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Gonzaga Thrashes Portland Again

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Gonzaga women are rolling.

Tyler Tjomsland | Spokesman Review

The Gonzaga women were upset by the Portland Pilots at the buzzer of the WCC semi-finals back in March. Portland brought back the majority of their team and were picked to finish third in the league this season. Gonzaga still feels the fury of that loss. Two weeks ago, they dominated the Pilots to the tune of a 75-43 victory. On Sunday, they did it again. Kayleigh Truong led the Bulldogs with 17 points, one shy of a career-high, as they pulled off a convincing 79-61 win.

Gonzaga’s originally scheduled game with BYU was postponed on Thursday due to Covid-19 issues in the Cougars program. Lisa Fortier’s crew ended up making the trip to Portland instead, and the quick turnaround did not affect them one bit. They jumped out to a hot start on both ends of the ball. Offensively, they shot 56 percent. Defensively, they forced 14 first half turnovers and converted those into 19 points. They led 46-25 at the break and never looked back.

Portland made a last gasp run to start the fourth quarter. Their 15-2 spurt put them within 11 with five minutes to go, but the Bulldogs were able to close out the game.

Jill Townsend joined the 1000-point club in her magnificent career, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, and six steals. Jenn Wirth continued her stretch of great basketball, scoring 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Gonzaga assisted on 19 of their 29 field goals.

The 20th-ranked Bulldogs have now won 12 straight games, the last seven by double digits. They are 13-2 overall and 8-0 in league play, with two big wins over the third best team in the conference. Their only remaining challenge appears to be BYU. No make-up date has been announced for the postponed game in Spokane, but they are scheduled to visit Provo on February 18.

This coming week, Gonzaga heads to the Bay Area to face Pacific and Saint Mary’s, who they beat by a combined 52 points earlier this month.