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Bulldogs Host Montana Monday at 7 p.m.

Nov. 18, 2007

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Game No. 3 -MONTANA
Monday, November 19 - 7 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) - Spokane, WA
Radio: KGA 1510 AM; Gametracker & Live Video Streaming:

F - 11 Janelle Bekkering, 6-0, RS-Fr., Alberta, Canada
     (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg)
F - 30 Heather Bowman, 6-2, So., Spokane, WA
     (20.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 spg)
G - 12 Rachel Kane, 5-7, Sr., Kaneohe, HI
     (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 4.0 apg)
G - 31 Michelle Elliott, 5-11, Sr., Pasco, WA
     (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 spg)
G - 32 Jami Bjorklund, 5-11, Jr., Spokane, WA
     (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 spg)
HEAD COACH: Kelly Graves (University of New Mexico, 1988)
GONZAGA RECORD: 122-93 (8th year); CAREER RECORD: 188-119 (11th year)

F - 5 Johanna Closson, 6-0, Sr., Whitefish, MT
     (6.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.5 spg)
F - 22 Britney Lohman, 6-1, Jr., Bozeman, MT
     (2.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 spg)
G - 3 Mandy Morales, 5-9, Jr., Billings, MT
     (21.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 8.0 apg)
G - 10 Sonya Rogers, 5-7, Jr., Lewiston, MT
     (12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G - 11 Laura Cote, 5-8, Sr., Gardiner, MT
     (2.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
HEAD COACH: Robin Selvig (Montana, 1974)
MONTANA RECORD: 673-193 (30th year); CAREER RECORD: Same

Friday, November 23 - 7 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) - Spokane, WA
Radio: KGA 1510 AM; Gametracker & Live Video Streaming:

F - 21 Svetlana Kovalenko, 6-3, Sr., St. Petersburg, Russia
     (7.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.0 apg)
F - 41 Paige Fiedorowicz, 6-0, Fr., Johnsburg, IL
     (7.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.5 spg)
G - 1 Angel Robinson, 5-8, Fr., Detroit, MI
     (7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G - 11 Janelle Harris, 6-0, So., Detroit, MI
     (8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg)
G - 20 Krystal Ellis, 5-9, Jr., Racine, WI
     (21.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg)
HEAD COACH: Terri Mitchell (Duquesne, 1989)
MARQUETTE RECORD: 219-116 (12th year); CAREER RECORD: Same

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University women's basketball closes out its opening four-game homestand this week. The Bulldogs welcome the University of Montana to the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday, Nov. 19 for a 7 p.m. game and hosts Marquette University, a Big East Conference member, on Friday, Nov. 23, also a 7 p.m. start. 

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.

ZAGS BEAT WASHINGTON TO OPEN THE 2007-08 SEASON: It was the perfect beginning to the new season for the Gonzaga University women's basketball team. Facing the University of Washington in Spokane for the first time since the 1997-1998 campaign, the Bulldogs earned their first victory in 18 tries over the Huskies with an impressive 91-72 win Monday, Nov. 12. It was also a phenomenal collegiate debut for redshirt freshman Janelle Bekkering as she posted a career-high 20 points, including 16 in the first half.  With the win the Bulldogs improved to 1-0 on the season and are now 6-0 in home openers, while the Huskies dropped to 0-2 overall.

BULLDOGS COMBINE OFFENSE, DEFENSE TO ROUT NEVADA: Gonzaga University's women's basketball used solid offensive execution and a defensive tenacity to rout the University of Nevada 93-55 Nov. 17 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. With Spokane product Heather Bowman recording her fifth career double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Tiffanie Shives coming off the bench to score 17 points with her parents seeing her play for the first time as a Bulldog, Gonzaga hit the 90-point plateau for the second time in as many games this season. The Bulldogs opened the 2008 campaign with a 91-72 home win over the University of Washington last Monday. Defensively the Bulldogs forced 20 Nevada turnovers that led to 22 points, and Gonzaga had six steals and two blocks. Gonzaga also won the battle of the boards 46-28.

SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES: The University of Montana split its opening two contests of the 2007-08 campaign. The Grizzlies opened the season with a 70-64 loss at Boise State University before bouncing back with a 79-54 victory over visiting Montana Tech. Montana is led by Mandy Morales who is averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists over the Grizzlies first two contests. Montana is coached by Robin Selvig in his 30th season. Selvig holds a 673-193 record over his 30 years with the Griz.

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST MONTANA: This will be only the 25th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Montana. The Grizzlies hold the 18-6 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last two contests: 88-78 (2007), 72-60 (2006). The Bulldogs last defeated Montana during the 2004-05 season with a 57-51 win at Montana. The last time the Zags defeated the Griz in Spokane was the 2003-04 season with a 60-52 victory.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES: Marquette University opened the 2007-08 season with two home wins. The Golden Eagles began the season with a 82-69 victory of Loyola University Chicago and then defeated in-state rival the University of Wisconsin by the score of 67-53. The Golden Eagles are led by junior Kristal Ellis who averaged 21.5 points and 4.0 assists over their first two contests. Marquette is coached by Terri Mitchell in her 12th year at MU. Mitchell holds a 219-116 overall record.

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST MARQUETTE: When Gonzaga University and Marquette University battle it out on Friday, Nov. 23 it will be only the second time the two schools have met on the hardwood. The Golden Eagles earned a 74-60 victory last season at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

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.

HIGH POINTS: Gonzaga University women's basketball opened its 2007-08 season with a 91-72 victory over the University of Washington, Nov. 12. The 91 points scored by the Bulldogs is a school record for highest point total scored in an opening game. The previous highest was 88 scored in a opening victory at the University of Idaho during the 1993-94 season. The Zags earned a 88-62 victory. The 91 points is also only the 11th game in school history where Gonzaga scored 90 or more points.

90 + POINTS AGAIN: Gonzaga University women's basketball earned its second-straight victory scoring 90+ points when it defeated the University of Nevada 93-55 Nov. 17. The Bulldogs opened the 2007-08 campaign with a 91-72 victory over the University of Washington. It is the first time is school history the Zags scored 90+ points twice during a season, let alone in back-to-back contests.

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 122-93 record. He has been named the WCC Coach of the Year at Gonzaga three times (2003 & 2005 & 2007) and boasts a 188-119 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.

BEKKERING HITS THE FLOOR: Redshirt freshman Janelle Bekkering waited for over a year to hit the basketball court in a Gonzaga University jersey. The 6-0 forward from Alberta, Canada sat out her first season with the Bulldogs after having surgery to repair a torn ACL. Her first game as a Zag was phenomenal. In a 91-72 victory over the University of Washington, Bekkering finished with 20 points, 16 coming in the first half, along with three rebounds and two assists.

TRUE FRESHMAN: True freshman Courtney Vandersloot, of the Gonzaga University women's basketball team, had a strong showing in her first-ever collegiate contest. Vandersloot, who came off the bench to play 26 minutes, dished out 10 assists in the Bulldogs 91-72 win over the University of Washington. Vandersloot also scored six points and grabbed four rebounds, two of which were offensive in the win. Over the Zags first two contests, Vandersloot is averaging 23.0 minutes, 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and a team-best 8.0 assists per game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior guard Jami Bjorklund posted her first collegiate double-double in Gonzaga University's 91-72 victory over the University of Washington, Nov. 12. Bjorklund finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds; six of which were offensive. The 10 rebounds was also a career high for the Spokane native.

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: Gonzaga University women's basketball team, who is coming off an impressive 91-72 victory over in-state rival the University of Washington, once again appeared among the schools also receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Bulldogs garnered five votes, up from four votes last week. Gonzaga will continue the new season this Saturday as it welcomes the University of Nevada to the McCarthey Athletic Center for a noon game.

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.

BULLDOGS HOME TV SCHEDULE: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team will have nine home games televised this season. The Bulldogs will have eight broadcasted locally and one nationally. The Zags will appear nationally on ESPNU and locally on KAYU, KHQ and GU TV this season.

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)