Jan. 30, 2018
Gonzaga (17-4, 10-0 WCC) at San Diego (12-9, 5-5 WCC)
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The Last Meeting
February 23, 2017
Zags Clinch Outright WCC Championship On Senior Night
SPOKANE, Wash. -- For the 13th time and 12th time in the last 13 years the Gonzaga Bulldogs are Regular-Season West Coast Conference Champions. The Zags saw to it that they would share the title with no one this season, as they downed San Diego 62-57 on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
ON THE HILLTOP:
- Gonzaga dominated San Francisco in the second and third quarters, and won big again, 81-57, at USF last Saturday afternoon for their 12th-straight win
- Jill Barta led Gonzaga with 24 points, her seventh 20+ point game of the year, and nine rebounds. Zykera Rice joined her in double figures with 14, and Laura Stockton, Jenn Wirth, and Chandler Smith all scored eight.
- GU shot 51 percent from the field and outscored USF 45-21 in the second and third quarters. They forced 20 turnovers, the fifth time that has happened in six games. Jessie Loera had seven points and six assists off the bench.
- The Zags broke a two-game skid at War Memorial Gymnasium and after BYU lost to Pacific, now hold a three-game lead in the West Coast Conference.
NOW IT GETS FUN:
- The Zags have started WCC play with a 10-0 record just four times prior in their history, most recently in 2014-15. In three of those cases the Zags went undefeated in conference play at 14-0, prior to BYU and Pacific joining the West Coast Conference.
- The Zags started 15-0 in head coach Lisa Fortier’s first season in 2014-15.
- Gonzaga leads the all-time series 41-23 and are 17-14 in San Diego, but 14-5 inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion, which opened in 2000.
- Gonzaga snapped a three-game skid against USD on January 26th of last year. Laura Stockton found a cutting Jill Barta in traffic as time expired and Barta kissed the ball off the backboard for the 57-55 come-from-behind win. The Zags then clinched the West Coast Conference Regular-season Championship on Senior Night in Spokane, 62-57. Jill Barta led the Zags with 13 points and Kiara Kudron scored seven to go with 10 rebounds. All totaled, nine different Zags scored, all scoring three or more, and 10 had rebounds.
- Prior to the three-game skid, Gonzaga had won 15-straight games overall from 2009-2015. The Zags won seven-straight at USD from 2002 to 2008.
- The game has gone to overtime on three occasions, the latest being in 2002, with Gonzaga winning all three.
- The Zags lead the series 38-22 all-time in regular-season West Coast Conference meetings.
- The Toreros won nine-straight at home from 1992-2001.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS:
- The Toreros went 7-4 in the non-conference and have started 5-5 in WCC action. They lost to Santa Clara and LMU last week.
- Aubrey Ward-El leads USD at 14.6 points per game, joined in double figures by Maya Hood, 12.2, and Sydney Williams at 10.2 ppg.
- Hood leads on the glass at 7.1 rebounds per game and Myah Pace (58) and Ward-El (63) each have 50+ assists.
- USD lost against Pacific and Pepperdine, but took a one-point win at home over second-place BYU.
- They have a +2.7 turnover margin and +4.5 rebounding margin.
- Maya Hood is in the top-10 all-time in nine major categories for the Toreros. She is already the all-time leader in offensive rebounds and total rebounds, and second in steals.
- Head coach Cindy Fisher earned her 300th career win at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 27.
- The Zags have a back-loaded WCC schedule with five of their last eight games in conference coming against San Diego, BYU, and Saint Mary’s. The Zags have never played five games against those opponents in a single month.
- The Zags were 5-1 in those games last year, just dropping the game at BYU. They also went 5-1 in 2014-15, losing at San Diego, and 2012-13, losing at Saint Mary’s, the best marks since BYU joined the conference in 2011.
- In the remaining games, home and away against BYU and San Diego, and at home against Saint Mary’s, GU is 30-10 since 2011.
BARTA WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME:
- The West Coast Conference has named Jill Barta its Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for January 29, 2018.
- She led the West Coast Conference-leading Zags in points and rebounds in both contests over the past week. On the week, Barta shot 58.8 percent from the field, averaging 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in only 22.5 minutes per game for the Zags.
- This marked Barta’s third selection this season and fifth of her career. She is the first Zag to accomplish that feat since Courtney Vandersloot was tabbed three times in 2010-11. Stephanie Hawk was honored five times in 2006-07, the school record.
GIVE ME THAT:
- Over the past six games, GU forced 124 turnovers, forcing 20 or more five times in that stretch. In 2013-14, Gonzaga forced 126 turnovers through six games. Starting with Eastern Washington on November 20 and ending at Wisconsin on December 10. Four games were 20+ turnover games, with GU forcing 26 turnovers twice.
- GU forced 23 against Portland State earlier this year, the season high they matched against Santa Clara.
- Jill Barta is currently fourth all-time in free throws made at 371, 15 behind Ashley Burke for third. Barta is also 10th all-time in career points at 1386, 26 behind Katelan Redmon for ninth.
- Laura Stockton is currently 10th all-time in career assists at 283, just one behind Jessica Malone for ninth.
- Emma Stach sits 10th all-time in made threes at 118, three behind Janelle Bekkering for ninth.
- The season is far enough along, some trends are starting to become consistent in Zags’ wins.
- The Zags are second in the WCC in points per game, 73.2, and points per game allowed, 58.4. They are the only WCC team in the top-three in both categories.
- GU has not let a late lead slip. They are 17-0 when leading or tied at halftime, ahead or tied to start the fourth quarter, and up with five minutes left.
- Shooting percentage is vital, as GU is 16-1 when shooting better than their opponent.
- Rebounding is just as important, as Gonzaga is 12-1 when leading on the glass.
- GU has 12 wins when holding their opponent under 59 points.
- Gonzaga held Portland to 36 points, the lowest point total allowed in four years. Santa Clara scored 44 points and San Francisco scored 47.
- Gonzaga started this 12-game winning streak in 2017 that has now extended to 2018.
- The winning streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
- GU has won seven-straight road games, tying the longest under coach Fortier.
- During the streak, GU has outscored their opponent by 20.7 points per game with a +8.5 rebounds per game advantage.
- GU is shooting 46.5 percent and holding their opponent to 35.4 percent from the field.
- Gonzaga averages over four more assists per game than their opponent, and Jill Barta (17.3), Zykera Rice (13.7), average double figures with Chandler Smith at 9.7 per game.
- All totaled, nine Zags are averaging over four points per game and two rebounds per game, including freshman Zags Jenn Wirth, LeeAnne Wirth, and Jill Townsend.