PULLMAN – Senior guard Haiden Palmer had game-high totals of 20 points and six steals to lead the 25th-ranked Gonzaga women’s basketball team to a 70-62 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Both teams will head into conference play, the Zags in the West Coast Conference and WSU in the Pac-12.
Palmer entered the game averaging 14.4 points after three consecutive games of not reaching double figures.
The Zags (10-2) trailed WSU 24-21 before ending the first half with a 15-4 run that included 11 points by Palmer.
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Turnovers were a key. The Cougars (6-6) made a season-high 24 turnovers that Gonzaga turned into 25 points. Meanwhile, WSU got seven points off the Zags’ 15 turnovers.
Lindsay Sherbert scored 13 points and Keani Albanez added 12 for Gonzaga.
Tia Presley, who is from Spokane and graduated from Gonzaga Prep, led the Cougars with 19 points. She has scored at least 14 points in each game this season.
Lia Galdeira scored 15 points for WSU. Shalie Dheensaw and Sage Romberg added 10 points each.
Gonzaga’s Danielle Walter, a junior from Pasco, had six assists. She took on a bigger role after starting point guard Jazmine Redmon, who is from Spokane, left early in the second half with an apparent concussion.