Dec. 1, 2017
Portland State Notes
The Last Meeting
December 7, 2014
Gonzaga (3-3) vs. Portland State (3-4)
Dec. 2, 2017 | 2 p.m. PT | theW.tv | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) | Live Stats
BACK HOME, DOWN EWU:
- After a two-game hiatus, Jill Barta picked up her fourth double-double of the season leading the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds on five-of-11 shooting as GU defeated Eastern Washington 69-45, in Spokane on Thursday night in their regular-season home opener.
- Zykera Rice added 14 points and eight rebounds, a season high, and Chandler Smith was in double figures with 11 points. Smith added four assists and a career-high five steals on the defensive end.
- Emma Stach carried the load on defense, holding Big Sky Preseason Player of the Year Delany Hodgins to 11 points who came in averaging 19 per game, while scoring nine points herself with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals, all season highs.
- The Zags dominated the glass 43-25 and forced 19 turnovers for 25 points, a theme for this team this season.
AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
- The Zags have a detailed and deep history against teams from the Big Sky Conference. Since 2000 they are 59-14 against current Big Sky schools.
- GU has won 36-straigtht games against the current members of the Big Sky Conference. The last loss against a Big Sky school came in 2007, a 72-75 loss to Portland State in Portland.
- The only member of the conference that GU has played and not beaten is Weber State, who they last played in 2003.
- GU has already beaten Montana and Eastern Washington this year.
- The Zags lead the series all-time 13-6. The Bulldogs have won six-straight since 2008.
- The Zags series with the Vikings has been quiet since GU head coach Lisa Fortier’s first season in 2014-15, when the Zags won 73-41 in Spokane. Elle Tinkle grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at the time and scored 10 points against PSU. The Zags missed their first 15 shots from the field through the first nine minutes of the game. The teams combined for a 1-for-25 start, and the score was 6-2 midway through the opening half in favor of GU. Gonzaga then scored 25 of the final 35 points in the first half.
- The Zags have never lost to PSU inside the McCarthey Athletic Center, going 6-0 in those games since it opened in 2004. Portland State has only won once in Spokane, a 67-65 win in 1986.
- The Zags have won eight-straight at home overall since that loss in 1986. During this current six-game win streak, the Zags have scored 80 or more points three times and won by 20+ points four times.
- The Vikings have had some success at home, winning four in a row from 1986 to 1992.
- The Zags will play seven games in the month of December this season, the same amount they played last season as they posted a 5-2 record.
- GU will be at home four times this month, one less than last year when they went 4-1 at home in December.
- Gonzaga is 91-45 in the month of December since 2000 and 50-18 at home.
- The Zags best run in December came in 2004 when they went 7-1 in the month. They have gone undefeated at home in December six times with the best record being 5-0 in 2009.
SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE:
- The Vikings are coming off a win over West Coast Conference member and in-city rival Portland on Tuesday, 77-71, fueled by a season-high of five players scoring in double figures.
- Sidney Rielly leads the Big Sky conference with 20.7 points per game on the season. She posted four-straight 20-point games earlier this year and had 18 against Portland.
- Portland State is shooting .396 from distance with 7.6 three-pointers made per game this season. In 2016-17, the Vikings shot .300 from three-point range with 5.6 made per game.
- After setting the Portland State single-season blocks record in just her first year with the Vikings, Courtney West has quickly turned her sights on the PSU career blocks mark of 118. West is sitting on 110 career blocks.
- The Portland State women’s basketball program played its final game in the Stott Center gym on March 3, 2017, defeating North Dakota, 81-67. A home court for PSU Athletics since the fall of 1966, the Stott Center is undergoing an extensive restructure and remodel. The new Viking Pavilion, which will open in 2018, will feature a new 3,000+ seat arena on the east side of the building. Due to the on-going construction of the Viking Pavilion, all 12 of Portland State’s home games will be played at the Pamplin Sports Complex on the campus of Lewis and Clark College this year.
- The Zags defensive prowess so far this season has been borne out of their three-quarter court trap, most effective with Chandler Smith running the point.
- The Zags have forced 103 turnovers for 64 steals and turned them into 111 points or 18.5 per game.
- Smith leads the team with 15 steals. Jill Barta has 11 and Jessie Loera has 10.