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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 30, 2006

Gonzaga - 74
Seattle Pacific - 58

SPOKANE, Wash. - After playing five games on the road, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team returned to the McCarthey Athletic Center tonight and defeated Seattle Pacific University 74-58. Bulldog freshman Heather Bowman paced the Zags to victory scoring a career-tying high 23 points. With the win Gonzaga improved to 6-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 at home, while Seattle Pacific dropped its first game of the season and now are 3-1 overall.

The Bulldogs will be back in action this Saturday, Dec. 2 when it plays at No. 9 ranked Purdue University. Game time is set for 4 p.m. PT.

Gonzaga jumped out to a quick 17-7 lead on the strength of Bowman and senior Stephanie Hawk. Bowman scored eight points over the first six minutes of action, while Hawk chipped in four. Also scoring for the Bulldogs was senior Katy Ridenour who hit a three-pointer and junior Michelle Elliott who made a layup.

The Falcons, who were down 27-16 with 9:47 to play in the first half, were able to slice the Bulldogs lead to seven after Jackie Hollands hit back-to-back jumpers, but a 6-0 spurt by Gonzaga that featured back-to-back jumpers by Bowman and a jumper by senior Simone Santos at the 4:27 mark gave GU its largest lead of the half at 35-20.

Seattle Pacific closed out the half with a small 7-2 run to cut Gonzaga's halftime lead to 37-27.

Bowman finished the first half with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 shooting at the free throw line.

The Bulldogs came out strong in the second half, pushing their lead to 17 at the 10:44 mark at 55-38. Seattle Pacific was able to slice Gonzaga's lead to 57-44 after Jessie Menkens drained a three-pointer, but a 12-7 run by the Zags put their lead at 18 points, and the game out of SPU's reach, with a little over four minutes to play in the game.

Bowman, who closed out the game shooting 10-for-15 from the field and 3-for-4 at the charity stripe, also grabbed seven rebounds, made one steal and dished out one assist. Also finishing in double-digit points for GU was Elliott and Hawk who scored 14 and 10, respectively. The Bulldogs closed out the game shooting 45.6% (31-68) from the field, including 31.6% (6-19) on three-pointers, and 37.5% (6-16) at the charity stripe.

Kelsey Hill led the Falcons with a team-high 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 accuracy at the free throw line. Hill also chipped in seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. Seattle Pacific finished the game hitting 42.1% (24-57) of its field goals, including 30.4% (7-23) of its three-pointers and 75.0% (3-4) of its free throws.

Oregon - 79
Saint Mary's - 53

Eugene, OR - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team suffered a 79-53 loss against the Oregon Ducks Thursday night from McArthur Court. Oregon opened up the contest with a 43-point first half to pull away with an insurmountable margin. After the loss, SMC falls to 2-4 overall while UO improves to 5-1 on the season.

The Gaels cut their deficit to 18-15 at the 9:31 mark, Oregon closed out the half on a 25-2 run to lead 43-19 at halftime. SMC was down in the opening minutes by the score 13-2.

Saint Mary's had just six field goals in the first half, while the Ducks made 48-percent of their shots from the field in both halves. Saint Mary's fared better in the second period and closed the 24-point deficit down to 16 but Oregon quickly answered back with a 13-2 run to put the Gaels away.

Eleanor Haring led all scores with 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Four other Ducks finished with double digits, including Jessie Shetters who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Gaels were led by junior guard Serena Benavente and her nine points on 4-of-9 shooting. Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza tallied seven points and five rebounds.

Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy led the Gaels on the glass with seven boards. Shaughnessy also added six points and four assists. Overall the Gaels shot 30 percent on 17-of-57 from the floor, 36-percent (5-of-14) from beyond the arc and 70-percent (14-of-20) from the charity stripe.

Freshman Lisa Busch notched five points in her first action as a Gael. Busch, a Eugene, OR native went 2-for-2 with a three.

Oregon shot 48 percent on 28-of-58 shooting and drained 43 percent on their threes. The Ducks converted 17-of-26 free throws.

Saint Mary's will return home for its lone contest in McKeon Pavilion for the week. The Gaels will host the Pacific Tigers on Sunday, December 3 with tip-off slated for 2:05 p.m.