Gonzaga sophomore forward Sunny Greinacher capped a superb week Sunday by scoring 16 points during an 83-44 romp past Cal State Fullerton at McCarthey Athletic Center. The effort matched Greinacher's career-best 16 points during Tuesday's win over Eastern Washington. No. 20 Ohio State is the next opponent for Gonzaga (9-2), Dec. 17 at GU. Read more
The Bulldogs have had the same starting rotation all season except for the recent addition of Cheslek. Greinacher said the change has worked out well, since she and Cheslek get along on and off the court, but she also pointed out that she enjoys playing with previous starter Stephanie Golden.
Cheslek said she considers the starting nod a "blessing" and that she just wants to help the team improve.
Cheslek, of Pullman, redshirted last season because Gonzaga was already strong inside.
"It seemed like a great idea and I'm so thankful that I redshirted because it gave me the chance to get stronger and more physical," Cheslek said. "It allowed me to progress as a player."
Cheslek, who's had a strong following of former coaches, friends and family at home games, said she's still working to improve her offensive game.
"I'm still trying to figure out what more I can do ... to bring to the table," she said. "I'm going to work on my free throws in games so I can get some points there, too."
The early inside scoring caught the attention of Cal State Fullerton, which then lost track of Gonzaga's 3-point shooters, Taelor Karr, Haiden Palmer and Keani Albanez.
"Especially early in the contest, we got the first three, four, five baskets by our inside kids and that's a nice tone to set," Graves said.
Fullerton trailed just 33-29 with 2 minutes left in the first half. Gonzaga won the final 22 minutes 50-15.
"For whatever reason, this year we've been a better second-half team," Graves said.