First-place GU women power past Waves

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Senior Taelor Karr finished with game highs of 15 points and seven assists Thursday as Gonzaga held on to first place in the West Coast Conference with an 80-46 win over Pepperdine at Malibu, Calif.

The Bulldogs (16-5, 6-1) ended the first half with a burst for a 36-25 lead. Senior Meghan Winters came off the bench to score a season-high eight points, including two 3-pointers, all during a 13-3 run.

GU opened the second half with a 13-0 run, highlighted by Jazmine Redmon’s five consecutive points, to bury the Waves (4-13, 1-5). Haiden Palmer added 12 points and Shelby Cheslek 10 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Bulldogs, who won their fourth consecutive game.

GU is battling for first place with Saint Mary’s (5-1), which defeated the Bulldogs on Jan. 10, and BYU (4-1), which lost at GU last week.

GU will host Loyola Marymount (8-12, 2-5) on Thursday.

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