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Zags Look To Stay Perfect

Nov. 15, 2006

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Game No. 3 - SACRAMENTO STATEThursday, November 16 - 1 p.m.McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) - Spokane, WARadio: KGA 1510 AM

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (2-0, 0-0 West Coast)F - 30 Heather Bowman, 6-2, Fr., Spokane, WA (5.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg)F - 42 Stephanie Hawk, 6-3, Sr., Ontario, OR (21.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.0 apg)G - 3 Sasha Polishchuk, 5-6, So., Federal Way, WA (3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)G - 21 Katy Ridenour, 5-11, Sr., Post Falls, ID (6.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)G - 31 Michelle Elliott, 5-11, Jr., Pasco, WA (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 apg)HEAD COACH: Kelly Graves (University of New Mexico, 1988)GONZAGA RECORD: 98-83 (7th year); CAREER RECORD: 164-109 (10th year)

SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)F - 14 Ashley Storms, 6-1, Sr., Vancouver, WA (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)F - 24 Atty Boyer, 6-0, So., Sacramento, CA (2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)G - 1 Ali Mollet, 5-9, Jr., San Jose, CA (2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)G - 12 Stephanie Cherry, 5-6, Sr., Suisun, CA (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 spg)G - 20 Kim Sheehy, 5-9, Sr., Santa Fe, NM (10.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)HEAD COACH: Dan Muscatell (Western Washington, 1983)SACRAMENTO STATE RECORD: 19-63 (4th year); CAREER RECORD: Same

Game No. 4 - MONTANASunday, November 19 - 1 p.m.Dahlberg Arena (7,500) - Missoula, MTAudio Broadcast Available at MontanaGrizzlies.com

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA LADY GRIZ (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)F - 5 Johanna Closson, 6-0, Jr., Whitefish, MT (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 spg)F - 23 Dana Conway, 5-10, Jr., Billings, MT (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)C - 51 Tamara Guardipee, 6-2, So., Browning, MT (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)G - 3 Mandy Morales, 5-9, So., Billings, MT (17.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg)G - 10 Sonya Rogers, 5-7, So., Lewiston, MT (9.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)HEAD COACH: Robin Selvig (Montana, 1974)MONTANA RECORD: 646-188 (29th year); CAREER RECORD: Same

HEAD COACH Kelly Graves: Kelly Graves is in his seventh 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 back-to-back West Coast Conference regular-season titles. This past season, Gonzaga finished with a 16-14 overall record and an 11-3 record in the WCC to claim a share of the WCC regular-season title. In 2004-05, GU won its first regular-season title since 1988 when GU posted a 28-4 record and 14-0 mark in the WCC. It was only the second time a school has run the table in the league. Graves was an assistant coach at the University of Portland when the Pilots accomplished the feat in 1997. For his efforts in 2004-05, Graves was named the WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year and WCC Coach of the Year as Gonzaga ran off a nation's-best 23 game win streak and earned the school's first national ranking. Graves is currently the school's career wins leader with a 98-83 record. He has twice been named the WCC Coach of the Year at Gonzaga (2003 & 2005) and boasts a 164-109 career record including 76-50 in WCC action.

TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team looks to stay unbeaton and improve its record to 4-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign. The Bulldogs, who currently have a perfect 2-0 record, will look to knock off the Sacramento State University Hornets and the University of Montana Lady Griz this week. Gonzaga will close out a three-game homestand when it welcomes Sacramento State to the McCarthey Athletic Center this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. and then play its first road contest of the season at Montana on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Gonzaga University closes-out its season-opening three-game homestand this Thursday when the Bulldogs welcome Sacramento State University to the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Hornets opened their season with a 52-48 victory over Bethany. It was the first time Sacramento State opened the season with a victory since the 1997-98 season, when the Horents defeated Pacific 63-55. This will be only the fifth meeting between the two schools, with each winning two contests. In its last meeting, Sacramento State earned a 73-54 victory over Gonzaga during the 2005-06 season.

SCOUTING THE LADY GRIZ: Gonzaga University plays its first road contest of the 2007 season when it travels to Missoula, Mont., for a game against the University of Montana. Montana is 1-0 on the season after opening the new season with an 89-45 victory over MSU-Billings last Sunday. This will be the 24th meeting between the Bulldogs and the Lady Griz. Montana holds the 17-6 lead in the all-time series, but Gonzaga has won five out of the last seven meetings.

