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Gonzaga Falters Late, Falls to No. 16 Stanford 65-48

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Elle Tinkle and the Zags hung around with Stanford until the 4th quarter. Elle Tinkle and the Zags hung around with Stanford until the 4th quarter.

by Gonzaga Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – The No. 14/16 Stanford women’s basketball team closed out a 65-48 win at Gonzaga with a 19-1 run Sunday.

In front of a sellout crowd in the McCarthey Athletic Center, Stanford (2-0) pulled away from the upset-minded Zags. Trailing 47-46 with 6:23 left in regulation, the Cardinal scored 19 of the game’s final 20 points. Gonzaga missed its final 12 shots from the field over the last seven minutes.

Erica McCall scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Stanford. A 3-pointer by Lili Thompson, who scored 21 points, put the Cardinal up 46-38 with 8:50 to play but the Bulldogs (1-1) responded with nine straight points, taking a 47-46 lead on Kiara Kudron's free throw at the 6:23 mark.

McCall answered with a layup for the 11th lead change and then the Cardinal hit three straight three-pointers, Thompson sandwiching a pair around one from Karlie Samuelson for a 57-47 lead.

The game featured six ties, including 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, and 27-27 at halftime. Stanford led 41-38 entering the fourth quarter.

The Zags outrebounded Stanford, 44-43. GU committed 14 turnovers to the Cardinal’s 11. The Bulldogs shot 31 percent from the field, while Stanford made 40 percent of its shots. The Zags were 3-of-21 from behind-the-arc and 9-of-20 from the foul line.

Jill Barta led Gonzaga (1-1) with 11 points and Elle Tinkle had 10.

The Bulldogs welcome Eastern Washington Thursday at 6 p.m. The Eagles (2-0) beat Air Force Sunday, 65-44.

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