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Preview: No. 17 Gonzaga looks to extend its 11-game winning streak against San Diego

The No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs have not lost to the San Diego Toreros since 2016 and easily dispatched them last season. Both teams come in playing well, but Gonzaga once again appears to have the upper hand.

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Katie Campbell scored a game-high 11 points and was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in the Bulldogs’ win over BYU.
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The No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs make the 1,295 mile trek to face the San Diego Toreros for an early afternoon game. Gonzaga has not lost to San Diego since 2016, when San Diego won both matchups in what was a down year for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga’s lone loss this year came in overtime against Stanford on Nov 17. Since then, the Bulldogs have won their last 11 games, most recently against conference foe BYU. Gonzaga’s win allowed the Bulldogs to exact a little revenge after the Cougars won three of the two teams’ matchups last season — two regular season games and the conference title game.

San Diego has won three of its last four games, including two conference victories. The Toreros are coming off a 9-21 (2-16) season, so they appear to be headed in an upward trajectory. However, against Gonzaga, San Diego is severely outmatched. Gonzaga beat San Diego by an average of 26 points in 2019.

Three-point shooting is heavily in favor of Gonzaga, as the Bulldogs are shooting 42.4 percent as a team against the Toreros’ 24 percent. If San Diego needs to focus on any one player, Katie Campbell is that player. The senior was a 45 percent shooter from beyond the arc last year and 14 games into this season, Campbell is shooting 51.6 percent(!). With Jill Townsend shooting 45 percent, San Diego has its hands full.

San Diego is a guard-centric team, starting four guards and one post player, whereas Gonzaga starts a traditional lineup with three wing players and two post players. Gonzaga’s size in the paint could also prove to be a problem, as sisters Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth are both listed at 6-foot-3. San Diego’s Patricia Brossmann is listed at 6-foot-0 and Leticia Soares (who could start or come off the bench) is 6-foot-1.

For San Diego, Myah Pace and Madison Pollock both scored 20 points, while Soares scored 17 points in 18 minutes off of the bench in a 74-55 win over Portland. Pollock was 10-of-12 from the field. San Diego will need a repeat performance if it’s to have a shot at the upset today.

Game information

San Diego Toreros (7-6) vs No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-1)

When: Saturday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. ET

Where: Jenny Craig Pavillion, San Diego, CA

How to watch/listen: WCC Network, 790 KJRB