Dec. 5, 2017
Washington State Notes
The Last Meeting
December 8, 2016
Gonzaga Never Trails In 79-61 Win Over Washington State
SPOKANE, Wash -- The (RV) Gonzaga Bulldogs wanted to avoid a slow start against Washington State, and did that Thursday as they finished the first quarter on a 21-12 run that gave them a lead they would not relinquish in a game they never trailed in, inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga (4-3) at Washington State (5-4)
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- The Gonzaga Bulldogs put their best collective offensive and defensive effort of the season so far together on Saturday afternoon and won convincingly, 91-52, over visiting Portland State.
- The Zags had a 21-0 run that spanned over eight minutes from the first quarter into the second. GU went on another run in the third quarter, 8-0, and then a 9-0 spurt in the fourth.
- GU was a terror on defense once again, forcing 23 turnovers for 11 steals for 32 points. They dominated in the paint, 52 points to 18, and they turned the turnovers into runouts, 16 transition points to two. GU controlled the glass as well, 46 rebounds to 36. GU shot 47 percent and held PSU to 31 percent.
- 20 individual career or season highs were tied or broken in the game against Portland State.
- Chandler Smith was two assists short of a triple-double with 10 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, career-high eight assists, three steals, a block, and zero turnovers in 34 minutes for her first career double-double.
- Zykera Rice scored a career-high 20 points and matched her career-high 10 rebounds for her second career double-double, added to three blocks and a career-high three assists.
- Jenn Wirth had a career-high in points (6) and steals (2). LeeAnne Wirth had a career-high in rebounds (2) and Jessie Loera had a season-high in points (9). Katie Campbell set career highs in points (5) and rebounds (3).
- The Zags are 8-18 all-time against the Cougars and 2-10 in Pullman.
- Last season broke a two-game skid in the series for the Zags, as they won convincingly, 79-61 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center. GU finished the first quarter on a 21-12 run that gave them a lead they would not relinquish in a game they never trailed in. Jill Barta scored 16 points on five-of-eight shooting and added eight rebounds. Kiara Kudron grabbed eight boards as well, and Emma Stach scored a season-high 12 points in 17 minutes of action, going three-of-three from long range. The difference in the game came from behind the arc, as GU was 10-of-16 and WSU shot 1-of-11.
- GU last won in Pullman in 2013, 70-62. Haiden Palmer led the 25th ranked Zags with 20 points, and had her second-straight game of five-plus steals, finishing with six and added three assists and four rebounds. WSU won 55-48 in 2015, the Zags last visit there.
- The Zags best stretch in the series came with a win in 2002, and then after an eight-year break in the series, two wins in 2010 that were 14 days apart, and a win in 2011 in Pullman.
- Washington State dominated the birth of the series, winning the first eight games from 1984-1992.
- The Bulldogs won only two games in the series from 1984-2002, but have won six of nine since then.
- Jill Barta is currently 28th in the nation averaging 21 points per game, but only three players averaging more points than Barta also average more rebounds in the entire country.
- A’Ja Wilson of the defending National Champion South Carolina Gamecocks and last year’s Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament averages 23.8 PPG and 11.1 RPG. Tanya Atkinson of Temple averages 23.6 and 11.1 and Megan Gustafson of Iowa averages 22.3 and 12.7.
- Barta is currently 30th in the nation averaging 10.7 rebounds per game.
BARTA WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
- The West Coast Conference named Jill Barta its Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for December 4, 2017.
- Barta had another outstanding week in averaging a near-double-double with 24.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in Gonzaga’s two dominating wins against Eastern Washington and Portland State.
- Against Eastern Washington, she picked up her fourth double-double of the season in six games in leading the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds on 5-of-11 shooting. Two nights later against Portland State, Barta scored 30 points with seven rebounds to mark her fifth career 30-plus point game, setting a new school record.
- For the week, Barta averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks over two contests while shooting .500 from the field and .941 from the free throw line.
- On the national stage, Barta is 17th in the nation in double-doubles, 28th in points per game, 45th in points, 22nd in free throws made, and 30th in rebounds per game. She leads the conference in double-doubles and is second in points per game, rebounds per game, free throws made, and blocked shots per game.
- She has scored in double-figures in all seven games this season and scored 20+ four times, and 30+ twice.
- This is the third player of the week honor in her career, as she earned it twice last season.
- 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 93-45 in the month of December since 2000 and 52-18 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 WASHINGTON STATE:
- After starting the season 1-4, including a 75-81 loss to Saint Mary’s, WSU has ripped off four-straight wins, the last two by double digits.
- The Cougars return three starters to the 2017-18 lineup after losing Chanelle Molina, Borislava Hristova, and Louise Brown to season-ending injuries last year.
- Hristova is 2nd in the Pac-12 at 17.9 ppg to start the year. She has led the team in scoring in seven of nine games with four 20+ point efforts on the year
- Alexys Swedlund averages 10.7 ppg and Brown leads at 6.9 rebounds per game.
- A year after setting the Cougs’ single-season record for three’s with 75, junior Alexys Swedlund has her sights set on the career record of 161 currently held by Katie (Appleton) Bohnoff from 2005-09. She has 19 so far.
- In back-to-back seasons the Cougs have rewritten the record book for blocks in a season posting 120 in 2015-16 and a record 152 last year in 2016-17.
- The 2017-18 Cougar basketball team is represented by student-athletes from seven different countries and four different states.
- 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 126 turnovers for 75 steals and turned them into 143 points or 20.5 per game.
- Smith leads the team with 18 steals and is 78th in the country. Jill Barta has 12 and Jessie Loera has 10.
HOME WIN STREAK:
- After the win against Portland State, Gonzaga has now won 10-straight games at home, the longest such streak under coach Fortier.
- The streak dates back to a 61-46 win over San Francisco on January 5 of last season.
- The run eclipsed the previous record of nine under coach Fortier, set from December 20, 2014 to February 21, 2015.