Nov. 24, 2017
Gonzaga (1-1) vs. Kent State (3-2) Nov. 24, 2017 | 3 p.m. PT | FloHoops | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust) Las Vegas, Nev. | Mandalay Bay Events Center (12,000) | Live Stats
BARTA’S BIG NIGHT:
- The Zags made a valiant effort late with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter, but ran out of time having to foul late, and fell to Belmont 71-63 on Thursday night.
- Jill Barta had an outstanding night with her third-straight double-double in as many games, with 21 points on nine-of-17 shooting, and a career-high 22 rebounds, setting a new school record. She beat Anne Bailey, Penny Thomley, and Sue Harvey’s mark of 20.
- Zykera Rice scored 12, her season high, and Laura Stockton added 10. Emma Stach and Jessie Loera had four assists each, and GU shot 41 percent while holding Belmont to 35 percent from the field.
- Six teams that participated in last season’s NCAA Women’s Tournament are 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.
- FloHoops will offer live and on-demand coverage of the tournament. The games will stream online exclusively at www.FloHoops.com.
- The event immediately follows the MGM Resorts Main Event men’s tournament earlier this week at T-Mobile Arena.
- The tournament promotes the Play4Kay initiative, a grassroots fundraising campaign for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay’s primary fundraising support comes from women’s basketball teams across the country that dedicate games throughout the season to raise funds and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
- The charity was founded in 2007 from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, a former N.C. State head women’s basketball coach who endured three bouts with breast cancer. Despite the disease, she coached for 38 years, recording more than 700 wins, making 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 trips to the Sweet 16 and a Final Four berth in 1998. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009.
HOLIDAY HOOPS IN VEGAS:
- The Zags have only played once before during Thanksgiving in Las Vegas, the 2014 South Point Shootout at South Point Arena.
- They played two competitive games, falling to American and No. 16 Iowa by a combined 15 points. Sunny Greinacher paced Gonzaga with 16 points and Shelby Cheslek had 10 points and 13 rebounds against the Hawkeyes, and Greinacher scored a game-high 18 points against American while Cheslek recorded a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.
- The Zags have played two Christmas Tournaments in Las Vegas, the 2011 and 2009 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
- Four of the six holiday tournament games the Zags have played in Las Vegas have come against top-16 nationally ranked teams. The Zags held their own and then some, averaging 66 points while only giving up 72 and picking up a top-15 win.
- In 2011, again at the South Point Arena, the Zags defeated No. 12 Georgia 71-68. Haiden Palmer nailed a three-pointer with two-tenths of a second remaining to cap off the Gonzaga win. Two nights later Gonzaga beat Dayton, 82-76, to win the Hoops Classic. Palmer was named the Most Valuable Player, while senior Katelan Redmon earned All-Tournament honors.
- In 2009, Gonzaga fell 49-70 to No. 5 Baylor at South Point Arena. Heather Bowman had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Two nights later, GU fell to No. 11 Texas A&M. Bowman was named to the All-Tournament Team.
SCOUTING KENT STATE:
- Kent State’s five-point lead quickly disappeared as No. 14 Stanford scored 24 unanswered points during the second quarter of a 79-54 victory on Thursday night.
- Senior Jordan Korinek led the Flashes with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. Korinek made her first five three-point attempts of the game but shot an uncharacteristic 2-for-5 at the foul line.
- Sophomore Ali Poole added 14 points and matched her career-high with six rebounds to lead Kent State. Stanford outrebounded the Flashes, 36-28, and held a 14-10 edge in second-chance points despite Kent State leading 13-10 in offensive rebounds.
- These are Kent State’s first games in Vegas since 1988. The Golden Flashes play in the 1988 7-Up Desert Classic, going 0-2 in the event.
- The Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll was released on Oct. 25 with Kent State picked to finish second in the East Division.
- Coming off their first East Division title since 2005, the Golden Flashes received one first-place vote.
- Senior forward Jordan Korinek, an All-MAC Second Team selection last season, was named to the Preseason All-MAC East Team.