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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Jill Barta (13) shoots the basketball against the Santa Clara Broncos during a college game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. (James Snook / Special to The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

Gonzaga women showcase defensive pressure in 71-44 win over Santa Clara

The ball was ripe for the taking, and the Gonzaga women seized it with both hands. In fact, eight different players had a hand in Saturday’s turnover-fest, making it all the easier to take a 71-44 West Coast Conference win over Santa Clara at the Kennel.

Gonzaga guard Emma Stach rips down a rebound against Eastern Washington's Amy Hartleroad (11) during a Nov. 30 game in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Emma Stach’s energy key to Gonzaga women’s defense

Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier says it all the time: “Our offense starts with our defense.” Often that means shutting down the other team’s best player. It’s a thankless task – unless you’re senior guard Emma Stach, who wouldn’t ...

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Rebounding, free-throw shooting carry Gonzaga women past Portland

PORTLAND – Their season scoring leader didn’t make a field goal and their 3-point shooting faltered. Still, the Gonzaga Bulldogs used balanced scoring, rebounding power and free-throw shooting Thursday to ease past Portland 70-56 in West Coast Conference women’s basketball. ...

Gonzaga forward Jill Barta (13) tangles up with Pepperdine guard Mia Satie (32) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game, Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review (Colin Mulvany)

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Gonzaga women dominate inside, topple Pepperdine 73-51

Jill Barta scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-4, 3-0 West Coast Conference) in a 73-51 win over the Pepperdine Waves (6-7, 2-1) on Thursday.

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Gonzaga women turn back Santa Clara, 63-51

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jill Barta had her seventh double-double of the season and Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara 63-51 on Saturday to remain undefeated through two games in West Coast Conference women’s basketball. Barta scored 21 points and grabbed 11 ...

Gonzaga women crank up offense during West Coast Conference opener

STOCKTON, Calif. – Gonzaga began the West Coast Conference women’s basketball season with a bang on Thursday as five players scored in double figures during a 99-72 win over host Pacific. Jill Barta scored 15 points and Jenn Wirth added ...

Head coach Lisa Fortier and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 7-4 entering the start of West Coast Conference play. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

WCC women’s preview: Gonzaga still the top dog entering league play

Eleven games into the season, so much has changed for the Gonzaga women – and so little. Despite key injuries and the inexperience of youth, the Bulldogs are back where they started, favorites to repeat as West Coast Conference champions. ...

Gonzaga’s Jill Barta hits a 3-pointer during the Bulldogs’ 85-60 victory over Western Illinois on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. Barta finished with a team-high 21 points. (Gonzaga Athletics / Courtesy)

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Gonzaga women get tough against Leathernecks, win 80-65

Basically, the Gonzaga women had a great game Thursday night. The Bulldogs beat Western Illinois, 80-65, the old-fashioned way; they hit the short jumper, crashed the boards and got to the line.

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Jenn Wirth drives against UNLV during the first half of a college basketball game on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. Wirth played a key role in Gonzaga’s win over St. Francis on Dec. 17. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Jenn Wirth steps up, Gonzaga topples Saint Francis 97-74

Just before finals week, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier sifted through her bench for a bandage against UNLV. With the Zags’ top shooter Jill Barta out with an ankle injury, Fortier needed someone to take her place, and fast.




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Previous game:
Gonzaga 86, Saint Mary's 75


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