Zags Prepared For First Round Against Sooners
March 15, 2017


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No. 11 (RV) Gonzaga (26-6, 14-4 WCC) vs. No. 6 (23/20) Oklahoma (22-9, 13-5 Big 12) (NCAA First Round)
3:30 p.m. | Saturday, Mar. 18 | Alaska Airlines Arena | Seattle, Wash.
TV: ESPN2 (Play-By-Play: Pam Ward | Color Commentator: Gail Goestenkors)
Radio: Magic AM 790 KJRB Gonzaga IMG Radio Network
Live Stats | Watch ESPN

The Last Meeting
Gonzaga78
University of Oklahoma82
November 14, 2013
Norman, Okla.

HOW TO WATCH
- The game is televised live on ESPN2 and live online or using a tablet or mobile device using the WATCH ESPN app. The game will be live start to finish in the state of Washington and Northern Idaho.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY FOR ZAGS PRIOR TO GAME
- Gonzaga’s news conference will be Friday, March 17, from 12:30 pm – 1 pm in the Founders Club inside Alaska Airlines Arena.
- The first 15 minutes of Gonzaga’s practice on Friday will be open to the media. Practice begins at 1:10 pm. Mini-cameras are allowed at this time from the baseline, behind the media table, and from the public seating area.

NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES
- Gonzaga was selected for its eighth NCAA Tournament in nine years and ninth overall.
- The Bulldogs are 10-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with four trips to the Sweet 16 and one to the Elite Eight.
- GU is 7-3 in the NCAA Tournament as an 11-seed, the most wins as any seed.
- This marks the seventh time the Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament via winning the WCC Tournament. The last time was in 2014, when the sixth-seed Bulldogs lost in the first round to 11-seeded James Madison.
- Gonzaga is 3-1 all-time in the tournament in Seattle, last playing there in 2010. Beating Xavier (2009) & North Carolina and Texas A&M (2010).
- The Zags are 5-3 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
- GU is 3-0 against 6-seeds, beating Iowa (2011), Rutgers (2012), and George Washington (2015).
- In their last appearance, in 2015, Gonzaga advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins over No. 6 George Washington & host No. 3 Oregon State, before falling to No. 2 Tennessee at the Spokane Arena.
- Gonzaga is 36-30 (.545) in the postseason since joining the NCAA.

WCC TOURNAMENT
- The Zags won their seventh WCC Tournament by an average of 24.7 points per game.
- Jill Barta led the tournament in scoring at 24 points per game, and set a tournament record with 37 points in the championship game, one point short of Amy Simpson’s GU single-game record set in 1983.
- Kiara Kudron led the tournament with 18 defensive rebounds and Laura Stockton led with 6.3 assists per game.
- Barta, Kudron, and Stockton were all selected All-Tournament, with Barta being named the MOP.
- As a team, the Bulldogs led the championship in scoring, defense, field goal percentage, steals, and assists.

SERIES HISTORY
- The Zags have faced the Sooners once before, a 78-82 loss in Norman in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT on November 14, 2013.
- The Bulldogs entered the game ranked No. 25 in the nation, and Oklahoma was ranked No. 11.
- The Zags held a slim lead for the majority of the contest – which had 21 lead changes and 14 ties – and even had a four-point edge on the Sooners with five minutes to play in the contest.
- Gonzaga was called for six of their 32 fouls in the final five minutes and went cold offensively, scoring only two points, hitting one of their final nine shots and missing four free throws.
- Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg hit a baseline jumper with 1:56 to play to give the Sooners their first lead since the 14:23 mark of the second half at 80-78.
- Oklahoma hit just two field goals in the final 11:50 of the contest, both coming in the last 3:05 of the game.
- Haiden Palmer led the Bulldogs, scoring a team-high 19 points. She was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine, and added one assist and one steal. Junior guard Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench to chip in 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while classmate Keani Albanez added 10 points.
- The Zags had defeated Idaho and UT-Martin at home in the tournament to advance to the semifinals.
- Gonzaga and Oklahoma fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that season.

WCC TITLE GAME NOTABLES
- Jill Barta (37) scored 35+ for the first time in 23 years at Gonzaga (Ivy Safranski – 36 – 1994).
- Barta (5) was the second Zag to make 5+ 3’s this year (Makenlee Williams – 6 - UCI).
- Barta (5-8) was the second GU player to shoot 50% from three with eight attempts this season (Williams – 6/9 – UCI).
- The Zags’ 32 first-quarter points were the second most in a quarter this year (Washington State-34).
- GU scored 50 points in a half (1st -53) for the second time in the tournament and fourth time this year.
- GU had 20 assists (21) for the first time since February 2 against BYU in Spokane, and Laura Stockton matched her season high with eight dimes in the game.

SCOUTING THE SOONERS
- West Virginia rolled over the Sooners 82-58 in the Big 12 quarterfinals Saturday, March 4, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
- Redshirt senior guard Peyton Little and junior center Vionise Pierre-Louis earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors, while redshirt senior guard Maddie Manning and junior guard Gabbi Ortiz claimed All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selections. Freshman Chelsea Dungee was named to the All-Big 12 Freshmen Team.
- Little averages 12.2 points per game, and has 46 assists and 55 steals. Pierre-Louis averages 11.9 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. Manning leads the team at 12.7 points per game and averages 5.3 rebounds per game, and Ortiz leads the team with 113 assists, and scores 8.8 per game. Dungee chips in 7.1 points per game.
- Oklahoma is making its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
- OU is 32-19 (.627) all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 30-17 in the Coale era. The Sooners have made three Final Four appearances (2002, 2009 and 2010) along with 10 Sweet 16 appearances in program history all under head coach Sherri Coale.
- The Sooners are one of six Big 12 Conference teams to be selected for the NCAA Tournament, joined by Baylor, Texas, West Virginia, Kansas State and Iowa State.
- OU finished the regular season leading the Big 12 with 9.5 steals per game. The Sooners are 18-0 this season when limiting their opponents to 70 points or fewer. Oklahoma has 15 20-win seasons under Sherri Coale.
- The Sooners have been ranked in the AP Poll for 40 consecutive weeks (tied for the 10th-longest active streak in the country). OU has been ranked in the AP poll 260 times in the Coale era.
- OU is currently ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the USA Today Poll.
- They finished the regular season third in the Big 12 standings behind Baylor and Texas.

