Feb. 3, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Coming off its first loss of the West Coast Conference season, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team bounced back and defeated Loyola Marymount 66-56 Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 16-9 overall and 8-1 in conference, was led by senior Stephanie Hawk who registered her ninth double-double of the season and seventh double-double in WCC play with a game-high 21 points and a career-tying 15 rebounds. The senior also chipped in four blocks and two assists in 38 minutes of action.
The Lions (13-10, 5-4 WCC) controlled the first half, taking a 29-27 lead into halftime on the strength of the three-pointer. Loyola Marymount drained six three-pointers in the first stanza, including four over the final 10 minutes of the half.
With the scored tied 14-14 at the 10:02 mark, LMU used a 9-2 run to take a seven-point advantage. The Lions nine points were courtesy of three thee-pointers scored by Amanda DeCoud, Kavita Goss, and Jennifer Hall.
Gonzaga was able to cut Loyola Marymount's advantage to 26-25 at 1:10 but another three-pointer by Patton with 32 seconds left increased the Lions lead to four. Hawk was able to make a layup in the closing seconds to cut LMU's lead to two at the half.
A jumper by LMU's Valerie Ogoke and two free throws by Ashlee Dunlap gave the Lions back a slight one-point lead but Gonzaga responded with six-straight points to regain the lead; one it would not relinquish.
Gonzaga held a double-digit lead for the final seven minutes of the contest. The Zags largest lead of the game was a 14-point advantage at 58-44 with four minutes left in the contest.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the Lions 29-13 in the second half and finished the contest with a 53-34 advantage.
Patton led Loyola Marymount with a team-high 17 points, including a game-high four three-pointers. Hall added 13 points and five rebounds for the Lions.
Gonzaga will back in action on Thursday, Feb. 8 when it plays at Saint Mary's College. Game time is set for 7 p.m.