Rice, Jenn Wirth lead No. 17 Gonzaga women past Pacific

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Zykera Rice scored 21 points, Jenn Wirth added 16 and No. 17 Gonzaga turned up the defensive pressure to win its 11th straight game, 88-65 over Pacific on Saturday.

Jill Townsend added 13 points for the Bulldogs (15-1, 4-0 West Coast Conference), who went 23 of 36 in the middle two quarters and held the Tigers (9-4, 2-1) to 10 of 26.

Pacific hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the first quarter to open a 25-14 lead. But Gonzaga responded with 34 points in the second quarter and 26 in the third, in both cases doubling up the Tigers for a 74-55 lead entering the fourth.

Gonzaga forced 19 turnovers, turning those into 25 points, and had a 40-21 rebounding advantage. LeeAnne Wirth had eight rebounds, Rice and Jenn Wirth seven apiece. The Bulldogs also had 24 assists on 34 baskets, eight from Jessie Loera.

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The Tigers were up 35-26 with more than six minutes left in the second quarter when the Bulldogs reeled off eight quick points. Gonzaga added a 9-0 burst and led 48-42 at the break before opening the second half with a 9-2 run.

Ameela Li led Pacific with 21 points and Brooklyn McDavid had 15.

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