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Gonzaga Builds Up Big Enough Lead to Hold Off Pacific

A huge mid-game run put this one in the win column.

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Jenn Wirth scored 15 points and LeeAnne Wirth added 14 as the Zags used a huge second quarter (and beginning of the third) to build up enough of a cushion to keep Pacific from pulling off the upset, 77-65.

With seven minutes left in the second quarter, the Gonzaga led by two, 22-20. With 7:43 left in the third quarter, the Zags had extended that lead to 51-21. During that time, the Zags forced seven of the Tigers 14 turnovers, and it looked like the game was completely in hand.

The Tigers had other plans, however. Pacific finished the game outscoring the Zags 27-15 in the final 10 minutes, but it didn’t matter much because of the mid-third quarter deficit.

Kayleigh Truong continued her strong play as of late, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Jill Townsend had an uncharacteristic quiet night, scoring just nine points and only earning six field goal attempts. Cierra Walker was the lone starter without points, missing all five of her shot attempts.

Like Head Coach Lisa Fortier does, she opened up the bench in this game, and they responded. Melody Kempton and Lily Scanlon each scored six points, and in total, eight bench players scored points.

The late fourth quarter barrage made Pacific the second-straight WCC foe to score more than 60 points against the Zags. Prior to the past two games, Gonzaga held their past four opponents to less than 50 points.

The Zags next play at Saint Mary’s on Saturday, at 1:00 pm.