“If we play the right way, we can compete with anyone,” Townsend said. “It’s a huge win.”
Gonzaga carried a 58-41 lead into the final period, but Stanford pulled within three on Dijonai Carrington’s three-point play with 4:17 remaining. Smith then responded with two foul shots for the Bulldogs.
“We did tighten up a little bit,” Smith said.
“We wanted to get some defensive stops. My goal was to get to the free-throw line. I knew they were going to foul.”
Carrington’s layup with 37 seconds left trimmed Gonzaga’s lead to 74-71, but Smith hit a jumper and two more free throws to help close it out.
Kiana Williams had 18 points for Stanford (6-1), and Carrington and Alanna Smith finished with 13 apiece.