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  • #16
    Post Game Summaries:

    From the Utah Athletic Department:

    Utah Falls to Gonzaga in Rainbow Wahine Showdown
    Gianna Kneepkens sets a career-high with 15 points vs. Gonzaga.

    HONOLULU – The University of Utah women's basketball suffered its first loss of the season on day one of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Utah was defeated by Gonzaga, 89-71.

    The Utes (4-1) shot 37.5 percent from the floor against Gonzaga (4-1). Utah hit five three-pointers in the contest, led by three by Gianna Kneepkens. Kneepkens led the team in scoring with 15 points, and Dru Gylten followed with 14 points. Gylten dished out nine assists in the game.

    Gonzaga opened the game on a 7-0 run over the Utes, and the Utes first bucket of the game was scored by Dru Gylten, trimming the lead down to five, 7-2. With the Utes down 10, with 5:20 left in the quarter, Gianna Kneepkens came off the bench and gave the Utes a spark. She scored the following five points for Utah, trimming the Bulldogs lead down to seven, 16-9. The Utes scored three more points in the quarter and trailed 24-12 after the first quarter.

    Trailing by 19 in the second quarter, Utah slowly started chipping away at the Bulldogs lead. Kelsey Rees scored six straight for Utah, and Kneepkens hit her second three of the game. Kneepkens three helped kickstart an 11-0 run for Utah that was capped by four straight points by Andrea Torres. With 1:43 left in the first half, Utah trailed 36-27. Utah added two more points in the quarter trailed 40-29 at halftime.

    Utah cut the lead down to eight after halftime, following an old-fashion three-point play by Jenna Johnson. Following the three-point play, Gonzaga slowly stretched the lead to 15 points midway through the quarter. Utah continued to battle but trailed 73-52 after three-quarters of play.

    The Utes continued to battle in the fourth quarter and, midway through the quarter, went on a run, and after a layup by Torres and a free throw by Maka Jackson, Utah trailed by 16 points. However, Utah could not get closer and would fall to Gonzaga, 89-71.

    Utah was led in scoring by Gianna Kneepkens, who came off the bench and scored 15 points for the Utes. She shot 4-of-5 from the field, including going 3-of-4 on threes in the contest. She also was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.

    We got outplayed today in every area. Gonzaga played a really good game. We started the game really slow and just got in too big of a hole. Gonzaga is too good to do that against. We're disappointed in how we played, but we will learn and be better tomorrow.

    The Utes and Bulldogs combined for 62 free throws in the matchup, with Utah attempting 42. Utah went 30-for-42 from the line, with 11 of the 13 players attempting a free throw. Dru Gylten led the team going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the game.


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    • #17
      Post Game Summary from GoZags:

      RV/RV WBB Runs Past Utah, 89-71
      The Zags continue competition at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown tomorrow against Eastern Illinois

      HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Gonzaga women's basketball team played in the first game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown and defeated the University of Utah, 89-71.

      Coming into the game Utah was the second-best scoring offense in the nation and averaged 95.2 points per game.

      Four Zags scored in double digits with senior Abby O'Connor leading the way with 21. Junior Kayleigh Truong had 19 while senior Cierra Walker had 13 and senior Melody Kempton had 12.

      Redshirt sophomore Eliza Hollingsworth led the team in rebounds with a career-high of seven.

      As a team, Gonzaga shot at 49.2 percent and outrebounded the Utes 43-21.

      In the first half, Gonzaga came out hot and had a 20-point lead with five minutes left in the half at 34-14. The Utes went on a run late in the second half to cut the lead to 40-29 going into halftime.

      Overall in the first half, the team shot at 41.2 percent from the field and outrebounded Utah 25-11.

      In the third quarter, Utah came within ten points, but the Zags rallied to hold onto the lead. Walker made back-to-back three pointers late in the third to bring Gonzaga's lead to 21 points.

      Both Walker and Kempton recorded eight points in the third frame as the Zags shot 71.4 percent from the field, going 10-for-14 overall.

      Gonzaga closed out the game strong as GU didn't let go of the lead for the entire game. O'Connor recorded four more points in the final frame and the Zags forced four turnovers over Utah.

      The Bulldogs scored 23 points off the bench and 34 in the paint. The team also forced 13 turnovers and scored 19 points off of those.

      Records: The Zags move to 4-1 on the year as Utah falls to 4-1 as well.

      This was the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams as Gonzaga improves to 4-5 against the Pac-12 team.

      Up Next: Gonzaga plays the second game of the tournament tomorrow against Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. PT. The meeting is the first between the two teams.