AT ALASKA AIRLINES ARENA AT HEC EDMUNDSON PAVILION
- Formerly the University of Washington Pavilion (1927–1948). Hec Edmundson Pavilion (1948–1999), Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (2000–2010).
- The Zags are 1-10 all-time against Washington in the arena.
- Gonzaga is 4-2 all-time in neutral site games in the arena, with the non-NCAA Tournament win being a 69-48 win over Yale in 2004 in the Seattle Times Classic.

ALL-WCC ANNOUNCED
- 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.

BARTA FEELING IT, JOINS 1000 POINT-CLUB
- Jill Barta was voted First Team All-WCC, WCC All-Tournament, Tournament MOP and the WCC Player of the Week twice this season.
- In conference and tournament games, Barta averaged 16.9 points per game, fourth in the league, in 26.3 minutes per game. She shot 46.0 percent from the field.
- She was 96-of-111 from the foul line, fourth in the league, and averaged 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
- Barta has scored over 20 points seven times in that stretch, and over 30 points twice. Against Saint Mary’s and Portland she went 10-for-10 from the foul line in each game.
- At San Diego she hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer, the first of her career, and made two foul shots with two seconds left to win at Santa Clara, 50-49.
- She scored in double-figures in 17 of the 21 games, and led the Zags in scoring 13 times.
- She was featured as one of the NCAA’s top-five players of the week, or Starting Five, on January 18.
- She is the 22nd member of the 1000-point club at GU with 1004.
- She is the fourth fastest to get there in history at 65 games, and second fastest in the NCAA Division 1 era beginning in 1987.
- Barta is the second sophomore to achieve the feat in her sophomore season joining Heather Bowman (62 games).
- She has already made 285 career free throws, ninth all-time at Gonzaga.
- Her 541 points this season are already ninth on the GU single-season lists, and her 147 made free throws are sixth.

25-WIN SEASON, SINGLE-SEASON MARKS
- With the win over USF in the WCC Semifinals, GU won their 25th game for the ninth time in 10 seasons, and 10th time in program history, including twice under third-year head coach Lisa Fortier.
- GU has set a new single-season record with 221 made threes this season.
- The Zags have made 466 free throws, fourth all-time, and have 152 blocks, third all-time.

KUDRON A LEADER IN MANY WAYS, NEW MEMBER OF 600 CLUB
- Kiara Kudron is averaging 10.0 points per game on the season, second on the team, and 7.8 rebounds per game, first on the team and 152nd nationally.
- She is second on the team behind point guard Laura Stockton with 94 assists.
- She has led the team in scoring eight times this season, led in rebounds 19 times, led in assists 11 times, and led in steals six 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 643 in her career.
- Kudron is shooting 52.0 percent from the field and has eight games with nine rebounds.

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 184 in eighth place.
- The redshirt senior is also first in all-time games played at Gonzaga with 142.
- Tinkle has played in 113 games that Gonzaga has won, the most all-time

SPEEDING AWAY
- The Zags have scored 78 points in transition in the past nine games, and given up 10.

RETURNING TO THE DANCE
- The Zags don’t have a ton of NCAA Tournament experience on their roster, but what they do have is vitally important.
- Senior Elle Tinkle has played in three prior NCAA Tournaments (2013, 2014, 2015). She has averaged 8.1 points per game in five games played, adding 4.1 rebounds per game. She scored 11 points against George Washington in the first round two seasons ago, and 14 against Oregon State in the second round.
- Senior Kiara Kudron played in 2013 and 2014, scoring nine points and grabbing four boards against Iowa State in 2013, and five points and three rebounds against James Madison a year later.
- Junior Emma Wolfram had her breakout performance against Oregon State in 2015, with 17 points and four rebounds in the upset win. She had 10 points and seven rebounds against George Washington in the first round, and eight points and six rebounds against Tennessee in the Sweet 16.
- As a freshman, junior Emma Stach scored three points against George Washington and four points against Oregon State in 2015.
- Sophomore Chandler Smith scored four points for Nebraska as a freshman against Syracuse in the NCAA First Round in 2015.

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.

QUARTER BALANCE
- The Zags have held their opponent below 10 points in a quarter on 24 separate occasions this year already. Last year, the Zags’ opponent failed to score 10 points in a quarter on 21 different occasions.

THIS DOG WILL FIGHT
- The Bulldogs have overcome deficits to win in 18 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.

70/59 IS THE SWEET SPOT
- The Zags are 17-1 this season when scoring more than 70 points and 20-0 when allowing 59 points or less.

RESERVE STRENGTH
- The Zags bench has outscored the opponents bench in 25 of the 32 games this season, including 11 of the last 12 and they average 24.5 points per game, compared to 12.9 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, for one week.
- The Zags were receiving votes in the AP Poll from week 4 to nine, and week 14 and 15.
- GU was receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll from week 1 to 9 and the current week 18.
- The Zags RPI came in at 117 in the first edition, and moved to 66 this week, after peaking at 62.
- The Zags have been ranked no. 1 in the ESPN Mid-Major poll and no. 2 in the College Insider poll this season.


 

 

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