Nov. 26, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team dropped a 68-57 decision to the University of Hawaii in the third place contest of the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Tournament Sunday evening. The Bulldogs finished the tournament with a 1-2 record and now hold a 5-3 overall record. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 3-2 overall with the win.
Gonzaga started the game off sluggish and Hawaii was able to capitalize, building a 13-1 lead at 11:51. The Rainbow Wahine, who held the Zags to 0-11 shooting from the field over the first eight minutes, built its lead on the strength of Pam Tambini who sank two free throws, made a layup and drained a three-pointer.
Hawaii pushed its lead to 22-8 with 8:14 remaining in the first half after Brittany Grice sank her fourth and fifth free throw of the half. Senior Stephanie Hawk gave the Bulldogs some life hitting a three-pointer and two free throws to slice the Rainbow Wahine lead to only nine, but Hawaii used a 9-4 run to extend its advantage to 31-17 with less than two minutes to play in the half. Grice scored five points for UH, while Janevia Taylor had the other four.
Hawk, who received a pass from junior Michelle Elliott, scored a fast break layup as the buzzer went off to put the halftime score at 30-19.
Hawaii continued to dominate early in the second half. After Hawk hit a jumper for GU, the Rainbow Wahine went on an 11-3 run to hold a 41-24 lead at 16:10. Tambini capped off Hawaii's run hitting her second three-pointer of the day.
A layup by Dita Liepkalne and a three-pointer by Iwona Zagrobelna gave Hawaii a 52-31 lead at 10:50; its largest lead of the game, but Gonzaga woke up and strung together 10-straight points to dwindle the Rainbow Wahine lead to 11 with a little over eight minutes remaining. Hawk converted an old fashion three-point play and sank two free throws; sophomore Jami Bjoklund hit a three-pointer, and Elliott made a layup to put the Bulldogs back into the game.
A 13-4 run by Hawaii squashed Gonzaga's momentum and gave the Rainbow Wahine a 20 point lead with 4:17 remaining. A layup by sophomore Sasha Polishchuk and back-to-back three-pointers by Elliott sparked the Bulldogs, but it wasn't enough as Hawaii pulled out the 68-57 victory.
Hawk led the Bulldogs with 21 points, while Elliott chipped in 19. The Zags finished the game shooting 34.5% (20-58), including 35.7% (5-14) on three-pointers, and was 66.7% (12-18) from the line.
Tambini and Grice both finished with double-doubles for Hawaii. Tambini had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Grice had 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Rainbow Wahine closed out the game shooting 42.6% (26-61) from the field, including 40.0% (4-10) on three-pointers and was 75.0% (12-16) from the charity stripe.
Gonzaga will be back in action Thursday, Nov. 30 when it welcomes Seattle Pacific to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 8 p.m.