LAS VEGAS - Sonja Greinacher scored 22 points as No. 21 Gonzaga University women’s basketball, top-seed in the West Coast Conference, defeated eighth-seeded University of San Francisco 81-68 in a WCC tournament quarterfinal game.
Bulldog senior Jazmine Redmon added a career-high 18, Lindsay Sherbert had 17, Haiden Palmer 13 and Shelby Cheslek 10 points and 10 boards as Gonzaga (27-4) shot 50 percent from the floor. It was Cheslek’s second double-double of the season and fourth of her career.
It was almost a perfect night for Redmon. Her career-high came on 6-of-7 shooting from the field – her only miss coming in the final three minutes of the contest – and sinking all four of her free throws. The point guard also dished out four assists and made three steals in 33 minutes of action.
It was only the second time this season Gonzaga had five players register double-digits; the other coming Dec. 6 in its win 97-46 win over Portland State University.
Gonzaga used a 15-4 run early in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Redmon, to take an eight-point lead en route to 38-27 lead at the break. It was Sherbert’s 3-pointer – her second in the first half – that was a crucial one and the one that gave the Zags their 11-point halftime advantage.
Both the Bulldogs and Dons were hot from the field as the GU hit 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and USF hit 52.4 percent (11-of-21).
The Zags flourished in the opening half without their season leading scoring Haiden Palmer scoring a point. The senior went 0-of-4 from the field but did contribute in other was, dishing out three assists and grabbing an offensive board.
Gonzaga led by as much as 18 early in the second half. San Francisco (12-19) cut its deficit to nine after a Taj Winston layup and Taylor Proctor 3-pointer with 6:28 to go, but the Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run and cruised home from there.
The crucial run began by Palmer hitting a jumper. She would have four of the seven points in the run.
Proctor scored 28 points to lead San Francisco. Winston finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs ended the game hitting 30-of-60 from the floor, for its 50.0 percent accuracy. They also hit 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the charity stripe and were 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the field.
Gonzaga’s – who goes 11 to 12 deep - only had its subs contributed 18 points, including 17 from Sherbert. It did score 21 second-chance points and 32 points in the paint.
The Zags now face the winner of the game between No. 4 Saint Mary’s College and No. 5 University of San Diego. They will battle either the Gaels or Toreros Monday, March 10 at Noon on BYUtv.