Dec. 13, 2017
Saint Francis Notes
The Last Meeting
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January 1, 2012
Gonzaga (5-4) vs. Saint Francis (4-5)
Dec. 17, 2017 | 2 p.m. PT | theW.tv | 94.1 KJRB FM (Steve Myklebust)
Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) | Live Stats
BACK HOME VERSUS LADY REBS:
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs erased an eight-point fourth quarter UNLV lead and led by two late, but fell to UNLV last Saturday afternoon inside the McCarthey Athletic Center, 52-50.
- Chandler Smith led the Zags in points with 17, rebounds with eight, on six-of-14 shooting. Zykera Rice added 12 points and six boards, and Emma Stach scored nine, tying her season high.
- Jill Townsend gave a great boost during the late comeback and finished with seven points and five rebounds off the bench. The Zags were playing without their injured leading scorer and rebounder Jill Barta.
- Saint Francis is the only member of the Northeast Conference the Zags have ever faced. The defeated the Red Flash, 92-50, on New Year’s Day 2012 in Spokane.
- In front of a sellout crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center, all fourteen Zag players saw action with 12 scoring.
- Junior Taelor Karr led the way with a game and career-high 22 points. Karr was 8-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc to best her previous high of 19 set when she was a freshman at Kansas State University against Texas A&M.
- Gonzaga easily ran away from Saint Francis, building a 24-11 advantage at the 12:14 mark and a 37-15 edge with 7:48 to play in the first half. Karr hit four of her six 3-pointers during the stretch, including back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game off with a bang.
- Gonzaga made 18 field goals in the opening 20 minutes, 7 of which were 3-pointers, and were credited with 13 assists.
SCOUTING SAINT FRANCIS:
- SFU hails from Loretto, Penn. and are members of the Northeast Conference.
- Jessica Kovatch was 11th in the NCAA last year at 21.1 points per game and is leading the team averaging 19.6 points per game this season. She was no. 2 in the nation in threes making 107 and 3.5/game last year, and averages three per game this year. She was named to the Lieberman Award watch list for the second-straight year. With 31 against William and Mary, Jessica Kovatch passed Tonjee Ward for 11th place on the career scoring list and is now top-10.
- The Red Flash are coming off a 79-65 win over Youngstown State, where Kovatch had 19 points.
- SFU had a three-game win streak sandwiched around two losings steaks so far this season.
- The SFU had seven blocks against Columbia, marking the second-straight game with at least seven blocks.
- The Red Flash led the nation in threes made in the regular season at 10.8 threes per game last season, this season, SFU is averaging 8.6 threes per game
- The Red Flash lead the NEC all-time with 11 conference tournament championships.
- The Zags have a lot of players who can play many different positions, no one more so than Chandler Smith, who can play positions one through four. Jill Townsend has filled the role as well, playing the three and four positions.
- The last two games, the Zags have employed more four-guard lineups. Smith has played the most minutes for the Zags this year and GU has outscored their opponent by 72 or 9.6 points per game when she’s on the floor. This is due to her versatility in the lineup.
- The Zags have employed 12 different lineups this season with only one player who plays primarily a forward position on the floor. Smith and Townsend have filled the void in the four spot as guards.
- Those small-ball lineups are outscoring their opponents by an average of 9.4 points per game. Either Smith or Townsend are in every one of those 12 lineups.
- The Zags take pride in developing players who can do multiple things, and that has been on display this season.
- Chandler Smith led the Zags in rebounds, assists, and steals against Portland State, rebounds, steals, and blocks at Washington State, and points, rebounds, and steals against UNLV.
- Jill Barta has led GU in three categories a couple times this season. She led them in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks at Colorado State, and points, rebounds, and blocks at Montana and against Belmont.
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.
- Gonzaga welcomed an average of 5,618 patrons per game last season to the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center.
- Three games in this season the Zags are just barely behind UCONN in percentage filled at 89.28%. They sit 13th in average attendance at 5,357 per game, again the highest number in the West with New Mexico averaging 4,865 per game.