Jan. 3, 2018
The Last Meeting
January 28, 2017
Zags Dialed In From Long Range In Win Over Waves
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga Bulldogs used the three-point shot and rebounding to win their eighth-straight game on Saturday, with an 83-61 win over Pepperdine inside the McCarthey Athletic Center in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,000.
Gonzaga (9-4, 2-0 WCC) vs. Pepperdine (6-6, 2-0 WCC)
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Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) | Live Stats
- The Zags opened conference season with two road victories last week, 99-72 at Pacific and then 63-51 at Santa Clara. They also achieved that feat on the road in 2015-16.
- The Zags methodically built a lead over Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon, as Jill Barta had her seventh double-double of the year to lead GU with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Zykera Rice joined in her in double figures with 10 points and Chandler Smith had nine. Both Rice and Smith grabbed five boards.
- Last Thursday, GU started 0-for-their-first-seven shots, but they went 25-for-their-next 29 in the first half in the win over Pacific.
- Five players scored in double-figures in the game, led by Jill Barta with 15 points, and Jenn Wirth added 14, Emma Stach scored 12, Zykera Rice scored 11, and Jill Townsend added 10. They scored 60 first-half points for the first time since they scored 63 against Southern Utah on January 3, 2011 in Spokane.
2-0 HERE WE GO:
- The Zags have started WCC play 2-0 three times in the last four years, and 13 times since 2003.
- Under head coach Lisa Fortier, a 2-0 start has been great for the Zags, as they extended it to 14-0 in 2014-15 and 5-0 in 2015-16.
- The Zags have won 14 of their last 15 conference home openers.
- They have faced Pepperdine three times at home to open the conference season since 2002, winning all three by an average of 22 points.
- In those games since 2002, GU has averaged 68.9 points per game while only allowing 53.7 per game.
- Gonzaga leads the all-time series 37-30. The Zags are 19-10 all-time in Spokane and 12-1 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center, winning by an average of 21 points inside their current home.
- Last December 29, Pepperdine snapped Gonzaga’s 15-game winning streak in the series with a 79-69 win in Malibu. The Bulldogs responded though, winning 83-61 in Spokane as the Zags drilled seven threes in the first quarter and 12 threes in the first half in that game, a program-record for threes in a quarter and in a half. In the end, they finished with 15 long-range buckets, tying the school-record at the time. They would break that record with 17 against BYU later that year. Elle Tinkle put together a great line with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals against Pepperdine. Jill Barta was the leading scorer with 17 points.
- Since 2004, Gonzaga has won 26 of the last 30 meetings and 12 of 13 in Spokane, including the last 10. Over that stretch, the Zags have scored 80 or more points four times at home.
- The Waves only win inside of the McCarthey Athletic Center came on February 1, 2007, winning 70-56.
- The closest Zag win inside the McCarthey Athletic Center came on January 15, 2015 when Gonzaga won 73-64. Elle Tinkle scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds. GU recorded their largest spread on February 20, 2010, 87-45. On Senior Day, senior Vivian Frieson joined the 1,000-point club at GU with 16 points, 11 boards.
- Gonzaga leads the series 33-27 all-time in regular-season West Coast Conference meetings.
- The Waves won the majority of their games during a 19-game winning streak from 1996 to 2003. The closest game in that stretch was an 84-81 Waves win in 1998.
SCOUTING THE WAVES:
- Head Coach DeLisha Milton-Jones became the first coach in Pepperdine history to start her career with two-straight WCC wins and is the only Pepperdine coach to win both her season-opener and WCC-opener in her first season. She also has the Waves off to their first 2-0 start in conference play since 2012 with home wins over Santa Clara and San Diego.
- Preseason All-WCC selection Yasmine Robinson-Bacote is leading the Waves with 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game to currently sit first in the WCC and 41st in the nation in scoring. The junior forward has six double-doubles on the year, including double-doubles in both WCC games last week. She earned WCC Player of the Week honors on November 20.
- Sydney Bordonaro currently leads the WCC and is ninth in the nation, shooting 49% (24-for-49) from three this season. She is second on the team in scoring at 8.3 points per game. She is averaging 2.0 threes per game.
- The Waves lead the league with a 32.7% three-point shooting percentage and have the second fewest turnovers in the WCC at 193.
- Pepperdine promoted Milton-Jones to head coach during the offseason. The former collegiate and WNBA great became the seventh coach in program history. Milton-Jones served last year as an assistant with the Waves, and is the WNBA career-record holder for games played, Milton-Jones was a two-time All-Star and won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks. On the Olympic stage, Milton-Jones has won two Olympic gold medals (2000 and 2008) and a pair of FIBA World Championships (1998 and 2002) with Team USA.
- The Waves’ non-conference schedule was highlighted by wins over Long Beach State and Nevada.
- The Zags are the highest-ranked WCC team in the latest addition of the NCAA RPI poll at 65 their highest spot this season.
- Against Western Illinois, Jill Barta (21 points and 11 rebounds), Zykera Rice (14 points and 13 rebounds), and Chandler Smith (12 points and 11 rebounds) all had double-doubles, the first time three Zags did it in the same game since March 6, 2004, against Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinals. In 2004 it was Ashley Anderson (10 pts & 10 rebs), Ashley Burke (22 pts & 12 rebs), and Raeanna Jewell (15 pts & 13 rebs) who achieved the feat. GU backed that up with Barta (15 pts, 10 rbs) and Smith (10 rbs, 10 ast) both achieving the feat at Pacific, and Barta did it again at Santa Clara (21 pts, 11 rbs).
- Barta has recorded double-doubles in seven of her 12 games this season, leading the team. For Smith it was her third one this season.
- Barta’s seven rank first in the West Coast Conference and 20th in the nation.
RIDE THE WAVE:
- The last four games, GU has won by an average of 19.3 points per game while scoring 84.8 points per game shooting 48.7 percent from the field.
- The Zags are +18.3 on the boards and averaging five more assists per game than their opponent, while making six more free throws per game at 15.
- Jill Barta (16.5), Zykera Rice (14.5), and Chandler Smith (10) are all averaging double figures in points, with Smith dishing a team-leading five assists per game as well.
- The Zags played seven games in the month of December this season with a 6-1 record, the same amount they played last season as they posted a 5-2 record.
- Gonzaga is 98-46 in the month of December since 2000 and 54-19 at home.
- The Zags lost only one game in 2017’s final month for the second time in four years.
- The conference-opener win at Pacific marked the 300th WCC win for GU in program history, the first WCC school to achieve that feat. Saint Mary’s is second with 273.