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Career-High by Barta Not Enough, Gonzaga Falls to Pacific in OT

Jill Barta scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Jill Barta scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Gonzaga University Athletics

STOCKTON, Calif. -- The Gonzaga women's basketball team lost a thrilling back-and-forth overtime contest at Pacific Saturday, 84-83. Jill Barta scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Barta was the first Zag to score 30 points in a game since Haiden Palmer totaled 32 at Loyola Marymount on Jan. 23, 2014. Barta made 12 of her 20 shots from the field and was a rebound shy of matching her career-high. The Fairfield, Mont. native, was 3-for-6 from behind-the-arc and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. It was the redshirt freshman's second double-double of the season. She had 23 points in the first half on 9-of-10 shooting from the field.

Shelby Cheslek contributed her eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds. She also blocked two shots to move her into the top-10 in West Coast Conference with 202 in her career.

Pacific (13-14, 6-10 West Coast Conference) won its third straight game behind Desire Finnie's 22 points. She was 9-of-20 from the field and led a quartet of double-digit Tiger scorers. Hailie Eackles and Najah Queenland both scored 14 points, while GeAnna Luaulu-Summers had 13 points. Mauriana Clayton grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Queenland dished out a game-high six assists.

The game featured 18 lead changes and 10 ties. The Zags led for 28:11 to Pacific's 10:36 lead time. The Tigers had their largest lead of the game, 19-13, with 2:23 left in the first quarter. Gonzaga responded with an 8-0 run and had a 21-19 lead after the opening period.

The game was tied four times in the second quarter. Trailing 32-31 at the 3:29 mark of the second quarter, GU closed the half on a 12-2 run to lead 43-34 at halftime. The Bulldogs continued their run into the third quarter with two more baskets to take their largest lead of the game, 47-34. Pacific cut into the margin and trailed 58-53 at the end of the third quarter.

A Cheslek And-1 with 6:41 left in regulation gave Gonzaga a seven-point lead. The Tigers countered with a 9-1 run to take the lead with 2:43 remaining. The teams traded baskets toward the end of regulation, including a pair of baskets from Laura Stockton, one which tied the game with 25 seconds left.

The Bulldogs led for the majority of overtime, including a five-point lead early in the extra period. After trailing for the first time in overtime, Barta put GU ahead with a lay-in with 19 seconds left. But, Finnie then hit a game-winning baseline jumper with six seconds left.

Gonzaga (17-11, 9-7 WCC) outrebounded Pacific, 46-36, and had a 42-24 advantage in points in the paint. The Tigers hit 12 of their 33 three-point attempts. GU was 5-of-16 from three-point range. The Zags finished 45 percent from the field, while Pacific was 39 percent. GU was also 18-for-24 from the free-throw line. The Tigers finished 16-of-21 from the line.

The Bulldogs had 15 turnovers to Pacific's 11. Eackles made seven of the Tigers' seven steals. Georgia Stirton, Emma Stach and Stockton all led GU with four assists each.

Gonzaga returns home to close its regular season schedule. The Zags welcome San Diego (21-6, 11-5) Thursday at 6 p.m. The Toreros won the first matchup in San Diego, 63-54.

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