Feb. 1, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team dropped a 70-56 decision to visiting Pepperdine University this evening at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The loss broke an eight-game Bulldog winning streak and was the Zags first West Coast Conference loss of the season.
Gonzaga currently holds a 15-9 overall record and a 7-1 WCC record, while Pepperdine improved to 10-13 overall and 3-5 in conference.
Pepperdine was sizzling from the field in the first half, connecting on 53.6 percent (15-of-28) of its shots, including 60.0 percent (6-of-10) of its three-pointers to hold a 38-17 advantage at halftime. Daphine Kennedy and Jessica Ross both drained two three-pointers in the first stanza to help the Waves to the 21-point lead.
Gonzaga was the polar opposite of Pepperdine in the first half. The Bulldogs shot a mere 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from the field, including 20.0% (2-of-10) from beyond the three-point arc. The Zags also turned the ball over 13 times in the first frame.
The turning point in the first half for the Waves was after senior Stephanie Hawk drained a three-pointer to cut Pepperdine's lead to 15-10 at the 11:10 mark. After Hawk's three-pointer the Waves held Gonzaga scoreless for the next six minutes, while scoring 16 points of their own to break the game open at 31-10.
The Bulldogs fought their way back in the second half, slicing the Waves lead to 44-32 with 10:38 remaining in the game but Miranda Ayim hit two jumpers and sank four free throws, while Daphanie Kennedy sank a three-pointer and a jumper to help push Pepperdine's lead back to 19 with less than five minutes to play in the game.
The Waves had four players finish in double-digit points. Ross led the way with 16 points, while Nakeya Isabell and Ayim chipped in 12 a piece and Teena Wickett added 10.
Gonzaga was led by Hawk and sophomore Jami Bjorklund who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, Feb 3 when they welcome Loyola Marymount University to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.