No. 1 Bulldogs Ready For No. 9 Seed Pacific In WCC Quarterfinals
March 2, 2017
Gonzaga Notes vs. PAC (WCC)
Gonzaga (23-6, 14-4 WCC) vs. Pacific (10-20, 5-13 WCC) (WCC Quarterfinals)
12:00 p.m. | Friday, Mar. 3 | Orleans Arena
TV: BYUTV (Play-By-Play: Spencer Linton | Color Commentator: Kristen Kozlowski)
Radio: Magic AM 790 KJRB Gonzaga IMG Radio Network
Live Stats | Live Video
The Last Meeting
February 18, 2017
(RV) Zags Use Huge Second Half To Down Tigers
STOCKTON, Calif. -- The (RV) Gonzaga Bulldogs used a dominating second half to down Pacific 74-58 on the road on Saturday afternoon to secure at least a share of their 13th West Coast Conference Regular-Season Championship.
HOW TO WATCH
- The game is televised live on BYUTV. On DISH Network it is channel 9403 (SD), and 4369 (HD), and on DirectTV it is channel 374, only offered in standard definition. For cable, on Comcast Xfinity, it is channel 232 (HD).
ZAGS ARE WCC TOURNAMENT TOP SEED
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-6, 14-4 WCC) are the tournament number one seed and regular-season champion.
- The Zags have been the number one seed 11 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 20-4 all-time as the number one seed, winning the tournament championship six times (2007, 2009-11, 2013-14).
- The Zags have reached the championship as a number one seed nine times, and have never won the championship as anything but a number one seed.
- The Zags overall all-time tournament record is 22-17.
- The Zags lead the all-time series 6-5. The Zags used a dominating second half to down Pacific 74-58 on the road on February 18, in the last meeting. Emma Wolfram had her first double-double of the season and second in her career with a season-high 13 points and career-high 14 rebounds. Elle Tinkle (14), Jill Barta (13), and Kiara Kudron (12) joined her in double-figure scoring.
- Pacific regained the lead late to hand Gonzaga the 65-63 loss on New Year’s Eve in the first meeting this year. Jill Barta scored 15 and grabbed eight rebounds and Kiara Kudron scored 10 and grabbed eight boards.
- The teams have never met in the West Coast Conference Tournament.
- The series began with a 65-64 Gonzaga win in Tempe, Ariz. as part of the Wells Fargo Classic on the campus of Arizona State University in 1998.
- Streaks have been hard to come by, with Pacific winning two straight from 2000-2002 and the final game in the winter of 2016, and on New Year’s Eve this season, and Gon-zaga took three straight from 2014-2015.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- The Tigers finished tied for eighth in the WCC this season with a 5-13 record, after winning their first three conference games.
- GeAnna Luaulu-Summers has hit double-figures in 23 of her 27 games this year. She is the only Tiger averaging double figures at 14.3 points per game.
- Mauriana Clayton leads the team averaging 4.4 rebounds per game.
- Of the Tigers 20 losses, 11 have been decided by three possessions or less.
- GeAnna Luaulu-Summers hit her 100th career three-pointer at San Francisco, becoming the 11th Tiger to reach the century mark in threes.
- All 13 Tigers who have suited up this year have posted at least one game in double-figure scoring.
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs had four players selected to the 2017 All-West Coast Conference Team.
- Head coach Lisa Fortier was selected as the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three years, the first coach in program history to do that.
- Kiara Kudron and Jill Barta were both selected to the first team, Kudron’s first All-WCC selection.
- Barta was selected to the first team for the second time in just two seasons, she joins Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot as the only Zags to do that in program history.
- Elle Tinkle was voted to the second team and Laura Stockton was selected honorable mention.
- Tinkle was a previous first team selection and Stockton was honored for the first time.
KUDRON A LEADER IN MANY WAYS, NEW MEMBER OF 600 CLUB
- Redshirt senior Kiara Kudron has been a force on the glass, dishing assists, scoring points, and grabbing steals this season.
- She is averaging 9.8 points per game on the season, second on the team.
- Kudron also averages 7.7 rebounds per game, sixth in the WCC, and first on the team.
- She is second on the team behind point guard Laura Stockton with 88 assists.
- She has led the team in scoring seven times this season, led in rebounds 16 times, led in assists 11 times, and led in steals five times.
- She has three double-doubles this year, one behind Jill Barta for the team lead, and has six in her career.
- She is the 17th member of the 600-rebound club at Gonzaga with 616 in her career.
- Kudron is shooting 50.7 percent from the field, third in the WCC.
ETCHED IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- Elle Tinkle swiped six steals at Portland, a career-high, moving to 10th all-time at Gonzaga with 169 in her career, passing Kelly Bowen’s mark by one. She now sits at 181 in eighth place.
- Tinkle had 61 steals her junior year and has 50 on the year so far this season.
- The redshirt senior is also first in all-time games played at Gonzaga with 139.
- Tinkle has played in 110 games that Gonzaga has won. She trails the winningest Zag of all time, Jazmine Redmon, by two wins. Redmon won 112 games from 2010-2014.
- The Zags have scored 54 points in transition in the past six games, and given up eight.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
- The Zags have flipped a stat from a season ago on its head, and are 6-2 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.
- GU has held their opponent below 10 points in three quarters this season on three different occasions. The Zags have held their opponent below 10 points in a quarter on 22 separate occasions this year already. Last year, the Zags’ opponent failed to score 10 points in a quarter on 21 different occasions throughout the entire season.
THIS DOG WILL FIGHT
- In conference play, the Zags overcame deficits of 9, 3, 14, 8, 8, 2, 1, 5, 11, 1, and 5. They have overcome deficits to win in 17 games this season.
- The Zags have a winning record, 4-3, when trailing entering the fourth quarter this season, and are 5-5 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.
- The home 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.
70/59 IS THE SWEET SPOT
- The Zags are 14-1 this season when scoring more than 70 points.
- The Bulldogs are 18-0 when allowing 59 points or less.
CHANCE TO CLINCH
- Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier’s teams are 2-0 in games where they can clinch the WCC Championship. They defeated Saint Mary’s, 80-72, in 2015 to claim their 12th WCC Regular-Season Championship and defeated San Diego 62-57 to win the outright championship this year.
- The Zags bench has outscored the opponents bench in 23 of the 29 games this season, including the last 10.
- They average 24 points per game, compared to 12.6 points per game for their opponent.
POLLS AND RPI
- 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 were receiving votes for two-straight weeks in the AP Poll, week 14 and 15.
- The Zags RPI came in at 117 in the first edition, and moved to 76 this week, after peaking at 62.
DEFENSE WINS GAMES
- The Gonzaga defense has led the way for the Zags this season. The Bulldogs lead the WCC allowing just 57.6 points per game, ranking 36th in the NCAA.
- They win by an average of 13.4 points per game, leading the conference and 23rd in the country.
- They are second in the conference by limiting their opponent to 36.4 percent shooting from the field, 32nd in the NCAA, and 27.6 percent shooting from three, best in the confer-ence and 22nd in the NCAA.
- GU is second in the WCC averaging a +7.7 rebounding margin, 18th among NCAA schools.
- The Zags are first in the conference with 4.8 blocked shots per game, which is 42nd in the country.
- GU is second in the WCC with a 1.04 assist to turnover ratio, which is 70th nationally.
LOCKED IN UNDER THE LIGHTS
- The Zags are 7-1 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.
- The entire West Coast Conference Tournament will be televised live on BYUTV.