Jan. 13, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team earned an 85-49 victory over Saint Mary's College Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to a perfect 4-0 in the West Coast Conference and 12-8 overall. The Gaels dropped to 1-2 in conference and 7-9 overall with the loss.
Freshman Heather Bowman led Gonzaga with a game-high 20 points; her sixth-straight double-figure scoring game and 11th overall. The Spokane native closed out the game shooting 7-of-10 from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Senior Katy Ridenour added 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-3 shooting from the three-point arc. She also chipped in a game-high five steals and two assists.
The Bulldogs, who held a 22-6 lead with a little over eight minutes to go before halftime, went into the locker room with a 34-19 advantage. GU shot a sizzling 51.7% (15-29) from the floor in the first stanza, while holding SMC to a dismal 20.6% (7-34).
Gonzaga came out of halftime on fire scoring 20 points over the first six minutes, while limiting Saint Mary's to just four points, to take a commanding 54-23 lead. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 37; their largest of the game, after freshman Vivian Frieson hit one of two free throws at the 2:55 mark.
The Zags finished the game shooting 53.4% (31-58) from the field, their highest field goal percentage this season in WCC play. Gonzaga also shot 30.0% (3-10) on three-pointers and 71.4% (20-28) at the charity stripe.
The Gaels closed out the contest shooting 30.8% (20-65), including 25.0% (3-12) on three-pointers and 60.0% (6-10) from the line.
Saint Mary's was led by Jontelle Smith who scored a team-high 10 points, along with five rebounds, and two assists.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 20 when it welcomes University of Portland to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 3 p.m.