Feb. 3, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - A strong second half helped Gonzaga to a 66-56 win over LMU in women's basketball action this afternoon at the McCarthey Center. The Lions led for most of the first half but the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half, using strong play in the paint for the win. Amanda Patton led the Lions in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds.
The Lions fall to 13-10 overall, 5-4 in WCC action. The Bulldogs improve to 16-9 on the season, and remain in first place in the conference with an 8-1 record.
It was a slow start for both teams, as they combined to miss the first 12 shots of the game. Rachel Kane finally broke the scoreless tie with a jumper at 16:52. After a Stephanie Hawk free throw gave the Zags a 3-0 lead, LMU finally got on the board and scored eight straight points to take an 8-3 lead. The game stayed close and was tied at 14-14 on a jumper by Hawk.
The Bulldogs called a timeout but it inspired the Lions, who got back to back three-pointers from Amanda DeCoud and Kavita Goss to go up 20-14. Again, Gonzaga chipped away at the lead and a three-pointer by Jami Bjorklund tied the game at 23-23 at 2:52. But Patton answered right back with her second three-pointer of the game to give LMU the lead. Her third three-pointer of the game gave the Lions a 29-25 lead, and Hawk hit a layup in Gonzaga's final possession of the half to make it a 29-27 game at the break.
The stats for the team reflected the close score. LMU shot 33.3% from the field, while Gonzaga made 34.3% of its shots. The Bulldogs held a 24-21 rebounding margin, but LMU made six three-pointers for the halftime lead. It was a clean first half, with both teams turning the ball over just five times.
Patton led LMU with nine points at halftime, and Hall chipped in seven. Hawk led Gonzaga with 10 points, while Heather Bowman had eight points.
The game stayed close early in the second half. The teams traded the lead several times in the opening minutes but the Bulldogs were strong in the paint and used several inside baskets to slowly extend their lead.
The Lions entered the weekend ranked 13th in the nation in fewest fouls committed, but an uncharacteristic amount of fouls were called on LMU in the second half. The Zags scored seven straight points from the free throw line over a four minute span in the second half, which helped them extend their lead.
The Lion post players of Hall and Ogoke were in foul trouble throughout the game, and the Bulldogs took advantage. Gonzaga outrebounded LMU 29-13 in the second half and finished with a 53-34 advantage.
LMU struggled from the field in the second half, shooting 31% and finishing the game by shooting 32.3%.
Patton led LMU with 17 points, including four three-pointers. She also led the team with six rebounds. Hall chipped in 13 points and added five rebounds. DeCoud dished out four assists and made four steals.
Hawk finished with a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds. Bowman scored 14, and Bjorklund added 10 points.
The Lions look to rebound when they return to Gersten Pavilion to host San Diego on Thursday night at 7:00pm. They will wrap up their home schedule on Saturday, February 10th when they host San Francisco at 2:00pm. LMU will honor its senior class of Ashlee Dunlap and Amanda Patton in a ceremony before the game.
- GO LIONS! -