It will be extremely difficult for the Zags to remain unbeaten after their next game, as they face top-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.

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The Gonzaga women’s basketball team battled for a 70-59 victory over host UNLV on Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion.

Gonzaga (4-0) had four players in double figures, led by Zykera Rice, Jessie Loera and Jill Townsend with 11 points each while Katie Campbell had 10.

Melody Kempton was a force for the Zags inside, finishing with a season-high eight boards, seven of them offensive, to go along with a season-high eight points.

Laura Stockton led the Zags with a game- and season-high seven assists to go along with six points and three steals.

In December, UNLV beat Gonzaga 52-50 in Spokane.

“As a coach, I didn’t want our players thinking too much about revenge,” Zags coach Lisa Fortier said. “You don’t want them to be too hyped up. We just wanted to focus on getting better and being tougher. Instead of focusing on the fact that we didn’t beat these guys last year, we wanted to focus on the reasons. And that was rebounding … so that was a big emphasis for us today. We only beat them by one (on the glass), but we got them.”

Gonzaga had a 37-36 rebounding edge. The Zags shot 43.3 percent from the field, compared with 34.0 percent for UNLV (0-3).

It will be extremely difficult for Gonzaga to extend its winning streak to begin the season. The Zags play top-ranked Notre Dame (3-0) at noon Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.

Notre Dame routed 15th-ranked DePaul 101-77 in Chicago.

• In games involving Pac-12 women’s teams, No. 8 Oregon State beat Saint Mary’s 89-56 and USC beat Santa Clara 77-46.

Oregon State’s Mikayla Pivec, who is from Lynnwood, had 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Eastern men win in overtime

CHENEY – Ty Gibson’s three-pointer with 3:58 remaining in overtime put Eastern Washington up for good and the Eagles got their first victory of the season with an 87-80 decision over Missouri-Kansas City.

Eastern’s Jesse Hunt made a three-pointer at the buzzer to end regulation and force the extra session, tying the score at 69.

Hunt posted a career-high 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting and also set a career high with 12 rebounds.

Hunt’s previous career high for points was 16 on three different occasions. Gibson finished with 16 points and Jack Perry scored 11 for the Eagles (1-3).