Nov. 11, 2017
Gonzaga (0-0) at Colorado State (0-1)
Nov. 13, 2017 | 5 p.m. PT | MWC Network | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745) | Live Stats
- On November 5, the Zags hosted an exhibition game against Northwest Christian, winning 96-35.
- The Zags led on the defensive end, holding the Beacons to eight points in the third quarter and three points in the fourth quarter, and 25 percent shooting.
- GU recorded 19 steals, blocked three shots, and scored 21 points off turnovers.
- Gonzaga dominated on the glass as well, leading 51-21, with 21 offensive rebounds to score 24 second-chance points. They scored 46 points in the paint and 12 points in transition, holding NCU to 0.
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.
- Gonzaga women’s basketball head coach Lisa Fortier announced the signing of two new Zags to National Letters of Intent for the 2018-19 season.
- Kylee Griffen from Marysville, Wash. and Lake Stevens High School is an agile six-foot-two guard with tons of versatility.
- ESPN ranks her 87th overall in her class and the 11th best wing player in the nation.
- She is a three-time First Team All-WESCO selection.
- She scored 389 points her junior season at Lake Stevens, with 207 rebounds, 25 steals, and 33 blocked shots. She nearly averaged a double-double at 17.7 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game.
- She scored 20 or more points in nine games, twice with a season-high of 26.
- Melody Kempton from Post Falls, Idaho and Post Falls High School is a six-foot-one forward that is quick around the basket and in the paint.
- ESPN ranks her 96th overall in her class and the 20th best forward in the country.
- She was voted the 5A Inland Empire League Player of the Year for the third consecutive season after averaging 15 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game her junior season.
- She added to that 3.2 steals per game, 2.3 assists per game, and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field. She scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds in the Jack Blair Memorial All-Star Game.
- She was one of five members of the 5A All-Idaho Team and named the North Idaho Female Athlete of the Year, along with the North Idaho Female Basketball Player of the Year.
- Kempton was selected First Team All-State as well.
REGULAR-SEASON OPENER HISTORY:
- The Zags have opened the regular-season at home the last four seasons, with the last road opener being a 60-53 win at UC Riverside in 2012.
- GU is 2-9 all-time in road openers, but 17-14 all-time in regular-season openers, as six of those road losses came from 1986 to 1991.
- GU enters Monday’s game riding a six-game winning streak in their openers, averaging 78 points per game in that stretch with an average winning margin of 21 points.
- Since 2004, GU has won 10 of their 13 openers, and they won seven of nine from 1992 to 2000.
- All-time, GU is averaging 70 points per game while allowing 64 points per game in openers. Since 2000, GU has bumped that up to 75 points per game and allowing only 61.
- The Zags have played in the state of Colorado four times, with the last being in 2008. GU will be looking for their first win in the state on Monday, as they have faced Colorado, Denver, and Wisconsin in Boulder in their history there.
CHERYL MILLER AWARD WATCH LIST:
- Jill Barta has been named one of 20 national candidates 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, redshirt junior, had 16 points on five-of-10 shooting in the exhibition game against Northwest Christian.
- Barta and UCLA forward Kennedy Burke are the only players from the West region selected.
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.
- 5,435 fans rolled through the turnstiles for GU’s exhibition game, a 429-person increase from last year’s exhibition 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.
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 COLORADO STATE:
- The Rams opened their season against Idaho, and fell 83-69 on Friday.
- CSU was picked to finish third in the Mountain West and have won four consecutive regular-season conference championships. Four-year starters Elin Gustavsson and Ellen Nystrom, the two-time conference player of the year, both graduated. Gustavsson and Nystrom accounted for more than 40 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding a year ago
- Hannah Tvrdy, the team’s leading returning scorer (8.3) and rebounder (4.6), is one of three returning starters along with senior Stine Austgulen and junior Sofie Tryggedsson
- They are the 18th-youngest team in the country.
- 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.