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  • #46
    Stanford Athletics Announces New Winter Sports Attendance Policies
    University will temporarily pause welcoming spectators at indoor events
    01/04/2022 | Athletics
    By: Stanford Athletics
    STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Athletics announced winter sports attendance policy changes Tuesday due to additional COVID-19 safety precautions. Spectator attendance at all winter events taking place indoors will be temporarily reduced to only student-athlete families. Spectators at outdoor winter events will be seated with social distancing and will be required to wear a mask.
    These policy changes are effective immediately. Full spectator attendance for all events will resume as soon as appropriate, and will be communicated through direct emails to Season Ticket Members, Stanford Athletics' social media channels, and on
    "Cardinal student-athletes are fortunate to experience tremendous support at our home events. However, after thorough consultation with medical advisors and University leadership, it became very clear that implementing these measures is the right thing to do to protect our community at this time," Bernard Muir, Stanford's Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics said.


    • #47
      Stanford up 33-24 at halftime. This game was not even as close as the score says, Stanford just dominated us in every phase of the game 1st half. CLF called what one timeout.
      Only player for Zags doing anything in first half was Yvonne.
      Truong's looking sloppy again this game. Cierra, Abby, Mckayla totally ineffective. Need to get Bree in their and give her a chance we need more length and her quick hands for steals. Maud totally overmatched by Brink. Giving up a ton of wide open 3 point shots, score could have looked a lot worse.
      Stanford getting a lot of offensive rebounds. Wheres Bree in 1st half?
      CLF needs to tell Eliza to shoot the ball every open shot she gets instill some confidence in her.

      Stanford creams the Zags 66-50 final score it was really bad.

      Congratulations coach Tara Vandeveer she not only recruits top talent but more importantly she develops them quickly and instills confidence in her players. Also coach Vandeveer and her 6 assistants along with all bench players wore their masks the entire game without even pulling them down, she is setting the example for her team, in the fight against Omicron Covid, so they can stay healthy.

      CLF on the other hand let a talented player rot on the bench today in the name of Bree Salenbein. Bree finally got a three minutes in the 3rd quarter and looked good, other than CLF making her sit in the corner on offense. Then expected her back on court to start the 4th quarter but she rode the bench again the entire quarter, just like the 1st half, what a waste of talent. Non of Zag bench players wore mask, and all the Zag assistants were constantly pulling their mask down, what a contrast in leadership.

      Virjoghe in the 4th quarter toward the end of the game crushed the Zags on 3 back to back sequences, gave up a easy bucket to Brink, passed the ball to a opposing player, got the ball right in front of the basket but fumbled it away to opposing team. Lets review Virjoghe stats for the year (Senior) a 6'5" player who was a starter in every game played is averaging 2.5 points a game, is 10th on the team in steals, 31% on FG, 55% on free throws, 16 Blocks in 14 games for the Zags . Lets compare her stats to 6"6" Cochrane (Sophomore) from Portland who in 11 games is 48% FG, 8.4 points per game, and has 44 Blocks on the season. Brink 6'4" (Sophomore) in 13 games shooting 54% FG, 12.6 points per game, 7.9 rebounds average, 34 blocks.

      Cierra is like a snail on defense, and can't get open when the opposing team plays tight. Abby can't make a 3 point shot unless she is in Hawaii no matter how open she is, and she was constantly getting pushed back toward mid court on top of the key. Cierra and Abby could not stick with their players on defense either.

      Its time to work Bree Salenbien into the rotation and get her experience. The Troungs are looking banged up and a few steps slower because of it. We need three bigs on offense really would be great to set up shots for Eliza and have her more confident to have the green light to pull the trigger on shots.

      Side note Melody and Yvonne you have good mid range jumpers, when playing against taller players, take more mid range jumpers, you don't have to push to the rim every play. Develop fade away mid range jumpers also, you both have the talent, practice makes perfect. Melody this is the last year continue to expand your game with urgency.

      Go Lady Zags
      Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 01-10-2022, 12:03 PM.


      • #48
        Posted: Jan 12, 2022
        SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara University has announced temporary changes to their winter sports attendance policies in response to Covid-19 and the spread of the Omicron variant. Attendance will be limited to 25 percent of the maximum capacity for the Leavey Center. Permitted spectators will include home and visiting team pass list members, men's and women's basketball season ticket holders and 600 Santa Clara University students.

