Nov. 4, 2017
(RV/RV) Gonzaga (0-0) vs. Northwest Christian (3-0)
Nov. 5, 2017 | 2 p.m. PT | Watch Stadium | Radio 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6000)
ONCE AGAIN, PICKED TO WIN:
- For the fifth-straight season, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team was picked as the West Coast Conference preseason favorite.
- The Zags, which have won 12 of the last 13 regular-season WCC titles, received eight of the 10 possible first-place votes for 79 points in the poll.
- Saint Mary’s was picked second and received two first-place votes and 72 points.
- It marked the second time the Zags and Gaels were picked as the top two teams, and the first time since 2010.
- The Zags have been picked as the WCC preseason favorite in 10 of the last 14 years.
- Laura Stockton and Jill Barta were named to the Preseason All-WCC team.
- Barta, a two-time First Team All-WCC, WCC All-Tournament, WCC Tournament MOP, and WCC All-Freshman team selection, received her second-straight Preseason All-WCC nod. Last season, she led team averaging 16.8 points per game, fourth in the league and 92nd in the NCAA, while averaging six rebounds per game, 13th in the WCC.
- Stockton, who was selected All-WCC Honorable Mention and WCC All-Tournament last year, was selected Preseason All-WCC for the first time. Last year, she led the team averaging 4.4 assists per game and had 144 assists, third in the WCC and 10th all-time in a season at GU.
- GU welcomes three-fifths of last year’s starting lineup back this year, with point guard Laura Stockton, two-guard Emma Stach, and post Jill Barta starting the entire way last season.
- 2016-17 reserve juniors Chandler Smith and Zykera Rice are primed to move into starting roles and sophomore reserve Jessie Loera brings a full year of experience backing up Stockton.
- The Zags reloaded with a large recruiting class this season, including six new Zags to the roster.
- The class includes five freshman and one sophomore. Twin sisters Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth, and Gillian Barfield, hail from the Phoenix valley, and Canadian Louise Forsyth and local Washington product Jill Townsend round out the freshman class.
- Sophomore transfer Katie Campbell comes to the Zags after one impressive season with Ventura College in California.
- The Zags will once again host an NAIA team from the Northwest for their exhibition contest this season.
- Dating back to 1999, the Zags have always played their exhibition games at home, going undefeated in the stretch.
- Last season they played Corban from Salem, Oregon, winning 86-31.
- The Zags have faced an NAIA or Division II school from the Northwest dating back to 2001, facing Eastern Oregon three times, Corban three times, Concordia (Ore.) twice, Seattle Pacific twice, Lewis-Clark State twice, and Carroll, Western Oregon, and Warner Pacific once.
- Over the past 18 years, the closest exhibition contest was a 76-63 win over Strakonice out of the Czech Republic in 2003. - The biggest margin was in 2007 when GU beat Corban by 66 points, 103-37.
- The Zags have scored 80 or more points in six of the last seven years.
PACKED IN MAC:
- 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.
- They were 12th in the nation in overall average attendance. Those 5,618 fans were the most in the West, with New Mexico being the closest at No. 16 with 4,719 fans per game.
- 84,266 fans passed through the gates last season, 12th in the nation and the most in the West.
- The Zags swept the West Coast Conference Regular-Season and Tournament Championships last season.
- The 2016-17 squad set program records in three-pointers made with 224 and free throw percentage at 77.4 percent, along with breaking the single-game made three-pointers mark three times, finally settling at 17.
- The team finished 26-7, the program’s ninth 25-win season in 10 years.
- Gonzaga was selected for its eighth NCAA Tournament in nine years and ninth overall.
13 IS A LUCKY NUMBER:
- Gonzaga has amassed a conference record of 176-26 (.871) during the last 13 years, which includes 12 West Coast Conference regular-season titles and seven WCC Tournament championships.
- 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 174-24 (.879)
- Gonzaga has won 46 of the last 50 home games versus WCC opponents the last 13 years.
SCOUTING NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN:
- Northwest Christian has started their season 3-0.
- They have won big with their closest game being a 30-point win over Pacific Union
- Morgan McKinney and Anamaria Virjoghe have led the early charge, averaging 13 points per game.
- Katerina Brejchova leads them on the glass at 6.3 rebounds per game.
- The Zags will play five regular-season and one exhibition game at home.
- The Bulldogs will travel to Colorado State, Montana, and to Pullman to battle Washington State.
- Five of the nine teams on the schedule advanced to postseason play last year.
- Gonzaga will play on television at least eight times this season.
- Local television network, SWX, will broadcast six home games, available locally. The schedule begins with the local battle against Eastern Washington at 6 pm on November 30.
- The Zags road trip to Washington State on December 6 at 7 pm will be available regionally on the Pac-12 Network.
- GU’s away game at BYU on February 3 at 1 pm will be available regionally on BYUtv.
- Audio for all games will be broadcast on the air through the Gonzaga IMG Radio Network on 94.1 KJRB FM.
- Six teams that participated in last season’s NCAA Women’s Tournament will be among the eight-team field for the second-annual Play4Kay Showcase, Nov. 23-25, 2017.
- The event supports the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization that funds women’s cancer research.
- The Bulldogs will cap the first night of play by facing Belmont at 8 pm on November 23.
- FloHoops will offer live and on-demand coverage of the tournament. The games will stream online exclusively at www.FloHoops.com.
ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL:
- The Zags are receiving nine votes in the Preseason Associated Press Poll released November 2.
- GU is the only non-power five conference program ranked or receiving votes in the West.
USA TODAY POLL:
- The Zags are receiving 18 votes in the Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released October 26.
- GU is the highest ranked non-power five conference school in the West.
COLLEGE INSIDER MID-MAJOR POLL:
- The Zags are ranked second trailing only Quinnipiac in the College Insiders Mid-Major Preseason Poll.
- GU received 700 points and a first-place vote.