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Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier talks to player on the court during second half of an NCAA basketball game Jan. 5, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017, 11:51 P.M.

Jill Barta’s late free throws lift Gonzaga women over Santa Clara for 500th program win

Jill Barta made a pair of free throws with two seconds left, then Chandler Smith blocked Morgan McGwire’s last second effort and Gonzaga escaped with a 50-49 win over Santa Clara in West Coast Conference play in Santa Clara, California, on Saturday. With the win, the Zags won their 500th game in program history (500-387) and retained their one-game lead in the conference over St. Mary’s, which beat San Diego 77-65 on Saturday.

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Emma Stach (14) takes a shot as Brigham Young guard Kristine Nielson (22) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 11:55 P.M.

Gonzaga women hit record 17 3-pointers in rout of BYU

Gonzaga’s Zhane Templeton pulled back and tossed up her second shot of the game, her toes just beyond the arc. It seemed as though the entire arena held its breath, paused and watched the ball travel from Templeton’s hands to the bottom of the hoop. Then the Kennel erupted. It was Gonzaga's 16th 3-pointer of the night, the shot that broke the school record of 15 3s that the Zags had set earlier in the season against UC Irvine.

Kiara Kudron and her Gonzaga teammates expect a physical game Thursday night against BYU. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 9:02 P.M.

Gonzaga women face key game against BYU

No disrespect to Gonzaga’s other West Coast Conference rivals, but the BYU rivalry is special. It’s even more special when first place is on the line, the way will be Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Technically, the Bulldogs ...

Gonzaga forward Elle Tinkle nails a shot against Pepperdine on Saturday. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2017, 10:03 P.M.

Gonzaga women shoot down Pepperdine, 83-61

How good was the Gonzaga women’s outside shooting Saturday? Good enough to serve up free tacos for all 6,000 fans the McCarthey Athletic Center – by halftime. The cheers – “We got tacos” – went up from a hungry student ...

Gonzaga forward Jill Barta (13) is fouled while fighting for a rebound against Portland on Jan. 7, 2017, in Spokane. (James Snook)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 8:45 P.M.

Gonzaga women face grudge games against San Diego, Pepperdine

Make no mistake: This is Payback Week for the Gonzaga women. For the first time in recent memory, the Bulldogs face back-to-back games against teams that got the better of them recently. On Thursday, it’s a trip to San Diego, ...

UPDATED: SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017, 7:36 P.M.

Jill Barta scores 27 points in Gonzaga women’s easy win over Portland

PORTLAND – Jill Barta scored 27 points with 11 rebounds – her fourth double-double of the season – and Gonzaga had little trouble downing Portland 85-50 on Saturday in West Coast Conference play. The 85 points were the most against ...

Gonzaga’s  Elle Tinkle, center,  and Makenlee Williams, right, celebrate their 51-39 win over Santa Clara. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 11:10 P.M.

Gonzaga women rally in the second half, top Santa Clara 51-39

Gonzaga rallied from a cold-shooting first half and went on a in the second half to beat the Santa Clara Broncos 51-39 on Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal at the WCC tournament.

Gonzaga forward Jill Barta (13) is fouled while fighting for a rebound against Portland on Jan. 7, 2017, in Spokane. (James Snook)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 11:02 P.M.

Gonzaga women’s basketball hopes hot streak continues

It’s been a memorable start to the new year for the Zags. Gonzaga (13-4, 4-2) is riding a four-game winning streak in 2017 after falling to Pepperdine and Pacific in late Decemeber to start conference play with a disappointing 0-2 record.

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Elle Tinkle  gets helped up off the floor by teammate Emma Wolfram during the second half of a NCAA women’s basketball game against the Portland Pilots at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (James Snook / Special to The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2017, 11:10 P.M.

Elle Tinkle leads Gonzaga past Portland 67-55 for 2nd WCC win

Senior guard Elle Tinkle scored 16 points and sophomore Jill Barta added 10 to lead Gonzaga over the Portland Pilots 67-55 at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday, giving the Zags their second straight win in conference play.

Season status

Record: 27-6 (14-4)

Previous game:
Gonzaga 86, Saint Mary's 75

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