PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brynna Maxwell hit 7 of 10 from the field — 6 of 7 from 3-point range — and finished with 20 points to help No. 20 Gonzaga beat Portland 73-66 Saturday night, handing the Pilots their first loss in West Coast Conference play.
Esther Little had 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals for Gonzaga (17-2, 7-0). Kaylynne Truong also scored 12 points and Yvonne Ejim added 10
The Bulldogs have won 10 games in a row since an 84-63 loss at No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 4.
Haylee Andrews led Portland (12-6, 6-1) with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Alex Fowler added 19 points and five assists.
The Pilots had their seven-game win streak snapped.
Maxwell hit a 3-pointer to make it 36-all at halftime and Gonzaga never again trailed. She made two more 3s in the first 95 seconds of the third quarter and added a 3-pointer and a layup in a 10-4 spurt that made it 53-47 when Truong hit a 3 with 1:48 left in the period.
The Bulldogs forced five Portland turnovers in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, while outscoring the Pilots 16-6 to take a 14-point lead when Calli Stokes converted a three-point play with 3:57 to play.
Gonzaga shot 52% (32 of 61) from the field and scored 31 points off 23 Portland turnovers — including 13 Bulldogs steals.
Gonzaga plays Thursday at Pacific
Portland hits the road to take on Saint Mary’s (Calif.) on Thursday
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