Feb. 23, 2018
Gonzaga (23-5, 16-1 WCC) vs. BYU (16-12, 11-6 WCC)
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The Last Meeting
February 3, 2018
HEADING INTO SENIOR DAY:
- Laura Stockton hit a game-sealing three with 33 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, and Gonzaga defeated San Diego 58-54 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night.
- Stockton led the Zags with 14 points on six-of-13 shooting, going two-of-three from distance. Jill Barta had her 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead GU, and Jessie Loera scored 10 points on four-of-nine shooting.
THE WHOLE PIE:
- GU clinched the outright West Coast Conference Championship with the win over LMU last Thursday. The Zags have now won 13 of the last 14 WCC Titles and this marked their 14th in program history. It tied the quickest GU has ever claimed the outright title.
- In 2014-2015 and 2004-2005 the Zags clinched the WCC title outright with three games left in the season.
- The Zags still have the opportunity to win the most WCC games in conference history, as the 16-2 marks in 2014-15 and 2013-14 stand as the records to beat.
- Before the expansion of the league with BYU and Pacific, Gonzaga went 14-0 in 2010-11, 2009-10, and 2004-05.
- BYU also went 16-2 in 2015-16, tying the Zags for the conference record.
- The Zags lead the back-and-forth all-time series 14-9.
- GU is 8-0 all-time against the Cougars inside the McCarthey Athletic Center, with the first game being a 71-57 Gonzaga win in the first round of the WNIT in 2005. Shannon Matthews, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, scored 12 of her 24 points in the first half in that game. Every Gonzaga win at home has been by double figures.
- GU did have two losses in the Martine Centre, in 1984 and 2001.
- Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier is 5-3 against the Cougars winning both regular-season meetings in 2015, and the home games in 2016 and 2017, and the first game this year. 17th-year BYU head coach Jeff Judkins is 7-13 against Gonzaga.
- In the first meeting this year in Provo, the Bulldogs ended BYU’s 23-game home West Coast Conference win streak and never trailed in an 84-70 win. Jill Barta added to her school record with her sixth-career 30-plus point game with 34 points and 15 rebounds, her ninth double-double of the year on nine-of-10 shooting. Emma Stach made WCC-leading scorer Cassie Devashrayee work all night, and added 16 points, her season high.
- 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 9-4 all-time in West Coast Conference regular-season meetings, which began when BYU joined the conference in 2011-12.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS:
- BYU leads the WCC in blocked shots at 6.4 per game, ranks second in 3-point field goals made at 181, and fifth in assists at 427 and steals at 8.7 per game.
- Nationally, BYU ranks sixth in blocked shots at 180, and seventh in blocked shots per game.
- Senior guard Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee ranks eighth in free throw attempts at 202, fifth in free throws made and third in minutes played 38.1 per game, nationally. In the WCC, she’s first in scoring at 19.8 per game and minutes played, and is the reigning WCC Player of the Year.
- Freshman center Sara Hamson ranks second in blocked shots per game at 4.3 and blocked shots at104, nationally.
- In the WCC, sophomore guard Brenna Chase ranks first in 3-point field goals made at 65 and averages 13.6 points per game.
- The Cougars are currently a game behind Saint Mary’s in third place, and still have a chance for the second spot with a win.
SENIOR DAY STATS:
- The Zags have had great success on Senior Day since 2005, going 12-1 in that stretch.
- That includes two wins over BYU, in 2016, 73-55, and 2012, 77-60. The Zags have won by an average 17.5 points in those contests.
ACADEMICS AWARDS ROLLING:
- Chandler Smith, Emma Stach, and Katie Campbell were selected to the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team. Stach was selected for the third-straight season, the first two as honorable mention, and has a 3.81 GPA while majoring in psychology. Smith was tabbed for the second-straight year, after being selected honorable mention last year, and is pursuing her master’s in business administration with a 3.94 GPA, having already received her undergraduate degree in marketing. Campbell, a sophomore, was selected for the first time with a 3.32 GPA while majoring in biology.
- A day after being selected Academic All-Conference, Chandler Smith was selected COSIDA First Team Academic All-District.
- Smith is just the sixth Zag in program history to earn the extremely prestigious award.
FINISHING AT HOME:
- The Zags have played their final two regular-season WCC games at home 16 times prior to this season in their history. They have a combined record of 21-12 in those games.
- Between 2002 and 2014, the Zags did it six times, and won all 12 games in that stretch. The Bulldogs also swept the games in 1991 and 1994.
- GU split the games in 2016, the last time they finished with both games at home, but did finish with a 73-55 win over BYU on Senior Day.
- 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.
- GU is 33-11 since 2011 in those games.
ROLLING INTO THE FOURTH:
- The Bulldogs have an average lead of 11.1 points when entering the fourth quarter.
- The Zags have won every game they entered the fourth quarter with a lead in.
- All five Zag starters have scored and grabbed a rebound in the last 21 games.
- The Zags are second in the WCC in points per game, 72.5, and points per game allowed, 58.9. They are the only WCC team in the top-three in both categories.
- GU has not let a late lead slip. They are 23-0 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 22-1 when shooting better than their opponent.
- Rebounding is just as important, as Gonzaga is 16-1 when leading on the glass.
- GU has 15 wins when holding their opponent under 59 points.
PACKED IN MCCARTHEY:
- The Zags led the nation last season in the percentage of building capacity being filled at 93.63 percent in attendance per game. Gonzaga welcomed an average of 5,618 patrons per game last season to the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center.
- This season the Zags are filling the arena at 92.46 percent, third in the nation. They sit 12th in average attendance at 5,547 per game, the highest number of any team in the West.
- The leaders in percentage capacity, UCONN and Louisiana, play occasionally in arenas bigger than what they consider their home arena, skewing their percentage higher.
- Gonzaga had a sellout (6,000) against Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s.
13, NOW 14 IS A LUCKY NUMBER:
- Gonzaga has amassed a conference record of 190-27 (.876) during the last 14 years, which includes 13 West Coast Conference regular-season titles and seven WCC Tournament titles.
- Gonzaga has appeared in post-season play for 13 of the last 14 years.
- Since the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004, Gonzaga has gone 185-26 (.877)
- Gonzaga has won 53 of the last 58 home games versus WCC opponents the last 14 years.
- Jill Barta has recorded 11 double-doubles this season, leading the team. She has achieved the feat in six WCC games.
- Against Western Illinois, 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.
- Barta’s has 18 double-doubles in her career. Smith has three double-doubles this year.