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Women's Basketball Tips Off Monday

Nov. 9, 2007

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Game No. 1 - WASHINGTON
Monday, November 12 - 7 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) - Spokane, WA
Radio: KGA 1510 AM; Gametracker & Live Video Streaming:
www.gozags.com

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (0-0, 0-0 West Coast)
F - 13 Maria Hassett, 6-2, Jr., Beaverton, OR
     (7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, .750 FG% - exhibition stats)
F - 30 Heather Bowman, 6-2, So., Spokane, WA
     (15.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 apg - exhibition stats)
G - 12 Rachel Kane, 5-7, Sr., Kaneohe, HI
     (3.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg - exhibition stats)
G - 31 Michelle Elliott, 5-11, Sr., Pasco, WA
     (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 spg - exhibition stats)
G - 32 Jami Bjorklund, 5-11, Jr., Spokane, WA
     (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 spg - exhibition stats)
HEAD COACH: Kelly Graves (University of New Mexico, 1988)
GONZAGA RECORD: 120-93 (8th year); CAREER RECORD: 186-119 (11th year)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HUSKIES (0-0, 0-0 Pacific-10)
F - 14 Heidi McNeil, 6-3, Jr., Oak Harbor, WA
     (14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, .563 FG% - exhibition stats)
F - 21 Katelan Redmon, 6-1, Fr., Spokane, WA
     (11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 apg - exhibition stats)
C - 24 Jess McCormack, 6-5, Fr., Auckland, New Zealand
     (5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg - exhibition stats)
G - 4 Emily Florence, 5-5, Sr., Campbell, CA
     (10.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.0 apg - exhibition stats)
G - 20 Sami Whitcomb, 5-10, So., Ventura, CA
     (12.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 apg - exhibition stats)
HEAD COACH: Tia Jackson (Iowa, 1995)
WASHINGTON RECORD: 0-0 (First year); CAREER RECORD: Same

Game No. 2 -NEVADA
Saturday, November 17 - Noon
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) - Spokane, WA
Radio: KGA 1510 AM; Gametracker & Live Video Streaming:
www.gozags.com

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA WOLF PACK (0-0, 0-0 Western Athletic)
F - 21 Andrea Sitton, 6-3, Sr., Brush Prairie, WA
     (0.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg - exhibition stats)
F - 25 Cherlanda Franklin, 5-10, Jr., Phoenix, AZ
     (1.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1 bpg - exhibition stats)
G - 00 Bre'Anna Henry, 5-11, Jr., Highland, CA
     (7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg - exhibition stats)
G - 1 Brandi Fitzgerald, 5-10, Jr., Moreno Valley, CA
     (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1 apg - exhibition stats)
G - 22 Dellena Criner, 5-7, Jr., Oakland, CA
     (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg - exhibition stats)
HEAD COACH: Kim Gervasoni (Fresno State, 1989)
NEVADA RECORD: 41-80 (5th year); CAREER RECORD: Same

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University women's basketball opens its 2007-08 season this week with two home contests. The Bulldogs will tip the season off welcoming in-state rival the University of Washington to the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The contest between the two schools will mark the first meeting on Gonzaga's campus since the 1997-98 campaign. The Zags will then host the University of Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 17. The fourth all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and the Wolf Pack is set to begin at Noon.

LIVE VIDEO COVERAGE: All home Gonzaga University women's basketball contests can be seen live on CSTV's all-access through GoZags.com. Check out the the women's basketball schedule page for the link to the video broadcast. Gametracker is also available for all home games and can be accessed at GoZags.com

ON THE RADIO: Gonzaga University will have all regular-season home games broadcast on the radio this season as Steve Myklebust returns for his fourth year of calling the action. Each game will be broadcast on KGA 1510 AM in Spokane with a pre-game show 20-minutes prior to tip. Games will also be available on the internet at GoZags.com.   

TICKET INFORMATION: Single game tickets to Gonzaga University women's basketball can be purchased through TicketsWest at 325-SEAT (7328), TicketsWest.com, at any TicketsWest outlet, or at the McCarthey Athletic Center Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Women's Basketball Ticket Prices are as follows: $7-Reserved
$5-General Admission Adult; $3-General Admission Child (12 and under), or Senior (65 and over); Gonzaga Students, Faculty & Staff are free with a valid Gonzaga ID.

BULLDOGS HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR 2007-08: Despite the loss of two senior starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, the Gonzaga University Bulldogs have high hopes entering the 2007-08 season. Head coach Kelly Graves thinks this team could be better at the end of the year than last season's team as Gonzaga does return 10 players who played last season including returning starters Heather Bowman, the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year last season, Rachel Kane and junior Jami Bjorklund. Gonzaga kicks the season off with four-straight home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center. GU opens the season hosting the University of Washington on Monday, Nov. 12, then welcomes the University of Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 17, the University on Montana on Monday, Nov. 19 and Marquette University, Friday Nov. 23. 

ZAGS WIN EXHIBITION CONTEST: Gonzaga University women's basketball opened the 2007-08 season with a 103-37 win over Corban College in the only exhibition game the Zags will play this year. All 13 Bulldogs scored in the victory, including five players who finished in double-figure points for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Heather Bowman who posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bowman was 5-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe, while grabbing five offensive and five defensive rebounds.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Gonzaga University hosts the University of Washington to opens its 2007-08 women's basketball campaign. The contest between the two schools will mark the first meeting on Gonzaga's campus since the 1997-98 campaign. The Huskies closed out last season with a 18-13 overall mark, including a 11-7 record in the Pacific-10 conference; good enough for a fourth-place finish. Like Gonzaga, Washington also participated in the NCAA Tournament a season ago. UW split its two exhibition contests this season; defeating Love & Basketball 84-59 and falling to Seattle Pacific University 75-67. Washington will open the season at Kansas State University on Saturday, Nov. 10 before traveling to Spokane.

