Nov. 25, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - Despite having four players score in double-figure points, including Heather Bowman who had a game-high 23, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team dropped a 75-72 decision to Portland State University Sunday afternoon. It was the Bulldogs first loss of the season. The Zags now hold a 4-1 overall record, while the Vikings stayed undefeated on the year at 5-0.
Bowman led all scorers for the fifth-straight contest hitting 11-of-22 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line. The Zags finished the contest shooting 43.1% (31-72) from the floor, including 26.3% (5-19) from behind the three-point arc and was 55.6% (5-9) from the charity stripe.
Kelsey Kahle led Portland State with 21 points and Claire Faucher added 17. The Vikings shot only 42.1% (27-63) from the field, including 27.3% (4-11) on three-pointers, but was 81.8% (18-22) from the free throw line.
Gonzaga held the 41-38 advantage in rebounds, dished out 20 assists as a team and forced Portland State to turn the ball over 12 times. Hassett posted a game-high eight rebounds while Bjorkund dished out six assists and had four steals; both team-highs.
Portland State jumped out to a quick eight-point lead, building a 14-6 advantage with 13:53 remaining in the opening half. Gonzaga would pull within two points at 22-20 with 8:07 left in the half, following a 14-8 run, capped off by back-to-back baskets by Bowman. A layup by PSU's Erin Yankus pushed the Vikings advantage back to four, but the Bulldogs started to heat up. Gonzaga scored 17 points over the final eight minutes, and limited Portland State to just four, to go into halftime with a nine-point lead. Three-straight buckets by Bjorklund closed out the Bulldogs run and gave them their largest lead of the half at 37-26. Portland State's Kelly Marchant hit a jumper in the final minute to cut Gonzaga's halftime lead to single-digits.
Gonzaga continued to hold the lead early in the second half, even pushing its lead back to double-figures at 46-36 after a jumper by Bowman with 15:18 remaining in the contest.
Portland State was able to cut the Zags lead to one at 58-57, but Gonzaga again had an answer pushing its lead back to eight with 4:50 left after a quick 9-2 spurt.
The Zags looked in control of the contest holding an eight-point advantage with 3:26 left in the game. Gonzaga could not hold onto its lead though as Portland State outscored GU 13-2 over the final three and a half minutes. With the Bulldogs leading 70-62, the Vikings scored the next 12 points to gain the 74-70 lead with 32 seconds remaining in the contest. Faucher came up big for Portland State, scoring seven of the Vikings 12 points. A jumper by Bjorklund sliced PSU's lead to two with 19 seconds left, but a free throw by Faucher gave Portland State the 75-72 lead with 10 ticks left on the clock.
The Bulldogs still had a chance but a missed three-pointer by senior Rachel Kane and two missed free throws by Bjorklund with two-seconds remaining sealed the three-point victory for the Vikings.
Gonzaga will return to action this weekend when it participates in the Arizona State University Classic on Friday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 2. The Bulldogs open the tournament will a game against Arizona State at 5 p.m. on Friday in Tempe, Ariz.