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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 17, 2007

Gonzaga - 93
Nevada - 55

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's women's basketball team used solid offensive execution and a defensive tenacity to rout the University of Nevada 93-55 Saturday afternoon in front of 1,532 fans at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

With Spokane product Heather Bowman recording her fifth career double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Tiffanie Shives coming off the bench to score 17 points with her parents seeing her play for the first time as a Bulldog, Gonzaga hit the 90-point plateau for the second time in as many games this season. The Bulldogs opened the 2008 campaign with a 91-72 home win over the University of Washington last Monday.

Nevada (2-2) held an early 9-4 lead, but the Bulldogs came back to tie the game 9-9 and had extended the lead to 21-11 with 9:54 to go in the first half after a 17-2 run. Five different players scored during the run, with Shives scoring six of the points. Gonzaga pushed the lead to as many as 22 points in the opening half, leading 41-19 with 2:50 to go before settling for a 43-23 halftime lead.

Bowman had her double-double by halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds, going 4-for-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Her 14 rebounds were one shy of matching her career high set last season at Santa Clara University. Michelle Elliott scored all 10 of her points in the first half, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line.

Shives and freshman Courtney Vandersloot were the offensive catalysts in the second half for the Bulldogs. Shives went 3-for-5 from the field in the second half, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, to score 10 second-half points. Vandersloot, with seven points in the first half, added six more in the second half.

The Bulldogs also displayed pinpoint passing, collecting 23 assists. Shives added eight assists, while Vandersloot and Rachel Kane had six each.

Defensively the Bulldogs forced 20 Nevada turnovers that led to 22 points, and Gonzaga had six steals and two blocks. Gonzaga also won the battle of the boards 46-28. In addition to Bowman's 14 boards, Maria Hassett came off the bench to grab eight. Gonzaga held Nevada to 26.7 percent from the field in the first half, and 32.8 percent for the game as the Wolf Pack had numerous three-and-four minute scoring droughts in the contest.

The Bulldogs shot 54.2 percent from the field, including 17-for-28 for 60.7 percent in the second half. Gonzaga also connected on 22-of-24 free throws.

Head coach Kelly Graves was able to go deep into his bench as Janelle Bekkering was the only starter to play more than nine minutes in the second half with 12. Nine players played double-digit minutes in the game.

The Bulldogs, who play their first four games at home, return to action Monday at 7 p.m. against the University of Montana.

Santa Clara - 73
Boise State - 51

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's basketball team posted its second straight victory of the season with a 73-51 triumph over Boise State Saturday night at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara has now won the last three meetings of the two Bronco squads and is undefeated against Boise State at home. With the win, Santa Clara improved to 2-1 on the season, while Boise State was handed its first loss and is now 2-1 overall.

Senior Jen Gottschalk (Littleton, Colo.) led all players with 28 points in only 30 minutes on the court. She was 10-for-17 from the field and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. Also posting double-figure points was junior Elizabeth Doran (Corvallis, Ore.), who registered 18 points.

"I'm really proud of how my players competed for 40 minutes tonight," said head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. "Although there were some mistakes on the defensive end that need to be fixed, it was a great team effort. Jen Gottschalk's has been a consistent player for us from day one and she has great determination this year and I believe her teammates are feeding off of that."

Santa Clara was the first team to score as Doran posted a two-point jumper just over a minute into the game. The Broncos then pushed to a six-point edge, 7-1, from a good layup from Sara Majors (Aurnsville, Ore.). However, Boise State fought back to knot the score at 12 points on a free throw from Sierra Moeller. Boise State then compiled an 8-0 run to make the score 23-15 on points from Jessica Thompson and Melissa Rima. But a foul by Thompson sent Gottschalk to the line, where she made both baskets to interrupt BSU's run. Yet, Boise State continued to hold onto control of the scoreboard and earned a seven-point lead, 26-17, on a jumper from Rima.

With three minutes remaining in the half, Santa Clara rallied back to tie the score 26-26 on a three-point field goal from freshman Nicole Gall (Boise, Idaho). The Broncos took control of the game on another trey from Gottschalk, 29-26, with under two minutes left. However, Boise State stuck fast and brought the score within one, 31-30, on a layup by Harris and took a one-point edge going into halftime on a jumper from Ja'Lara Walker, 32-31.

Santa Clara took control in the second half on a trey from Chandice Cronk (Wasilla, Alaska) and jumper from Doran, but Boise State tied the score 36-36. But the Broncos quickly won the ball again and started to distance themselves from BSU on an excellent play from freshman Kelli Parker (Lemoore, Calif.) and Gottschalk. Five minutes into the second half, Parker stole the ball from Boise State's Tasha Harris and made a quick pass to Gottschalk, who scored off the fast break to make the score 41-36.

