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SPOKANE – The Gonzaga women’s team used an exceptional start as a springboard to a 79-50 rout of 24th-ranked San Diego on Saturday.

The Zags (14-3 overall, 4-1 West Coast Conference) raced to a 16-2 lead and were in front 50-27 at halftime.

“I told the team at halftime that I thought that might be the best half that has ever been played by a Zag team in this building, at both ends of the floor,” Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said. “San Diego is a really good team and we just took it to them. I was so proud of them.”

San Diego (15-2, 4-2) lost at Portland 72-51 on Wednesday.

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Haiden Palmer led Gonzaga with 19 points and Sunny Greinacher added 14. Kiara Kudron contributed 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

The Zags shot 55.6 percent in the first half and cooled to 28.6 percent in the second to end up at 42.3 percent. The Toreros shot 36.8 percent and were outrebounded 49-40.

Gonzaga made nine turnovers that led to six San Diego points. Meanwhile, the Toreros made 18 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Zags.

Top-ranked UConn romps

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Bria Hartley scored 19 points and Kiah Stokes had 18 rebounds to lead top-ranked Connecticut to an 80-36 rout of Temple.

Moriah Jefferson added 13 points and Breanna Stewart scored 12 for the Huskies (17-0, 5-0 American Athletic).

Erica Covile had 13 points to lead Temple (8-7, 2-3).

Oregon State wins at Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. – Ruth Hamblin scored a career-high 27 points on 13-of-18 shooting to lead Oregon State to an 88-80 victory over Oregon.

Hamblin, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, also had a career-high 16 rebounds for the Beavers (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12).

Jillian Alleyne had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks (9-5, 0-3).

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