SPOKANE, Wash. (AP)Yvonne Ejim scored 25 points and Kaylynne Truong hit four 3-pointers and added 14 points to help No. 20 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 65-51 Saturday and extend its win streak against the Gaels to six.
Ejim hit a jumper and Truong followed with a 3-pointer to make it 5-0 and the Bulldogs never trailed. Brynna Maxwell was fouled as she hit a 3-pointer and made the and-1 free throw to cap a 10-2 run and give Gonzaga a 19-10 lead with 6:13 left in the second quarter. Maxwell, who finished with nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, has made at least one 3-pointer in each game this season.
Gonzaga (25-3, 15-1 West Coast Conference) has won four in a row and 19 of 20 since an 84-63 loss at then-No. 2 Stanford.
Tayla Dalton hit a 3-pointer from the logo as time expired in the first half and Hannah Rapp made a layup to open the third quarter and trim the Gaels’ deficit to 27-22. Ejim answered with a pair of free throws and then hit a 3-pointer to spark a 13-2 run that culminated when Truong made back-to-back 3s that gave Gonzaga a 16-point lead midway through the period.
Ali Bamberger led Saint Mary’s (12-16, 6-11) with 13 points and Taycee Wedin scored 10.
The Gaels have lost four of their last five games and eight of their last 10.
Saint Mary’s plays its final regular-season game next Saturday at home against Pacific
Gonzaga visits San Diego on Thursday
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