Zags suffer four-point loss to Marquette in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals

Gonzaga guard Calli Stokes plays defense against Marquette in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals on Sunday.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-1) fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles (5-0) in the second round of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Sunday with the final score 70-66.  

After notching an overtime win over Louisville in the first round, the Zags had less than 24 hours to prepare for Sunday’s game, and this time missing a key piece of their team, Kayleigh Truong.

Truong suffered an ankle injury in the previous game against Louisville, making her unavailable for the contest.

However, the quick turnaround took a physical toll on the whole team, including redshirt junior Eliza Hollingsworth.

“I’m not gonna lie it was difficult," Hollingsworth said after finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. "There was a lot of emotion, from myself, from that Louisville game and having to physically recover from that and emotionally recover from that, and then come back next thing with a new mindset, a new goal, new strategy, it was really difficult, I don’t want to down play that.” 

In the absence of Kayleigh, her twin sister Kaylynne Truong scored 18 points and dished out six assists in 33 minutes.

Late in the game, Fortier utilized a few of GU's bench players, including redshirt freshman guard Payton Muma.  

“Payton hasn’t seen 9 minutes in a game I don't think yet and Kaylynne just wasn’t going to be able to handle the entirety of the point-guard position and so I think that they [she] came in and grew.” said GU head coach Lisa Fortier.

Marquette orward Chloe Marotta demanded speed from the Bulldogs, and many couldn’t quite keep up with her as she dominated 100% of her free throws and was still blazing with 5 minutes left in the game and the score 59-58. 

Lisa Fortier commended the Eagles, “They play a lot like us. They’re a team-first type of team. It’s difficult to capitalize on when there’s not really going to be a bad defender out there.” 

Marquette will advance to the championship round on Monday at 9 a.m. against UCLA. 

The Bulldogs will play Tennessee at 11:30 a.m. on Monday for third place. 

Abby Strader is a staff writer