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    From GoZags:

    WBB Hosts Idaho State this Thursday
    This marks the third Big Sky opponent for the Zags

    -/RV Gonzaga (2-0, 0-0 WCC) vs. Idaho State (1-1)

    - The Gonzaga Bulldogs host Idaho State on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.
    - Idaho State is picked to finish first in the Big Sky this year as the team won the league title last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
    - Gonzaga is coming off a solid 67-60 road win at Montana. The Zags' bench scored 31 points for the team as junior Kaylynne Truong had a team-high 16 points against the Griz. Kaylynne is currently leading the Bulldogs in points with 31 total in two games.
    - GU is forcing an average of 15 turnovers per game and a total of 30 so far this season. The Bulldogs are also only five out of 10 WCC teams still undefeated this season.
    - ISU is coming off 109-56 a win over Park University on Saturday, Nov. 13. The Bengals other game was against No. 10 Oregon and lost 91-34.
    - Idaho State is the third of four Big Sky teams that the Bulldogs are playing this year. After this contest, GU goes on the road to take on the University of Montana on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. The Zags will then go against the defending Big Sky Champion, Idaho State, next Thursday, Nov. 18.
    - Gonzaga starts three of its four first games at home. The lone road game was Montana on Nov. 14 before the team travels to the Rainbow Wahine Tournament in Hawaii over Thanksgiving.
    - The Bulldogs will face six teams that were part of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, including defending National Champions, Stanford.
    - Last season, the Zags advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year under head coach Lisa Fortier.
    - Gonzaga returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last season's squad that claimed the Zags' fifth consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title.
    -The Zags won their ninth WCC Tournament Title in 2021 with a thrilling victory over BYU in the championship game.
    - GU went undefeated last year at home with a perfect 9-0 record. Overall, the Zags have been undefeated at home since Feb. 16, 2019, with a 37-1 overall record in the last three seasons.

    - ISU is 1-1 with a 109-56 win over Park University and a 91-34 loss to No. 10 Oregon.
    - In the game against Park, Montana Oltrogee passed 500 career points.
    - The 109-56 win over Park was the second highest scoring game in Bengal history.
    - Ellie Smith is now in ninth place all-time in blocked shots with 104. Ellie now has 401 points in her career.
    - The Bengals are currently 4th in the conference in scoring offense, with an average of 71.5 ppg
    - ISU is tied with Portland State for the top spot in assists. the Bengals and Vikings are both averaging 22 assists per game.
    - The Orange and Black lead the Big Sky in steals. ISU is averaging 12.50 steals per game. On the glass, the Bengals are No. 1 in offensive boards, averaging 16.50 per game


  • #2
    From the Idaho State University Athletic Department.

    Bengals Begin Long Road Trip at Gonzaga
    Jonathan Match, Idaho State Media Relations

    POCATELLO, Idaho – The Idaho State women's basketball team continues its 2021-22 non-conference campaign this week as they head to Spokane to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The game marks the beginning of a six-game road trip that will take the Bengal squad through its first two conference matchups.

    Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. MT in Mcarthy Arena in Spokane.

    The game will be broadcast on the West Coast Conference Network online. You can follow the link above to access the video stream.

    Mark Liptak and Brad Bugger will be on the call on KISU 91.1. You can tune in on the radio or access the stream online by following the link above.

    Livestats will also be provided for the game.

    Bengal Bites (With Thanks to Mark Liptak)

    · In the game against Park on 11/13/21, Montana Oltrogge passed 500 career points. The 109-56 win over park was the 2nd highest scoring game in Bengal history. (first place was a 113-107 win against Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament.)

    · The 53-point differential was the fourth highest in program history.

    · The Bengals 34 assists were one shy of the overall ISU record (35 vs NAU on 2-15-1992)

    · Ellie Smith is now in ninth place all-time in blocked shots with 104. Next up is Grace Kenyon with 105 blocks. She played from 2014-2019 (missed two years with ACL injuries). Ellie now has 401 points in her career.

