Nov. 6, 2006
Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team opened the 2007 season Monday night with a 74-48 win over Eastern Oregon University in the only exhibition game the Zags will play this year. A trio of Gonzaga players scored in double figures to help the Bulldogs secure the victory.
"I liked our effort tonight," stated GU head coach Kelly Graves. "We broke down a bit defensively, but this was a difficult team to defend. I want to give Eastern Oregon credit; they are a good team, with good players, that won 24 games last year."
The Bulldogs were led by freshman Tatriana Lorenzo, who posted 12 points knocking down 5-for-7 from the floor, including 1-for-1 from both three-point range and from the free throw line. Also hitting double figures for the Zags was sophomore Maria Hassett and senior Katy Ridenour. Hassett went 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-4 from the charity line for 10 points. Ridenour scored 10 point shooting 4-for-10 from the floor and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Newcomer Vivian Frieson posted seven points in her Gonzaga debut, hitting 3-of-6 shots, along with adding five rebounds and one block.
"I thought our newcomers looked pretty solid," added Graves. "Tatriana played well, and it's good to see. I also thought Vivian had a solid performance. We certainly aren't playing our best but at times we looked pretty good, and at times we looked rough. That's typical for this time of year though."
Gonzaga put the game away early with a 27-9 run over the first 13:80 of the game as the Zags held Eastern Oregon to 20 points in the first stanza. Eastern Oregon was able to find some offense in the second half as Tiffanie Ulmer scored four of her game-high 15 points connecting on 5-for-14 from the floor. The Mountaineers shot 32 percent for the contest hitting 19-of-59 shots.
Eastern Oregon opened the second half on a 14-7 run to come within 11 at 45-34 at 8:27, but Gonzaga went on a 29-14 run of its own to push the game out of Eastern Oregon's reach. Ridenour was the key during the Bulldogs run; scoring eight points.
The Zags held the 48-35 rebounding advantage, including a commanding 31-17 advantage in the first half. For the game, Gonzaga shot 43.9 percent from the floor, including 23.5 percent from the three-point arc.
GU hosts the University of Utah, who received votes in the most recent polls, in its regular season-opener Friday at 8 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Utah was a 2006 NCAA participant; falling in the Elite Eight.