Dec. 31, 2007
OREM, Utah - Gonzaga University women's basketball dropped a lopsided 94-73 decision to Utah Valley State College Monday afternoon in Orem, Utah. The Bulldogs, down only 73-68 with 6:09 left in the contest, was held to just five points over the final six minutes while the Wolverines scored 21 to earn 21-point victory.
The Zags fell to 8-6 on the season with the loss while the Wolverines improved to 12-3 overall.
Gonzaga, who led 59-58 with 11:50 remaining in the contest, and who was only down 73-68 with 6:09 left, closed out the contest hitting only 2-of-11 from the field.
The Bulldogs went dry after a jumper by junior Jami Bjorklund cut the Wolverines lead to five at 6:09. The Zags would not score again until senior Michelle Elliott drained a three-pointer with 57 seconds left in the contest. At that point the game had slipped out of the Zags reach.
Utah Valley was able to capitalize on Gonzaga's misfortunes as it used a 17-0 run to gain a huge 22-point advantage with 1:18 left. Robyn Fairbanks and Rebekah Peterson were huge for the Wolverines in the second half as they scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Sophomore Vivian Frieson led the Bulldogs as four players finished in double-digit points. Frieson closed out the game scoring 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field. She also grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds for Gonzaga. Also registering double-figure points was Bjorklund, sophomore Tiffanie Shives and freshman Courtney Vandersloot. Bjorklund posted 16 points, while Shives and Vandersloot had 11 and 10, respectively.
Gonzaga shot 43.1 (31-of-72) from the field, its 11th game shooting 40.0% of better, and hit 45.0% (9-of-20) from behind the three-point arc. The Bulldogs went to the line a season-low two times, sinking both.
Utah Valley held a huge 50-28 rebounding advantage over Gonzaga, which included a 20-11 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Fairbanks led the Wolverines with a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds. Sandy Marvin added 23 points and Peterson finished with 14.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 3 as it plays its final non-conference match of the regular season. The Bulldogs will face off against Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, Penn. Game time is set to tip at 9 a.m. PT.