LAS VEGAS - The West Coast Conference championship began just like the last time the Gonzaga women faced the Brigham Young Cougars in the Kennel.
Except this time, two GU players were out of commission thanks to injuries in yesterday's semifinal game. Both Laura Stockton and Jill Townsend left that game with leg injuries that also kept them out of today's final game.
The Zags took a four point lead late int the first quarter, but then the Cougars heated up from three, shooting at a 60% clip from beyond the arc. Brenna Chase hit five on her own, as BYU went on a 16-nothing run against the No. 12 Bulldogs before half time. BYU was the only team to beat the Bulldogs in the WCC, and they did it twice.
Facing a 12-point deficit at half at the Orleans Arena, the Bulldogs were able to get within 7 at the end of the third quarter thanks to threes by Chandler Smith, and a technical foul doled out to BYU coach Jeff Judkins.
BACK-✌️-BACK TREYS FOR CHANDO!!!! pic.twitter.com/bQ9toWXL0s— Gonzaga WBB (@ZagWBB) March 12, 2019
Zykera Rice led the Zags in scoring with 25 points, Smith put up 13.
Chase ended up with seven threes on the night for 25 points, the team hit 13-25 for 52%.
Gonzaga came in at number 12 in the nation in this week's AP top 25, and has all but guaranteed an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament with a 28-4 record on the season. Before this loss, they were slated to be a 5-seed, but may receive a lower number after the loss. Selection Monday is on March 18th.
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