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Zag women win first WCC title and bid to tourney

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Gonzaga 64 - Loyola Marymount 47
Final @ Chiles Center, PDX

The Gonzaga University women's basketball team has won its first West Coast Conference Tournament title and first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Loyola Marymount.

Stephanie Hawk had 17 points and 12 rebounds and top-ranked Gonzaga knocked off Loyola Marymount 64-47 today.

The teams were playing in the championship game of the West Coast Conference women's basketball tournament.

The victory was the ninth in a row for Gonzaga, which earned an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Gonzaga hit 51% of its field-goal attempts for the game. That included a 70% effort in the first half. Heather Bowman added 14 points for Gonzaga.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)