Jan. 20, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team closed out a three-game West Coast Conference homestand with a 61-48 victory over the University of Portland Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have won sixth-straight and are now a perfect 5-0 in conference and 13-8 overall. The Pilots fell to 8-12 overall and 0-5 in WCC action.
Senior Stephanie Hawk led Gonzaga with 10 points and 13 rebounds; her sixth double-double of the season and fourth double-double in WCC action. Hawk also blocked two shots and dished out one assist for the Zags.
Junior Michelle Elliott and freshman Heather Bowman both finished with double-digit points. Elliott closed out the game shooting 4-for-9 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the three-point arc, and a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe for a team-high 12 points. Bowman, who has scored double-digit points in seven-straight games, finished with 10 points, along with a game-high five assists, six rebounds and two steals.
Gonzaga, who went into the locker room with a 33-24 advantage, built its lead to double-figures twice during the first half. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-8 advantage after Elliott drained a three-pointer at the 11:47 mark and, after the Pilots sliced the Zags lead to four at the 5:09 mark, the Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to gain its second double-digit edge at 31-21 with a little over three minutes to play in the half.
Gonzaga seemed to take control of the contest early in the second half. The Zags exploded for 17 points over the first 10 minutes, while holding the Pilots to only five, to gain their largest lead of the game at 47-29. It was the three-point shot that helped the Bulldogs push their advantage to 18 as junior Rachel Kane, senior Katy Ridenour and Elliott all hit a shot from behind the arc during this span.
The Pilots put a scare in the Bulldogs as they pulled within seven points of the lead with a 15-4 spurt covering nearly ten minutes. Laura Thomas made a layup at the 3:32 mark to put the score at 51-44. Rachel Stratton was the spark behind Portland's surge; scoring six points.
Gonzaga woke up, scoring eight-straight points to push its lead back to double-digits and push the game out of the Pilots reach.
Laiken Dollente led Portland with a game-high 17 points. Dollente finished the game hitting 6-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, and was 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 25 when it plays at the University of San Francisco. Game time is set for 7 p.m.