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Zags Dominate Portland in Third Straight Win

by Gonzaga Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. - Jill Barta scored 27 points in a dominating 86-51 Gonzaga women's basketball victory over Portland Saturday.

The Zags (17-9, 9-5 West Coast Conference) grabbed their third consecutive win and moved only a game and a half behind second place in the conference standings. Three teams sit ahead of GU with four losses in league play.

Barta was a point shy of her career-high. She made nine of her 14 shots from the field, including both of her three-point shots. The redshirt freshman made all seven of her free-throw attempts. She added six rebounds in her fourth 20-point performance of the season. Barta is averaging 20.6 points in the last five games on 44 percent shooting from the field. She leads the WCC with a 94.4 free-throw percentage (57-of-61) in conference play.

Barta led four Gonzaga double-digit scorers. Zhané Templeton also hit a pair of three-pointers and had 12 points. Shelby Cheslek and Chelsea Waters both scored 10 points. Cheslek grabbed a game-high eight boards and Waters made a game-high three steals. Georgia Stirton matched her season-high with six assists.

The Bulldogs made 55.4 percent of their shots from the field, just shy of their season-high. They connected on eight of their 15 three-point attempts and 16-of-19 from the free-throw line. GU controlled the glass with a 37-20 rebound advantage. The Zags had a 23-4 lead in second chance points and a 34-16 edge in points in the paint.

Gonzaga's 19 assists were one away from a season-high. The Bulldogs forced Portland into 20 turnovers and turned those miscues into 26 points. GU finished with 11 steals and committed 13 turnovers.

The Zags never trailed in the game. They jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led 26-10 after the first quarter. Gonzaga's 47-16 halftime lead was the second-largest advantage at the break under Lisa Fortier. The Bulldogs' largest lead of the game was 37 twice in the fourth quarter.

Kaylie Van Loo and Ellie Woerner both finished with 13 points leading Portland (3-22, 1-13 WCC). Woerner was 3-of-4 from behind-the-arc. Julie Spencer had a team-high four rebounds.

After three straight home games, Gonzaga returns to the road and travels to Saint Mary's (19-6, 10-4) Thursday. The Gaels escaped with a 69-68 win in Spokane on Jan. 21. SMC won at Loyola Marymount Saturday, 91-81. Thursday's game in at Saint Mary's starts at 6:30 p.m.

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