SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Anne Bailey scored 19 of her
career-high 21 points in the second half to lift No. 24 Gonzaga
past Pepperdine 58-40 Saturday in the West Coast Conference
No one else reached double figures for the Bulldogs (27-2), who
extended their nation-best winning streak to 23 games.Gonzaga will face Santa Clara, a 73-64 winner over Loyola
Marymount, in the championship game Sunday.Jennifer Lacy had 19 points for Pepperdine (12-17), which shot
19.4 percent in the first half.Gonzaga guard Shannon Mathews left with an apparent right ankle
injury with 10:13 remaining in the first half and did not return.
Mathews, who averages 12 points, went scoreless for the first time
since last year's conference tournament game against the Waves.Pepperdine scored the first eight points of the second half --
all in the paint -- to take a 23-16 lead. Gonzaga regained the lead
for good at 30-27 when Bailey completed a three-point play. The
Bulldogs went on a 23-5 run to pull ahead by 15 with less than 7
minutes left.Gonzaga led 16-15 at the break. It marked the fewest points in a
half for either team this season.