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Gonzaga Women's Basketball: 3 keys to getting revenge vs Santa Clara Broncos

The Gonzaga Women Basketball team has arguably its toughest game left coming up with a game vs Santa Clara. Can the Bulldogs find a way to get revenge for last year's loss?

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3. Solid game from Eliza Hollingsworth

Another starter who missed the Santa Clara loss from Hollingsworth, a 6’3 senior forward. She’s currently producing career-high numbers, (10.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg), while shooting 36% from three-point range and 89% from the free throw line.

As the 5th option offensively among the starters, Hollingsworth is going to natural fly under the radar. But her impact has been important for the Bulldogs, benefitting from opposing teams having to focus solely on Ejim. She’s also a consistent rebounder, having 10+ rebounds in 3 of the last 4 games.

Santa Clara has average size for a WCC team not named Gonzaga. The only rotation player on the team taller than 6’0 is Olivia Pollerd, the team’s second-best player at 14.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg. The Bulldogs have the luxury of putting Hollingsworth on her to avoid Ejim having potential foul trouble.

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Ejim, who had 26 points on 9/20 shooting a year ago in the loss, is an obvious key for the Bulldogs. Yet as that game showed, Gonzaga can still lose on the road, even with her going off. But Santa Clara doesn’t have enough firepower to handle both her and Hollingsworth having nice games in the frontcourt on Thursday night. A big game from the senior big could seal the Broncos' fate.