Behind 18 points and 16 assists from tournament MVP Courtney Vandersloot, No. 1 seed Gonzaga turned an eight-point halftime lead into a runaway win, beating No. 2 Saint Mary's 72-46 to win the West Coast Conference women's tournament championship at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Using a methodical approach from the start, Saint Mary's (19-12) managed to keep the lead for the first 15 minutes of the game. Gonzaga (28-4) closed the half strong though, taking a 28-20 lead into the break.
Saint Mary's coach Paul Thomas said: "I thought we did a really good job of executing our game plan and hung in there for a while and let them go on two little mini-runs in the first half, and that put us on our heels a little bit."
The Gaels shot just 23.8 percent from the floor, and couldn't keep up with Vandersloot and the Bulldogs.
Freshman Danielle Mauldin set a career-high with 19 points to lead the Gaels. Louella Tomlinson scored seven points and was named to the all-tournament team. Saint Mary's will continue its season in the Women's NIT.
Top 25: Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead top-ranked Connecticut (31-1) to a 75-51 win over Rutgers (19-12) on in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in Hartford.
Poll: Connecticut remains No. 1, and Ohio State (No. 18) is back in the Top 25 rankings by The Associated Press. UConn received 37 of 39 first-places votes Monday, with Stanford drawing the other two.
San Jose State: Pam DeCosta resigned as the coach following a 2-27 season in which the Spartans averaged 787 fans per home game.
Tournaments: Frank Hassell scored 22 points and Old Dominion (27-6) withstood a furious second-half rally by Virginia Commonwealth (23-11) and defended its Colonial Athletic Association tournament title with a 70-65 victory. ... Jeron Belin scored 17 points and St. Peter's (20-13) beat Iona 62-57 to secure the school's first NCAA tournament berth in 16 years and win the MAAC championship. "... Cameron Rundles scored 21 points to send Wofford (21-12) to a second straight NCAA tournament berth with a 77-67 victory over College of Charleston (24-10) to win the Southern Conference championship.
Poll: Ohio State and Kansas are 1-2 in the AP poll for a second straight week. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes are No. 1 for a fifth week overall and haven't been ranked lower than second since December.
Texas Tech: The school fired Pat Knight, ending a disappointing three-year run for a coach who failed to lead the Red Raiders to the NCAA tournament after taking over for his famous father, Bob Knight. Pat Knight will coach the Red Raiders at this week's Big 12 tournament and then step down, school spokesman Blayne Beal said.
The Associated Press and Bay Area News Group contributed to this report.