Blue Demons' Hot Shooting Downs Zags
Nov. 25, 2017
LAS VEGAS - The Zags were done in by hot three-point shooting from DePaul in the finale of the Play4Kay Showcase at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday afternoon, falling 88-71.
Chandler Smith scored a career-high 19 points making three threes. DePaul lived beyond the arc making 17 threes, the most against GU since Michigan made 12 last season. Jill Townsend had her best game of her young career with 11 points and four rebounds. Jill Barta scored 10 with eight rebounds, and Zykera Rice had 12 points. Jessie Loera dished seven assists. The Zags committed 18 turnovers which led to 25 DePaul points.
The Zags were a bit sloppy early with three turnovers through the first three minutes, and DePaul led 9-3. The Zags responded with nine-straight, fueled by three-point play from Rice and four points from Barta. The lead swung back and forth late in the quarter with a three from Smith and one from DePaul. The Blue Demons hit six threes in the first quarter, but GU shot 64 percent from the field and Loera finished the half with a flurry of five points and steal and GU led 24-23. Smith led all scorers in the quarter with seven points. Jenn Wirth opened the second quarter with a three-point play. The Blue Demons regained the lead on a 12-0 run before Townsend hit a turnaround. The Zags hit a three-minute scoreless stretch, before Townsend collected her own miss and completed the put-back. She finished with nine points in the half to lead all Zags, as GU trailed 36-45. GU shot 46 percent, but DePaul shot 55 percent making 10 threes. The Zags were balanced with seven players scoring in the first half.
The Zags cut the advantage down to seven with a layup from Emma Stach to open the half, but the Blue Demons drilled two-straight threes at the 4:23 mark, 13 total to the mark, and led 62-46, their largest lead to that point. DePaul took a 70-56 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blue Demons hit three more threes sparking an 11-0 run in the fourth, building a 23-point lead, which would be their largest. The Zags fought back on a 7-0 run with Smith getting to 19 points on a three. The game slowed from there and DePaul won 88-71. The Zags did shoot 42 percent from the field, but DePaul shot 59 percent and made 17-of-30 threes.
The Zags (2-3) will play their first regular-season home game on Thursday hosting Eastern Washington at 6 pm. The game is televised live on SWX.
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