No reason to panicGonzaga coach Lisa Fortier said her team played well on defense and disrupted Washington State for most of the night. The Zags shot 46.5 percent from the floor for the game, which allowed them to lead for 33 minutes. “We’re certainly capable when we take care of the ball,” Fortier said. “Games are not won or lost in the last 6 seconds. We did not play a full 40-minute game.” The loss was the fourth close game in the last five for the Zags (5-3), as the team tries to adjust to new guards. Except for the blowout victory over Portland State, the Zags failed to close out American (59-56 loss); their comeback fell short against Iowa (79-67 loss); it took an Elle Tinkle buzzer beater to beat Eastern Washington (61-60 win); and Tuesday’s one-point loss to WSU.
Broken wingFortier said the team has missed the senior presence of forward Lindsay Sherbert, who hurt a knee in the Iowa game. Sherbert had been averaging 10.8 points and five rebounds in the five games she played. She had been sporting a full-length knee brace and had a doctor’s appointment this week, but the team has not announced the results. Sherbert’s outside shooting “is a big part of what we do,” Fortier said. “It’s tough to see her on the sideline.” Regardless of extent of the injury, Fortier said she will continue the redshirt seasons for junior Kiara Kudron and freshman forward Jill Barta. Tinkle “has really stepped up for us in absence and has made some big plays for us,” Fortier said.
Baylor takes down VandalsKristy Wallace hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points Wednesday as No. 9 Baylor (7-1) defeated Idaho 88-70 in nonconference play at Waco, Texas, that showcased Australian players. Wallace, a freshman, just returned after missing five games to play for homeland team. Fellow Australian, senior guard Stacey Barr, hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 31 points for the Vandals (4-4). Ali Forde added 14 points for Idaho.
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