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2019-20 Player Preview: Eliza Hollingsworth

The Zags grab an Australian player.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs reached all the way across the Pacific for Eliza Hollingsworth, inking the Australian forward to a national letter of intent back in November 2018.

The 6’2 forward was a member of Australia’s U16 and U17 national teams, helping lead the U17 team to a bronze finish in 2018. Hollingsworth averaged 13 minutes, only scoring 2.9 points, but making her presence known on the offensive and defensive glass with 3.6 rebounds per game.

Now, I don’t quite understand how the Australian high school system works, but if I am understanding this correctly, Hollingsworth put up good numbers during the 2018 Vic Metro League, the potentially rough equivalent of an AAU squad (or I’m completely wrong so whatever), averaging a near double-double at 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

With the Zags losing Zykera Rice to graduation, the remaining frontcourt will have to step up the production. Between the Wirth sisters, transfer Anamaria Virjoghe, and Melody Kampton presumably ahead of Hollingsworth on the pecking order, Hollingsworth might have to fight for her minutes, or find them due to foul trouble issues. Either way, her rebounding prowess is bound to find her minutes here and there.