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Gonzaga beats Eastern Washington 69-45 in their first home game of the season

Emma Stach and her defense led the way in this win

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After literally playing in the Mountains before playing in a difficult tournament in Vegas, the Zags finally played at home against local rival Eastern Washington.

The offenses for both teams started out slow, with Gonzaga leading after the first quarter 14-9. For the game, neither team shot the ball well, with both finishing under 40% for the game. Where Gonzaga separated themselves from the Eagles was the size advantage down low, resulting in 40 free throw attempts for the Zags, compared to just 16 for the other team.

Eastern Washington came into the game as one of the best in forcing turnovers, which they did in the game as well. Gonzaga did cough the ball up 17 times, but forced them to do it 19 times in return, resulting in 25 points off those turnovers.

Gonzaga smothered EWU all night in the 69-45 win, with senior guard Emma Stach having her best game of the season. She had nine points, six rebounds and four assists, but her true impact was on the defensive end, where she limited Delaney Hodgins, who came in averaging 19 ppg, to just 11 on the night.

The frontcourt of Jill Barta and Zykera Rice used their size disparity to theri advantage, combining for 33 points and 19 rebounds together. The freshmen Wirth twins combined for 10 points and seven boards in 34 minutes.

Gonzaga went 3/10 from deep, which is good because rather than forcing shots, they threw the ball inside all night, which worked all night long.

The Zags are now at .500 at 3-3, and will play again on Saturday versus another Big Sky team in the Portland State Vikings. They'll play Saturday afternoon.