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GU Women Overcome 17-point Deficit to Beat Portland

The Bulldogs used a 23-2 run over 10-minute period between the second and third quarters to pull away with their 14th straight victory over Portland. Gonzaga also stretched its current win streak to seven games. The Bulldogs used a 23-2 run over 10-minute period between the second and third quarters to pull away with their 14th straight victory over Portland. Gonzaga also stretched its current win streak to seven games.

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Gonzaga women's basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit and remained unbeaten in West Coast Conference play with a 71-63 road win at Portland Saturday.

The Zags (13-4, 5-0 West Coast Conference) committed a season-low seven turnovers, while forcing 20 Portland turnovers. GU's seven turnovers were the lowest total since the Bulldogs committed seven against UC-Riverside in 2013. Gonzaga made 15 steals Saturday, one shy of a season-high.

The Bulldogs used a 23-2 run over 10-minute period between the second and third quarters to pull away with their 14th straight victory over Portland. Gonzaga also stretched its current win streak to seven games.

The Pilots scored the first 10 points of the game and held GU scoreless in the opening three minutes. The Zags' first made field goal came five minutes into the game on a lay-in from Georgia Stirton. Portland jumped out to a 20-6 advantage after the first eight minutes and led 26-11 after the opening period. The Pilots made 10 of their first 16 shots from the field, finishing 62.5 percent in the first quarter. The Bulldogs were 4-of-17 (23.5 percent).

A jumper from Ashley Gray gave the Pilots a 37-20 lead with 5:40 left in the second quarter. GU closed the half on a 15-2 run and trailed 39-35 at the halftime break. Portland shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half and held the Zags to 36.1 percent.

Gonzaga continued its run in the third quarter and took its first lead of the game on a pair of free-throws from Shelby Cheslek four and a half minutes into the period. After that, the Pilots tied the game once, but GU never trailed again. During the 23-2 run, Portland missed 10 consecutive shots from the field.

Portland (2-14, 0-5 WCC) was held to 28 percent shooting in the second half and finished 45.1 percent from the field. The Zags shot 35.8 percent in the game. Both teams made five three-pointers. Gonzaga was 18-for-26 (69.2 percent) from the free-throw line, while Portland was 12-of-15 (80 percent).

Jill Barta made all four of her free-throws and led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Stirton added 10 points. Both Barta and Stirton made four steals. Cheslek had three assists and blocked two shots. Kiara Kudron scored eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Gray led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. Eight of Ellie Woerner's 15 points came on the free-throw line. Kaylie Van Loo dished out a game-high seven assists.

Gonzaga continues its three-game road stretch at BYU (12-4, 4-1) Thursday. The Cougars won their fourth straight game at San Francisco Saturday. Tipoff between the Zags and BYU is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

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