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Gonzaga upsets No. 3 Stanford women’s basketball behind strong perimeter shooting

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Gonzaga flipped the script on No. 3 Stanford women’s basketball on Sunday, speeding past the Cardinal, 96-78. Season-high performances by Brynna Maxwell (27 points) and Yvonne Ejim (25 points, 12 rebounds) guided Gonzaga to the win.

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The Bulldogs opened up an early lead thanks to the pair. Maxwell netted three from downtown and racked up 16 points, while forward Ejim shot 56-percent from the field and made all four of her free throws in the opening half. Going into the break, the Zags led 45-41. 

In the third, neither team scored until almost three minutes into the quarter, with Maxwell bagging a second-chance jumper off an offensive board from Ejim. Three more 3-point shots scored in the final 90 seconds of the third extended Gonzaga’s lead to 20 (77-57), which they maintained in the fourth.

Both teams shot over 50-percent, and yet, Stanford’s minimized scoring opportunities still held it 22 points below its season average. Stanford’s Cameron Brink was contained to 10 points and six boards, after averaging about 20 per game this season and tallying five double-doubles in Stanford’s previous eight games.

The Bulldogs also found holes in Stanford’s offense and forced 16 turnovers in the game, capitalizing on them for 21 points, 11 on fast breaks.

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Previously 0-2 against ranked teams this season — the Bulldogs fell to No. 24 Washington State and No. 20 Louisville in November — Gonzaga spoiled Stanford’s 8-0 start to the season, and defeated the Cardinal for the first time since 2018. Gonzaga extends its win streak in McCarthey Athletic Center to 24 games.

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