who redshirted last year were Shelby Cheslek, a center from Pullman, Wash., and Shaniqua Nilles, a forward from Spokane, Wash.
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 OVER 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 for 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 THE USA TODAY COACHES' TOP 25 POLL: The Gonzaga University women's basketball also starts the new season receiving votes in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs received 43 votes in the poll, released Tuesday morning; the third team 'also' receiving votes.
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 league nine 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 all ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls. Stanford is ranked fourth in both polls, Ohio State is 19th in the AP poll and 21st in the USA Today Coaches' poll, while Louisville is ninth 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 MAC. This will be third year in a row Gonzaga has been selected to host the first and second rounds.
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!
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