Zags bounce back with 86-61 victory at San Diego

Zags bounce back with 86-61 victory at San Diego

No. 13/14 Gonzaga women’s basketball shot a season-best 55.6 percent from the floor to upend San Diego 86-61 Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Toreros 35-29 and limited the best offensive rebounding team in the conference to 10 offensive rebounds, well below their average of 15.6 per game. Gonzaga (17-2, 6-1 WCC) was led in scoring by Chandler Smith who finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with two assists. Katie Campbell added a career-high 17 points, finishing 5-of-7 from long range, and Jenn Wirth rounded out the double-figure scoring with her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Stockton helped the Zags finish with 25 assists as she dished out a career-high 10 assists.

“Today was a great effort by our team,” head women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. “I loved the way we passed the ball and found open teammates. Those rhythm shots are very high percentage, and you need a volume of them in order to win on the road.”

Following four unanswered points from San Diego (8-11, 1-7 WCC) to open the game, Gonzaga’s Katie Campbell hit a baseline trey to ignite an 18-0 Bulldog run. A layup from USD’s Patricia Brossman ended the Zags unanswered scoring run. The Bulldogs shot 64.3 percent from the floor in the opening period and had seven assists on nine made field goals. Following a 9-4 run in favor of the Toreros, Gonzaga led 24-13 heading into the second period.

The Toreros outscored the Zags 14-7 over the first 7:26 of the second period to cut the Zags lead to four, 31-27, but the Bulldogs responded, scoring five unanswered over the next 30 seconds to lead 36-27. Gonzaga held San Diego to just a bucket in the closing minutes of the half to lead 41-29 heading into the break.

The Bulldogs shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the third period, outscoring USD 25-20 to extend their lead to 17 (66-49) heading into the fourth period. Gonzaga forced five turnovers on the Toreros in the final 10 minutes and grabbed four offensive rebounds for eight second-chance points. The Zags limited USD to 12 fourth-quarter points and rolled to the 86-61 victory.

San Diego finished with three players in double-figures, led by Aminata Dosso with 13 points. Brossman added 12 points and Kiera Oakry rounded out the double-figure scoring with 11 points and seven assists.

Gonzaga returns home to host San Francisco Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center.