Jan. 11, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior Stephanie Hawk scored a career-high 33 points to help the Gonzaga University women's basketball team defeat West Coast Conference opponent Santa Clara University 78-73 in overtime Thursday evening at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs outscored the Broncos 11-6 in the extra period to secure the come-from-behind victory.
GU is a perfect 3-0 in conference and 11-8 overall while SCU is 9-8 overall and 1-1 in the WCC.
It was Hawk and freshman Heather Bowman who propelled the Bulldogs to the victory combining for 42 of GU's 50 points over the second half and overtime session.
Santa Clara held the lead for nearly 38 minutes of regulation before Gonzaga, who slowly whittled down a 10 point Bronco second half lead, tied the contest at 67-67 on a layup by Hawk with 2:21 to play in regulation. Each team had a chance to win the game in the final minutes of the second half, but Santa Clara missed two shots and a free throw, while Gonzaga also missed two shots, including a last second attempt by Bowman.
After trading baskets in the first minute of overtime, the Bulldogs took its first lead of the game when Bowman hit one-of-two free throws to give GU the slight 70-69 advantage. A made free throw by junior Michelle Elliott and a layup by Bowman gave the Zags a small four-point cushion with 2:13 left on the clock, but a quick 4-1 run by Santa Clara, that included layups by Kasey Monteith and Ashley Graham, sliced Gonzaga lead to 74-73 with 57 seconds left in the game. The Bulldogs secured the thrilling victory with four free throws by Hawk over the final 11 seconds.
Hawk, who was 10-of-21 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line, also finished with 11 rebounds for her third-straight double-double. She added three blocks, two assists and three steals. Bowman closed out the contest with 20 points and five rebounds, while senior Katy Ridenour chipped in 10 rebounds.
Jen Gottschalk dominated for Santa Clara finishing with a career-high 30 points. She was 13-for-15 from the field, including a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the three-point arc, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Gonzaga was able to hold the West Coast Conference's leading scorer and leading three-pointer shooter Chandice Cronk to one point during the contest.
The Bulldogs continue WCC play when they welcome Saint Mary's College to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
** With her 33 points, Stephanie Hawk became just the 12th player in Gonzaga women's basketball history to score over 1,000 points in her career.