Gonzales, Harding lift BYU women over No. 16 Zags 61-56

<p>PROVO, Utah &mdash; Shaylee Gonzales scored 16 points, Paisley Harding scored the last four points to clinch the game and BYU ended No. 16 Gonzaga’s 17-game winning streak with a 61-56 win on Thursday night.</p>
<p>After the Cougars scored eight-straight points to lead by 10 — the only time a lead touched double figures — and the Bulldogs came back with an 11-2 run, Harding came up with the key plays.</p>
<p>Leading 57-56, BYU used up all of the shot clock before Harding hit a floater in the lane with 13 seconds to go. After a Gonzaga miss and two fouls, Harding went to the line with five seconds to go and finished it off.</p>
<p>Harding scored 12 points and Lauren Gustin and Sara Hamson had 10 each for BYU (15-3, 11-2 West Coast Conference), which has won six straight since losing 63-56 in Spokane. Gustin had 10 rebounds, Gonzales seven assists and Hamson five blocks.</p>
<p>Gonzaga led 29-23 but with Gonzales scoring all five of her first-half points in the final minute the Cougars closed within 31-30. She then had nine in the third quarter, including a buzzer-beating 3, for a 47-43 lead. </p>
<p>Jenn Wirth had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (18-3, 13-1) and Melody Kempton added 10. </p>
<p>BYU, the only WCC team to be within single digits of the Zags since Loyola Marymount in the opener in late December, shot 49% (24 of 49), the highest percentage allowed by Gonzaga this season, helping the Cougars overcome 16 turnovers and 7 of 13 shooting from the foul line.</p>
<p>Gonzaga went 4 of 16 from 3-point range and shot 38% (22 of 58), their worst shooting game since the conference opener.</p>
<p>Gonzaga is at third-place San Diego, the other WCC team to defeat BYU, on Saturday. Portland is at BYU on Saturday.</p>
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