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Gonzaga women pick up 12th straight win, 81-57 over San Francisco

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Jill Barta takes control of a rebound during the first half of game against Portland on Jan. 25. She had 24 points and nine rebounds on Saturday at San Francisco. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Jill Barta takes control of a rebound during the first half of game against Portland on Jan. 25. She had 24 points and nine rebounds on Saturday at San Francisco. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

SAN FRANCISCO – Gonzaga dominated San Francisco in the second and third quarters en route to a 81-57 West Coast Conference women’s basketball victory on Saturday, the 12th consecutive win for the Bulldogs.

“Our team played a great offensive game today,” Bulldogs coach Lisa Fortier said. “We rebounded, we finished tough plays around the basket, and knocked down some 3s. San Francisco plays so hard and they have some very versatile players. They made a hard push, but we were able to finish the game out on the road.”

Jill Barta led GU with 24 points, her seventh 20-point game of the season. Zykera Rice added 14 points.

Gonzaga trailed 13-11 after the first quarter but outscored USF 45-21 in the middle quarters for a 56-34 lead.

It was another fine outstanding defensive effort as Gonzaga forced 20 turnovers for the third time in four games.

The Zags (17-4, 10-0 WCC) broke a two-game skid at USF’s War Memorial Gymnasium and after BYU lost to Pacific, now hold a three-game lead in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga plays at San Diego on Thursday.


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