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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 21, 2006

Gonzaga - 76
Portland State - 59

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team earned its first road victory of the season with a 76-59 win over host Portland State University Tuesday evening. Senior Stephanie Hawk finished with a team-high 20 points in the win; it was the third-straight game the Bulldogs had a player finish with 20 or more points. With the win, the Zags improved to 4-1 overall, while the Vikings dropped to 1-3 with the loss.

Gonzaga will be back in action this coming weekend when it partakes in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Whaine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. The tournament, which is hosted by the University of Hawaii, will begin on Friday, Nov. 24. The Zags will play UCLA at 1:30.

Gonzaga went into halftime with a 36-26 lead on the strength of senior Stephanie Hawk and the Bulldogs accuracy at the free throw line. Hawk finished the first half with 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field and hitting 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. As a team, the Zags were 14-for-18 from the free throw line in the first stanza, including 13-for-15 over the final six minutes of the half.

With the game tied at 11-11 at the 13:45 mark, Hawk drained back-to-back jumpers to give Gonzaga a slight edge. A layup by the Vikings Brianna Thompson sliced the lead back to two, but a jumper by freshman Tatriana Lorenzo and a jumper by junior Michelle Elliott pushed GU's advantage to 19-13.

After two-straight buckets by Portland State sliced the lead back to two, Gonzaga went on a 7-0 spurt to take a 26-17 advantage. The final two points of the run were two free throws hit by freshman Vivian Frieson.

Portland State was able to stop Gonzaga's run with back-to-back buckets by Kerstin Brosterhous and Kelsey Kahle, but it was all Bulldogs after that. The Zags held the Vikings to only five points over the final 2:45, while they hit 10 free throws down the stretch to capture the 10-point halftime lead.

The Vikings came out strong in the early minutes of the second half, cutting the Bulldogs lead to 47-45. After hitting just one three-pointer in the first stanza, Portland State drained three in the first nine minutes of the second half, including one by Heather Arns which cut the Zags lead to two.

Gonzaga woke up; exploding for 13-straight points which gave it an impressive 60-45 lead with nine minutes left on the clock. Five different players scored during the run; sophomore Jami Bjorklund hit two jumpers, Hawk drained GU's first three-pointer of the contest, senior Katy Ridenour and sophomore Maria Hassett both made layups and Elliott hit one of two free throws. The Bulldogs also forced the Vikings to turn the ball over four times and miss two shots during their surge.

Portland State was able to cut Gonzaga's lead to 10 at 64-54, but a 12-5 run over the final four minutes gave the Bulldogs their 17-point victory.

Along with Hawk's 20 points, she had seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks GU. Polishchuk and Ridenour added 11 points a piece and Bjorklund had 10.The Bulldogs closed out the game shooting 33.3% (26-61) from the field, including a cold 12.5% (1-8) from behind the three-point arc, and was 76.7% (23-30) from the free throw line.

Portland State was led by Kahle who scored a game-high 23 points, along with eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. Jenni Ritter and Arns both chipped in 10 points. The Vikings finished the game shooting 39.3% (24-61) from the field, including 44.4% (4-9) on three-pointers, and 41.2% (7-17) at the charity stripe.

Loyola Marymount - 61
Long Beach State - 38

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team limited Long Beach State to nine second half points en route to a 61-38 win in Gersten Pavilion this afternoon. The 49ers shot 10.5% from the field in the second half as LMU pulled away for the victory. Jennifer Hall recorded her first double double at LMU, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and adding four blocks and three assists. Ten players scored for the Lions who improve to 2-2 on the season.

The game was close in the opening minutes, but LMU pulled away from Long Beach State (0-5) with strong play by Hall. She scored 14 of the team's first 26 points to help the Lions open up to a 26-17 lead at 6:20. The Lions extended their lead to 10 points, 27-17, at 5:44, but the 49ers cut the gap to three points at 3:11 with back to back three-pointers by Ally Wade. The teams were even in the final minutes of the half as LMU took a 32-29 lead into the break.

Hall led all players with 14 points in the first half, while Karina Figueroa led LBSU with 11 points. The 49ers shot 44.4% from the field, and LMU shot 41.7%. LMU outrebounded LBSU, 16-15, and both teams had two three-pointers. The difference in the score was determined by fouls, as the 49ers were called for 12 fouls in the opening half. LMU went to the free throw line 13 times in the opening period, while LBSU had just five shots from the charity stripe.

LMU opened the second half on a 17-4 run in the first 10 minutes to open the lead to 49-33 at 10:04 on a layup by Jenna Sybesma. After the 49ers got a layup by Lauren Sims, LMU scored 10 straight points to take a 59-35 lead at 5:39. The 49ers managed just three more points in the game.

The 49ers were 4-for-38 from the field in the second half, but they did manage 13 offensive rebounds. LMU was 12-for-28 from the field (42.9%), led by Sybesma's six points. Nine different LMU players scored in the second half, and ten Lions scored in the game.

Hall led all scorers and rebounders with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She also led all players with four blocks. She was 6-for-12 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Amanda Patton added nine points, three assists and four rebounds, and Amanda DeCoud added eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Figueroa led The Beach with 13 points and eight assists.

LMU returns to action on Friday when it hosts the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Texas A&M will take on West Virginia on Friday at 3:00pm, and LMU will host American on Friday at 5:00pm. The consolation game is on Saturday at 2:00pm, and the championship game is on Saturday at 4:00pm. All games will have free streaming video on www.LMULions.com, and gametracker will be available for all tournament games.