Feb. 22, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team won the West Coast Conference regular-season title for the third-straight season with an impressive 71-58 victory over visiting University of San Diego Thursday evening at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Bulldogs improved to 20-9 overall and 12-1 in the WCC with the win, while San Diego, who is in second place in the WCC, dropped to 20-7 overall and 9-4 in conference.
San Diego went into halftime with a slight 34-30 lead on the strength of Amber Sprague and its free throw shooting. Sprague, who went 5-for-12 from the field and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line, finished the first stanza with 15 points. She also grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots to help the Toreros go into the locker room with the four-point lead. As a team, USD sank a 14-of-16 (87.5%) from the charity stripe.
Gonzaga, who was without head coach Kelly Graves after he received two technical's late in the first half, stayed in the game on the solid play of senior Simone Santos. Coming off the bench, Santos hit all four shots she took from the field, along with grabbing four offensive rebounds and dishing out two assists in 11 minutes of action.
It was junior Michelle Elliott that helped the Bulldogs overcome its deficit to take the lead in the second half. Down 40-37, Gonzaga went on a 19-5 run to hold a 56-45 advantage at the 7:35 mark. Elliott scored nine of the 19 points on two old fashion three-point plays and on one three-pointer.
The Toreros slowly chipped away at the Bulldogs lead, cutting it to 58-54 with 3:20 left in the game after a jumper by Ashley Voisinet.
The Bulldogs had four players finish in double-digit points, including Elliott and Bowman who both scored 13 points. Hawk added 12 points and 13 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the season, while Santos finished with 10 points.
Sprague closed out the game with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds for San Diego. Voisinet added 11 points for the Toreros.
Gonzaga will close out its regular-season action when it welcomes the University of San Francisco to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 24. Game time is set for 2 p.m.