Feb. 24, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team closed out its 2007 West Coast Conference regular-season on a high note defeating visiting University of San Francisco 57-37 at the McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, who are WCC regular-season champions for the third year, have won seven-straight games.
Gonzaga closed out the WCC season with a stellar 13-1 record. Overall, the Bulldogs are currently 21-9. Its only the third time is school history the Zags have won 20 or more games, and the second time under head coach Kelly Graves.
Gonzaga played solid on both ends of the court in the first half and went into the locker room with a 27-15 advantage. The Bulldogs finished the half shooting 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor and was perfect from the charity stripe (4-of-4).
The Zags also forced the Dons to turn the ball over 13 times and scored 15 points off San Francisco's miscues.
Freshman Heather Bowman led the charge in the first stanza for Gonzaga scoring 10 points on 4-for-7 accuracy from the field and 2-of-2 shooting at the free throw line. Bowman helped give the Bulldogs their largest lead of the half at 21-4 after hitting back-to-back jumpers at the 9:41 and 8:53 marks.
The Bulldogs continued to roll in the second half, building their lead to 22 at the 4:55 mark. With the score 44-27, Gonzaga used a 7-2 spurt to gain its largest lead of the contest. Seniors Stephanie Hawk and Katy Ridenour, playing in their last game at the McCarthey Athletic Center, were key during this run. Hawk made two layups, while Ridenour made a layup and sank a free throw.
Hawk, who came into the contest needing three blocks to become the Bulldog career leader, collected three in the second half, including the record breaker just moments before she exited the game for good.
Gonzaga had three players finish in double-digit points, including Hawk who registered her 11th double-double of the year and ninth double-double in WCC action. She scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; both game-highs. Bowman chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, while Ridenour, who became the GU career leader in games played at 122, added 11.
San Francisco was led by Dominique Carter who scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out one assist. The Dons did hold the 41-32 advantage in rebounds for the game.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday, March 1 when it begins WCC Tournament action. The Bulldogs, who are the No. 1 seed, will play at 2 p.m.