      • #18
        Next Game for our Lady Zags is Eastern Illinois, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

        Eastern Illinois was undefeated going into this weekend's tournament in Hawaii, but they got hammered by the host University of Hawaii, 71-50.


        For those that want a little more information on Eastern Illinois. here is a few links for you:

        Statistics Link:

        - Average Scoring = 72.8 PPG - Shooting Percentage=41.0%, Shooting from 3=25.5%
        - Average Scoring-Opposition = 58.0 PPG - Shooting Percentage= 40.4%, Shooting from 3=23.8%
        - Average # of Free Throws per game = 14.6-21.4 for 68.2%
        - Average # of Free Throws per game - Opposition = 10.4-14.4 for 72.2%
        - Average Rebounds = 38.8 rpg
        - Average Rebounds - Opposition = 34.0
        - Turnovers per game = 16.6
        - Turnovers per game - Opposition = 25.4

        Roster Link:

        Schedule Link:

        The Starting Five for Eastern Illinois Include:
        - Lariah Washington, 5'9' Junior Guard
        - Abby Wahl, 6'1" Senior Forward/Center
        - Jordyn Hughes, 5'8" Senior Guard
        - Kira Arthofer, 5'8" Senior Guard
        - Morgan Litwiller, 5'11" Junior Forward

        The Main Backups for Eastern Include:
        - Julia Bengtson, 5'8" Freshman Guard
        - Miah Monahan, 5'8" Freshman Guard

        We have the height and the rebounding edge. Eastern Illinois shoots just an average percentage overall and has shot terrible from 3. Looks like Eastern Illinois is very good at forcing turnovers (21 today) so the Lady Zags have to hang onto the ball and don't get themselves boxed into the corners.

        You got this ladies,

        Good Luck tomorrow,



        • #19
          Do the Zags get off to a fast start in every game? Seems like it. Some games they maintain that momentum, other games they let their opponent get back in it. 23-13 in Q1 today.


          • #20
            Zags win 74-53.

            Kayleigh Truong went down with a knee injury after colliding with Melody. No news yet on the severity of injury.

            CLF took out the starters with more than 5 minutes to go and the Zags did not score in the last 5+ minutes and had more turnovers than shots. Pretty ugly end to a game which had been played very well up to that point.



            • #21
              Team scored 0 points in last five minutes. Salenbien's now afflicted with Abbyitis. Can see why she's not playing more. Abby, meanwhile, seems to have survived her near death experience & is thriving in the Island heat. Somebody send a sun lamp to her in Spokane.


              • #22
                Utah bounced back to beat Hawaii 73-57. Maxwell scored 23 after nearly being shut out by the Zags.


                • #23
                  Post game summary from GoZags:

                  RV/RV WBB Defeats Eastern Illinois, 74-53
                  This was the first meeting between the two teams

                  HONOLULU, Hawaii – The women's basketball team cruised by Eastern Illinois, 74-53, in the second game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

                  Three Zags scored in double figures with junior Kaylynne Truong leading the way with a career-high 17 points. Junior Kayleigh Truong recorded 11 and sophomore Yvonne Ejim tallied 10 points. Seniors Abby O'Connor and Melody Kempton also nearly scored in double digits as they both scored nine.

                  Senior Anamaria Virjoghe recorded a career-high of four blocks and led the team in rebounds with seven.

                  As a team, Gonzaga made 13 three-pointers with Kaylynne Truong making five of them, marking another career-high for the junior.

                  In the first quarter, the Zags came out strong and went on a 9-0 scoring run to help secure the lead for the entire game. O'Connor led the team with six points in the first frame as she went 3-for-5 from the field.

                  The Bulldogs went on another run in the second quarter, going 7-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

                  Going into the third quarter up 34-25, Gonzaga had its best shooting percentage of the game in the third frame, shooting 72.7 percent and going 8-for-11 in the field. The team also shot at 70 percent from beyond the arc, draining 7-of-10 shots. Both Truongs recorded a combine five three-pointers and shot at 100 percent from the three-point line.

                  The Zags finished strong in the fourth to secure the 21-point victory. The team outrebounded the Panthers 16-5 in final frame as sophomore McKayla Williams led the team with three. Ejim led the scoring action with four points within five minutes.

                  Overall GU outrebounded EIU 48-28 and forced eight turnovers. The Zags scored 36 points from the bench and had 22 points come from inside the paint. Defensively, Gonzaga held the Panthers to a 31.3 shooting percentage as the Zags shot 49.1 percent from the field.

                  Records: Gonzaga moves to 5-1 overall as Eastern Illinois falls to 4-2.

