Jan. 7, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team improved to 2-0 in the West Coast Conference with an impressive 58-35 victory over Pepperdine University this afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. It's is a superb start for Gonzaga as Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount University, who GU defeated on Friday, were picked in the WCC Preseason Poll to finish tied for first.
The Bulldogs, who have won three-straight, are now 10-8 on the season, while the Waves dropped to 8-9 overall and 1-1 in WCC.
Gonzaga, who held a slight 11-10 lead at the 10:19 mark, was able to rattle off nine-straight points to break open a 20-10 advantage. Freshman Vivian Frieson made two free throws, senior Stephanie Hawk hit two jumpers and sank one of two free throws, and freshman Heather Bowman also made a jumper to give the Bulldogs the 10-point edge.
Pepperdine closed out the half with a 7-3 spurt to cut Gonzaga's halftime lead to 23-17.
Hawk and Bowman paced the Bulldogs in the first half scoring eight points each. Hawk also dominated on defense, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking four shots.
Gonzaga used a 12-2 run over the first six minutes of the second half to break open the contest. Senior Katy Ridenour found her stroke during this run, draining two of her game-high three three-pointers. The Bulldogs lead grew as high as 26 points twice over the final 12 minutes, including at the 2:49 mark when senior Simone Santos hit a jumper.
Hawk finished the contest with her second-straight double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds; both game-highs. Bowman and Ridenour closed out the game with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Jasmane Clarendon led the Waves with 11 points while Teiosha George added nine.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 11 when it welcomes Santa Clara University to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.