SPOKANE - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team put together another impressive outing as it defeated visiting Saint Mary's College 87-52 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Junior Courtney Vandersloot, who was just named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list, led the charge for the Zags, scoring a game-high 26 points, while dishing out six assists, making six steals and grabbing five rebounds.
"Courtney scored very well tonight," stated head coach Kelly Graves after the contest. "She shot the ball nicely and got into a very good groove. She is terrific and deserves to be on the Wooden Award list, just an incredible player who really set the tone tonight with her competitiveness and energy."
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in conference and 13-4 overall, while the Gaels were handed their first loss in conference and are now 2-1 and 11-7 overall.
Gonzaga closed out the game scoring 30 fast break points, including 22 in the opening 20 minutes. The Zags also forced the Gaels to turn the ball over 29 times - the exact amount of turnovers GU forced the University of Portland to have it its opening WCC contest last Saturday - and capitalized, with 18 steals and 39 points off SMC's miscues.
Besides Vandersloot, Gonzaga was led by Janelle Bekkering and Heather Bowman, who both chipped in 15 points apiece. Vivian Frieson added 12 points and eight boards and Katelan Redmon had 11 points and six boards.
Gonzaga continues West Coast Conference action when it welcomes the University of San Diego to the McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday.