Sophomore guard Emma Stach matched her career high of 12 points to help the Gonzaga women’s team beat host Dayton 57-47. The Zags held Dayton to its lowest point total of the season.
DAYTON, Ohio – Sophomore guard Emma Stach matched her career high of 12 points to help the Gonzaga women’s team beat Dayton 57-47 on Friday.
The Zags (7-4) never trailed and led by as many as 13 points over the Flyers (6-3) before a crowd of 2,533 at University of Dayton Arena.
Gonzaga held Dayton to its lowest point total of the season. The Flyers were 2 of 15 on three-point attempts.
“We haven’t been on the road much this season,” Zags coach Lisa Fortier said. “So, to come in and play a team of this caliber, in an environment like this, it’s something we try to explain to our team to get them ready for.”
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Gonzaga shot 34.8 percent and Dayton shot 34.6 percent. The Zags had a 46-37 rebounding advantage and a 30-24 edge in points in the paint.
Shelby Cheslek scored 10 points for Gonzaga, and Kiara Kudron added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Zags took a 12-1 lead, but the Flyers came back and tied the score at 29 with 2:41 left in the first half.
“We wanted to come out and throw our best punch early,” Fortier said. “I think we did that. But, we knew (Dayton) was going to weather it. A team like Dayton doesn’t just put their tails between their legs on its home court. I was happy with our team’s resilience after (Dayton) fought its way back into the game.”
Leading 34-33 early in the third quarter, Gonzaga took control with a 15-2 run.
Eastern men lose
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh dominated the Eastern Washington men 84-51, limiting the Eagles to a season-low 37.3 shooting percentage.
The Panthers (7-1) shot 50 percent and had a 43-22 rebounding advantage.
“That’s the best team I’ve coached against in my five years here,” Eastern coach Jim Hayford said after his team dropped to 5-5.
Austin McBroom led the Eagles with 14 points.
Michael Young scored 21 for Pitt.
Top 5 women
At No. 1 Connecticut 73, No. 11 Florida St. 49
Morgan Tuck scored 18 points to help the Huskies (8-0) defeat the Seminoles (7-2) and extend their winning streak to 45 games.
At No. 5 Maryland 94, Southern 61
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 20 points as the Terrapins (10-0) beat the Jaguars (2-5). Maryland has won its last 28 home games.
• Michigan senior guard Spike Albrecht, who had hip surgery in the offseason and has averaged 8.6 minutes this season after starting 18 games last season, announced his college playing days are over.