Gonzaga Women Roll To A 93-62 Win Over Idaho - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gonzaga Women Roll To A 93-62 Win Over Idaho

SPOKANE, Wash. -  A half court shot hit by Gonzaga University women's basketball point guard Courtney Vandersloot as the first half buzzer sounded highlighted the Bulldogs 93-62 victory over the University of Idaho Friday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Vandersloot registered her sixth double-double on the season, scoring 18 points, including 13 in the opening half, and dished out 10 assists as GU improved to 9-3 on the year. The Vandals dropped to 6-4 overall with the 31-point setback.

Junior Katelan Redmon added a game-high 23 points, hitting 11-of-20 from the floor, and was one rebound away from a double-double with nine. Rounding out the Bulldogs' in double-figures was junior Kayla Standish with 21 and senior Janelle Bekkering with 11.

Gonzaga held a 21-point halftime advantage at 53-32 by sinking 24-of-35 (68.8 percent) from the floor. The Bulldogs also held the 19-7 rebounding advantage and scored 15 points off the Vandals eight first half miscues.

"Defensively we weren't stellar in the first half but offensively we were about as good as you can get," explained head coach Kelly Graves. "Idaho's a team who is Top-20 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense.

"We were getting great shots and it's contagious. You start making some then everybody starts making them. But I think the main thing was we were getting good shots, especially in the first half. You give Katelan Redmon or Kayla Standish those shots and they're going to make them."

An explosive span for Redmon began at the 10:53 mark of the first half when she hit her first of five consecutive jumpers for the Bulldogs. Redmon's 10 consecutive points were the final points of a 15-7 run for Gonzaga that broke a tight four-point game into a 12-point advantage with 7:29 to play before half.

Idaho did cut Gonzaga's lead to six, 38-32, with 5:49 left to play in the half but the Bulldogs quickly put a stop to the Vandals surge, holding them scoreless for remainder of the half and themselves scoring the final 15 points to hold the double-digit advantage.

Vandersloot shined in the final five minutes for Gonzaga, having a hand in five of the Bulldogs final seven baskets. She assisted on sophomore Meghan Winter's layup and Standish's jumper. She then put her scoring hat on, hitting a jumper and making a fastbreak layup within 20 seconds of each other. She saved her best moment for last though. As time dwindled down, the Vandals tipped the ball into their offensive half. Vandersloot had to run the ball down and run back up the court with five seconds remaining. When she got back to half court she let a two handed shot fly that perfectly found the net.  

Gonzaga's lead never dipped below 20 in the second half. The Zags largest lead of the contest was 36, at 91-55, after senior Claire Rapp hit a jumper with a little more than two minutes left in the contest.

All 13 suited up players saw action for the Bulldogs, with nine scoring.

"It's really important to play everybody," stated Graves. "They were a bit tired with final exams so I thought that was important. We got two games coming up, so it was nice to give everybody a rest."

The Zags finished the contest hitting 56.5 percent (39-of-69) from the floor. They out rebounded the Vandals 42-24 and scored 27 points off Idaho's turnovers.

Idaho was led by Derisa Taleni who scored 16 points.

Gonzaga now prepares for its game against Brigham Young University. The Bulldogs will host the Cougars, who will join the West Coast Conference next year, on Tuesday. The game is set for 6 p.m.

"I'm actually really looking forward to it," said Graves of the Zags upcoming matchup with BYU. "They're a good team. They're very well coached and they do a lot of different things. But they run a great motion offense. Coach Jeff Judkins has athletes. He's got size. It's going to be a great game. They're as good as any team that will play in the McCarthey this year outside Stanford."

 

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