Jan. 25, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Freshman Heather Bowman scored eight of her 15 points over the final nine minutes to help propel the Gonzaga University women's basketball team to a 58-53 victory over West Coast Conference opponent University of San Francisco, Thursday night. The Bulldogs, who improved their WCC record to a perfect 6-0, have won seven-straight and now hold a 14-8 overall record.
Gonzaga overcame a poor shooting night to earn the victory. The Zags finished the game shooting only 32.0 (17-53) percent from the field; their second-lowest shooting output of the season. The Bulldogs did however dominate on the boards, holding a huge 46-33 advantage in rebounds, including an 18-22 edge on the offensive glass.
Senior Stephanie Hawk finished with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds; her seventh double-double of the season and her fifth WCC double-double of the year. Hawk also added two blocks and two steals in the victory.
It was a slow starting game as both teams combined for only eight points and 3-for-24 (12.5%) shooting over the first eight minutes of the contest. Gonzaga, who had a mere 6-2 lead at the 12:44 mark, held San Francisco scoreless until 13:24 when Lisa Olden made a layup.
The Bulldogs slowly pushed their lead to 19-10 with a little over three minutes remaining before halftime but the Dons put together a 10-5 run to slice GU's lead to only four points at intermission.
San Francisco came out strong in the second half using a 10-4 spurt to take its first lead of the game at 30-28. Nykia Peace pushed the Dons lead to five after hitting a jumper at 12:53.
San Francisco continued to hold a five-point advantage until Gonzaga, who was down 39-34, scored six-straight points, all by Hawk, to regain a slight one-point lead.
A layup by the Dons Heidi Heintz gave back USF the lead, but a tip-in by junior Michelle Elliott at the 7:15 mark put Gonzaga back in control. The Bulldogs did not surrender the lead; pushing its advantage to six three times over the final seven minutes.
Peace led the Dons with 14 points, while Nickie Warren was the leader on the boards, grabbing 11 for San Francisco.
Gonzaga will be back in action this Saturday, Jan. 27 when it plays at the University of San Diego at 2 p.m. The game will pit the two last undefeated teams in the WCC against each other. San Diego, a 74-66 winner over the University of Portland on Thursday, is also 6-0 in conference.