Nov. 12, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team earned its second-straight victory by defeating visiting UC Davis 73-70 this afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Senior Stephanie Hawk was spectacular for the Bulldogs; scoring 24 points, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out seven assists, and blocking four shots; all game highs. She also had a team-high four steals for GU. With the win the Zags improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Aggies dropped to 0-2 on the year.
"I give UC Davis a lot of credit; they play a tough style of game," said head coach Kelly Graves. "They execute well and are a difficult match-up for everybody. Stephanie Hawk played a great game. Her line this afternoon may have been one of the best lines I've ever seen. Twenty-four points, nine rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals, that's a big-time line. She carried us but we were able to get some big shots down the stretch at helped us get the win. We play to win the game, but I thought UC Davis out played us a majority of the game."
With GU leading only by one, 64-63, with 3:30 remaining in the contest, Elliott drained her third three-pointer of the game to give the Zags a slight four-point cushion. After two free throws by Kristen Commins of UC Davis cut the lead to two, Kane hit two free throws of her own to give GU some breathing room. The Aggies continued to fight as Heather Bates hit a jumper to again make it a one possession game, but Kane hit her second three-pointer of the contest to give Gonzaga the 72-67 edge with 1:39 left on the clock.
One free throw by UC Davis' Anna Harp put the score at 72-68, but that is as close as the Aggies could get as Elliott grabbed two defensive rebounds in the final minute of play and hit one of two free throws to secure the three-point victory.
It was Hawk who dominated the first half, scoring 16 of her 24 points, including the first five points of the contest. She was an impressive 5-for-7 from the field, including a perfect 1-for-1 from behind the three-point arc, and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.
An old fashion three-point play by Hawk, along with a three-pointer by Kane doubled up UC Davis's score at 24-12 with 7:54 left in the first stanza.
UC Davis got back in the game when, with the score 34-21, the Aggies held the Bulldogs scoreless and rattled off 10-straight points of their own to come with in three points of the lead with 1:08 remaining before intermission. A layup by Elliott broke-up UC Davis' run and gave Gonzaga the 36-31 halftime lead.
Besides Hawk, the Bulldogs had two other players finish in double-figure points. Elliott scored 14 points, and added three rebounds, one block and one steal, and senior Katy Ridenour tallied 11 points, three assists, one rebound and one steal. Gonzaga closed out the game shooting 48.0% (24-50) from the floor, including 47.4% (9-19) on three-pointers, and was 84.2% (16-19) from the free throw line.
The Aggies had five players finish in double-digit points, including Haylee Donaghe who scored a team-high 17. Also scoring double-figure points was Genevieve Costello (15), Bates (13), Paige Mintun (12) and Commins (10). UC Davis closed out the game shooting 48.2% (27-56) from the field, including 30.8% (4-13) on three-pointers, and 75.0% (12-16) from the charity stripe.
Gonzaga will be back in action this Thursday, Nov. 16 when it welcomes Sacramento State University to the McCarthey Center. The game is slated to begin at 5 p.m.