SPOKANE — Haiden Palmer scored 12 points as No. 25 Gonzaga ground out a 72-61 win over Portland on Saturday, assuring the Bulldogs of a share of their 10th straight West Coast Conference title.
Twelve different Bulldogs scored as they won the game with rebounding and defense. Gonzaga (24-4, 13-2) had a 42-26 rebounding advantage, including 21-2 on the offensive end, good for 27 more shots, and forced 19 turnovers.
Cassandra Brown came off the bench to lead Portland (14-13, 7-9) with 16 points, hitting all four of her three-pointers. Jasmine Wooten added 13 with seven assists but she also had seven turnovers.
“For whatever reason, we’re just not shooting the ball very well, so it doesn’t look as pretty as it might be,” said Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves.
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It was a far cry from the first meeting, won by Gonzaga, 56-24. The Bulldogs had a late surge to take a 31-21 lead at the half and quickly bumped it up to 16 but couldn’t shake Portland. The Pilots shot 61 percent in the second half, 51 for the game.