Nov. 30, 2006
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.