The Gonzaga women’s team finally were able to cast away a huge, looming shadow after they upset the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal at Maple Pavilion, 68-63. It was the first-ever win for the Bulldogs over the Cardinal, after entering the game 0-for-7 in school history.
Jill Barta led the charge with 26 points, her fourth-highest career total. Elle Tinkle added 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks. Her final block might have been the biggest one of her career.
The Cardinal had slowly crept back into the game, and trailed by just one point. But Tinkle swatted their hopes away with 27 seconds left in the game. Barta made two free throws to extend the lead, and Laura Stockton stole the inbounds pass to put the game away.
Says Head Coach Lisa Fortier: “I am so proud of our team, we played tough mentally and physically. Stanford is as well-coached and talented as any team in the country. Everyone on our team made huge contributions tonight. Our team followed the game plan and this is a huge team win.”
The women’s team now sits at 3-0 and should be pretty close to cracking the top 25. The Zags garnered one vote in the coaches poll. Stanford was the big jewel of the non-conference slate, but the women’s team still has one more big statement game to make. They are off to the Virgin Islands to take part in the Paradise Jam, and have a game against No. 12 Florida State on the horizon.