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Gonzaga Snaps Losing Streak With Win Over Pacific

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Shelby Cheslek nearly had a triple-double in a 68-61 Gonzaga women's basketball win over Pacific Saturday.

Cheslek finished with her seventh double-double of the season, and 16th of her career, with 12 points and 13 rebounds. She added a career-high seven assists and blocked two shots. The senior also climbed to second on the program's all-time rebound list. She now has 836 in her four-year stint with the Zags.

Gonzaga (14-7, 6-3 West Coast Conference) also snapped a three-game skid and are two games back of league-leaders San Diego and BYU at the halfway point of the conference schedule.

The Zags had an early 12-5 run in the third quarter and outscored Pacific, 24-12, in the period. After making four of their 15 shots from the field (26.7 percent) in the first half, GU connected on 10-of-18 (55.6) in the third quarter. Gonzaga made nine of its 16 three-point attempts in the game, including 5-of-6 in the second half.

Jill Barta led the Bulldogs with 16 points. The freshman made three of her five shots behind-the-arc. Emma Stach also hit a trio of three-point shots and had 13 points. She missed her first two shots from the field Saturday, before making her last four. 

Gonzaga once again dominated the glass. The Zags entered the game 13th in the country with a plus-9.6 rebound margin. The Bulldogs outrebounded Pacific 45-24, grabbing 18 offensive boards during the victory. 

The game featured six lead changes and four ties. The Tigers led for 11:24, while GU led for 24:26. Pacific had its largest lead, 17-9, eight minutes into the game. Gonzaga closed the gap to 17-14 by the end of the opening quarter.

The Bulldogs continued their 10-0 run into the second quarter to take the lead, but it was Pacific that led 27-24 at the halftime break. 

The Zags scored the first nine points of the second half and never trailed again. The Tigers used a 7-0 run late in the third quarter to close a nine-point GU advantage to two points. The Bulldogs countered with their own 7-0 run, capped by a Stach three, to take a 48-39 lead into the final period. A Barta And-1 three minutes into the fourth quarter gave Gonzaga its largest lead of the game, 58-47.

Desire Finnie led Pacific (10-10, 3-6 WCC) with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She made four of her six shots from behind-the-perimeter. Hailie Eackles added 14 points and Najah Queenland had 12 points. The Tigers made all 11 of their free-throw attempts and 8-of-27 from three-point range.

Gonzaga returns to the road and travels to Santa Clara for a 6 p.m. tipoff Thursday. The Broncos (15-5, 6-3) used a late run to pull away from San Francisco, 68-57, at home Saturday. 

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