        This policy is effective immediately and will impact this week's women's basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 13, against Pepperdine at 6:00 p.m., as well as both games of the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 15. The men will be playing No. 2 Gonzaga at 1:00 p.m. while the women will host San Francisco at 5:00 p.m.

        Single game, mini plans and group tickets previously purchased for any of the affected games will be refunded. For additional information or questions, please contact the ticket office by email at [email protected].

        Fans unable to attend in person will be able to watch all games live. Both women's basketball games will be streamed live on the WCC Network while the men's game vs. No. 2 Gonzaga will be broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area.

        Guests and essential game staff that are permitted to attend will be required to wear a mask at all times while at the event. KN95 masks are recommended. To eliminate opportunity for patrons to remove masks, concessions and bistro will be closed and no outside food or drink will be permitted. Patrons not complying with the mask requirement will be removed from the event.

        SCU requires attendees age 3 or older to provide pre-attendance proof of vaccination verification (boosters are also highly recommended for those that are eligible) OR proof of a negative antigen test within 24 hours of the event OR PCR lab-based test within 48 hours of the event. Individuals under the age of 3 are exempt from providing proof of vaccination and testing.


        • #49
          Spokane Regional Health urges schools to cancel large events as COVID-19 cases continue to rise:

          SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is urging schools in the county to tighten down COVID-19 precautions at big events due to the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases.
          SRHD warned that school gatherings with a large attendance can act as super-spreader events and put a strain on the school system, especially when their seeing abnormally high transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community.
          The health district specifically asks schools to:
          Cancel or postpone large school events until case rates become stable, preferably in mid to late February.


          • #50
            General 1/10/2022
            STOCKTON, Calif. – University of the Pacific Athletics has adjusted its home basketball game protocols related to COVID-19 after receiving new guidance.
            The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lowered the threshold for indoor mega-events to 500 attendees. Therefore, spectators ages two and up attending home women's basketball games will be required to prove that they are fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test that meets the requirements below. Spectators attending men's basketball games have been following this procedure since the start of the season.
            The tests must be conducted within one day for an antigen test or two days for a PCR test. Tests from outside providers must include the name, date, and result. Spectators ages 18 and above must also provide a valid photo ID.
            As an additional precaution, in-arena food service, including concessions, will be closed during home games until further notice.
            "We realize that food and beverage add to the fan experience, and so we look forward to re-opening concessions as soon as it is feasible," said director of athletics Janet Lucas. "However, the primary focus at this time is the safety of our student-athletes and spectators."
            Fans must wear masks throughout the game regardless of vaccination status for indoor events, per the CDPH guidelines. Once the game begins, fans are free to move into unoccupied seats in the Spanos Center to take advantage of social distancing.


            • #51
              Note saw National Anthem and about 6 Lady Zag players kneeling again. Even though looked they were wearing black T-shirts with their message on all Lady Zag players prior to the game.

              Lady Zags leading 51-14 at halftime over Pacific.

              Zags win 92-51. Bree showed her potential tonight 4-4 3 pointers. Passed another on up she should have taken. Congratulations to Esther scored 3 points, first points of the year.

              Liked how Cierra came out early and made some nice mid range jump shots she was moving quicker. Abby drained a couple of 3 pointers good job. I liked Eliza quicker release on her shot today.

              That being said Pacific all game gave us wide open shots. We were still sloppy with ball 20 turnovers. Maud think you play better with a pony tail, at first did not recognize you in 2nd half. Maud had a nice steal and dish to Anamarie underneath for a wide open layup but of course she missed it.

              I would have Anamarie practice layups for 30 minutes in practice everyday (so sad). Still concerned about our defense giving up wide open 3 point attempts all night long. If we come up against a good 3 point shooting team they are going to make us pay.

              Loved the redshirts on the Zag side lines having fun acting like they were giving CPR to a teammate after a couple of 3 pointers by a Truong (Barrel of Laughs).

              Great team win all 12 active players got good minutes. Looking forward to Saturday.

