Coming into the game, I was a bit worried that Portland State would be a matchup problem for the Zags, with their young but talented frontcourt. Along with Laura Stockton unable to play for the fourth straight game, this could've been an upset waiting to happen.
The Vikings out well, shooting 50% in the first quarter, along with grabbing a 16-12 lead. That would be the last time they were in the game, as the Zags went on a 21-0 run in the first half. The breakout offense was inspired by Gonzaga's starting frontcourt of Jill Barta and Zylera Rice, who combined for 50 points in the afternoon game. Barta had 30 herself, which set a school record for most career 30 point games with five. Rice had her first 20 and 10 game ever, as her offensive game continues to grow.
Gonzaga outscored Portland State 44-27 in the second half to win 91-52 in a game where they shot 47% from the field compared to their opponents 31%. An area I thought coming in they would lose at, rebounding, turned out not to be the case. They won that battle, 46-36. But the biggest stat of the night was the difference in paint points; Gonzaga's 52-18 edge.
Couple of other performances to note: Jessie Loera has been filling in nicely for Stockton, scoring none points and dishing out five assists. Chandler Smith was on triple-double alert, going for 10 points, 10 boards and eight assists in the game. Next to the soon-to-be legend Barta, Smith has consistently been the next best player.
For those keeping track of the shooting, Gonzaga went 7-23 from deep for a decent 30%. But if they keep going 16/18 from the line, as well as forcing 23 turnovers and getting 32 off of them, they'll be in good shape.
The next game on the docket will be on the road, to another rival in Washington State, who's 4-4 on the season. That game will be on Wednesday night.