A SHORT RECAP OF LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University won its first two games of the 2007 season last week, defeating the University of Utah 57-45 in its opening game and UC Davis 73-70 two days later. Senior Stephanie Hawk led the Bulldogs in both games. Hawk finished with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds, along with three blocks, three assists and one steal against Utah and then followed that up with a 24 point, nine rebound, seven assist, four block, and four steal performance against UC Davis.

WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gonzaga University senior forward Stephanie Hawk was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week after she averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over the first weekend of play. Hawk started her senior season off strong scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Gonzaga's 57-45 upset over the University of Utah; a 2006 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Team. She then had a monster game in Sunday's 73-70 victory over UC Davis, as she tallied game-highs of 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four blocks. She also added four steals in the win over the Aggies.

HAWK AMONG TOP WCC RETURNERS: Gonzaga University senior forward Stephanie Hawk was selected as one of the Top 6 returning players in the West Coast Conference for the 2007 season. Hawk was an All-WCC First Team pick as a junior averaging 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. In league play, Hawk averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. Hawk had a superb season hitting double figures in all but five games, including seven double-doubles. Joining Hawk on the top returning player list are Dominique Carter from the University of San Francisco, Jasmane Clarendon from Pepperdine University, Ashlee Dunlap from Loyola Marymount, Daphanie Kennedy from Pepperdine University and Rachel Warren from the University of Portland.

BJORKLUND EARNS ALL-FRESHMAN HONORS: Sophomore Jami Bjorklund became the first Gonzaga University player in 13 years to earn All-Freshman team recognition as she was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team a season ago. Gonzaga's last All-Freshman honoree was Benibel Carrion in 1993. Bjorklund averaged 8.3 points a game during West Coast Conference play to rank third among conference freshman for WCC scoring.

THREE STARTERS RETURN: This year the Gonzaga University Bulldogs return three starters from the 2005-06 squad that won its second-straight West Coast Conference regular-season title. Returning is senior forward Stephanie Hawk, senior guard Katy Ridenour and sophomore guard Jami Bjorklund. Hawk played and started in all 30 games last season taking over the role as both the offensive threat and of defensive stopper. Hawk averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest. Ridenour started all but one game for the Bulldogs and averaged 6.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Bjorklund played in all 30 games, getting the starting nod 13 times. She averaged 7.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

KANE BACK IN THE MIX: Junior Rachel Kane has returned to the Gonzaga University mix of players after returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during the Bulldogs exhibition game against Seattle Pacific a season ago. In her first weekend back in uniform, Kane played 26 minutes, scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and had one block.

HOME RADIO AVAILABLE: Gonzaga University will have all regular-season home games broadcast on the radio this season as Steve Myklebust returns for his third 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 with live audio streaming on www.GoZags.com.

BACK-TO-BACK TITLES: Gonzaga University became the seventh team to win back-to-back West Coast Conference regular-season titles since the league adopted women's basketball in 1986. Pepperdine and Santa Clara have both accomplished this feat twice while Portland and Saint Mary's have pulled it off once. Only Santa Clara has ever won more than two consecutive WCC regular-season titles, winning four from the 1991-94 seasons.

ZAGS FACE NATION'S BEST IN HAWAII: Gonzaga University will take the stage with two of the nation's best programs when it plays in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. The Bulldogs will play 2006 second round participant UCLA in their first contest of the tournament and could possible play the University of North Carolina who was a 2006 Final Four participant and are currently ranked second in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.

BULLDOGS FACE TOUGH SCHEDULE: Gonzaga University women's basketball schedule is highlighted by six teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and two teams that played in the post-season Women's National Invitational Tournament, including WNIT runner-up Marquette University. The Zags will play back-to-back games against opponents ranked in the Top 25, Purdue University and Arizona State University, to open a tough month of December. Purdue is currently ranked 13th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll, while Arizona State is ranked 11th. Gonzaga will also face the University of Washington, a 2006 NCAA Tournament participant, and Marquette during the final month of non-conference action.

FIRST TIME OUT: Three freshmen and a junior transfer got a taste of Gonzaga University women's basketball during it's opening weekend of play. Freshman Heather Bowman earned the starting nod in both of the Bulldogs games this past weekend. The forward averaged 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 16.0 minutes of action for GU. Classmate Tatriana Lorenzo earned her first collegiate start against UC Davis. Junior transfer Michelle Elliott earned her first GU start against Utah, scoring 11 points, bringing down six rebounds and dishing out four assists in 34 minutes of play. Rounding out the newcomers who saw action for the Bulldogs was freshman Vivian Frieson who played in 20 minutes over the Zags two contests.

