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Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 78-77 victory over the Gaels

UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zykera Rice (00) looks for an open shot against the Saint Mary's Gaels during a WCC women's semifinal basketball game on Monday, March 11, 2019, at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Gonzaga won the game 78-77 in double overtime. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zykera Rice (00) looks for an open shot against the Saint Mary's Gaels during a WCC women's semifinal basketball game on Monday, March 11, 2019, at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Gonzaga won the game 78-77 in double overtime. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Key moment

The game went two overtimes, but Gonzaga had several chances to fade away long before then. Saint Mary’s led 27-16 midway through the second quarter, but Laura Stockton hit a jumper, Melody a Kempton scored on a layup and Zykera Rice added four more points to help GU get within four points at halftime.

Offensive MVP

Senior forward Zykera Rice scored the winner in double-overtime, but did a lot to help set it up. Rice had a game-high 21 points, a team-high eight rebounds and went 7-for-8 from the foul line. Rice also had one block.

Defensive MVP

Coming off the bench, Jenn Wirth scored 10 points, but also made life tough for the Gaels’ offense. The 6-foot-3 sophomore had four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

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