Gonzaga women hold off Saint Mary’s for victory

MORAGA, Calif. – Taelor Karr made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2 minutes left, then added three free throws in the final 31 seconds to help No. 22 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 75-70 in women’s basketball on Saturday.

Katelan Redmon had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Kayla Standish scored 18 points and Haiden Palmer added 16 for the Bulldogs (19-3, 8-1 West Coast Conference).

Two weeks after the Zags had their 34-game conference winning streak snapped with a 66-63 home loss to the Gaels, Gonzaga blew a 15-point halftime lead and needed a late rally after Saint Mary’s surged in front.

Danielle Mauldin, who scored six points as part of a 17-4 run coming out of halftime, scored on a putback shot to give the Gaels a 63-59 lead.

After Standish made two free throws, Karr and Jasmine Smith exchanged 3-pointers before Karr’s second consecutive shot from beyond the arc put the Bulldogs in front for good.

Smith had 20 points for Saint Mary’s but committed a critical backcourt violation with 15 seconds left and the Gaels (16-7, 7-3) down by three.

Mauldin had season highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds while Alex Carbonel scored 17 points for Saint Mary’s.

The Zags struggled on offense in the earlier meeting between the two teams, but didn’t have much problem getting going in the rematch.

Gonzaga went on a 12-0 run to erase an early Gaels lead, then scored the final 17 points of the first half to take a 41-26 advantage heading into the break.

Redmon scored eight of her 10 first-half points during the 17-0 run while Palmer added seven, including a follow of her missed shot after driving around three Gaels defenders.

Palmer finished with six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Redmon added 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive end.

Karr scored 13 points.

The Gaels would have taken over second place in the conference with a win.

Former Saint Mary’s men’s player Patty Mills, now with the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, was among those in attendance at McKeon Pavilion.

Gonzaga returns home to the McCarthey Athletic Center next week to host two games. The Bulldogs welcome Portland at 6 p.m. Thursday and San Diego at 2 p.m. Saturday.

 Gonzaga (19-3, 8-1)—Standish 6-13 6-7 18, Bowen 1-4 0-0 2, Palmer 6-19 1-1 16, Karr 4-4 3-4 13, K. Redmon 5-14 4-5 14, Greinacher 0-1 0-0 0, Albanez 2-2 0-0 4, Golden 0-1 1-2 1, Reader 0-0 0-0 0, J. Redmon 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 26-61 18-23 75.

Saint Mary’s (16-7, 7-3)—Rosenthal 1-3 0-0 2, Mauldin 5-6 8-12 18, Nared 1-6 2-2 5, Carbonel 7-14 2-3 17, Smith 7-17 2-2 20, Bailey 1-2 0-0 2, Hatten 2-5 0-0 6, Arter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 14-19 70.

Halftime—Gonzaga 41-26. 3-Point Goals—Gonzaga 5-12 (Palmer 3-8, Karr 2-2, K. Redmon 0-1, Standish 0-1), Saint Mary’s (Cal) 8-16 (Smith 4-8, Hatten 2-3, Nared 1-2, Carbonel 1-2, Bailey 0-1). Fouled Out—Nared. Rebounds—Gonzaga 34 (K. Redmon 11), Saint Mary’s (Cal) 38 (Mauldin 15). Assists—Gonzaga 14 (Karr 4), Saint Mary’s (Cal) 11 (Hatten 4). Total Fouls—Gonzaga 14, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 18. A—839.

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