MOSCOW -- Gonzaga women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves earned his 300th career victory Thursday night when the Bulldogs beat Idaho 91-42 at Memorial Gym.
In his 14 years as a head coach, which includes two years at Saint Mary’s College, Graves is now 300-146.
“It feels great,” stated Graves after the victory. “Not necessarily it being the 300th but the win in general. After Stanford it was nice to get back on the horse, which we did tonight.”
Gonzaga (2-1) had three players finish in double-figure points; led by senior Kayla Standish with a team-high 22 points. Classmate Katelan Redmon and redshirt sophomore Haiden Palmer chipped in 14 points apiece.
It was Standish that single-handedly gave the Bulldogs an early 13-4 advantage as she rattled off nine-straight points to turn a slight 4-2 edge to a 13-4 lead at the 15:40 mark. Palmer then drained two 3-pointers between a jumper by Standish to push their lead to 16 at 13:30.
After two free throws and a 3-pointer by Idaho (1-2), Gonzaga went on a 21-3 run to really open the contest up at 41-12 with 5:30 to play in the half. At that point Standish had more points than the Vandals did overall, collecting 13.
Gonzaga’s largest lead of the half was 32 points after senior Katelan Redmon sank two free throws to put the score at 48-16 with 1:23 remaining in the half.
Idaho closed out the half on a 6-0 run to cut Gonzaga’s lead to 26 points at 48-22.
The Bulldogs closed out the opening half hitting 18-of-37 from the floor, including an impressive 5-of-12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Palmer drained three of the five 3-pointers, while junior Taelor Karr and Standish each had one.
The Vandals were held to 7-of-26 shooting in the first 20 minutes; two of the seven coming in the final minute of play.
It was the senior trio of Standish, Katelan Redmon and Kelly Bowen who led the charge in the second half as they combined for 20 of the Zags 30 points in the opening 10:30 to give GU its then-largest lead of the game at 79-39. Standish and Katelan Redmon each had eight, while Bowen chipped in four.
The Bulldogs then started to light it up from downtown as they drained 3-consecutive 3-pointers, started off by Palmer - her fourth of the game; followed by freshman Keani Albanez and Karr to make GU’s lead 46 points with a little less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Junior Meghan Winters got into the action, nailing a 3-pointer of her own at 2:56. For the game, Gonzaga hit 9-of-25 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Gonzaga closed out the game hitting 44.9 percent (35-of-78) from the floor. It was credited with 28 assists on the 35 made baskets. Karr led the way with eight dimes, while Palmer had four.
Idaho was led by Stacey Barr with 18 points.
The Bulldogs now have ten days before their next game. Gonzaga hosts Portland State University Sunday, Nov. 27. Game time is set for 2pm.