Jan. 19, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Sophomore Heather Bowman had 23 points and eight rebounds and junior Jami Bjorklund registered 14 points as the Gonzaga University women's basketball squad defeated the University of San Francisco, 74-70, in a West Coast Conference battle of the undefeated Saturday afternoon.
With the win the Bulldogs improved to 13-6 overall and stayed perfect in the WCC at 4-0. The Dons fell to 11-7 on the season and 2-1 in conference.
Bowman hit 9-of-12 from the field and hit all five of her free throws. Along with her eight rebounds, four of which were offensive, Bowman added one assist and one steal.
Freshman Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points and a game-high seven assists and sophomore Vivian Frieson scored eight points and brought down a game and career-high 16 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have a five-game win streak.
Gonzaga, which never trailed in the contest, held the 13 point lead at halftime and used a 10-5 spurt to open up an 18 point advantage, 52-34, early in the second half.
San Francisco, trailing 58-42 with 11:35 left in the contest, held Gonzaga scoreless for the next five minutes to pull within two at 58-56 at the 5:56 mark.
The Bulldogs were 0-of-6 from the field over the five minute span, including 0-of-3 on three-pointers, and turned the ball over three times. The Dons were 5-of-9 during their run, including 1-for-1 from behind the three-point arc and sank 3-of-4 free throws.Vandersloot finally ended the Zag dry spell by hitting two free throws at 5:44.
Gonzaga extended its lead to seven, 65-58, after a layup by Bowman followed by a three-pointer by Bjorklund at 4:29.
The Dons stayed close, cutting the game to a one possession contest four times under the final 3:30.
Vandersloot was the key for the Bulldogs down the stretch as she converted an old fashion three-point play and then hit one of two free throws in a 17-second sequence to give Gonzaga a six point lead with 33 ticks left in the contest.
San Francisco's Necolia Simmons drained a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to cut USF's deficit to just three, 73-70, but Gonzaga's Michelle Elliott hit one of two free throws to seal the four-point Bulldog victory.
The Zags shot over 50.0 percent from the field for the second-consecutive contest, hitting 51.8 percent (29-56) of their shots. GU held a commanding 40-29 advantage on the boards, but was sloppy with the ball as it turned it over 18 times.
The Dons were led by Simmons who registered a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Dominique Carter, the WCC's leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, was held to just seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. San Francisco hit 41.8 percent (28-67) of its shots, dished out 15 assists and only turned the ball over eight times.
Gonzaga will return to action when it welcomes the University of Portland to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.