                  Up Next: The Zags finish the Rainbow Wahine Showdown by playing the University of Hawaii tomorrow. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. PT and it will be streamed on ESPN+. Live stats can be found at along with Twitter and Instagram, @ZagWBB.



                  • #24
                    From Eastern Illinois Athletic Dept:

                    Women's Basketball Beaten By Gonzaga
                    Panthers drop their second straight in Honolulu

                    HONOLULU, HI. -- Eastern Illinois women's basketball was defeated 74-53 by the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday evening in their second game of the Unviersity of Hawaii round robin tournament. With their second straight loss, the Panthers drop to 4-2 on the season.

                    It was another slow start for the Panthers, as Gonzaga scored the first 9 points of the game before ending the first quarter with a 23-13 lead. EIU was able to make a run in the second quarter, as an 8-4 surge by the Panthers cut the Bulldogs' lead to 27-21. But EIU was ultimately unable to get any closer, as Gonzaga took a 34-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. Gonzaga then outscored the Panthers 40-28 in the second half to seal the deal.

                    Abby Wahl led the team in scoring with 13 points. Lariah Washington contributed with eight points, while Kira Arthofer stuffed the stat sheet with six points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Morgan Litwiller also scored six, while Parker Stafford scored four on 2-of-3 shooting from the field.

                    Freshmen were again a factor for EIU, as Julia Bengtson was once again a force off the bench, scoring eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. Miah Monahan hit a three-pointer while also dishing out four assists. Taris Thornton blocked two shots for the Panthers.

                    EIU plays their final game in Honolulu against Utah on Sunday, November 28. Tipoff is set for 4 pm CT.



                    • #25
                      From the Spokesman Review:

                      Gonzaga women outshoot Eastern Illinois, remain unbeaten in Rainbow Wahine Showdown
                      UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 27, 2021

                      By Jim Allen
                      [email protected]
                      (509) 459-5437

                      For the second consecutive game at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown, the Gonzaga women got off to a fast start Saturday and cruised to a 74-53 win over Eastern Illinois.

                      The Zags used some familiar weapons – dominance on the boards and superior depth – to beat the Panthers of the Ohio Valley Conference.

                      GU (5-1) also had its best outside shooting effort of the season, going 13 for 28 from beyond the arc.

                      Leading the way was backup guard Kaylynne Truong, who had a game-high 17 points while making 5 of 6 shots from long range.

                      One day earlier, Truong was 1 for 7 from the field in the Zags’ win over Utah.

                      “We shared the ball really well against a pressure defense,” coach Lisa Fortier said.

                      “That’s how we pass when we’re at our best.”

                      Truong’s sister, Kayleigh, had 11 points while making 3 of 4 from long range. She also had five assists.

                      Gonzaga also dominated inside, outrebounding the shorter Panthers 48-28. Anamaria Virjoghe led the way with seven boards.

                      The Zags will play host Hawaii on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

                      Eastern Illinois (4-2) dropped its second consecutive game after winning its first four.
                      You can read the rest of the article here:



                      • #26
                        I think this game for the first 3.5 quarters was one of, if not the, best games of the season.

                        The Lady Zags out-scored, out-shot, out-rebounded, out-blocked the Eastern Illinois Panthers. After the 1st quarter when the Zags ended up with a 10 point lead, the outcome of the game was not very much in doubt. While EIU got the lead down to 9 at half, the Lady Zags came out after halftime and added 10 points to the lead. The lead fluctuated between the high-teens and low-twentys the rest of the way.

                        Defensively, it appears the only thing the Zags did not do too well was stay tight to the 3-point shooters, letting a 25% (season average) long range shooting team shoot 10-22 or 45.5%. Offensively, the lady zags only shot 50% from the free throw line (only shot 10 free throws all game) and only scored 11 points in the 2nd quarter after scoring 23 points in the 1st and 27 points in the 3rd quarter. The team cannot continue to have that kind of drop off as it nullifies the great start the Lady Zags have had in most games this year.

                        A couple of other offensive issues that plagued Gonzaga today I am not too concerned about. Both issues, the lack of scoring in the last 5 minutes of the game and the 15 turnovers were primarily due to the same cause. With K-11 out due to an injury, Coach Fortier (CLF) pulled both K-14 and CW as well as AO in the last 5 minutes of the game, so our Lady Zags were operating without a true point guard. MW and BS simply do not have the ball handling skills (at this time) and knowledge of the offense to effective lead the Gonzaga attack. BS had a couple of turnovers, MW had a turnover, MH had a couple of turnovers, all in the last 5 minutes. If we had K-14 or CW in the game running the offense, most of those turnovers would not have occurred in the last 5 minutes. The good news was that the Lady Zags scored 13 points in the first 4.5 minutes, and if CLF had not pulled our starting guards, we would likely have had another 20 point quarter.

