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Updated Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Gonzaga women rout Pepperdine | College basketball

By Seattle Times news services

SPOKANE — The Gonzaga women's basketball team made a season-high 12 three-point baskets in an 81-52 victory over Pepperdine on Saturday.

The Zags (18-5 overall, 8-1 West Coast Conference) shot 50 percent from three-point range. The school record for three-point baskets in a game is 14, set in 2002.

"It is really funny; the three-point shot has never been a big part of our game here," Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said. "We never go into the game focusing on the three-point shot. We focus on getting the ball inside, and the three-point shot is a byproduct of the inside game.

"The opposition has to defend you and have to help out, and that opens up the three-point shot."

Haiden Palmer led the Zags with 17 points, and Keani Albanez added 12.

Gonzaga shot 45 percent from the field and limited the Waves (4-16, 1-8) to 30 percent shooting.

The Zags had a 48-28 rebounding advantage and defeated Pepperdine for the ninth consecutive time in the series.

Top 5 games

No. 1 Baylor 81,

at No. 19 Oklahoma St. 62

Brittney Griner had 30 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead the Bears (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) past the Cowgirls (15-5, 4-5) for their 19th victory in a row.

Oklahoma State led 21-16 midway through the first half, but Baylor took control with an 18-2 run immediately after coach Kim Mulkey called timeout and put her five starters back on the floor.

Liz Donohoe led Oklahoma State with 24 points.

At No. 2 Notre Dame 64, Cincinnati 42

Kayla McBride scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half to help the Fighting Irish (20-1, 8-0 Big East) defeat the Bearcats (8-13, 0-8) and extend their winning streak to 15.

Cincinnati is 0-9 in games against Notre Dame.

No. 3 Connecticut 71, at St. John's 65

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Kelly Faris added 17 as UConn (20-1, 7-1 Big East) got past the Red Storm (10-10, 4-4).

With the score tied at 57, Mosqueda-Lewis scored the Huskies' next seven points.

Shenneika Smith led St. John's with 21 points.


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