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST WASHINGTON: This will be the 18th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Washington. The Bulldogs have never beaten the Huskies, having falling 17-straight times. Gonzaga holds an 0-7 record at home when playing Washington.

SEASON OPENERS: Gonzaga University women's basketball is 9-13 overall in season-openers. Included in that is a 5-0 mark when the Bulldogs play at home in their season openers, 3-5 record opening on the road and 2-6 record when playing at a neutral site. The Zags are looking for their second-straight season-opening win as Gonzaga defeated the University Utah 57-45 at home in 2006-07. 

SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK: The University of Nevada won its only exhibition game of the season Nov. 3, posting a 68-40 win over Sonoma State. The Wolf Pack, who finished last season 17-15 overall and 10-6 in the WAC, returns nine players from last season's WNIT team. Five newcomers, one sophomore transfer and four high school players, also join Nevada this season. The Pack is coached by Kim Gervasoni who is entering her fifth season with Nevada and has a 41-80 overall record with the Pack. Nevada plays three games before heading to Spokane. The Pack opens the season with Santa Clara University and San Diego State University at home, before traveling to Eastern Washington Universiy.

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST NEVADA: This will be only the fourth meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Nevada. The Bulldogs hold the slight 2-1 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last two. The last time Gonzaga faced-off against Nevada was during the 2004-05 season at the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by the University of Idaho. The Zags earned a 70-49 victory.

FRIENDLY CONFINES OF THE McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER: Gonzaga University women's basketball opens the 2007-08 campaign with four-straight home contests. It is the first time in school history the Bulldogs will host four games to start the season. The longest homestand prior to this year was last season when Gonzaga had three-straight home games, going 3-0.

HEAD COACH Kelly Graves: Kelly Graves is in his eighth season as the head coach at Gonzaga University having built the Bulldogs into an annual West Coast Conference contender. After winning just five games his first season, Graves has guided the Bulldogs to three-straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles. This past season he added a WCC Tournament championship and the Zags inaugural berth in the NCAA Tournament to his GU highlights. Gonzaga finished the 2006-07 season with a 24-10 overall record and a 13-1 record in the WCC; which helped Graves garner WCC Co-Coach of the Year honors. Graves is currently the school's career wins leader with a 120-93 record. He has been named the WCC Coach of the Year at Gonzaga three times (2003 & 2005 & 2007) and boasts a 186-119 career record including 89-51 in WCC action. 

BOWMAN AMONG TOP WCC RETURNERS: Gonzaga University sophomore forward Heather Bowman has been selected as one of the Top 6 returning players in the West Coast Conference for the 2007 season. Bowman was the WCC's Newcomer of the Year last season and the WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Bowman led the conference in scoring in WCC contests (16.3 ppg). Joining Bowman on the top returning player list are Dominique Carter from the University of San Francisco, Daphanie Kennedy and Teena Wickett from Pepperdine University and Amanda Rego and Amber Sprague from the University of San Diego.

THREE STARTERS RETURN: This year the Gonzaga University Bulldogs return three starters from the 2006-07 squad that made its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Returning to the mix is senior guard Rachel Kane, junior guard Jami Bjorklund and sophomore forward Heather Bowman. Kane played in all 34 games, getting the starting nod 22 times. She averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and a team-best 3.9 assists per contest. Bjorklund started 28 games for the Bulldogs and averaged 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Bowman, the WCC Newcomer of the Year, played and started in all 34 games for the Zags. She averaged 13.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game as a freshman.

LORENZO BACK IN THE MIX: Redshirt freshman Tatriana Lorenzo has returned to the Gonzaga University mix of players after returning from a torn anterior cruciate suffered during the Bulldogs game against then No-19 UCLA last season. Prior to her injury, Lorenzo had played in all six games, including three starting nods.    

BULLDOGS FACE TOUGH SCHEDULE: Gonzaga University, coming off a season that saw it win their first-ever WCC Tournament Championship and make their inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament, have put together one of the strongest schedules in school history. Of the 15 non-conference match-ups on the slate this season, 10 opponents either made it to the NCAA Tournament or participated in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) in 2007. Included in that list is a game against the defending National Champions the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Elite Eight members Arizona State University and Purdue University.

RECEIVING VOTES IN COACHES POLL: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team begins the 2007-08 season receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 coaches' preseason poll. The Bulldogs, who finished the 2006-07 campaign 24-10, received four votes in the poll that is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions.

ZAGS ON ESPNU: Gonzaga University women's basketball will have one home game nationally televised. The Bulldogs opening West Coast Conference game against Pepperdine University, Jan. 10 will be broadcast on ESPNU.

GONZAGA PICKED TO FINISH SECOND: Defending West Coast Conference Tournament Champion Gonzaga University has been picked to finish second this year in the WCC in a preseason vote of the league coaches. The Bulldogs garnered three first place votes, and received 55 total points to finish second in the annual coaches poll.

2007-08 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. San Diego - 58 (4)
2. Gonzaga - 55 (3)
3. Pepperdine - 45
4. Loyola Marymount - 44 (1)
5. Saint Mary's - 29
6. San Francisco - 22
7. Santa Clara - 19
8. Portland - 16
(First place votes)