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BobZag
03-08-2008, 12:43 PM
Gonzaga vs St. Mary's, a team the Lady Zags have easily handled twice this year. Let's hope it becomes a 3-peat today and a move into the WCC Championship Game.

Go Zags!

BobZag
03-08-2008, 01:19 PM
And we have Tipoff!

Elliott opens up with a trey!

Jami hits for two.

5-0.

SMC hits for two.

Jami for two more.

7-2.

Bowman fadeaways for two.
The tall SMC Aussie for two.

Courtney hits for two.

11-4.

Very uptempo.

SMC steals and lays it in.

11-6.

Timeout.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 01:28 PM
Hassett for two, a putback.

SMC answers with two.

Bjorklund FTs - 1 of 2.

14-8.

Bowman hammered, shooting FTs. - Makes both.

SMC turning it over.

Bowman hammered again, shooting FTs - Makes both.

18-8.

Good D by Zags.

And Courtney hits a J.

12:50 left.

Bowman lays it in!

22-8!

BobZag
03-08-2008, 01:39 PM
SMC drains a trey.

22-11.

Tomlinson, a tall post from Australia, is doing the most for SMC with scoring and swatting a couple shots so far.

Zags playing solid D.

Both teams are a bit cold now, and turning it over.

10:00 to go.

SMC makes two FTs.

Courtney for two.

Elliott buries another 3-ball.

SMC shooting FTs. - Makes both.

27-15.

Zags shooting too many treys for my liking.

7:50 left.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 01:48 PM
Shives for threeeeeeeeee.

30-15.

SMC answers with a trey.

30-18.

Bowman hits for two.
Bowman again!

34-18.

Zags on the run. Bekkering fouled, shooting FTs. Makes 1 of 2.

5:00 to half.

Tomlinson for two.

35-20.

Great D by Zags, takes a charge.

Courtney fouled, shooting FTs. - Makes 1 of 2.

Lots of subbing.

SMC scores for two.

But Shives nails another trey!
Bowman buries a two.

41-22.

Timeout. 2:30 to half.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 01:56 PM
SMC hits two FTs.

Too many treys by Zags, imho.

SMC scores two more.

41-26.

Zags getting sloppy.

SMC shooting FTs. - Makes both.

Hassett fouled, shooting two FTs. - Makes 1 of 2.

Zags goof up at end of half, don't score.

Halftime!

42-26.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 02:19 PM
SMC opens 2nd-half with a two.

Elliott makes 1 of 2 FTs.

SMC scores two again.

43-32.

Zags are sloppy again.

Frieson scores a deuce.

Bowman fouled on third try, misses both FTs. Rare for Bowman.

SMC scores two.

SMC shooting FTs. - Makes 1 of 2.

SMC sounds like they're playing with more energy than GU now.

Jami drills a 17-footer.

Timeout. 47-35.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 02:25 PM
SMC scores a tough two.

Bowman answers with easy layup.

15:00 to go.

Zags a bit cold.

Vivian bringin' some attitude.

Zags are cold. Brrrrrr.

Gaels score two.

Now the Zags score. Heather with a two.

Shives to Bowman for an easy two.

53-39.

Coaches having words with each other. lol. Friendly, I'm sure. ;)

BobZag
03-08-2008, 02:39 PM
Putback for two for Gaels.

12:50 remains.

Gaels steal, get two points.

Hassett answers with two.

55-43.

Media TO.

Jami buries a two.

Bowman hits a fadeaway J.

59-43.

Tomlinson scores two for SMC.

But Bowman now has 24 points with another two.

SMC shooting FTs. - Makes 1 of 2.

61-46.

No one can score.

Finally, SMC scores two.

Bekkering fouled, shooting FTs. - Makes 1 of 2.

Courtney scores on fastbreak, 4 on 1. Assist to Shives.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 02:45 PM
7:48 to go.

Tomlinson has 4 fouls.

SMC shoots two good FTs.

Courtney shooting FTs. - Makes both.

66-50.

SMC fouled, shooting FTs. - Makes both.

Frieson hits an 8-footer.

Turnovers by both teams.

68-52.

Timeout.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 02:54 PM
5:40 to go.

SMC makes two FTs.

Courtney goes coast to coast for two after stuffing a SMC shot.

Injury Timeout. A Gael possibly hurt a knee.

70-54.

SMC shooting FTs. - Makes both.

5:12 to go.

70-56.

Both teams missing shots.

4:10 to go.

Shives reverse layup!

Media TO.

Akzag
03-08-2008, 03:04 PM
Lookin' good ... next up ... San Diego.

BobZag
03-08-2008, 03:04 PM
SMC makes 1 of 2 FTs.

Bowman up to 26 points with turnaround J.

SMC shoots more FTs. Makes 1 of 2.

6'4" Tomlinson fouls out, she had 24 points, just a frosh. Good effort, good player.

Courtney shooting FTs. Makes 1 of 2.

SMC shooting FTs. - Makes both.

Shives reverse layup again.
SMC answers with two.

77-62.

1:10 to go.

This game is all but over.

Shives to Frieson for an alley-oop layin.

Coach Graves empties the bench.

Tatri polishes it off for the Zags.

Zags will dribble out the clock!

81-64, Zags win.

It's San Diego vs Gonzaga Sunday for auto bid to NCAA's.

