Feb. 8, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team rallied from 20 down to make it a game late against Gonzaga but fell short 78-68 Thursday night from McKeon Pavilion. SMC junior guard Serena Benavente led the way with 15 points and four assists. After the loss, the Gaels fall to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in WCC play.
The Gaels ran out to an early 9-2 but the Bulldogs rallied back and took a 25-17 lead with 9:15 left in the first. The two teams went into the half with the Zags holding a 43-34 advantage.
Gonzaga quickly increased its lead to 20 with 12:16 to go but Saint Mary's showed resolve and stormed back into the contest. The Gaels cut it to nine with 5:06 to go when senior forward Eghosa Obaiza sank a free throw.
The game teetered back and forth but the Gaels were unable to get to within striking distance as the Bulldogs took the season series with two wins.
Heather Bowman of the Bulldogs led all scorers with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bowman shot 8-of-10 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Maija Lahde nearly tallied the double-double with nine points and 15 rebounds. The 15 boards tied a career high.
The Gaels shot 39 percent (25-for-65) from the floor, 42 percent (5-of-12) from three and 87 percent (13-of-15) from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs shot 53 percent (29-of-55) from the floor, 50 percent (3-of-6) from three and 71 percent (17of-24) from the free throw line.
Saint Mary's will conclude its homestand when it faces the University of Portland on Saturday, February 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.