Gonzaga Game Notes
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Beginning a tough four-game road trip, Santa Clara women's basketball travels to preseason pick to win the West Coast Conference Gonzaga at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Last week the Broncos split at home, falling to San Diego 57-56 before bouncing back with a convincing 61-40 win against Pepperdine.
Santa Clara is 29-34 all-time against Gonzaga with the first meeting coming during the 1987-88 season. Last year the Bulldogs won the first meeting in Spokane but the Broncos won in Santa Clara and again in the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
The win in Leavey on Jan. 28 was the first win for the Broncos over the Bulldogs since Feb. 2, 2006. In that span Santa Clara had lost 20 in a row to Gonzaga. With the win in the conference tournament, the Broncos beat Zags twice in the same year for the first time since 2002-03.
Santa Clara (9-8, 4-2 WCC) is in a four-way tie for the top-spot in the conference and has won three of its last four and five of its last seven.
The Broncos are scoring 64.2 points per game this season while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from beyond the arc. They have a plus-3.7 rebound differential and are forcing 17.1 turnovers per game.
Emily Wolph leads the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and assists (4.1 pg) while pacing the WCC with 41 3-pointers made. Lori Parkinson is fifth in the conference with 8.0 rebounds per game and is tied for second with 2.1 spg. She is second on Santa Clara with 12.3 ppg.
Morgan McGwire is second on Santa Clara with 7.6 rpg and is third with 11.6 ppg. Marie Bertholdt is scoring 10.6 ppg and grabbing 5.5 rpg as well. Taylor Berry is the only starter not scoring in double-figures but is at 8.1 ppg and adds 4.3 rpg.
Gonzaga (13-4, 4-2 WCC) dropped the first two games of the conference season but has bounced back with four-straight wins. The Bulldogs also went to No. 13 Stanford and came away with a win in November.
The Zags are scoring 73.1 ppg this season and has a plus-15.4 point differential while also maintaining a plus-8.6 rebound differential. They shoot 44.0 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Jill Barta is second in the WCC with 17.4 oog and third with a 54.6 percent mark from the field. She is also tied for fourth in the league with 1.4 bpg while adding 6.4 rpg.
Kiara Kudron is fourth in the conference with 8.1 rpg. She is second on Gonzaga with 10.1 ppg and 3.1 apg. Laura Stockton leads the Bulldogs with 4.5 apg and is scoring 7.6 ppg. Elle Tinkle is scoring 8.9 ppg and Makenlee Williams is scoring 5.4 ppg while knocking down a team-high 25 3-pointers.
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