Zykera Rice’s last-second shot gave Gonzaga a chance to play for another WCC tournament championship. But the Zags will have to find a way to win it without two key players.
Rice’s scoop layup just before the buzzer lifted the No. 12 Bulldogs to a thrilling 78-77 double-overtime win over St. Mary’s on Monday in the semifinals in Las Vegas.
“Never made a game-winner before,” Rice said.
The win came at a cost as the Zags lost Laura Stockton and Jill Townsend to leg injuries. Stockton went down early in the third quarter and Townsend in the second overtime. Stockton, daughter of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, hurt her knee under the basket.
Townsend’s left leg buckled as she tried to help on defense.
Sam Simmons gave St. Mary’s (20-11) a 77-76 lead when she hit a basket with 14 seconds left. Gonzaga worked down the clock and Rice drove across the lane, hitting the scoop shot. She finished with 21 points to lead the Zags (28-3), who will play BYU for the title Tuesday.
Madeline Holland scored 20 points to lead the Gaels, who had chances to win at the end of regulation and in overtime, but Gonzaga twice got stops.
Other games: Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 in the Big 12 tournament championship game in Oklahoma City. … Napheesa Collier scored 25 points as No. 2 UConn (31-2) topped Central Florida 66-45 in Uncasville, Conn., to win its sixth straight American Athletic Conference tournament title. … Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton each scored 23 points to help No. 13 Marquette beat Georgetown 75-62 in Chicago and reach the Big East tournament title game. … Jen Fay had 25 points and Quinnipiac beat Marist 81-51 in Albany, N.Y., to win the Metro Atlantic tournament title.
Wofford, Iona get
Fletcher Magee and Nathan Hoover each scored 20 points and No. 20 Wofford (29-4) rallied to defeat UNC Greensboro 70-58 to win the Southern Conference tournament in Asheville, N.C. … Asante Gist had 22 points and top-seeded Iona defeated Monmouth 81-60 in Albany, N.Y., to win the Metro Atlantic title.
Briefly: Stanford’s KZ Okpala was named to the 10-man All-Pac-12 team. … Senior guard Kerwin Roach II will rejoin Texas for the Big 12 tournament. … In the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson will be reinstated from suspension, and forward Nick Ward is expected to play for No. 6 Michigan State.
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