The Gonzaga women avenged their only loss of the West Coast Conference season with a 69-54 victory over Saint Mary's on Thursday night in...

SPOKANE — The Gonzaga women avenged their only loss of the West Coast Conference season with a 69-54 victory over Saint Mary’s on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd at McCarthey Athletic Center.

The victory allowed the first-place Bulldogs (21-5) to move to 11-1 in the league and gain a two-game lead on the second-place Gaels (16-7, 8-3).

“I thought we did a great job tonight,” Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said. “Saint Mary’s came in with an RPI of 34. They are legit. That was a good team, and that was a good win for us.”

Stephanie Golden scored 13 points to lead the Zags. Jazmine Redmon had 12 and Sunny Greinacher 10. Redmon held the conference’s leading scorer, Jackie Nared (17.9), to just seven points.

Carli Rosenthal and Danielle Mauldin each scored 10 points for Saint Mary’s.

Top 5 women

No. 5 Duke 77, at Virginia Tech 33

Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each matched their career high with 25 points apiece as Duke took a big early lead against overmatched Virginia Tech and cruised to its seventh straight victory.

The Blue Devils (23-1, 13-0 Atlantic Coast) forced 18 first-half turnovers and led 40-14 at the intermission on their way to their 29th consecutive road victory against an unranked opponent.

The loss was the 11th in 12 games for Virginia Tech (8-16, 2-11).