SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team weathered a barrage of run-and-gun offense by host San Jose State Saturday, dominating the paint and the boards to win its fourth straight road game with an 85-64 victory at The Event Center.
San Jose State (2-6) took 79 total shots in the game, including 43 3-pointers. But the Spartans only shot 30.4 percent (24 for 79), 25.6 from 3-point range (11 for 43). Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s (4-4) scored 52 of its 85 points in the paint and tied a season-high with seven 3-pointers. The Gaels also outrebounded their opponent for the seventh straight time this season, 49-24, including 39-10 on the defensive end. 11 different Gaels had at least one rebound.
Megan McKay led all players with 21 points, her second 20+ points game of the season. Sydney Raggio logged her first double-double and sixth of her career with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Stella Beck flirted with a triple-double, scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing seven assists.
Saint Mary’s is now 4-1 on the road with four straight road victories dating to Nov. 18 at Northeastern. The Gaels conclude their second three-game road trip of the season on Dec. 11 at UC Davis.
The Gaels had 11 players score points Saturday, seven with at least seven or more. SMC shot 72.2 percent in the first half alone. It doubled up the Spartans in rebounds 24-12 and held them to just 33.3 percent shooting, getting out to a 52-36 halftime lead.
San Jose State was led by Dezz Ramos with 16 points. Hallie Gennett had 10 points. Myzhanique Ladd narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
San Jose State hit two 3-pointers in the game’s first 2 1/2 minutes to hold an 8-6 early lead, but that was the last time it lead in the game. The Gaels went on separate 9-0 and 10-0 runs during a 19-4 stretch that saw them take a 27-12 advantage in the first quarter.
SJSU ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run to make it 27-18, but Saint Mary’s began the second period with an 8-0 run to lead 35-18. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Carly Turner fueled the run, as did two assists from Beck and another from Jasmine Forcadilla.
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