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Gonzaga Women Excel Late And Pull Away To Beat EWU 78-56

Gonzaga pulled away late to defeat EWU on 11/19 Gonzaga pulled away late to defeat EWU on 11/19

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's basketball team used a 21-5 run in the fourth quarter to ease away from Eastern Washington, 78-56, Thursday.

The Zags (2-1) outscored nearby EWU, 26-13, in the final quarter. GU made 11 of its 17 attempts from the field (64.7 percent) in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs closed the game making 10 of their final 14 shots from the field.

Shelby Cheslek recorded her 10th career double-double. She scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. The redshirt senior had 10 points and six boards in the second half. Eight of her points came in the final 10 minutes of play.Kiara Kudron had her second-double already this season, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The last time Gonzaga had two players finish with double-doubles in the same game was last season at Pacific on Jan. 24, when Elle Tinkle (15 points and 11 rebounds) and Emma Wolfram (12 points and 10 rebounds) accomplished the feat.

Laura Stockton nearly became the third Zag with a double-double Thursday. The freshman had 10 points and nine assists in 25 minutes. Her nine assists were the most by a Bulldog since Jazmine Redmon had 11 against Idaho on Dec. 20, 2012. Courtney Vandersloot owns the program-record with 17 against UCLA in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Elle Tinkle led Gonzaga with 15 points, making 5-of-10 from the field. Chelsek was 6-of-8 and Kudron was 4-for-5. Kudron has made 10 of her 12 shots (83.3 percent) from the field to open the season.

As a team, GU made 50.9 percent from the field, while the Eagles were 36.8 percent. The Zags made seven of their 14 three-point attempts and 13-of-19 from the free-throw line. Eastern Washington was 6-for-20 from behind-the-arc and made all eight of its free throws. GU had 19 assists on 29 of its made field-goal attempts.

The Zags dominated the glass, outrebounding EWU 40-25. Gonzaga turned 13 offensive rebounds into a 23-6 advantage in second-chance points. The Bulldogs had a 38-24 edge in the paint.

The Eagles (2-1) led 14-10 after the first quarter, but Gonzaga outscored EWU 22-11 in the second to take a 32-25 advantage into halftime. Eastern Washington closed the gap to 57-51 after an And-1 from Delaney Hodgins with 7:08 remaining in regulation. The Bulldogs then sealed the win scoring 21 of the game's final 26 points.

Hodgins led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Hayley Hodgins added 14 points.

Gonzaga welcomes a trio of teams for the 2015 Naismith Hall of Fame Women's Challenge Sunday through Tuesday. Six games over a three-day span will take place in the McCarthey Athletic Center beginning with the Zags and West Virginia (2-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. USC and Grand Canyon follow at 4 p.m.

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