GU Women beat Miami, earn 3rd straight trip to Sweet 16
Gonzaga is headed back to the round of 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, thanks to Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon.
Standish scored 19 points as 11th-seeded Gonzaga upset No. 3 Miami 65-54 on Monday to advance to the round of 16 for the second consecutive season. The Zags advance to the Kingston Regional semifinals to play Kentucky.
Redmon scored 16 points for Gonzaga (28-5), which was playing on its home floor in front of an overwhelmingly supportive sold-out crowd. Shenise Johnson scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds for Miami (26-6), which was undone by poor shooting in the second half. The game between two of the nation’s best offenses was expected to be high-scoring, but turned into a defensive battle. Miami pressed most of the game. Miami played without all-ACC guard Riquna Williams, who did not make the trip to Spokane because of unspecified conduct detrimental to the team. She averaged 16 points per game during the season. In a game that featured 11 lead changes, Gonzaga took the lead for good at 48-46 on Kelly Bowen’s 3-pointer with 5:55 left.
Haiden Palmer added 15 points for Gonzaga, which shot 43 percent. Shawnice Wilson added 12 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which shot only 32 percent (22-of-67), including 1-of-12 from 3-point range. In a back-and-forth second half, Redmon and Palmer scored consecutive baskets for a 54-48 lead with 4 minutes left.Raw interview with Kelly Graves
Redmon’s long jumper as the shot clock expired gave Gonzaga a 56-48 lead with 2:40 left, and her layup made it 58-50 for the Zags with 1:40 left. At that point Miami had gone nearly 5 minutes with only one field goal. Earlier in the second half, baskets by Wilson, Johnson and Shanel Williams put Miami up 42-39. Standish’s jumper put Gonzaga up 45-44. In the first half, Palmer’s breakaway layup gave the Bulldogs a 17-13 lead. Miami’s 6-foot-6 center Wilson, picked up her second foul with 14:50 left in first and sat down, which opened up the inside for the shorter Zags. Suriya McGuire converted consecutive three-point plays as Miami tied the score at 19. With Wilson on the bench, Gonzaga’s Standish started to dominate inside. Her basket lifted Gonzaga to a 25-23 lead with 5 minutes left in the first. Palmer’s 3-pointer lifted Gonzaga to a 30-27 halftime lead. The Bulldogs held Miami to 34 percent shooting in the first, while making 42 percent of their shots.
Standish led all players with 12 points and six rebounds in the first. In the first round, Gonzaga upset sixth-seeded Rutgers and Miami pounded 14th seeded Idaho State. Gonzaga advanced to the Elite Eight last year behind since-graduated star Courtney Vandersloot. Miami lost in the second round last year.