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Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys to the Cougars’ 82-68 victory over the Bulldogs

UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Gonzaga  forward Zykera Rice (00) strains for a rebound against BYU  center Sara Hamson  during the second half  Tuesday  in Las Vegas. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Zykera Rice (00) strains for a rebound against BYU center Sara Hamson during the second half Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Key moment

Gonzaga had chipped a double-digit BYU lead to seven late in the third quarter, but tournament MVP Paisley Johnson opened the fourth with two baskets and a free throw, helping the Cougars pull away.

Offensive MVP

Even in defeat, Zykera Rice stood tall for Gonzaga. Rice shot 6 for 10 from the floor and 12 for 12 from the foul line to finish with a game-high 25 points. Rice did all that despite foul trouble that limited her to 24 minutes.

Defensive MVP

Sara Hamson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore center for BYU, intimidated the Zags inside. She had eight rebounds and four blocks, both game highs.

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