No. 11 Gonzaga women down Portland 56-42
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LeeAnne Wirth had 14 points while twin sister Jenn Wirth had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Gonzaga wrapped up its best regular season ever a 56-42 victory over Portland on Saturday.
Gonzaga (28-2, 17-1 WCC) had already clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title, matched the record for conference wins its set in 2018. The Bulldogs have won five straight going into the conference tournament and have held opponents to 50 points or less 17 times.
Haylee Andrews had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Portland (18-11, 11-7 WCC), which has already secured at least a fourth-place finish in the standings.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Pilots, including road wins against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount last weekend.
The Zags’ only loss in conference was to St. Mary’s in Moraga, California, 70-60, back on Feb. 8 when the Wirth twins were held scoreless. The Bulldogs downed Portland 62-57 earlier this season in Spokane.
Kate Anderson, honored before the game as the lone senior on the Pilots, hit a 3-pointer that knotted the score at 11 going into the second quarter. Anderson finished with 10 points.
A pair of layups from Alex Fowler and Maddie Muhlheim’s 3-pointer gave the Pilots an 18-14 lead in the second quarter and Portland led 24-23 at the half.
The Bulldogs began to pull away in the second half, stretching the lead to as many as 12 points.
Kaylynne Troung’s 3-pointer gave the Zags a 32-28 lead in the third quarter and went into the fourth with a 40-35 lead.
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