              Reoccuring errors that CLF or her assistants have not coached up a couple of players:
              I'm still confused when Bree was the point guard and both Truongs were on the bench why she leaves the top of the key and wonders off to one corner. As I said before when your the point guard you need to keep yourself accessible to the other players so they don't get trapped with the ball. I can't figure why CLF does not correct this with Bree, its bluntly obvious to me and today she could have corrected it by verbals. She wouldn't have one of the Troungs do this if they were the only Truong on the court mmmm. If CLF does not help Bree perhaps one of the Truong's Kayleigh or Kaylynne like a good leader can take Bree under their wing and coach her up in this area. Why is Stacy Clinesmith not doing this isn't she assistant in charge of the guards?

              Another repeat Error Makayla on a fast break with another Zag player Bree that was clearly open, but she refused to pass and got a charging call. Even the Pacific broadcaster said he did not understand why Mckayla did not pass to the open player when she was clearly covered and got called for charging. Watch the tape CLF with these two players and coach them up please or let a assistant do it if you don't have the time.

              Lastly is it a Ego thing not to wear a mask? Would have hoped that the leadership example of Tara Vandeveer wearing a mask at all the times both games we played them along with her 6 assistants would have rubbed off. But alas no CLF never wore a mask the whole game and assistant Jordan Green who had a mask was wearing it below his nose.
              Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 01-14-2022, 05:58 PM.


              • #52
                Well, ZAB, obviously you have an OPEN FORUM here. That said, is it necessary to consistently harangue forum readers with barrages of your lengthy, often ALL CAPS, BOLD!, opinions? For the most part, WE can support your unreserved assertions. But, have a little mercy, will you, and try to condense the volume? Most of us saw the same game you saw. Working for the AP, your wordy accounts wouldn't survive the first cut. Either you or your editor would soon be out of work & I wouldn't bet on you to keeping your job. Not to say you wouldn't be a roaring success on the editorial staff.

                Add: You can't actually believe that either the GU coaching staff or the players check in here regularly to monitor your particular, style of, um, constructive criticism, can you? Don't answer that.


                • #53
                  As for the game itself; the team showed me something that I had not thought they had: Enough talent, when they execute, to compete w/BYU for the league title. So, that's exciting.


                  • #54
                    Glad to have you back in the Kennel Lady Zags, Welcome Back to Lady Zags fans able to make it today. Ok observations from todays game:

                    Yvonne 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals love your mid range jumper, don't leave it as a last resort. Always good defender down low. Going to need more of that mid range jumper against Portland.

                    Melody 10 rebounds way to hit those boards, 2 steals, 4-5 free throws, including 2 in the clutch, always good defender down low. Melody your work has really paid off on the free throw line this year, outstanding improvement. Melody practice up for that mid range jumper to use next game.

                    Cierra great hustle chasing down rebounds today 7 of them, 6-6 free throws and many in the clutch great job.

                    Kayleigh 14 points, 6 assists great, but lets work on those free throws 3-6 today your better than that, and 5 turnovers.

                    Kaylynne good job on free throws 6-6 many in the clutch.

                    Eliza like your offense, but you need to work on defense in the post and getting more rebounds.

                    We need to get Bree on the court more, she is a offensive weapon waiting to be released. She only played 3 minutes in 1st half today. If she got another 14 minutes today I believe she could have been Freshman of the week. The Zags need Bree's offense against Portland, we definitely could have used it today.

                    Portland was missing their center last game we played them #30 Cochrane (6'6") who is averaging 7.9 rebounds, 8.3 points, and has 49 blocks in 12 games. Cochrane is back now so it will be much tougher sledding underneath the basket.

                    Congrats on the win today Lady Zags


                    • #55
                      SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga women's basketball team's home game against Portland on Thursday, Jan. 20, has changed the tipoff time to 4 p.m.


                      • #56
                        Originally posted by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET View Post
                        SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga women's basketball team's home game against Portland on Thursday, Jan. 20, has changed the tipoff time to 4 p.m.
                        Lady Zag game moved up so the Mbb team can play a rescheduled, televised game versus USF at 8:00 PM.



                        • #57
                          Always good to be in the Kennel for a victory. Zags 68-59 over Portland. Game was close until end of the game, until Portland was forced to foul.
                          That being said felt lucky to leave the Kennel with a victory, it was definitely not our best effort.

                          Kayleigh and Kaylynne looked at times they were goofing off on the playground throwing lazy wild passes that resulted in turnovers, each of them had 4 turnovers.

