After getting a win against Eastern Washington on Thursday thanks to a high level on defense, the Zags will look to get back to having a winning record against Portland State. The Vikings are 3-4, but have played their entire division one schedule on the road against some good teams.
Their last game came on Tuesday, where they defeated fellow WCC mate Portland, 77-71. Junior guard Sidney Rielly led the way with 18 points. The 6'0 guard currently averages 20.7 ppg and will be guarded by Emma Stach of Gonzaga, who had a great game on the defensive end the other night.
There are two things that sticks when looking at this team. First off, there's no seniors on the roster, meaning they'll be even more difficult to deal with in the Big Sky next year. But as for this year, they have a great amount of size for a mid major program.
Right now the Vikings have three players who are averaging at least 6.7 rpg, 6'4 junior Courtney West (7.1 rpg), 6'0 sophomore Juliana Stevens (8.0 rpg) and junior Pia Junhar (6.7 rpg), rotates to give Portland State a difficult path to the bucket. None of them are great scorers, but have guards that can do that for them. Jill Barta is certainly more talented than any of them, but will be bothered all night by them.
Gonzaga could very well have to shoot over them, something that's been an issue in the early part of the season. Jessie Loera will likely start again in place of Laura Stockton, who has been out the past three games.
The game is played in the Kennel on Saturday, 5 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. PT. and will be televised on THEW.TV and on the Stadium App.
This will not be an easy game by any means for the Zags, so let's hope they can pull this one out and continue the good momentum.