After the third media timeout, Gottschalk made good with a free throw to give SCU a 20-point edge, 67-47. The Broncos then took their largest lead of the game, 22-points on free throws from Parker to make the score 71-49. Gottschalk registered her 28th point and the final point of the game with four minutes remaining.

For Boise State, Harris recorded 14 points and Thompson had 13 points. Both players led the team in steals and assists with two each.

The Broncos return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against the Braves of Bradley in the first round of the 2007 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. PT. at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.

San Diego State - 83
Saint Mary's - 60

Moraga, CA - In their 2007-08 home opener, the Saint Mary's women's basketball team was defeated 83-60 by the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday afternoon from McKeon Pavilion. SDSU's Jene Morris led all players with 17 points and Allison Duffy had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Gaels (2-2) had just two players score in double figures as Jontelle Smith had 12 points and Louella Tomlinson added 11 points and four blocks. Sierra Chambers came off the bench to finish the game with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor in 16 minutes.

San Diego State (2-0) led from the beginning after scoring the first seven points of the game. Paris Johnson opened the scoring with a layup and then Shanna Demus hit a three and a layup to give SDSU a 7-0 lead 1:16 into the game. Demus finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.

SDUS held a 19-7 lead following a basket by Morris at the 12:12 mark, but a 7-2 run by Saint Mary's, that included five points by Mikaela Cowles and a layup by Smith, cut the Aztec lead to seven points (21-14) with 10:49 remaining in the half.

That would be as close as Saint Mary's would get the rest of the afternoon, as San Diego State used a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to open a 14 point lead. After a Smith three cut the Aztec lead to 40-29, SDSU scored the final six points of the half to hold a 46-29 lead at the break.

San Diego State held its double digit lead the entire second half, as the pressure defense of the Aztecs forced the Gaels into 29 turnovers. San Diego State had 17 steals in the game. San Diego State turned the 29 turnovers into 22 points, which helped the Aztecs extend their lead to as many as 25 points (79-54) with three minutes remaining in the game.

Saint Mary's shot 38.9 percent (21-54) from the while the Aztecs shot a blistering 55 percent (33-60) against the Gaels. SDSU took just four 3-pointers in the game, making three of the four shots from behind the arc.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, November 23 when the Gaels host the Yale Bulldogs in the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic at 7 p.m. The tournament begins with Boise State and Cal State Bakersfield taking the court at 5 p.m.

Seton Hall - 69
San Diego - 55

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Amber Sprague recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the University of San Diego women's basketball team fell to Seton Hall University, 69-55, in the championship game of the Seton Hall Classic.

Sprague led the team with her 17 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor and pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds. Amanda Rego followed up her triple double from Friday with a 14 point and eight assist performance. As a team, the Toreros were out rebounded 69-55 and shot 32 percent from the floor.

With the game even at nine in the early going, Rhodin hit a three-pointer to give the Pirates (4-0) the lead with 11:08 to play in the first half. Back-to-back lay-ups by Noteisha Womack and Amber Harris gave SHU its biggest lead of the opening period at 19-13, and the Pirates later matched that advantage when an Ebonie Williams jumper made it 21-15 with 7:32 left.

The Toreros (2-2) stormed back with a 7-0 run, capped off by a 3-point play from Rego, to take a one-point lead. SHU stemmed the tide with a Harris bucket and two free throws by sophomore guard Shantel Brown that made it 25-22 in favor of the Hall, but five different San Diego players scored as part of a 12-0 run to close the half that gave the Toreros a 34-25 edge at intermission. The USD run was sparked on a 3-point basket by Rego and was capped on a Kaila Mangrum jumper.

Kiva Herman's lay-in out of halftime extended the Toreros' spurt to 14 unanswered before Harris converted an offense rebound into a basket to bring the Pirates back to within nine. Rhodin dropped in another triple minutes later to cut the lead to six, but Sprague answered with a old-fashioned 3-point play to make it 42-33 with 15:51 remaining.

Harris and Rhodin again came up with a field goal and 3-pointer, respectively, to cut the deficit to 44-40 with 12:14 to go. With the Pirates later trailing by six, a Mukosiej jumper sparked a 12-0 run over a span of three minutes and 28 seconds that saw SHU reclaim the lead at 56-50 with 3:57 left. Herman hit 1-of-2 free throws for San Diego to end the drought, but Mukosiej answered with her second straight fadeway jumper from the left block to give the Hall a seven-point lead.

Brown followed with a 3-point bucket that made it 61-51 with 2:55 to play. The Toreros got no closer than eight the remainder of the way.

USD will return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Friday as they host Southern Utah University in a 7 p.m. non-conference game.