                        The only bad news was the knee injury to K-11 due to friendly fire, she collided with Melody and collapsed on the court. Craig Fortier said everything looked and felt solid and the crutches and brace were due to an overabundance of caution. I would not expect to see K-11 tomorrow at all and I expect that she will be fully evaluated back here in Spokane. Based on past behavior, I would not expect to hear anything from the Lady Zags on K-11's condition. We will probably have to wait and look at the twinballerz twitter page or wait see next Thursday at the Wyoming game to see how K-11 looks.

                        Final game in Hawaii tomorrow against the home team, Hawaii Rainbow Wahine. A victory against Hawaii will give the tournament championship to the Lady Zags (another talking point during NCAA tournament selection). A loss to the Rainbow Wahine would result in a tournament championship shared either 2-ways or 3-ways depending on what happens in the Utah-Eastern Illinois game.

                        Let's wrap this up ladies.

                        Kayleigh, we got our fingers crossed for a great diagnosis.

                        Go Zags,



                        • #27
                          Great to see the “W”s...

                          Was down at the GU MBB game in LV.... over 22,000 at the game.
                          Sad to hear you could hear crickets at the women’s games.

                          Didn’t hear about the women playing in Hawaii until after GU-Duke game had been announced
                          Would have rather followed the women to Hawaii. LV is a joke anymore.

                          Finish strong GU WBB!!

                          Go Zags!!


                          • #28
                            Watched about half of the Utah-Hawaii game yesterday.

                            The officiating was a pure joke. They got about half of the calls right. The other half the clearly made the wrong call or made a call on a phantom foul. It is easy to see why Utah and GU shot 62 foul shots between them.

                            While Hawaii has some height, the players that play the majority of the minutes are smaller than their GU counterparts:

                            Amy Atwell: 6'0" Graduate Forward
                            Nnenna Orji: 6'2" Freshman Forward
                            McKenna Haire: 5'10" Graduate Guard
                            Meilani McBee: 5'10" Freshman Guard (From Kennewick)
                            Nae Nae Calhoun: 5'5" Sophomore Guard

                            The Backups that get the most playing time include:

                            Daejah Phillips: 5'10" Freshman Guard
                            Maeve Donnelly: 6'5" Junior Center
                            Kelsie Imai: 5'7" Freshman Guard

                            As a team, here are some statistics for Hawaii:

                            Points: Hawaii scores 63.2 ppg, but give up 76.3 ppg
                            Hawaii shoots 40.2% overall, 31.2% from 3 and 70.3% from the charity stripe.
                            Hawaii's Opposition shoot 43.6% overall, 36.8% from 3 and 70.5% from the free throw line.
                            Rebounds: Hawaii gets 35.5 rpg while Hawaii's Opposition gets 37.7 rpg
                            Assists: Hawaii gets 12.3 apg while Hawaii's Opposition gets 17.5 apg
                            Turnovers: Hawaii has 20.0 t/o's per game while Hawaii's Opposition has 14.0 t/o's per game.
                            Points off Turnovers: Hawaii gets 12.7 ppg while Hawaii's Opposition gets 25.0 ppg

                            In the portions of yesterday's game versus Utah that I watched, Nae Nae Calhoun appeared to be a good point guard that kept her eyes open downcourt and made some really nice passes. Most of the rest of Hawaii's offense was to have their players try to take the opposition one on one to the hoop and draw the foul. Hawaii played very physical and the refs let them while Utah was, for the most part, penalized if they played too physical.

                            This is a game the Lady Zags should win. Need to keep K-14 and CW out of foul trouble today and have at least one of them on the court most of the time to run the offense. As long as the Zags shoot decently, crash the boards (without fouling), and keep the self-inflicted turnovers down, they should pull out the victory.

                            Get the victory and bring the trophy back home to Spokane, Zags.

                            It's Zag Time, Ladies.

                            Remember game time is 4:30 this afternoon and the game is live streamed on ESPN+.



                            • #29
                              Utah had a huge 1st quarter--34-12--against Eastern Illinois today. Utes got outscored in every quarter after that but still won by 16. 93, got their scoring back up again. They had 3 freshmen combine for 47 points.


                              • #30
                                After the 1st quarter, Zags up 18-16.

                                Offense is not looking too bad. Defense had several lapses which led to easy lay-ups. Need to tighten up the defense and stop the ball handler.

                                Come on Zags, only 3 more quarters to go.