Zags win big over BYU

The one game that Lady Zag point guard Shannon Mathews was injured cost Gonzaga a trip to the NCAA's. But with the WCC Player of the Year, the ladies clobbered BYU and will keep playing into March.

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"It felt really good to play again and to play at full strength," Mathews stated. "BYU is a quality team and it felt good for us to get another quality win."

Mathews was a major factor in the quality of play the Bulldogs displayed all night. She connected on 9-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. She also dished six dimes to move into fourth place on the WCC career assists list.

Forward Ashley Burke battled BYU's tall trees all night and garnered a tough 15 points, helped by fellow post player Stephanie Hawk and Anne Bailey, both notching double-digit points.

The game began slowly with GU and BYU trading leads but behind 4000 fans the Zags eased away to a 7 point halftime lead, then built the lead to 17 before keeping BYU at bay, never closer than 9 points, until the final 71-57 margin.

The fans that packed into the McCarthey Athletic Center will have to wait until late Thursday night to find out the Bulldogs plans for the WNIT second round. Gonzaga will play the winner of the Southern Methodist / Southwest Missouri State game which takes place in Springfield, Missouri, Thursday night.

"I loved the crowd tonight," GU head coach Kelly Graves concluded. "I think the McCarthey Athletic Center is becoming a very tough place to play and tonight we really appreciated the turnout. I hope we get to play another home game in this tournament."

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