Feb. 2, 2018
Gonzaga (18-4, 11-0 WCC) at BYU (13-9, 8-3 WCC)
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The Last Meeting
February 25, 2017
BYU Uses Fourth Quarter Push To Down Zags In Provo
PROVO, Utah -- The BYU Cougars used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to beat Gonzaga in Provo, 71-63 on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams. GU led by six to start the fourth quarter, but could not recover from the run.
INSIDE THE JCP:
- Gonzaga made it 13-straight wins and 11-0 in West Coast Conference action with another dominant second and third quarters at San Diego on Thursday night, winning 63-44.
- Jill Barta led all scorers with 13 points, and Chandler Smith added 12 points and led with seven boards. Laura Stockton scored nine and Jessie Loera had seven, with each of them grabbing three steals as Gonzaga had 11 as a team off 18 USD turnovers. GU shot 46 percent, holding USD to 31 percent.
- A true team effort for GU, 10 players scored and eight had rebounds. GU dominated points in the paint, 30-18.
- The Zags held a team below 50 points for the fifth time this season and fourth time in six games.
NOW IT GETS FUN:
- The Zags have started WCC play with a 11-0 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.
- The Zags lead the back-and-forth all-time series 13-9.
- GU is 3-5 all-time at BYU. The Zags won the first game they played there in 1994, 75-67, as part of the Holiday Classic.
- Gonzaga last won there on February 28, 2015, 73-66. Elle Tinkle scored 20 points in that game and the Zags matched the most league wins in West Coast Conference history with the regular season finale victory with 16. Last season, BYU won 63-71, as BYU had a 15-0 fourth-quarter run and Zykera Rice scored 13 off the bench with six rebounds
- Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier is 4-3 against the Cougars winning both regular-season meetings in 2015, and the home games in 2016 and 2017. 17th-year BYU head coach Jeff Judkins is 7-12 against Gonzaga.
- GU’s last win against BYU was at home last season, as the Zags shot 68 percent from three, making 17 of their 25 attempts, school records in percentage and made threes. Those marks also set new highs inside the McCarthey Athletic Center, for either the Zag men or women. Emma Stach led the Zags going five-of-seven from deep for 17 points, a career high. She added seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals
- Gonzaga’s win streak of four from 2013-14 is the longest in the series, as BYU has never won more than two-straight games.
- Gonzaga leads 8-4 all-time in West Coast Conference regular-season meetings, which began when BYU joined the conference in 2011-12.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS:
- The Cougars started the WCC season 6-1, but have lost two of their last four. BYU completed a season sweep over Saint Mary’s.
- Nationally, the Cougar team ranks eighth in blocked shots per game at 6.4.
- Last year’s WCC Player of the Year Cassie Devashrayee averages 20.2 points per game to lead the Cougars and the West Coast Conference. She logs heavy minutes at 38.6 per game and played all 40 in Thursday’s 62-52 win over Loyola Marymount.
- Breanna Chase, 13.6 per game, and Malia Nawahine, 10 per game, join her in double figures.
- Six-foot-seven freshman Sara Hamson leads on the glass at 6.8 boards per game and has blocked 80 shots, second in the nation.
- BYU played three Pac-12 teams and one team from the SEC in its nonconference schedule, going 1-3 in those games.
- The Cougars shoot 68 percent from the field, but have a negative -1.4 rebounding margin and negative -.5 turnover margin. They do average four more blocks per game than their opponent.
- BYU has won 23-straight home WCC games, with Gonzaga’s 2015 win being their last loss to a WCC team in the Marriott Center.
- 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 at home against Saint Mary’s and USD, GU is 31-10 since 2011.
THE SECOND, AND THE THIRD:
- Gonzaga has outscored their opponent by 118 points in the second quarter this year, and 62 in the third quarter.
- The Bulldogs have an average lead of 12.14 points when entering the fourth quarter.
GIVE ME THAT:
- Over the past seven games, GU forced 143 turnovers, forcing 20 or more five times in that stretch. That is the most in a seven-game stretch over the past five years.
- GU forced 23 against Portland State earlier this year, the season high they matched against Santa Clara.
- 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, 72.7, and points per game allowed, 57.7. They are the only WCC team in the top-three in both categories.
- GU has not let a late lead slip. They are 18-0 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 17-1 when shooting better than their opponent.
- Rebounding is just as important, as Gonzaga is 13-1 when leading on the glass.
- GU has 13 wins when holding their opponent under 59 points.
- Gonzaga started this 13-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 eight-straight road games, the longest under coach Fortier.
- During the streak, GU has outscored their opponent by 20.5 points per game with a +7.9 rebounds per game advantage.
- GU is shooting 46.5 percent and holding their opponent to 35.1 percent from the field.
- Gonzaga averages over four more assists per game than their opponent, and Jill Barta (16.9), Zykera Rice (13.1), average double figures with Chandler Smith at 9.8 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.
- The Zags take pride in developing players who can do multiple things, and that has been on display this season.
- Chandler Smith led the Zags in rebounds, assists, and steals against Portland State, rebounds, steals, and blocks at Washington State and against San Francisco, points, rebounds, and steals against UNLV, and points, rebounds, and blocks against Loyola Marymount.
- Jill Barta has led GU in three categories a couple times this season. She led them in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks at Colorado State and at Saint Mary’s, and points, rebounds, and blocks at Montana and against Belmont and Pepperdine. Against Pacific and USF she led in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks and points, rebounds, and steals at Santa Clara. At USD she led in points, assists, and blocks.
ASSOCIATED PRESS & USA TODAY POLL:
- The Zags were receiving four votes in the Associated Press Poll released November 13 and 18 votes in the Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released October 26.
- Gonzaga returned to the AP Poll on January 22, and are currently receiving five votes.
- They are currently 51st in RPI, their best mark this year.