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SPOKANE, Wash. – (Dec. 17, 2011 – www.GoZags.com) The No. 25 Gonzaga University women's basketball team closed out its four-game homestand with an 83-56 victory over UC Riverside Saturday evening at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs improved their record to 8-2 overall with the 27-point victory and have now won three-straight. The Highlanders fell to 2-8 on the year. 

 

"Overall I thought it was a pretty good effort tonight, everybody got in and contributed," stated head coach Kelly Graves on his team's performance.

 

All 14 players saw action for the Bulldogs, with 11 scoring. Redshirt sophomore Haiden Palmer paced the Bulldogs with a Gonzaga career-high 21 points, including a crucial 15 in the opening 20 minutes. Senior Katelan Redmon, held under double-digit three out of the last four games prior to tonight, broke out of her slump, scoring 18 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

 

"I thought Katelan needed a game like this tonight," explained Graves. "I'm glad to see she did that. She got a couple of buckets in transition and she did a great job on the glass."

 

In contrast to Palmer, Redmon scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half.

 

Also registering double-figures in the victory was senior Kayla Standish with 15.

 

Gonzaga held the 43-24 halftime advantage despite shooting just 41.9 percent (18-of-43) from the field. The Bulldogs used their 31-5 rebounding discrepancy to their advantage as they scored 16 second chance points off their 21 offensive boards. Gonzaga's defense was also crucial as it forced the Highlanders to turn the ball over 12 times. GU capitalized on the miscues scoring 14 points. 

 

The Bulldogs closed out the half on an 8-0 run to turn a somewhat tight 11-point game into the 19-point cushion. Palmer was the catalyst as she had two 3-pointers in the final 50 seconds, including a dagger with four ticks left on the clock. 

 

The Zags opened the second half on a 17-7 run to claim a 29 point lead at 60-31 with 12:01 remaining; their largest lead of the game. Six different players scored for Gonzaga, with Redmon leading the charge with six points.

 

The Highlanders didn't give up and strung together a 15-2 spurt to slash the Bulldogs advantage to 14 points at 62-48 with 6:14 left in the game. Dynese Adams and TreShont Nottingham combined to have nine of UC Riverside 15 points.

 

An 8-0 spurt by Gonzaga, that turned into a 13-2 run quickly gave the Zags back a 26-point advantage though with 4:46 to play. Redmon had six of the points, Palmer added four and Standish closed it out with an old fashion 3-point play.

 

Gonzaga finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (35-of-70) from the field and was 60.0 percent (9-of-15) at the charity stripe. It held the 51-19 rebounding advantage, including 28-7 on the offensive end, had 22 second chance points and 30 points off of the Highlanders 25 turnovers.

 

UC Riverside was led by Nottingham with 13 points.

 

The Bulldogs now have a tough two-game stretch before Christmas break. They head to Las Vegas for the Holiday Hoops Classic to face No. 12/13 Georgia and Dayton. The Zags play Georgia Monday at 3:30 p.m. and Dayton Wednesday at 1 p.m.

 

"Georgia is good," said Graves of the Bulldogs next opponent. "They are ranked pretty high and it is deserved. They are very athletic, long and physical; they have a couple players that on any given night can go for 30 points. It's going to take an entire effort to be able to beat them. I think we are certainly capable of that."

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