MORAGA, Calif. — Five players in double figures and a huge third quarter led the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team to its largest offensive output of the season Thursday as the Gaels blew out Portland 92-76 in a West Coast Conference matchup at McKeon Pavilion.
Saint Mary’s (8-8, 3-2 WCC) scored 34 points in the third quarter alone. The period included a 21-8 run that gave the Gaels their largest lead of the night, a 22-point, 74-52 advantage. Four of SMC’s five starters finished with double-digit points. SMC shot 53.1 percent and held the Pilots (3-13, 1-4 WCC) to 38.0 percent.
The victory pulled Saint Mary’s into a seven-way tie for first place in the continuingly tumultuous WCC. The Gaels, who have won back-to-back WCC games, host preseason favorite Gonzaga, who has won three straight, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available for purchase on the SMCGaels.com tickets website or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx. The game will be streamed live on the Gaels’ “GaelVision” Gameday Central page.
Carly Turner and Stella Beck led Saint Mary’s with 19 points each. Sydney Raggio and Megan McKay both finished with 11. Devon Brookshire had 12 points and four rebounds off the bench. Turner and Raggio both missed double-doubles by just two rebounds with eight boards apiece.
Jasmine Forcadilla was also impressive off the bench with eight points, three rebounds and a team-high seven assists. Nine different Gaels scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound. Saint Mary’s also had 10 steals in the game after entering the game averaging 6.6 per contest.
Saint Mary’s beat Portland in nearly every facet of the game Thursday. The Gaels outrebounded the Pilots 42-37, dished 23 assists to their 21, dominated them in the paint 54-18, outshot them and committed less turnovers.
Where Portland found success Thursday was from downtown. The Pilots shot 47.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc with 11 made treys. Holly Blades sank six 3-pointers and led all players with 20 points. Kaylie Van Loo fell just short of a double-double with eight points and nine assists. Hannah Mattson had 11 points off the bench before fouling out with 1 minute, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
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