    · Estefie Ors has scored 1,380 points, she is now sixth all-time. Next up, fifth on the list, is Grace Kenyon with 1,471 points. Ors is now in ninth place all-time in made field goals with 475. Next up with 486 field goals is Lindsey Reed who played from 2010-2014. She now has 206 made three-point shots in her career the best ever for the program. She needs three rebounds for 500 in her career which would make her the 15th player in ISU WBB history with at least 1,000 points and at least 500 rebounds.

    · Estefie has played in 127 games for ISU. That is the all-time program record.

    · Dora Goles is now in fifth place with 141 made three-point shots passing Chelsea Pickering with 138. She played from 2007-2012. Fourth on the list is Chris Urbanski who made 172 three-pointers in her career which spanned from 1997 through 2001. She needs 78 points for 1,000 in her career.

    · Diaba Konate is now at 613 points in her career.

    · Montana Oltrogge now has 503 points in her career. She needs eight more made three point shots for 100 in her career and she needs one more rebound for 200 in her career.

    · The Bengals are currently 4th in the conference in scoring offense, with an average of 71.5 ppg.

    · ISU is tied with Portland State for the top spot in assists. the Bengals and Vikings are

    · both averaging 22 assists per game.

    · The Orange and Black lead the Big Sky in steals. ISU is averaging 12.50 steals per game.

    · On the glass, the Bengals are No. 1 in offensive boards in the conference, averaging 16.50 per game.

    Mid-Major Poll

    In the first CollegeInsider mid-major top-25 poll both the Bengals and the Bulldogs are ranked. Gonzaga is ranked ninth with 516 points and the Bengals are ranked No. 11 with 328 points.

    This will be the first matchup for the Bengals with another team on the mid-major poll since the Bengals faced off against Idaho last year who is receiving votes.

    Numbers to Watch

    78- Points needed for Dora Goles to become the 21st member of the Idaho State 1000-point club.

    3 – Rebounds needed for Estefania Ors to become the 15th Bengal all-time with over 1000 points and 500 rebounds

    1 – Rebounds needed for Callie Bourne to hit 550 in her career.

    12.5 – The average number of steals per game the Bengals are recording.

    6 – The Number of games Mark Liptak needs to call to reach 400 in his ISU Career

    Quick Scout and History – Gonzaga
    · The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 2-0 on the season coming off of wins against Big Sky opponents Montana State and Montana. The Bulldogs took down MSU 72-47 and beat Montana in Dahlberg Arena 67-60.

    · Against Montana State, Senior Melody Kempton recorded the Bulldogs first double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    · Kaylynne Truong is leading the team offensively, shooting 12-of-21 for 31 points and a 57.1 FG %. she also has five steals and four assists in two games.

    · Gonzaga is averaging 45.7 from the field while holding opponents to 37.3 percent.

    · In two games, the Bulldogs have forced opponents into 30 turnovers.
    You can read the rest of the article here:



    • #3
      Idaho State Preview from the Spokesman-Review:

      Gonzaga Women Set to Host Big Sky Conference Favorite Idaho State
      UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 17, 2021
      By Jim Allen
      [email protected]
      (509) 459-5437

      The Gonzaga women aren’t looking past Idaho State, and they shouldn’t.

      The Bengals come into Thursday’s nonconference game at the Kennel with almost everyone back from a squad that took a ranked Kentucky team to the limit in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

      They’re also ranked among the top dozen midmajor programs in the nation, just two spots behind the Zags.

      On top of that, ISU is also the overwhelming favorite to win the Big Sky Conference; last weekend, the Zags got everything they wanted against a Montana team that’s picked among the Big Sky’s also-rans.

      “I think our team knows that,” GU coach Lisa Fortier said after Tuesday’s practice, an intense affair that spoke to the challenges ahead.

      They also know that defending NCAA Tournament champion Stanford will be in town three days later.

      “But we have a pretty big game Thursday,” guard Kaylynne Truong said.

