Feb. 14, 2017
Gonzaga Game Notes vs. USF
Gonzaga (21-4, 12-2 WCC) vs. San Francisco (13-12, 7-7 WCC)
7:00 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 16 | War Memorial Gym
Radio: Magic AM 790 KJRB Gonzaga IMG Radio Network
Live Stats | Live Video
The Last Meeting
January 5, 2017
HOW TO WATCH
- The game is available online at THEW.TV.
STOCKTON NAILS THE GAME WINNER, DEFENSE LOCKS IT DOWN
- The (RV) Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Laura Stockton nailed a game-winning jumper from the elbow with nine seconds left, and Elle Tinkle stood Saint Mary’s up on defense at the other end as Gonzaga secured the 59-58 win in front of a sellout crowd inside the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.
- The lead changed hands 19 times in the game, including 12 times in the second half.
- Kiara Kudron led the Zags with 14 points, five assists, and three steals.
- The Zags lead the all-time series 38-25 and are 15-14 all-time in San Francisco.
- Gonzaga lost to the Dons on the road, 52-71 last season, but had won 12-straight games in San Francisco prior to that dating back to 2004.
- GU’s loss in San Francisco last season ended a 21-game win streak the Zags had been on.
- The Bulldogs got back on top in the series on January 5 at home this year. GU trailed 22-20 at the half, but five three-pointers on six attempts in the third quarter gave them a 61-46 win. Kiara Kudron recorded her third double-double of the season and sixth of her career with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Emma Stach led the three charge in the third, and finished with nine points all in that quarter, all behind the arc
- Dating back to 2003, Gonzaga has won 28 of the last 32 games, including 12 of 14 in San Francisco.
- The best game of the series, and one of the best in Gonzaga history, was a 91-84 four-overtime win on February 7, 2015 in Spokane. The game featured 21 lead changes and 14 ties. The game lasted two hours and 50 minutes with four overtime periods. The four overtimes were the most in WCC history during league play, and it was also the longest game this season at any level of women’s college basketball. Keani Albanez led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field. Sunny Greinacher added 19 points and three blocks.
- San Francisco had the majority of their success in the series in the 1990’s, winning nine straight from 1995-1998 and eight straight at home from 1992-1999.
SCOUTING THE DONS
- Senior guard Rachel Howard was selected to the preseason All-WCC team. At Pacific on Jan. 14 put her over 1,000 points for her career. She became the 22nd player in USF history to reach that milestone. She leads the team averaging 16.8 points per game and five rebounds per game. She is third in the WCC in scoring.
- Junior forward Michaela Rakova earned West Coast Conference player of the week honors on January 2. Rakova averaged 16.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting .577 (15-of-26) from the field for the week.
- Junior guard Anna Seilund took home West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors on December 19. Seilund scored a game-high 20 points while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in their lone game and averages 10.6 points per game. She ranks eighth in the WCC from the free throw line at 80.3 percent and 10th in assists (3.7 per game).
- As a team, the Dons lead the WCC from the free throw line (76.6 percent)
- The Dons only lost two seniors from their WCC Tournament Championship a year ago.
KUDRON A LEADER IN MANY WAYS
- Redshirt senior Kiara Kudron has been a force on the glass, dishing assists, scoring points, and grabbing steals this season.
- She is averaging 9.3 points per game on the season, second on the team.
- Kudron also averages 7.4 rebounds per game, seventh in the WCC, and first on the team.
- She is second on the team behind point guard Laura Stockton with 81 assists.
- She has led the team in scoring six times this season, led in rebounds 13 times, led in assists 11 times, and led in steals three times.
- She has three double-doubles this year, one behind Jill Barta for the team lead, and has six in her career.
- Last week, she led in scoring in both games, led in steals both games, and led in rebounds and assists once.
- Kudron is shooting 50.3 percent from the field, fourth in the WCC.
- The Zags have scored 16 points in transition in the past two games, and given up zero.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
- The Zags have flipped a stat from a season ago on its head, and are 5-1 in games decided by five points or less this season. GU has won three games where they grabbed the lead in the final 10 seconds this year.
- Gonzaga was 2-6 in games decided by five points or less last year.
- The Zags’ current 12-game winning streak is the second-best under head coach Lisa Fortier.
- In her first season, 2014-15, the Zags rattled off wins in their first 15 conference games.
THIS DOG WILL FIGHT
- During this current 12-game win streak, the Zags have overcome deficits of 9, 3, 14, 8, 8, 2, 1, 5, and 11. They have overcome deficits to win in 15 games this season.
- The Zags have a winning record, 4-3, when trailing entering the fourth quarter this season, and are 5-4 when trailing at halftime.
- Against Saint Mary’s the Zags led for 3:44, against San Diego it was 7:35, and looking way back, against Northwestern it was 8:02, all games the Zags won.
- Saturday’s game against Saint Mary’s saw the Zags erase an 11-point SMC lead in the second quarter. The 19 lead changes were the most this season.
- In the current 12-game win streak, the Zags are winning by 14.6 points per game and averaging 4.3 more rebounds, 4.7 more assists, 3.8 less turnovers, 3.9 more steals, and 1.7 more blocks than their opponent per game.
- The Zags streak of 12-straight wins is the sixth longest active streak in the country.
- The Gonzaga men and women have the best combined record in the NCAA this year at 47-4 and their streak of 38-straight wins is the best active streak in the nation.
70/59 IS THE SWEET SPOT
- The Zags are 13-0 this season when scoring more than 70 points.
- The Bulldogs are 16-0 when allowing 59 points or less.
ZAGS RECEIVING VOTES ONCE AGAIN
- The Zags jumped into the Associated Press Top-25 Poll on November 21 at No. 25, but fell to receiving votes the following week. GU had been receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll every week this season and were still receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll up to week nine. In the AP Poll, the Zags were receiving 12 votes and they garnered 15 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll in week nine.
- The Zags have worked their way back, and have been receiving votes for two-straight weeks in the AP Poll, and GU is receiving 10 votes this week.
- The Zags RPI came in at 117 in the first edition, and jumped to 63 this week, after peaking at 62.
- The Zags are the highest-rated WCC team in the Mid-Major Poll at No. 2 this week, receiving two first-place votes.
DEFENSE WINS GAMES
- The Gonzaga defense has led the way for the Zags this season. The Bulldogs lead the WCC allowing just 56.2 points per game, ranking 23rd in the NCAA.
- They win by an average of 15.3 points per game, leading the conference and 18th in the country.
- They are second in the conference by limiting their opponent to 36.3 percent shooting from the field, 32nd in the NCAA, and 26.4 percent shooting from three, best in the conference and ninth in the NCAA.
- GU is second in the WCC averaging a +7.1 rebounding margin, 27th among NCAA schools.
- The Zags are first in the conference with 4.8 blocked shots per game, which is 46th in the country.
- GU is first in the WCC with a 1.09 assist to turnover ratio, which is 55th nationally.
LOCKED IN UNDER THE LIGHTS
- The Zags are 7-0 this year in games that are televised live.
- They beat Saint Mary’s Santa Clara, San Francisco, Northwestern, Washington State, and Eastern Washington on SWX, and Stanford on the Pac-12 Bay Area Network.
- GU was 4-5 in televised games last season.
- GU’s final regular-season game at BYU on February 25 will be available regionally on BYUtv. The television package may expand as other games are under consideration by broadcast partners.