SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team, playing in its final regular-season road West Coast Conference contest of the season, earned a 79-59 victory at the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs rebounded from a tough 30-point setback at BYU Thursday to improve to 22-4 on the year and 11-2 in league play. The Dons fell to 4-22 overall and 2-11 in conference.
The Bulldogs were led by the trio of senior Kayla Standish, senior Katelan Redmon and sophomore Jazmine Redmon. Standish scored a game-high 19 points and added a game-high 10 boards for her third-straight double-double of the year. Katelan Redmon added 18 points, 10 of which came at the charity stripe. Jazmine Redmon came off the bench to chip in 10 points; one off her career-high.
For the game, Gonzaga was 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the floor and 86.4 percent (19-of-22) at the free throw line.
Gonzaga hit one less field goal in the first half than it did total at BYU Thursday, hitting 13-of-34 (38.2 percent). The charity stripe was also clutch for the Bulldogs in the opening 20 minutes as they hit 9-of-10, six of which came in their final 8-0 push that helped secure their double-figure halftime lead at 38-25.
The Zags held a 22-11 edge with 8:27 remaining in the opening half but a 12-3 spurt by the Dons had GU's lead at just two, 25-23, at the 4:21 mark. Gonzaga went 1-for-5 during this stretch and turned the ball over three times. For their part, the Dons hit 4-of-6 from the floor, including big 3-pointers from Jamie Katuna and Katy Keating.
Gonzaga's defense started to come together as it forced San Francisco to turn the ball over four times in the final four minutes. The Dons, who hit just 1-of-6 down the stretch, were regulated to 3-pointers as four of the six field goal attempts were missed from downtown.
The Bulldogs closed out the half on a 13-2 run, including that final 8-0 spurt. Jazmine Redmon started things nailing her second 3-pointer of the half at 3:37. Katelan Redmon had six of Gonzaga's final 13 points, four coming from the free throw line.
Katelan Redmon led all scorers in the first half with 10 points. Jazmine Redmon added eight.
It was Standish who led Gonzaga to a 54-35 advantage with 11:51 remaining in the game. The forward; who had just four points, two coming from the free throw line, in the first 20, came alive scoring 10 of GU's 16 points.
Redshirt sophomore Haiden Palmer, on the bench for most of the first half with foul trouble, was the one to push Gonzaga's lead above 20 as she took a pass from Jazmine Redmon and scored the fast break layup to put the lead at 58-37 with 11:24 left.
Gonzaga continued to roll after that bucket, with its largest lead being 29 points after junior Meghan Winters drained a 3-pointer to put the score at 79-50.
In all, the Bulldogs had 10 players score, with 21 points coming from the bench.
San Francisco was led by Rheina Ale with 19 points.
Gonzaga now returns home to the McCarthey Athletic Center for its final three league games of the season. The Bulldogs start the final stretch hosting Santa Clara University Thursday, Feb. 16. Game time is set for 6 p.m.