Josh Carter | Posted: 16 Feb 2021 | Updated: 18 Feb 2021

BYU Ready for Showdown With No. 16 Gonzaga

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Gonzales Pregame vs. LMU 2020-21

PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s basketball will take on No. 16 Gonzaga on Thursday, Feb. 18, in a showdown featuring the West Coast Conference’s top two teams. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

BYU vs. No. 16 Gonzaga Game Notes

ABOUT BYU (14-3, 10-2)

  • The Cougars won a trio of road matchups last week against Pepperdine, Pacific and Saint Mary’s to improve to 14-3 on the season
  • BYU sits in second place in the WCC standings, 2.5 games back from the Zags and 1.5 ahead of third place San Diego
  • Lauren Gustin, who recorded her 10th double-double of the season against the Gaels on Saturday, ranks second in the nation in rebounds per game (12.9)
  • Sara Hamson tied her career-high with nine blocks last Tuesday at Pacific and ranks 18th in the country in blocks per game (2.7)
  • Shaylee Gonzales is the WCC’s second-leading scorer (17.8 ppg) and leads the team in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.5 spg)
  • Following Gonzales, Paisley Johnson Harding (13.5 ppg), Gustin (12.1 ppg), Tegan Graham (8.2 ppg) and Maria Albiero (5.8 ppg) round out the Cougars’ top five scorers
  • As a team, BYU ranks 14th in the country in field-goal percentage defense (.348) and 26th in assists per game (16.8)

ABOUT NO. 16 GONZAGA (18-2, 13-0)

  • The Zags are fresh off a pair of home wins last week over San Francisco and Santa Clara. Gonzaga is currently on a 17-game winning streak and has not lost since Dec. 6
  • Senior guard Jill Townsend (13.6 ppg) and senior forward Jenn Wirth (13.3 ppg) pace the Zags in scoring
  • Following Townsend and Wirth, senior forward LeeAnne Wirth (8.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Kayleigh Truong (8.2 ppg) round out Gonzaga’s top four scorers
  • Jenn Wirth is averaging a team-best 8.6 rebounds per game while Truong leads the team in assists (4.2 apg)
  • Junior forward Anamaria Virjoghe is averaging a team-high 0.9 blocks per contest while senior guard Cierra Walker and Jenn Wirth both pace Gonzaga in steals (1.1 spg)
  • As a team, the Zags lead the WCC in scoring offense (72.3), scoring defense (56.4), field-goal percentage (.474), rebounding margin (13.95) and assists per game (17.7)


  • Gonzaga holds an 18-12 all-time series advantage over BYU, dating back to the 1983-84 season
  • The Cougars are 7-4 when playing the Zags in the Marriott Center
  • Earlier this season, Gonzaga came away with a 63-56 win over BYU in the Kennel


The Cougars are scheduled to play their final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 20, against Portland. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and on the BYUtv App.

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