Gonzaga built a 23-point halftime lead and beat Loyola Marymount 70-56 in a West Coast Conference women's basketball game

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LOS ANGELES — Gonzaga built a 23-point halftime lead and beat Loyola Marymount 70-56 Saturday in a West Coast Conference women’s basketball game.

Gonzaga (20-5 overall, 10-1 WCC) reached 20 victories for the seventh consecutive season; in each of the past six seasons, the Zags won at least 24 games.

Gonzaga has won each of its last eight games by at least 12 points.

Haiden Palmer and Keani Albanez each scored 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field.

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Shelby Cheslek, a 6-foot-5 center from Pullman, added 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, helping the Zags to a 39-31 rebounding advantage.

Gonzaga shot 51 percent in the first half and held the Lions (9-15, 3-8) to 24 percent shooting to build a 39-16 halftime lead.

Alex Cowling, who made 4 of 18 shots, led Loyola Marymount with 16 points in a game attended by 351.

On Thursday, Gonzaga hosts Saint Mary’s (16-6, 8-2). The Gaels beat the Zags 54-51 on Jan. 10 in Moraga, Calif.


Baylor romps

AUSTIN, Texas — All-American Brittney Griner dunked during a 21-4 second-half run that helped top-ranked Baylor overpower Texas 75-48.

Griner has 13 dunks in her college career.

“It gave us some energy,” the 6-foot-8 Griner said of her latest slam. “It got us pumped up to keep making a run.”

Griner finished with 14 points and a mere three rebounds for the Bears (22-1, 12-0 Big 12).

Freshman Imani McGee-Stafford had 13 points and 18 rebounds to lead Texas (9-13, 2-9).

“Brittney Griner, for me, is like a human measuring stick. In high school, I got compared to her a lot,” said McGee-Stafford, who is 6-7. “I outrebounded her … She didn’t just murder me.”

No. 2 Notre Dame beats Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Ariel Braker matched her career high with 15 points as No. 2 Notre Dame beat Seton Hall 69-49. The Fighting Irish (22-1, 10-0 Big East) have won 17 in a row.

Brittany Morris scored 16 points to lead the Pirates (8-15, 3-7), who are coached by former WNBA Storm coach Anne Donovan.

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