FULLERTON, Calif. - Senior Kayla Standish recorded a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds to propel the Gonzaga University women's basketball team to a 73-60 win over Cal State Fullerton Friday evening at Titan Gym. The Bulldogs improved to 5-1 with the victory while the Titans fell to 3-3 overall.
It was a slow moving first half for both Gonzaga and Cal State Fullerton. The Zags and Titans combined for 43 points in the first 20 minutes; seven more points that GU scored total in the first half of its last game against Washington State University.
The Bulldogs held the 12-4 lead at the 11:18 mark with junior Taelor Karr and senior Kelly Bowen combining for eight of the 12 points. The Zags would score just six more points in next six minutes but held the Titans to five to lead 18-9 with 3:42 left in the half. At that point, Gonzaga was shooting 26.9 percent from the field (7-of-26) and Fullerton was 13.3 percent (4-of-30).
Fullerton didn't break the double-digit point mark until Megan Richardson hit two free throws at 2:40 to put the score at 18-11.
Gonzaga closed out the half on a 10-5 run to go into the locker room at 28-15. Karr hit two jumpers, while freshman Keani Albanez came up big hitting two free throws and draining a 3-pointer to end the half for the Bulldogs.
The Zags did improve their shooting percentage, wrapping up the half hitting 10-of-32 for a 31.3 percentage. The bench was huge for GU as it scored 16 of its 28 points.
Gonzaga was able to hold Cal State Fullerton at bay early in the second half and built a 16-point advantage at 42-26 with 14:01 remaining in the game. It was senior Katelan Redmon who gave Gonzaga the 16-point lead, scoring her first point of the game on a free throw. Redmon had sat nearly the entire first half after being nailed with two fouls two minutes into the contest.
Cal State Fullerton battled back tough, slashing Gonzaga's lead to nine at 49-40 at 10:18. That was as close as the Titans would get as back-to-back layups by Standish and Redmon push the Zags lead back to double-digits for good.
Standish would go on to score 10 more points after that and finished the second half with 20 to help Gonzaga secure the 14-point victory.
Besides Standish, Karr and redshirt sophomore Haiden Palmer finished in double-digits; each scoring 10 points.
Gonzaga finished the game hitting 45.0 percent from the floor (27-of-60) and was 68.0 percent (17-of-25) at the charity stripe. The Zags held the 51-46 rebounding advantage and had the bench contribute 24 points.
Cal State Fullerton was led by Richardson with 18 points.
Gonzaga plays its third game in five days when it hosts USC Sunday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 2 p.m.