BULLDOGS AND THE 3-POINTER: In the Bulldogs final home game in the Martin Centre, Gonzaga witnessed its consecutive game streak with a three-pointer made come to an end against the University of San Francisco. That 0-for-6 performance against the Lady Dons ended a 222 game streak in which the Bulldogs had made at least one 3-pointer in a game. The streak started after the Bulldogs went 0-for-10 against the University of San Diego on Feb. 17, 1996. Gonzaga rebounded from that performance to knock down seven three-pointers in each of its next two games and has extended its current streak to 69 games. The Bulldogs record for three-pointers made in a game is 14 against UC Riverside on Dec. 31, 2001. Gonzaga has recorded 17 games with 10 or more three-pointers made since the three-point basket was incorporated into the college game including a 13 three-point performance against Santa Clara to open West Coast Conference play during the 2004-05 season.

BULLDOGS SLAP ON THE "D": While the Gonzaga University offense had not always been pretty last season, the defense definitely was solid. The Bulldogs led the West Coast Conference in defense holding conference opponents to only 54.4 points per game. Gonzaga only allowed three league opponents to score more than 60 points last season. In five games Gonzaga allowed less than 45 points, including a season-low 38 by Pepperdine on Feb. 18. Gonzaga also ranked second in rebound margin behind Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs averaged a plus 2.6 rebound margin in WCC games and a plus 3.2 margin in all games for the season.

BLOCK SHOT LEADER: Gonzaga University senior forward Stephanie Hawk is tied for sixth on the career blocked shots list with 97. Hawk had 44 blocks last season as the Bulldogs finished the season with 127 total blocks. She currently has seven blocks to her credit this season.

CLOSING IN ON 1,000 AND 500: Gonzaga University senior Stephanie Hawk only needs 206 points to become the 12th player in women's basketball history to have scored 1,000 points. Hawk also needs just 71 rebounds to pass the 500 rebound mark for her career.

FROM BEHIND THE ARC: Gonzaga University senior Katy Ridenour cracked the Bulldogs career three-point Top 10 when she drained three three-pointers against the University of Utah in GU's opening game of the season. Ridenour has now drained 52 three-pointers during her career to tie Erin Bergman for 10th place.

HOT HAND BEHIND THE ARC: Gonzaga University has had the hot hand behind the three-point arc this season. The Bulldogs drained 17-of-36 three-pointers in their first two games of the season for an impressive 47.2% accuracy. The Zags drained eight three's in their opening defeat over Utah and then hit nine three-pointers in their 73-70 victory over UC Davis.

A TOUGH BLOW: Janelle Bekkering, one of Gonzaga University's highly recruited freshman, will medically redshirt this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL she suffered this past summer. Before Bekkering suffered her injury, she had been one of 24 players invited to attend the Canada's Senior Women's Basketball National Team's "tryout by invitation." She was the youngest of the 24 players invited to the tryout.

GONZAGA - THE NEW CLASS: The Gonzaga University women's basketball program is starting the 2007 season off on a strong note as head coach Kelly Graves has announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent. Joining the Bulldogs next fall will be Claire Raap, a 5-11 forward from Prosser High School in Prosser, Wash., and 5-8 guard Courtney Vandersloot from Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash. "The first thing people say when they see Claire compete is WOW," said Graves. "She is an incredible athlete, one with the rare combination of strength, jumping, running and coordination you just don't see very often. Claire is a hard-worker with an amazing future as a college athlete. She will continue to get better and better and the sky's the limit with her. Claire is also a tremendous young woman with great character and love for life. She's a perfect fit for our program."

"Courtney is the perfect Zag," said Graves. "She has a high basketball I.Q., loves to compete and is a serious gym rat. A great leader, she is a point guard who can score but also makes others around her better. An amazing three-point shooter, she has an uncanny ability to get into the game and create for herself and others. We are thrilled that someone of Courtney's ability and character is going to be a part of our Gonzaga family."

GONZAGA DOMINATES WCC ATTENDANCE: Gonzaga led the West Coast Conference in attendance for the third-straight season as the Bulldogs averaged 1,250 fans a season ago. GU had more than 1,000 fans at all 13 home games last season including a season-high 2,582 when Gonzaga defeated the University of Portland on Jan. 29. Gonzaga is already off to a strong attendance start as the Bulldogs drew an average of 1,362 fans over its opening weekend.