Dec. 12, 2006
Game No. 13 - WashingtonFriday, December 15 - 7 p.m.Bank of America Arena (10,000) - Seattle, WA
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (7-5, 0-0 West Coast)F - 30 Heather Bowman, 6-2, Fr., Spokane, WA (10.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg)F - 42 Stephanie Hawk, 6-3, Sr., Ontario, OR (14.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg)G - 3 Sasha Polishchuk, 5-6, So., Richmond, BC (5.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg)G - 32 Jami Bjorklund, 5-11, So., Spokane, WA (10.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg)G - 31 Michelle Elliott, 5-11, Jr., Pasco, WA (12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg)HEAD COACH: Kelly Graves (University of New Mexico, 1988)GONZAGA RECORD: 103-87 (7th year);CAREER RECORD: 169-113 (10th year)
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HUSKIES (5-4, 0-0 Pacific-10)F - 1 Jill Bell, 6-2, Sr., Bellevue, WA (9.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg)F - 3 Breanne Watson, 6-1, Sr., Richmond, BC (8.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg)G - 4 Emily Florence, 5-5, Jr., Boise, ID (4.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg)G - 5 Cameo Hicks, 5-10, Sr., Tracy, CA (18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg)G - 22 Stefanie Clark, 5-9, So., Lakeview Terrace, CA (8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg)HEAD COACH: June Daugherty (Ohio State, 1978)UW RECORD: 178-126 (11th year);CAREER RECORD: 301-200 (18th year)
Game No. 14 - marquetteSunday, December 17 - NoonAl McGuire Center (4,000) - Milwaukee, WI
#21 MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES (9-1, 0-0 Big East)F - 24 Danielle Kamm, 6-2, Sr., Reese, MI (10.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg)F - 34 Christina Quaye, 6-2, Sr., Chicago, IL (14.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)F - 45 Jasmine McCullough, 6-1, Sr., St. Louis, MO (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)G - 5 Erin Monfre, 5-11, So., Waukesha, WI (6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)G - 20 Krystal Ellis, 5-9, So., Racine, WI (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg)HEAD COACH: Terri Mitchell (Duquesne, 1989)MU RECORD: 200-110 (11th 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 103-87 record. He has twice been named the WCC Coach of the Year at Gonzaga (2003 & 2005) and boasts a 169-113 career record including 76-50 in WCC action.
TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's basketball begins a two-game road swing this weekend. The Bulldogs will play at the University of Washington, members of the Pacific-10, this Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., and then travel to Milwaukee, Wisc., for a first-time meeting with Marquette University, members of the Big East Conference, on Sunday, Dec. 17. Marquette, currently ranked 21st in the Associate Press Top-25, will be the fifth ranked team the Bulldogs will face this season.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Gonzaga University will play at the University of Washington, members of the Pac-10, on Friday, Dec. 15. UW has won two-straight and holds a 5-4 overall record this season. The Huskies and Bulldogs have played two of the same non-conference teams this season; Purdue University and Eastern Washington University. Each team defeated Eastern Washington and lost to Purdue. Washington is led by Cameo Hicks who is averaging a team-best 18.5 points per game. Gonzaga is looking for its first victory over Washington; having lost 17-straight to the Huskies.
A SHORT RECAP OF GU'S LAST GAME: The Gonzaga University women's basketball team needed overtime to defeat Eastern Washington University Saturday afternoon at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Bulldogs pulled out a 103-102 victory over the Eagles to improve to 7-5 overall this season. With the loss, Eastern Washington has now lost six-straight and is 3-6 on the season. Senior guard Rachel Kane was the savior in overtime sinking 6-of-6 at the charity stripe. Kane broke-up a 93-93 tie hitting four free throws to give GU the slightest lead with 56 seconds left in the game. Eastern Washington cut Gonzaga's lead to two three other times over the final minute, but with the score 101-99, sophomore Jami Bjorklund sank two free throws with five ticks left on the clock to put the game out of reach. EWU's Joanna Chadd hit a last second three-pointer to put the final score at 103-102.
FOULS AND FREE THROWS: The 103-102 victory over Eastern Washington, only the third 100+ game in Gonzaga University history and the first since the 1993-94 season, saw 61 total fouls called and 91 free throws awarded. The Bulldogs, who sank 12-of-15 at the charity stripe in the overtime to help seal the victory, finished the game hitting 33-of-45 free throws. The Eagles closed out the contest sinking 36-of-46 free shots, including 6-of-8 in the extra period.
BREAKING 30: Freshman Heather Bowman paced the Bulldogs to their victory over Eastern Washington University scoring a career-high 32 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field and 12-for-16 accuracy at free throw line. Her 32 points is the highest individual point total this season for the Zags and the first 30-plus point game since Ashley Burke scored 31 against Montana during the 2003-04 season.
REBOUNDING IN STYLE: Gonzaga University rebounded from an 81-66 loss to then-No. 13 ranked Arizona State to top Eastern Washington University in overtime on Saturday, 103-102. It marked the third time in program history and the first time since the 1993-94 season that a Zag squad scored 100 points in a single game.
