Nov. 19, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women's basketball continued to fire on all cylinders as it easily defeated the University of Montana 87-69 Monday evening in front of nearly 2,000 fans at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The win kept the Bulldogs perfect on the season at 3-0 while the loss dropped the Grizzlies to 1-2 overall.
Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week Heather Bowman registered her sixth career double-double and second in a row for the Bulldogs finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds; both game-highs. Junior Jami Bjorklund posted 17 points and freshman Courtney Vandersloot added 11 as Gonzaga nearly hit the 90-point plateau for the third-straight contest.
It was Bjorklund and Bowman leading the charge for Gonzaga in the first stanza. Bjorklund scored all of her 17 points in the first half on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including draining one three-pointer and connecting on both of her free throw opportunities. The Spokane native also had four rebounds, three offensive in the opening half. Bowman added 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, while hitting 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Montana held a 12-10 lead over Gonzaga early in the contest, but the Bulldogs scored 11-striaght to build a 21-12 advantage with 9:08 remaining in the first half. Montana stayed strong cutting Gonzaga's lead to 36-34 on a three-pointer by Mandy Morales with 2:32 left before halftime, but Bowman and the Zags turned their game up a notch scoring the final 10 points of the half to hold the 46-34 advantage at intermission. Bowman scored six points during the final run for GU.
Gonzaga blew the game open early in the second half exploding for 35 points over the first 12 minutes, while limiting Montana to just 13 to grab an 81-47 lead; it's largest of the contest. Bowman scored 13 over this period while senior Rachel Kane, sophomore Tiffanie Shives and Vandersloot each drained a three-pointer.
The Bulldog had their third-straight contest with 20+ assists as they dished out 21 during the win. Kane and Vandersloot each passed out four to lead the way.
Gonzaga closed out the game shooting an impressive 46.5 percent (33-71) from the floor and held its counterpart to 34.8 percent (24-69) shooting from the field.
The Bulldogs will close out its opening four-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 23 when it welcomes Marquette University to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game is set for 7 p.m.