SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Haiden Palmer scored 19 points to lead No. 22 Gonzaga to a 75-65 win over Saint Mary’s on Thursday, giving the Bulldogs their 10th-straight West Coast Conference title.
Keani Albanez added 14 points for the Bulldogs (25-4, 15-2).
Danielle Mauldin had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Mary’s (20-8, 10-7), which opened league play with a 79-78 win over the Bulldogs in overtime. Kate Gaze added 17 points and Jackie Nared 14.
Gonzaga had a 10-0 run in the first half to take a 27-19 lead, and it was 35-29 at halftime.
The Zags again had trouble with the Gaels’ front line. Mauldin hit all 10 of her free throws as the team went 21 of 27. But after getting outrebounded 54-31 the first time, including 22-14 on the offensive end, this time the difference was just three and GU had one more offensive board.