100 POINT EXPLOSION: Gonzaga University edged local rival Eastern Washington University in overtime on Saturday, 103-102, marking the second time this season that a WCC team has eclipsed the 100-point plateau. Saint Mary's scored 100 points in a win over Cal State Northridge on November 24, which was the first time a WCC squad had topped the century mark since San Diego scored 104 points against Portland on February 17, 2005. Loyola Marymount holds the all-time single-game WCC record, dropping in 130 points in a victory over Master's College on November 23, 1990.
FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLES OF THE YEAR: Senior Stephanie Hawk finished with Gonzaga University's first double-double of the season and the eighth of her career when she scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Bulldogs 81-66 setback to No. 13 Arizona State University on Dec. 6. She followed that performance up with her second-straight double-double against Eastern Washington University. Hawk scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the overtime victory.
SINGLE SEASON RECORDS: Gonzaga University's 103-102 victory over Eastern Washington University, Dec. 9 broke a few Bulldog single-game records. The combined score of 205 is the highest combined total in school history, breaking the old record of 177 scored during a 91-86 loss to Portland during the 1991-92 season. The 33 free throws made by the Zags is the third most scored in a game, while the 45 attempted is the second most attempted.
BJORKLUND CONTINUES TO ROLL: Sophomore Jami Bjorklund, who 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, has continued her strong play as a Bulldog this season. Bjorklund has played in all 11 GU games this season, including six starts. She is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Bjorklund had a career night against #2 University of North Carolina on Nov. 25. She scored a career-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 on three-pointers.
STRONG PLAY: Gonzaga University junior transfer Michelle Elliott has been a strong addition to the Bulldogs squad this season. Elliott has scored in double-figures in nine out of GU's 12 games, including two 20+ performances. She scored a season-high 22 points in the Zags victory over Sacramento State and currently is second on the team with 12.8 points per game.
BLOCK SHOT LEADER: Gonzaga University senior forward Stephanie Hawk has blocked 17 shots over the last eight games, giving the senior a WCC-high 27 blocks so far this season. Hawk, who also tied a career-high five blocks against UCLA, moved ahead of Kelli Howell (1991-92) into third place on the GU career blocks list with 117.
CLOSING IN ON 1,000 and 500: Gonzaga University senior Stephanie Hawk needs to score only 80 more points to become the 12th player in women's basketball history to have scored 1,000 points. If Hawk continues to average 14.0 points per game, she will hit the 1,000 point mark in six games, which would be at Pepperdine University on Jan. 7. Hawk also needs just 12 rebounds to eclipse the 500 rebound mark for her career.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - TAKE TWO: Gonzaga University women's basketball player Michelle Elliott was named the West Coast Conference player for the week as announced by the conference office Monday, Nov. 28. Elliott continued to lead the Zags, as the junior propelled GU to a 2-2 mark including an upset victory over then-No. 19 ranked UCLA at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The transfer from San Diego State scored nine points with seven boards in a victory over Portland State on Tuesday before dropping in 20 points with four rebounds and three assists in the win over the Bruins. After a 10 point, five assist effort against No. 2 ranked North Carolina, the junior racked up 19 points with three steals against host Hawai'i on Sunday. For her efforts, Elliott was also named to the all-tournament team.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gonzaga University senior forward Stephanie Hawk was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 13 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 currently is first on the team in points per game (13.6) and first in rebounds per game (5.8)
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.
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.
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 have drawn an average of 1,614 fans over its five home games, including a season-high 3,418 at their game against Arizona State University.
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 60 three-pointers during her career to stand in eighth place.
A HUGE WIN: Playing against its first ranked opponent of the season, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team showed what it was made of by defeating the 19th ranked UCLA Bruins 62-57 in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Tournament. It was the Zags first victory ever over a Top-25 team. The Bulldogs currently are 1-9 against ranked opponents.
FIRST TIME MEETINGS: When Gonzaga University played Purdue University on Dec. 2 it was the fourth game this season the Bulldogs played against a first-time opponent. The Bulldogs, who have two other first-time meetings this season (Davidson & Marquette), boast a 2-2 record over first time opponents. GU defeated UC Davis and UCLA and lost to the University of North Carolina and Purdue University.
ZAGS FACED NATION'S BEST IN HAWAII: Gonzaga University took the stage with two of the nation's best programs when it played in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. The Bulldogs defeated 2006 second round participant UCLA in their first contest of the tournament and advanced to the semifinals to play the University of North Carolina; a 2006 Final Four participant.
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 played back-to-back games against opponents ranked in the Top 25 early in December. Purdue University was ranked 9th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll when GU dropped a 69-44 decision to the Boilermakers, while Arizona State was ranked 13th when the Zags fell 81-66. Gonzaga still has to face the University of Washington, a 2006 NCAA Tournament participant, and Marquette University during the final month of non-conference action.
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 79 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.
A CAREER NIGHT: Sophomore Maria Hassett had a career night against No. 13 Arizona State University. Hassett finished the contest scoring a career-high 11 points. She was 5-of-7 from the field, including a perfect 1-of-1 from behind the three-point arc. Hassett, who played 16 minutes, also grabbed four rebounds, had two steals and blocked one shot.
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.
INJURY REPORT: Freshman point guard Tatriana Lorenzo injured her left knee during Gonzaga University's game against UCLA in Hawaii and will be out for the rest of the season.
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."
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.