      “Our players are trying to focus on what we’re doing in practice,” said Fortier, whose team is 2-0 after a 67-60 win in Missoula on Sunday.

      The emphasis, Fortier said, has been on ball security and shot selection.

      “I would like to see us execute better,” Fortier said. “Our turnovers (32 in two games) are high partly because we’re throwing the ball all over the place – you can’t afford those things against teams that are disciplined.

      “We also had some talks today about shot selection. We need to work for a great shot, and that’s a layup, and I keep trying to remind them that you can always get a kick-out later on the clock.”

      On defense, Fortier said she’s concerned with the high foul count, especially among the bigs. Forward Melody Kempton fouled out on Sunday, and Yvonne Ejim was in foul trouble at UM and three days earlier against Montana State.
      You can read the rest of the article here:



      • #4
        Who 1 starred this thread? That don't make no sense.

        Anyway Zags rolling 23-4 thru Q1. Just about everything going right for GU and nothing going right for ISU.


        • #5
          Walker w/ a 3 just before the half, Zags up 38-17. Ejim leading the way w/ 10 points.


          • #6
            69-39 final. Game was over after Q1. Kaylynne led them w/ 11, 10 for Ejim and Walker. 12 players saw action, 10 scored.


            • #7
              Whence, Big Sky? Once we knew you well.


              • #8
                Had a look at the stats and then caught the game on WCC Sports… after watching at the MAC.

                It’s interesting what you catch on the replay… still have a ways to go. And… that sounds funny after a 30 point win.

                It just takes time on the court together… and enough time on the court to get comfortable. A friend next to be at the game commented that BS isn’t getting a long enough time on the court to get comfortable. A number of us have made that comment.

                A couple of players that I am pleased with are MW and EL. Game by game, I see MW getting to a point of being a very good rotation player.
                Seeing EL for the first time… I see a future player that will be solid. I hope she sees more time as a spot player because we will need her in the near future as a solid part of the rotation.

                The next two games are against PAC 12 teams… and I wish we had a few more games to get ready for them. This is a solid team of winners and I’m sure one way or another, they will deal with it.

                After a great day of rain and snow… I wonder if they have a couple of extra seats on the plane to Hawaii.

                Twins against twins weekend…

                Go Zags!!


                • #9
                  First, a callout to the officials. Please, Please call the game consistently from the start of the game to the end. Listening to whistle after whistle in the 3rd quarter when you let the same ticky-tac fouls go in the first half is ridiculous. I know some calls are going to go the wrong way, I know you are going to miss some calls, it happens to all officiating crews. I don't even care "how" you call the game, just call it the same way from start to finish so these young ladies know how they can and can't play. It should not be that hard, but apparently it is.

                  Idaho State played very aggressive with players using every tactic available to try and keep the GU forwards out of the key. It was a real wrestling match in the key from start to finish. One thing you did see was the coaching changes made in the game plan in the 2nd quarter (did you see that CLF??) as well as after halftime. In game adjustments, I just wish CLF was that quick with making changes (but not personnel changes). No matter how far behind they got, Idaho State played as hard as if they were down only single digits. Congrats to the Bengals, it was a learning experience and hopefully they can take something from Thursday's game and learn for their next game versus Missouri on Sunday in Columbia. I personally noted Tomekia Whitman (#2-from Central Valley) as hustling all over the court (both ends) particularly in the 4th quarter.

                  Hey no ugly this week only the good and the bad (and not too much of the bad).

                  Let's start with the bad. Offense, w/o a Truong or YE in the game, looked very anemic and stagnant. Nobody wanted to drive the key, backdoor cuts were essentially useless and people not named Truong had a hard time passing the ball over the defender to the open post under the basket. Missed bunny "itis" was in full display; MK missed at least 4, YE missed a couple and there was at least 1 or 2 more missed by others (I know MH missed one). That is 12-16 points that we just gave away because we can't hit a 2' basket. Simply cannot give away that many missed bunnies and expect to win on a regular basis. We had 17 turnovers again yesterday with YE having 6 of them. The good news was that nobody else had more than 2, the bad news is that 9 different people had turnovers. Come on guys, we need to tight this up and quit giving the opposition more opportunities.

