Gonzaga beats San Diego for WCC women's title
Haiden Palmer scored 18 points, Taelor Karr added 14 and Gonzaga earned its fifth straight NCAA tournament berth with a 62-50 win over San Diego in the West Coast Conference championship game Monday.
The tournament's top seed, Gonzaga (27-5) struggled offensively early and didn't shoot well from the perimeter until late. The Bulldogs made up for it with their defense and two big runs, one spanning halftime and another to pull away in the second half.
Sunny Greinacher added 12 points and Karr, the WCC player of the year, had six assists and five rebounds to help Gonzaga win the WCC title for the fourth time in five years.
Gonzaga went 15-1 in the West Coast this year - 14 straight victories to close - to win its ninth straight regular-season title and earned a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
The Bulldogs earned a bye into the semifinals and cruised over BYU 62-43 to reach the title game for the seventh straight year.
San Diego has been on a little run of its own, putting together consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Toreros finished second in the WCC during the regular season and also had an easy semifinal, rolling over St. Mary's 74-53 to reach the championship game for the fifth time and give coach Cindy Fisher her 200th career victory.
That earned San Diego a shot at Gonzaga, a team it hasn't had much luck against and had been in the title game seven straight years.
The Toreros went into the final with 11 straight losses, including by 20 on the road and 12 at home this season. The last time San Diego beat the Bulldogs was in the 2008 WCC championship game for its third conference title.
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