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Women's Basketball Bounces Back

Feb. 3, 2007

Box Score

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.

Freshman Heather Bowman chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds and sophomore Jami Bjorklund added 10 points and six rebounds.

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.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game three minutes into the second half when senior Katy Ridenour drained a three-pointer on an assist by junior Rachel Kane to give GU a 34-31 lead.

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.