Gonzaga women's campaign ends with a 69-47 setback over Texas, ranked #1, in the round of 16.

Gonzaga women’s campaign ends with a 69-47 setback over Texas, ranked #1, in the round of 16.

The fourth-seeded Gonzaga women’s basketball team fell 69-47 in the NCAA Tournament round of 16 after playing a fierce game against the top-seeded Texas Longhorns.
Sadly, the Zags were unable to stop the Longhorns’ offense or get shots up against their defense in what was their first round of 16 trip since 2015. They had hoped to defeat them.

The Longhorns got off to a fast start in the first quarter as Madison Booker made a layup. With a stunning three-pointer from Brynna Maxwell to energize her team, the Bulldogs rallied swiftly.
Nevertheless, Texas led by nine points at the half. Because of their impatience, the Bulldogs were unable to halt the Longhorns’ offensive. They made only two out of eleven field goals in the opening ten minutes.
Gonzaga is still having trouble; in the first fifteen minutes of the game, they have only hit three field goals and committed eight turnovers. The Bulldogs failed to score in nine minutes from the field due to Texas’s defense forcing them out of position and making them nervous on the floor.
As the first half came to a conclusion and Texas led 10-2, Shay Holle made a three-pointer to further cement the Longhorns’ domination. This top-seeded club has been playing well in the first half and has made excellent shooting choices, going 14 of 227 from the field.
This is the lowest point total the Bulldogs have been kept to all season in the first half. With only three field goals scored, they were down by 19 points at the half (37-19).
Eliza Hollingsworth and Maxwell each made layups and another stunning three-pointer to open the third quarter as the Zags attempted to get things going. The Longhorns have been making every possession as well, but the Zags have had baskets on their past six possessions.
Despite a brief spurt, the Bulldogs were unable to narrow the deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Ejim scored double digits in the last ten minutes of play with a fast layup, but she scored six points on free throws.
Three players scored in double figures for the Longhorns, including Shaylee Gonzales (15 points), Aaliyah Moore (16 points), and Shay Hollie (12 points). They guided their team to victory, and they will now play NC State in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
The Zags suffered a 69-47 defeat against Texas to end the round of 16 competition.
Despite their best efforts, the Bulldogs were unable to get their shots to fall as they would have liked. They hit 4 of 22 three-pointers, shot 26.5% from the field, and shot 85% from the free throw line.
Regretfully, for five of these players, the round of 16 match was their last Gonzaga match. Nevertheless, they get to have a look at all the successes this squad has had during the 2023–24 season rather than pouting over what could have been.
The Gonzaga women’s basketball team has established themselves as one of the greatest in program history. They went on to have one of their greatest seasons, going 32-4, and established other program records.
As they finish off their historic season, head coach Lisa Fortier will have to assemble another formidable and competitive squad for the 2024–25 campaign, with only Yvonne Ejim returning as a starter.

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