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"We won this game on defense," added Gonzaga head coach Kelly Graves. "We were able to limit San Diego to only 15 first-half point. That's where we won this game today."
The game was pretty much over by halftime when the Zag women rocketed to a 35-15 lead. Anne Bailey and Ashley Burke were nearly flawless, hitting 8 of 9 shots combined in the decisive 1st-half while guards Shannon Mathews (15 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds) and Raeanna Jewell (10 rebounds) kept the Toreros guessing with smart, tough inside-outside play.
But it was all about defense. Gonzaga held San Diego to a mere 17 of 54 shots from the field, frustrating them inside and outside. When the lead stretched to 30, Gonzaga would coast to the final buzzer for a convincing 67-44 win.
"Our team came out and did tonight what it has done all year long and we just keep getting better at it with every game," stated Graves of the Bulldogs 13th straight win.
Two nights earlier, Gonzaga treated the San Francisco Lady Dons in similar fashion, winning by high double-digits with defense first.
Epitomizing the hard-nosed play of the Bulldogs this January weekend was a hard pick set by Raeanna Jewell that absolutely polaxed an unsuspecting San Diego guard. It was the stuff of the NFL, and it set the tone early for just who was going to be in charge of the game.
Gonzaga's men lost to San Francisco and beat San Diego, both on the road. The men and women play Portland next, on Saturday.