                  Lots of good things going on Thursday. Defense, for the most part, looked pretty good. Team gave up 39 points to ISU and Oregon, 9th ranked team in the country, gave up 34. The free runs through the key in the Montana game were essentially eliminated for this game. Defense is getting there, still a ways to go and some players still left open, but for the most part, not to bad at all. Big step up needed for Sunday. You could really see why AV is getting minutes under the basket. ISU was essentially altering every shot taken in the key and under the basket when AV was in the game. When AV was out of the game, ISU drove right by MK and made the lay-up. You can't teach 6'5". AV needs to move her feet better, become a bigger force on offense and work to get rebounding position. You can't always play from behind and expect to get a lot of rebounds.

                  I want to give AO a special call-out. After questioning her minutes the last 2 games. AO played really decent, irritating defense for the most part and improved her offense for this game. AO was hustling all over the place and getting on the floor for loose balls. She is not there yet, but it was a big step up from how she played in the first couple of games. Keep up with the improvement AO. CW also showed up in this game. After being essentially invisible in the Montana game, CW was impactful on both ends of the court. Not close to where we need you to be but a major improvement over the Montana game. Keep moving on up CW, you will get their.

                  The Truongs and YE (minus the turnovers and personal fouls) had good games and without them there would have been no Zag offense. K-14, in particular, has shown vast improvement over last year. YE need you to stay on the court, and to do so you need to avoid some of those ticky-tac fouls (flops) the officials seem to be calling. Don't eliminate your aggressiveness, just watch the jab step and backing into the defenders and giving them the opportunity to fall (o'k flop).

                  Really liked what I saw from MW. Great defense, getting in the passing lanes, steals and showing more offensive talent. Starting to work her way into the key for shots and rebounds. She looks more comfortable on the court. Give this lady some more minutes and she may bloom. Similarly EL got more time on court and she looked night and day better than the last game (where she got 1 minute of PT). She did not have much of an offensive game, but her defense looked pretty good and her height and length was giving ISU problems. She looked comfortable on the court yesterday instead of lost like she looked the first couple of games. She needs more PT to get her ready for a role that is more than a bit player.

                  EH had a solid 17 minutes. Nothing outstanding, but she played decent defense, looked like she knew where to be and when given the opportunity hit half her shots and both of her free throws. Keeping giving her some PT and improvement will be coming.

                  I second Skip in that BS needs more PT. She has the skills to be a transformational player. She needs more PT on the court with the starters to become more comfortable with the offensive and defensive schemes. You can see the improvement week to week, but the next month may break the Lady Zag season. We need a fully functional, comfortable, efficient BS on the court.

                  Overall, not bad Lady Zags. Decent defense, shot over 52% overall and over 35% from long range. Only shot 71.4% overall. Won the rebounding battle 37 to 23 but probably should have won by more. Too many times, one ISU player took the rebound away from 2-3 Zags. Need to tighten up ladies. You held the Bengals to only 34.7% shooting overall and only 15.8% from 3 () not to bad at all.

                  Big step up in competition on Sunday. Need to tighten up those loose ends, play great defense and let's find some more movement to our offense.

                  Go get them Lady Zags,



                  • #10
                    Written Post Game summaries:

                    From GoZags:
                    WBB Wins Big Against Idaho State, 69-39
                    The Zags will host No. 7 Stanford this Sunday, Nov. 21.


                    From The Slipper Still Fits:
                    Zags suffocate the Bengals, 69-39
                    A 21-0 run tends to do that.


                    From the Spokesman-Review:
                    Gonzaga women roll past Idaho State 69-39 for third-straight win
                    By Jim Allen, [email protected], (509) 459-5437


                    From Spokesman-Review:
                    Picture Gallery Link:

                    Sorry guys, not write-ups at ISU athletic site or Pocatello Newspaper.