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Gonzaga Women Struggle In Moraga, Fall to St. Mary's 66-47

Gonzaga struggles in Moraga as they fall to St. Mary's 66-47 Gonzaga struggles in Moraga as they fall to St. Mary's 66-47

By Gonzaga Athletics

The Gonzaga women's basketball team was held to a season-low point total in a 66-47 road loss at Saint Mary's Thursday.

The Gaels (20-6, 11-4 West Coast Conference) limited GU to 29.3 percent shooting from the field. After making 34.5 percent from the field in the first half, the Bulldogs made seven of their 29 (24.1 percent) shots in the second half. Gonzaga was 3-of-22 from behind-the-arc.

Saint Mary's was led by Stella Beck's 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. She grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and made all eight of her free-throw shots. Sydney Raggio added 12 points.

The Gaels finished at 46.2 percent from the field, after making 55.2 percent in the first half. They were also 6-of-14 from three-point range. SMC made all 12 of its free-throw attempts. Saint Mary's outrebounded GU, 40-30.

Gonzaga made its first three shots from the field and jumped out to an 8-2 lead just over two minutes into the game. Trailing 12-10 at the 6:15 mark of the first quarter, SMC went on an 18-2 run and never trailed again. The Gaels led at halftime, 42-23.

Jill Barta led the Bulldogs (17-10, 9-6 WCC) with 20 points. The redshirt freshman was 7-of-16 from the field and blocked four shots. Shelby Cheslek contributed 10 points.

Cheslek grabbed six rebounds and moved to second on the program's all-time rebound list. The senior passed Heather Bowman and now has 875 rebounds in her four-year career. Cheslek also blocked her 200th career shot in Thursday's game. She is one block away from 10th in conference history.

The Zags forced Saint Mary's into 19 turnovers. GU finished with 14 turnovers. Both teams made nine steals. Chelsea Waters matched a game-high with three steals.

Gonzaga travels to Stockton, Calif., for a matchup with Pacific Saturday. The Tigers (12-14, 5-10) coasted to an 87-38 win over Portland Thursday. Saturday's tipoff in Stockton is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

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