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Big Game by Jill Townsend Sends San Francisco Home

The Zags win again.

Gonzaga v Portland Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images

Senior Jill Townsend scored 19 points, draining four threes in the process, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs took down the San Francisco Dons, 79-66.

Jenn Wirth added 14 points and nine rebounds, and Kayleigh Truong chipped in 11 points. In total, 10 different Zags scored, as is the Gonzaga way nowadays.

However, despite the win, the Zags got worked on a few factors of the game. The Zags really couldn’t get anything running against the Dons, finishing with just one fastbreak point. San Francisco, on the other hand, finished with 12 fast break points.

The Dons also made a good showing because the Zags turnover issues flared up in a pretty dramatic way this game. The Zags are averaging 14.7 turnovers per game this season, and this time around, they finished with 18 turnovers. That led to 23 points for San Francisco, and was the key way the Dons stayed in the game.

Even despite those two factors, Gonzaga still won because the defense did what the defense always does: make life a living hell. USF finished the game shooting just 41.1 percent from the floor, a tad bit higher than the season average of 37.9 percent.

The Zags next face Santa Clara at 2:00 pm, on Saturday.