Gonzaga Women’s Basketball

Coach: Kellee Barney (fourth year)

Assistant coaches: Heather Norman, Kelli Kronberger

1996 record: 4-23, 2-12 (WCC seventh place)

Players to watch: So. Sydney Perno (6-1 C); Sr. Lydia Ledgerwood (5-8 G).

Key newcomers: Fr. Holly Turner (5-10 G); Fr. Shennae McNairy (5-8 Fr.); Fr. Melanie Tipps (6-1 Fr.); Jr. Casy Murdock (5-11 F).

Bonus points The Bulldogs already showed signs of improvement by beating Old Dogs AAU 97-81 and Simon Frazer 82-67 in exhibition games. Last year, the Bulldogs averaged 54.3 points per game and allowed 72.9. … Freshman guard Holly Turner is not expected to play until next week because of a right foot problem. Stress fracture tests came back negative.

Outlook: No more dinosaur style of play for Barney. The fourth-year coach said her team will run a more up-tempo offense and be much more aggressive on defense. Barney worked with Lake City High School coach Dave Stockwell during the off-season and he convinced her to change the team’s style. GU has set its sights on a top-four WCC finish.


Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown

Jessica Waltz G 5-8 So. Costa Mesa, Calif.

Cameron Carroll G 5-6 Jr. Juno, Alaska

Lydia Ledgerwood G 5-8 Sr. Klamath Falls, Ore.

Heather Osberg F 6-2 SO. W.Vancouver, B.C.

Shennae McNairy G 5-8 Fr. Kirkland, Wash.

Holly Turner G 5-10 Fr. Spokane

Tennille Jeffries F 5-11 So. Snohomish, Wash.

Staci Andrews G 5-6 Sr. Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Sandy Gere G 5-6 Sr. Ione, Wash.

Kristin Deal F 5-11 So. Kent, Wash.

Melanie Tipps C 6-1 Fr. Bonney Lake, Wash.

Casy Murdock F 5-11 Jr. Southern Idaho

Sydney Perno C 6-1 So. Spokane

1997-98 schedule

Nov. 20 defeated Eastern Wash., 87-46

Nov. 26 at Eastern Washington 7 p.m.

Nov. 28 vs. Washington State 7 p.m.

Dec. 2 vs. Montana State 7 p.m.

Dec. 6 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Dec. 9 vs. Washington 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 vs. Concordia 7 p.m.

Dec. 15 vs. Montana 7 p.m.

Dec. 19 at Idaho 7 p.m.

Dec. 29 at Weber State 6 p.m.

Jan. 2 vs. Western Baptist 7 p.m.

Jan. 5 at Boise State 6 p.m.

Jan. 8 vs. Loyola Marymount 7 p.m.

Jan. 10 vs. Pepperdine 7 p.m.

Jan. 15 at San Diego 7 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Saint Mary’s 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 vs. Saint Mary’s 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 vs. San Diego 7 p.m.

Jan. 30 at San Francisco 7 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Santa Clara 7 p.m.

Feb. 5 vs. Santa Clara 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 vs. San Francisco 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 vs. Portland 5:15 p.m.

Feb. 14 at Portland 5:15 p.m.

Feb. 20 at Pepperdine 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 at Loyola Marymount 7 p.m.

, DataTimes

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