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Zags Seal Win Over Montana State with Late Flurry

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Elle Tinkle led Gonzaga with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the win over the Bobcats. Elle Tinkle led Gonzaga with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the win over the Bobcats.

by Gonzaga Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga women's basketball team used a 10-3 run over the final three minutes and 45 seconds to pull away from Montana State, 65-52, in the Kennel Sunday.

The Zags (6-3) made a season-high eight three-pointers on their 16 attempts from behind-the-arc. They finished 37.5 percent from the field and 15-of-19 from the free-throw line.

Elle Tinkle led Gonzaga with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. She added six rebounds and a pair of steals. Shelby Cheslek was a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. Jill Barta also scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds. Kiara Kudron contributed seven rebounds, while Georgia Stirton dished out four assists.

In a game that featured five ties and six lead changes, it was Gonzaga that closed the game convincingly. The Bulldogs made five of their last six shots from the field over the final 6:11.

Montana State led 12-9 after the first quarter and had its largest lead of the game, 14-9, just into the second quarter. GU then went on a 13-3 run over the next six minutes and did not trail again. The Zags took a 25-22 lead into the halftime break, and stretched the gap to 44-35 at the end of the third quarter. Gonzaga's largest lead was 65-51 with 32 seconds left in regulation.

The Bobcats (5-3) were led by Peyton Ferris' 14 points. Riley Nordgaard and Jasmine Hommes both added 11 points respectively. Nordgaard grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Hannah Caudill and Lindsay Stockton had seven and five steals.

The game featured a sister-versus-sister dynamic. MSU's Stockton, a senior, was matched up with her sister, Laura, a freshman at Gonzaga, a few times during the game.

"Obviously it was really exciting, getting to be on the same floor as my sister and a lot of other players that I have played with or against," Laura Stockton said. "But, we just went into the game like it was any other game and prepared the same. But, it was really exciting."

The Bulldogs had a 40-32 advantage on the glass, but were outscored 28-20 in the paint. GU turned 12 offensive rebounds into a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points. The Zags also turned 17 Montana State turnovers into 18 points.

Gonzaga travels to Washington State Tuesday. The Cougars (8-1) are off to a hot start. They handed fellow West Coast Conference member, San Diego, its first loss of the season Sunday. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with a live broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

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