Dec. 15, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team dropped a 75-61 decision to the University of Washington this evening in Seattle, Wash. The Bulldogs, who were playing the Huskies for the first time since the 1998 season, dropped to 7-6 on the year, while UW improved to 6-4 with the win.
Gonzaga took a 6-5 lead three minutes into the game but Washington exploded with a 23-7 run over the next nine minutes to build a 30-13 lead at the 9:14 mark. The Huskies closed out the run with 11-straight points before GU hit a basket.
Gonzaga was brought back to life after baskets by freshman Heather Bowman and senior Katy Ridenour and two free throws by Bowman cut Washington's advantage to 30-19 with less than seven minutes remaining in the half.
The Bulldogs and Huskies traded three-pointers before layups by both Bowman and junior Michelle Elliott sliced UW's lead to single-digits at 33-26.
The only scoring over the final five minutes of the first stanza were three free throws by Washington which gave the Huskies a 10-point halftime lead.
Washington continued to hold a double-digit lead in the second half until a jumper and one free throw by sophomore Jami Bjorklund cut UW's lead to nine at 42-33. The Huskies responded with a 9-3 spurt which gave them their largest lead of the game; a 15-point advantage at the 15:56 mark.
Gonzaga started to chip away at Washington's, cutting it to 11, 56-45 after a jumper by sophomore Maria Hassett, but a three-pointer by UW's Cheri Craddock as the shot clock expired pushed the Huskies lead back to 14 with 9:13 remaining.
The Bulldogs again started to show life, cutting the Huskies lead into single-digits after back-to-back layups by senior Stephanie Hawk and sophomore Sasha Polishchuk put the score at 64-55 with 6:31 left in the contest. Gonzaga could not sustain the momentum as Washington rattled off two-straight baskets and sank three free throws to gain some breathing room at 70-55.
Gonzaga could not overcome its deficit and dropped the 14-point decision.
Bowman, who finished the first half one rebound shy of a double-double, closed out the game scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. Elliott led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Hawk and Bjorklund chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Cameo Hicks led Washington with 17 points, four rebounds and four steals. Andrea Plouffe chipped in 12 while Stefanie Clark added 11.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 17 when they play at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. Game time is slated for noon.