If you want to try and anticipate upcoming storylines picked up by any national writer for the Gonzaga Bulldogs womens’ team, it will probably involve the subject matter of twins. A little lazy, yes, but understandable, considering that the Zags have two sets of twins on the roster: juniors Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth, and freshmen Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong.
For this year, the Bulldogs are going to be all about those Wirth sisters. Presumably, Gonzaga will roll out a lineup featuring the two forwards in the starting lineup, and after providing solid sixth-women support last season, it is time for Jenn Wirth to step into the limelight.
Jenn Wirth averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 20.9 minutes. Most impressive, however, is the consistency of her production. Wirth missed the first seven games of last season with a broken finger in her shooting hand, and the stat line from Gonzaga’s huge upset of Stanford last season was the proto-typical Wirth contribution: 3-for-3 from the floor, six rebounds, no turnovers.
That sort of consistency was on display 24/7 last season, and it is one of the biggest reasons Wirth is primed to take this team over. Her 53.8 field goal percentage led the team last season and was the second-highest mark in the WCC. When Wirth shot the ball, it tended to go in.
The Zags roster is churning quite a bit this season. Laura Stockton, Chandler Smith, and Zykera Rice all graduated. The door is open for the complimentary players from last season to take this team over, and that starts with one-half of the Wirth sisters.