No. 25 Gonzaga Ends Perfect WCC Season
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Stephanie Hawk scored 20 points, and Gonzaga wrapped up a perfect West Coast Conference season with an 81-35 victory over Portland on Saturday night.
Ashley Burke and Raeanna Jewell, two of the No. 25 Bulldogs’ four seniors, had 16 points each. Katy Ridenour added 10 for Gonzaga (25-2, 14-0 WCC), which won its 21st in a row.
After the Pilots (6-21, 1-13) hit their first three shots to take a 6-4 lead, they went scoreless for 7 minutes, missing eight straight shots.
Meanwhile the Bulldogs went on a 21-0 run, making 10 of 15 shots. On four of the misses, Gonzaga rebounded and scored.
Gonzaga led 45-19 at halftime.
The Bulldogs shot 51 percent for the game and out-rebounded the Pilots 48-27, with Hawk grabbing eight. Portland shot 24 percent.
Whitney Grant had 13 points and Jamie Medley added 12 for the Pilots.
Gonzaga wrapped up its second league title and first in 17 years before 5,825 fans in the McCarthey Athletic Center. It was the largest crowd ever to witness a West Coast Conference women’s league game.
The teams play again Thursday in the first round of the WCC tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.