Zags And Waves Set For WCC Quarterfinals
March 1, 2018


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Gonzaga (24-5) vs. Pepperdine (10-19)
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February 17, 2018
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Zags Complete Perfect WCC Road Record With Win At Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Gonzaga Bulldogs secured a perfect West Coast Conference road record with a 67-48 win at Pepperdine on Saturday, their 11th-straight win on the road.

SMOOTH SENIOR DAY:
- After BYU scored the first basket of the game, they went scoreless over the next 9:25 as that was their only points in the firstquarter, as Gonzaga ran away from BYU on Saturday, 62-37 at home.
- Emma Stach stole the show, scoring 11 points on three-of-six shooting from distance. Jill Barta tacked on her 12th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards, and Zykera Rice came off the bench to score 11 with six boards.

TOURNAMENT FACTS:
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the West Coast Conference Tournament number one seed and regular-season champion.
- The Zags have been the number one seed 12 times since the tournament began in 1994, including nine-straight times from 2007-2015. Santa Clara has been the number one seed five times, the next highest total.
- The Zags are 23-4 all-time as the number one seed, winning the tournament championship seven times (2007, 2009-11, 2013-14, 2017).
- The Zags have reached the championship as a number one seed 10 times, and have never won the championship as anything but a number one seed.
- The Zags overall all-time tournament record is 25-17 and have won six of the nine titles in Las Vegas.

THE WHOLE PIE:
- 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 as they did it with three games remaining in the regular season.
- In 2014-2015 and 2004-2005 the Zags clinched the WCC title outright with three games left in the season.

RECORD SET:
- The Zags set a new conference record with 17 conference wins this season.
- 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 at the time.

ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAMS:
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs had three players selected to the 2018 All-West Coast Conference Team. Jill Barta was named the Player of the Year, the first Zag to be honored since Taelor Karr in 2013, along with being a first team selection.
- Lisa Fortier was selected as the WCC Coach of the Year, the first coach in conference history to be selected coach of the year three times in their first four seasons.
- Juniors Chandler Smith and Zykera Rice were both selected to the second team, first time honors for both. Jenn Wirth was tabbed to the five-person All-Freshman Team.
- Barta was selected to the first team for the third time. She joins Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot as the only Zags to do that in program history.

SERIES HISTORY:
- Gonzaga leads the all-time series 39-30. The Zags lead 4-3 in neutral site meetings, with all seven coming in the WCC Tournament. The Zags have met the Waves once in Las Vegas, the 2010 Championship, with Gonzaga winning 76-48.
- In that game, junior Courtney Vandersloot was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year while senior Heather Bowman become the first player in WCC history to be named to the All-Tournament team four-straight years. Vandersloot finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and Bowman chipped in 14, had four boards and three assists.
- Gonzaga swept the season series against Pepperdine this year and in the last meeting, Zykera Rice led the Zags in points with 16 and added five rebounds. Laura Stockton filled the stat sheet with 11 points, and led the Zags with nine assists and eight rebounds, career highs in both.
- Since 2004, Gonzaga has won 28 of the last 32 meetings.

SCOUTING THE WAVES:
- Yasmine Robinson-Bacote made the All-WCC First Team for the second straight year. Paige Fecske was All-WCC honorable mention. Pepperdine beat Santa Clara 74-63 in the first round of the WCC Tournament on Thursday.
- Bacote is leading the Waves with 17.9 points (third in the WCC) and 7.5 rebounds (eighth in the WCC). She's seventh in the WCC in free throw percentage (76.1%) and 10th in field goal percentage (45.8%).
- Fecske ranks second on the Waves in both points (10.9) and assists (2.9).
- Kim Jacobs is fourth in the WCC in three-point percentage (41.9%) and 15th in three-pointers made (1.3). Barbara Sitanggan ranks seventh in the WCC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7).

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.

BACK-LOADED SCHEDULE:
- The Zags completed 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 had never played five games against those opponents in a single month. GU went 5-1 against those teams for the fourth time.
- 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.

