LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jill Townsend led a balanced assault with 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 18 Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara 72-62 in the semifinals of the West Cruise Conference occasion on Monday.
Cierra Walker had three 3-pointers in the second half and scored 13 points for the top-seeded Bulldogs (22-3), who will face second-seeded BYU on Tuesday. Jenn Wirth added 12 points and Kayleigh Truong 10.
Lindsey VanAllen led fourth-seeded Santa Clara (14-11) with 17 points and Merle Wiehl and Ashlyn Herlihy 16 apiece. The Broncos misplaced the two meetings in the usual season by 19 and 17 points and bear misplaced 11 straight in the series.
The Bulldogs had a season-high 21 turnovers but shot 61.5% in the second half and had a 39-23 rebounding advantage. Four assorted gamers had four assists.
Gonzaga led 12-6 after a feeble first quarter that saw every teams commit seven turnovers and going 0 for 5 from 3-point vary.. The Broncos had been 3 of 14, closing 1 of 10.
The Bulldogs had been up one and had a 12-0 creep in the second quarter sooner than settling for a 29-22 lead on the destroy.
The game stayed shut except a 13-3 surge helped the Zags win a 52-39 lead into the fourth quarter. The Broncs received within six with simply under four minutes to play but couldn’t receive closer.
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