Dec. 8, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Michelle Elliott hit a single-game school record nine 3-pointers and finished with career-high 31 points to lead the Gonzaga University women's basketball team to a 75-63 victory over Sacramento State University Saturday. Sophomore Heather Bowman chipped in 28 points as the Bulldogs improved their record to 6-3 overall and won their second-straight contest on the road.
Elliott, who hit three 3-pointers in the first half and drained six in the second stanza, broke the 14-year old Bulldog single-game three-pointer record held by Ivy Safranski. Safranski hit eight 3-pointers in a 105-69 victory over Northeast Louisiana on March 26, 1994 during the WNIT. Elliott closed out contest hitting 11-of-16 from the floor, including 9-of-12 three-pointers.
Elliott's previous best was 25 scored as a sophomore at San Diego State University during the 2004-05 season. Her Bulldog career-high was 22 scored against Sacramento State last season.
Bowman hit 11-of-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line to register her sixth 20+ point game. She also had eight rebounds; two steals, one block and one assist in the Zag victory. Junior Jami Bjorklund finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 at the charity stripe.
Gonzaga trailed for the majority of the first half. Its only lead of the half was at the 18:59 mark when freshman Courtney Vandersloot hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge.
Sacramento State's largest lead of the opening frame was nine at 19-10 after a 3-pointer by the Hornets Sami Field-Polisso. Gonzaga was able to slice Sacramento State's lead to one at halftime after the Zags scored the final five points to put the score at 33-32.
It was all Elliott and Bowman in the second half for the Bulldogs; combining for 40 of Gonzaga' 43 points. Elliott drained three 3-pointers in the opening three minutes, while Bowman hit two jumpers to give Gonzaga a quick 45-35 advantage at 17:00.
The closet the Hornets got to the Bulldogs lead in the final half was three at 55-52 with 9:20 remaining in the game. Elliott responded, as she had done all game, draining a three-pointer on the Zags next possession.
Gonzaga finished the game shooting a sizzling 53.8% (28-52) from the field, including 52.4 (11-21) on 3-pointers, and was 57.1 percent (8-14) at the charity stripe. The Bulldogs held the slight 32-29 advantage in rebounds and dished out 25 assists.
Sacramento State closed out the contest shooting 41.8% (23-55) from the floor, including 31.8 percent (7-for-22) on 3-pointers and 76.9 percent (10-for-13) from the charity strip. The Hornets were led by Field-Polisso who scored 14 points.
Gonzaga, who in the midst of a seven-game road swing, will play its next contest at the University of Tennessee on Dec. 16. The contest against the reigning national champions is set for noon PT.