Dec. 6, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team broke a three-game losing skid and earned its first road win of the season by defeating UC Davis 71-58 Thursday evening in Davis, Calif. Sophomore Heather Bowman paced the Bulldogs to the victory registering a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds; her fourth double-double of the season. Win the win Gonzaga improved its record to 5-3 overall while the loss dropped UC Davis to 5-2.
It was the Zags three-point shooting and free throw accuracy that helped seal the 13-point victory for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs drained a season-high eight three-pointers on the night, including six in the second half, and hit 17-of-24 free throws.
UC Davis led the majority of the first half and held a seven-point edge at 22-15 with 7:13 remaining in the half. Gonzaga started to show life, rattling off six-straight points to get within one of the lead at the 4:59 mark. The Aggies stayed strong though, never relinquishing their lead until a three-pointer and two free throws by senior Michelle Elliott gave the Bulldogs a 32-30 advantage with 1:42 remaining. It was the Zags first lead of the game since the 10:04 mark.
A three-pointer by UC Davis' Monica Mertle with 34 seconds on the clock nearly blew the wind out of the Bulldogs sails but a layup by Bowman with 20 ticks left before intermission gave Gonzaga the slight 34-33 lead at half.
Bowman paced the Bulldogs in the first half scoring 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 3-of-3 accuracy from the charity stripe. The Spokane native also had four rebounds, three offensive, one block and one steal in the opening half.
UC Davis quickly regained the lead in the second half but was unable to hold on to it for long. With the Aggies leading 41-38 at 16:32, the Bulldogs put together a 20-2 run over the next eight minutes to build a 15-point cushion. Bowman, Elliott and sophomore Tiffanie Shives were crucial for the Zags during this run. Shives started the Gonzaga momentum by hitting a jumper and then draining a three-pointer on the next Zag possession. Elliott and Bowman then combined for the next 14 of 15 points for Gonzaga. Elliott drained three three-pointers during this span and Bowman hit a jumper and sank 3-of-4 free throws.
Gonzaga's pushed its lead to 25; it's largest of the game, at 70-45 after Elliott drained her fifth three-pointer of the night with 5:36 left in the contest.
Besides Bowman, both Elliott and Shives closed out the contest in double-figure points. Elliott finished with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc, while Shives registered 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and 3-of-7 on three-pointers.
UC Davis was led by Jessica Campbell and Haylee Donaghe who scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Gonzaga will continue its California road trip with a contest at Sacramento State on Saturday, Dec. 8. Game time is set for 2 p.m.