ROLLING INTO THE FOURTH:
- The Bulldogs have an average lead of 11.3 points when entering the fourth quarter.
- The Zags have won every game they entered the fourth quarter with a lead in.

CAREER ZAGS:
- Jill Barta is currently third all-time in free throws made at 417, 38 behind Courtney Vandersloot for second. Barta is also eighth all-time in career points at 1524, 59 behind Kayla Standish for seventh.
- Laura Stockton is currently seventh all-time in career assists at 316, 39 behind Robin Allen for sixth.
- Emma Stach sits eighth all-time in made threes at 130, five behind Tiffanie Shives for seventh.

STARTING RIGHT:
- All five Zag starters have scored and grabbed a rebound in the last 22 games.

WINNING FORMULA:
- The Zags are second in the WCC in points per game, 72.1, and points per game allowed, 58.1. They are the only WCC team in the top-three in both categories.
- GU has not let a late lead slip. They are 24-0 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 23-1 when shooting better than their opponent.
- Rebounding is just as important, as Gonzaga is 17-1 when leading on the glass.
- GU has 16 wins when holding their opponent under 59 points.

NCAA TEAM OF THE WEEK:
- Gonzaga earned National NCAA.com Team of the Week honors on January 22.

300: 
- 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 was second with 273.

MULTI-TOOL:
- Chandler Smith led the Zags in rebounds, assists, and steals once, rebounds, steals, and blocks twice, points, rebounds, and steals once, and points, rebounds, and blocks once.
- Jill Barta has led GU in three categories a couple times this season. She led them in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks three times, and points, rebounds, and blocks five times. She led in points, rebounds, and steals twice. At USD she led in points, assists, and blocks. Against USD she led in rebounds, assists, and blocks.
- Laura Stockton has led in rebounds, assists, and steals once.

CHERYL MILLER AWARD FINALIST:
- Jill Barta was named one of 10 national finalists for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award.
- The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top small forwards in women's NCAA Division I college basketball.
- Barta was the only player from the West region selected.

13, NOW 14 IS A LUCKY NUMBER:
- Gonzaga has amassed a conference record of 191-27 (.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 186-26 (.877)
- Gonzaga has won 54 of the last 59 home games versus WCC opponents the last 14 years.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TRIPLE:
- Jill Barta has recorded 12 double-doubles this season, leading the team.
- 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 19 double-doubles in her career. Smith has three double-doubles this year.

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 11 votes.
- They are currently 40th in RPI, with 39th being their best ranking.

ICE, ICE, GAME, BABY:
- Gonzaga has been impressive sealing games from the line this year. The Zags have not relinquished a lead after halftime this season, and are shooting 80 percent from the foul line in the last two minutes.
- A couple Zags, Jenn Wirth, Jill Barta, Katie Campbell, and Chandler Smith have not missed a free throw under two minutes this year.

EFFECTIVE:
- Against Santa Clara, Zykera Rice and Jill Barta both shot 70 percent from the field taking 10 shots each (7-10).
- The first time since, Sunny Greinacher went 9-for-11 and Lindsay Sherbert went 7-for-10 against UC Riverside at home in 2013.

ROAD WARRIORS:
- The Zags were 11-1 on the road this season and are currently riding an 11-game winning streak.
- That is the fourth-longest active streak in the country.
- That streak is the longest road winning streak under head coach Lisa Fortier.
- GU averaged 71.5 points per game on the road while only giving up 59, winning by an average of 12.5 points per game.
- GU is shooting 43.8 percent in other teams' gyms, and has a +4.2 rebounding margin. The Zags have been great forcing turnovers on the road, with a +1.9 margin in that category, leading to 9.4 steals per game, over two more than their opponent.
- Jill Bara (17.3), Chandler Smith (10.8), and Zykera Rice (10.7) are all averaging double figures on the road.
- They have not let games remain close, entering the fourth quarter up by an average of 12.27 points.
- They have outscored their opponents by 70+ points in the second and third quarters.


 

 

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