SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga Bulldogs are headed into West Coast Conference play next week with the best non-conference mark in three years, as they picked up their fifth 30-point plus win of the year Thursday afternoon, 72-42, over visiting Colgate.
Elle Tinkle had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Jill Barta had 11 points and 12 rebounds, becoming the first GU pair to record double-doubles in the same game since Barta (31 points, 10 rebounds) and Shelby Cheslek (20 points, 15 rebounds) did it at Pacific last season on 2/20/16. For Tinkle it was her first of the year, fifth of her career, and for Barta, it was her third of the season, and seventh of her career.
On Thursday, Zykera Rice came off the bench with eight points and eight rebounds. Kiara Kudron and Laura Stockton led with five assists as no Zag played over 26 minutes. The GU bench outscored the Raiders bench, 30-15. The Zags held Colgate to 27 percent shooting on the day and dominated the glass, 53-30.
Threes from Tinkle and Stockton hedged some cold shooting from both teams in the first four minutes as GU led 6-2. Chandler Smith and Tinkle hit back-to-back corner threes and GU led 18-7 with one minute left in the first. Makenlee Williams then splashed two-straight treys from the corner, forcing a Colgate timeout. After the slow start, Tinkle finished the quarter with eight points and Stockton added seven, GU ended shooting 47 percent after starting one-of-eight.
With second-quarter threes from Emma Stach (2), Zhane Templeton, and Jessie Loera, the Zags hit 10 threes in the half and led 45-20 at the half. GU shot 63 percent from three and outscored the Raiders off the bench 20-4. 10 Zags scored in the first half, led by Tinkle with eight.
The third quarter brought back the cold shooting, as there were only 14 total points through the first six minutes, seven for each team. GU did not hit any threes in the quarter, but did add two points to their lead, 58-31.
GU tacked on three more to their lead in the fourth and won going away, 72-42. The Zags enter WCC play chasing the best start in school history, an 11-2 start recorded in 2004-2005. Conference action begins with a 7 pm game on Thursday, December 29 at Pepperdine.