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Gonzaga pulls off upset to halt perfect start for No. 3 Stanford

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Brynna Maxwell scored a season-high 27 points, Yvonne Ejim added 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Gonzaga handed No. 3 Stanford its worst loss in nearly four years beating the Cardinal 96-78 on Sunday.

The Bulldogs (8-2) won their 24th straight home game and beat the Cardinal for only the third time in 16 games. Gonzaga last beat Stanford in 2018 in what's become an almost yearly matchup between the private West Coast schools.

Stanford's perfect start to the season came crashing down behind a barrage of hot shooting by the Bulldogs. Gonzaga finished with five players in double figures, shot 54% and hit 10 3-pointers.

Maud Huijbens scored 15 points for the Bulldogs, while Kaylynne Truong added 10 points, four assists and four rebounds. Eliza Hollingsworth also finished with 10 points.

Courtney Ogden, Hannah Jump and Nunu Agara led Stanford (8-1) with 13 points each. Leading scorer Cameron Brink finished with just 10 points, played only 12 minutes and didn't play in the second half due to illness. Kiki Iriafen also finished with 10 points.

It was the most lopsided loss for the Cardinal since losing to Oregon 89-56 in the 2020 Pac-12 tournament championship game.

The Zags jumped out to a 20-12 lead in the first quarter behind the efforts of Maxwell and Ejim, who both contributed eight points in the quarter. Stanford pulled within 45-41 at halftime, but the Bulldogs blew the game open in the third quarter. Gonzaga outscored Stanford 32-16 in the third and led by 20 going into the fourth quarter.


Stanford: Despite shooting 57% for the game, the Cardinal were held 22 points below their season average.

Gonzaga: After shooting 32% from beyond the arc against Eastern Washington, the Zags bounced back and hit 42% of their 3-point attempts against the Cardinal. Maxwell led the team with four 3-pointers.


Stanford: Hosts Portland on Dec. 15.

Gonzaga: Visits California on Thursday.


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