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No. 25 Women's Basketball Defeats Santa Clara 93-65

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - (Feb. 17, 2011 - <> ) The No. 25 Gonzaga University women's basketball team began its final in-season roadtrip with a 93-65 victory at Santa Clara University Thursday evening. Four of the five Bulldog starters scored in double-figure points in the 28-point victory, including senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot with a game-high 24 points. The Zags improved their record to 23-4 overall and are now a perfect 11-0 in West Coast Conference play with the win; the Broncos fell to 8-17 overall and 4-7 in league.

Vandersloot added 11 assists in the game to register her 13th double-double of the season. Junior Kayla Standish added 19 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists while classmate Katelan Redmon chipped in 19 points and senior Janelle Bekkering finished with 17.

The Bulldogs, third in the nation in field goal percentage, ended the game hitting 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor and was a season-best 70.0 percent (7-of-10) on 3-pointers.

Each of those aforementioned starters had double-figure points after the first half to propel the Zags to the 53-35 halftime advantage. Vandersloot led the way with 16 points, hitting 6-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. Bekkering, Standish and Redmon each added 10 points apiece.

The Bulldogs ended the half hitting 62.9 percent (22-of-35) from the floor, including 75.0 percent (6-of-8) from behind the 3-point line and was a perfect 3-of-3 at the charity stripe.

Santa Clara only had three players hit field goals in the opening half, with four total scoring. Lena Gipson, Ricki Radanovich and Alyssa Shoji kept the Broncos in the contest, combining for 13-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. Gipson scored her points, 15 total, down on the block, while Randanovich and Shoji got most of theirs on 3-pointers, as Randanovich hit two 3-pointers in the first five minutes and Shoji had all her points on 3-pointers, two of which came in the final 10 minutes.

The game was close early until Gonzaga clamped down on defense. Leading just 25-23 after two made free throws by Gipson at 11:20, the Bulldogs held the Broncos to 12 points over the final minutes and capitalized with 28 points of their own. Six players scored for the Zags down the stretch, including Redmon who gave them their first double-digit lead at 40-30 and Vandersloot who drained her third 3-pointer of the game to close out the first half scoring.

The Bulldogs continued to dominate, holding the Broncos scoreless for the opening five minutes of final half. Gonzaga rattled off 10 points to capture an insurmountable 28-point advantage at the 15:31 mark.

GU increased its lead to 30 points two minutes later and grabbed its largest advantage of 39 points after two made free throws by Standish put the score at 85-46 with 5:37 to play.

The Zags scored 41 points off of the Broncos 25 turnovers and held the slight 29-23 rebounding advantage.

Gipson led the Broncos with 21 points.

Gonzaga closes out its roadtrip at the University of San Francisco Saturday. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

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