                          CLF pulled another bonehead stunt before half time on one of the few times a Truong was not pressured in the backcourt she was screaming top of her lungs making all kinds of signs rubbing the top of her head, while a Truong slowly dribbled the basketball staring at her coach in the backcourt and getting called for a 10 second violation. Way to go CLF Portland never trapped us for a 10 second violation but you did.

                          McKayla made baby steps on improvement tonight on a fast break she was covered with Melody wide open on the other side, you could see McKayla thinking and she passed the ball this time (Good), unfortunately she hesitated and threw a bad low pass that did not give Melody a chance to get the bucket. I saw 2 layups from McKayla a wide open one she made (Good), on a layup where a player came to cover her after being open she missed, however she was fouled. Mckayla made both free throws, was very impressed with her free throw shooting both clear swishes (Good).

                          Yvonne practice those short and mid range jumpers you were off tonight.

                          Ok on to a burr under the saddle, Bree only played 3 minutes end of 1st half for the 2nd game in a row. Which brings me to the topic of recruiting for the Lady Zags. I looked at the top 100 recruits per ESPN for 2022 WBB high school players. All 100 players are committed to colleges none to Gonzaga.

                          I hope we don't lose Bree Salenbien to transfer next year. If things keep going the way they are it could happen. I mean how do you reward a player who scores 14 points off the bench for you, well if your CLF you play her 3 minutes each in the next 2 games ouch. Is it no wonder CLF could not even get a top 100 recruit this year?
                          Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 01-20-2022, 07:49 PM.


                          • #58
                            Their was one sequence of events last game against SMC that caught me off guard. Anamarie had fouled their center Bamberger underneath the basket trying to go up for a shot. All the players got lined up for both teams on the foul line leaving a spot open for Anamarie, but she just wondered off out of the picture, saw the referee pointing at someone above the key out of the picture to take a spot at the free throw line. Anamarie reappeared in the picture and shuffled to her spot by the free throw line. Then well before the free throw was even attempted she stepped into the lane, and actually had the time to step back out of the lane which she did. Bamberger missed the free throw but because of the lane violation was given another shot and made it. What bothered me about this sequence was Anamarie reaction after the foul she walked away in a daze, and came back to the foul line in a daze. We have saw almost every player loose it at one point or another after getting a ball stole away or frustrated they missed a shot and fouled a opposing player in frustration. But this seemed different to me like Anamarie short circuited with no anger involved, frankly it kind of scared me.


                            • #59
                              I enjoyed the last half of the 3rd quarter my favorite part when they came to the sidelines and Eliza teammates were swarming her congratulating her and it continued when she had a seat them waiving towels at her like you were so hot out their you need to cool off (4-4 FG in a 5 minute span 10 points). Eliza just tried to shuck it off so cool, was so proud of her teammates for their support and reaction. Also love the antics of Calli Stokes and Payton Muma on the sidelines each game, today they were rowing etc on the sidelines (LOL).
                              Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 01-27-2022, 09:50 PM.


                              • #60
                                Lady Zags win over San Diego 69-43. Congrats to Cierra on a career high 21 points, 6-10 on 3 pointers. Funny note when watching Cierra shoot some of her 3 pointers at some angles because she is left handed looks like the shot is off, but it goes in nothing but net.

                                BYU absolutely hammered San Francisco today 99-58. Harding 30 points 5-7 on 3 pointers, Gonzales 18 points 4-6 on 3 pointers. Lauren Gustin notched her 10th double-double this season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Maria Albiero was a distribution machine with a season-high nine assists, leading the charge for the squad that posted 26 assists on 37 made baskets. BYU owned the paint with a 40-12 advantage.

                                Would like to compare ball handler stats for MBB and WBB Zags. Nembhard 100 assists & 37 turnovers, Kayleigh 57 assists & 45 turnovers. Bolton 54 assist & 24 turnovers, Kaylynne 74 assists & 50 turnovers. To me the most alarming stat is that starter Kayleigh only has 12 more assists than turnovers.

                                Nembhard in 3 out of his last 5 games has had 0 turnovers. This includes against BYU in which he had 12 assists and 0 turnovers.
                                Last edited by ZAGS ATTACK BASKET; 01-30-2022, 09:56 AM.