Akzag
03-08-2008, 03:08 PM
Congrats to the Ladies!

One more W to go ....

BobZag
03-08-2008, 04:12 PM
The Gonzaga University women's basketball, looking to win its second-straight West Coast Conference Tournament title, stepped one inch closer Saturday afternoon as it defeated Saint Mary's College 81-64 in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.

The Bulldogs, who are the No. 1 seed in the tournament, will now face the University of San Diego, the No. 3 seed, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for the tournament title. USD defeated No. 2 Santa Clara University 72-66 in the first semifinal of the day.

"There is nothing more exciting than to be able to do this again," said sophomore Heather Bowman. "We did it last year and now we have a chance to go back (to the NCAA).



"Being back at the tournament this year as a sophomore, I personally am more comfortable and so is the team. It's another chance to do better and go further."


The game started off on a high note as senior Michelle Elliott, who only had attempted five three-pointers in the past three games and hadn't hit one since Feb.28, nailed a three-pointer 13 seconds in to the contest.

Elliott and sophomore Tiffanie Shives each hit two three-pointers in the opening frame while Bowman poured in 14 points to help the Bulldogs to a 14-point advantage at half, 42-28.

Saint Mary's was done in by turnovers in the first stanza as the Gaels had 14 miscues. Gonzaga took full advantage of Saint Mary's turnovers, scoring 21 points off them.

The Zags, leading 11-6 at the 16:14 mark, burst out with an 11-2 run to seemingly take over the contest. Bowman scored six of her 14 first half points during this spurt to help Gonzaga to the 22-8 advantage with less than 13 minutes to play in the half.

Gonzaga's largest lead of the opening half was 19, 41-22, after Shives drained a three-pointer and Bowman placed in a layup.

The Bulldogs only let their lead dip below double-digits once in the second stanza. The Gaels got within eight-points of the Zags after Louella Tomlinson and Sierra Chambers hit back-to-back baskets to put the score at 49-41 with 14:23 left on the clock.

Bowman put the team on her back for a few minutes though as she scored eight points over the next four minutes to push Gonzaga's lead back to 16 points at 61-45.

Saint Mary's could not recover as Gonzaga earned the lopsided victory.

"We are the kind of team that likes to run and go and we are fun to watch if we are doing that," stated head coach Kelly Graves. "It was important for us to get out to a nice lead. They never were out of it but I thought we were in control for the entire 40 minutes."

Bowman finished with her 10th double-double of the season and second-straight of the tournament. The Spokane native closed out the contest with 26 points and 12 rebounds; both game-highs. Bowman is now just 24 points away from breaking the 1,000-point plateau as she scored 976 over her two seasons as a Zag.

Freshman Courtney Vandersloot and sophomore Tiffanie Shives also finished in double-digits with 14 and 10, respectively. Vandersloot also dished out eight assists and grabbed eight boards, while Shives passed out five assists and brought down four boards.

The Bulldogs blocked nine shots during the win; the most blocks in a GU game since Feb. 23, 2006 when it swatted 10 shots at the University of San Diego.

Saint Mary's was led by Tomlinson who scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots. The Gaels did hold the slight 50-48 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 20 times.

Gonzaga pushed its overall record to 14-7, while Saint Mary's closed out the season at 15-17.

Saint Mary's vs Gonzaga
03/08/08 2:30 p.m. at Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, CA
At Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, CA
GONZAGA 81, SAINT MARY'S 64
SAINT MARY'S (15-17)
TOMLINSON, Louella 9-17 6-8 25; CHAMBERS, Sierra 3-8 6-6 12; COWLES, Mikaela
2-4 2-2 7; SMITH, Jontelle 1-10 5-7 7; SHAUGHNESSY, Lauren 2-15 0-0 4;
BENAVENTE, Serena 1-3 1-2 3; RUIZ, Erika 0-0 2-2 2; DAVIS, Suzie 1-1 0-0 2;
CLAY, Brianna 1-3 0-0 2; VAN LOON, Gina 0-0 0-0 0; RICHEY, Leanna 0-0 0-0 0;
KOJOLA, Kira 0-2 0-0 0; ELLIS, Lindsay 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-65 22-27 64.
GONZAGA (24-7)
BOWMAN, Heather 11-22 4-6 26; VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 5-12 4-7 14; SHIVES,
Tiffanie 4-15 0-0 10; BJORKLUND, Jami 4-8 1-2 9; ELLIOTT, Michelle 2-7 1-2
7; FRIESON, Vivian 3-5 0-0 6; HASSETT, Maria 2-2 1-2 5; BEKKERING, Janelle
0-6 2-4 2; LORENZO, Tatriana 1-1 0-0 2; RAAP, Claire 0-0 0-0 0; BROWN,
Amanda 0-0 0-0 0; RENIUS, Elaina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 13-23 81.
Saint Mary's.................. 28 36 - 64
Gonzaga....................... 42 39 - 81
3-point goals--Saint Mary's 2-13 (TOMLINSON, Louella 1-2; COWLES, Mikaela
1-2; SMITH, Jontelle 0-5; SHAUGHNESSY, Lauren 0-2; KOJOLA, Kira 0-1;
CHAMBERS, Sierra 0-1), Gonzaga 4-19 (SHIVES, Tiffanie 2-8; ELLIOTT, Michelle
2-5; BJORKLUND, Jami 0-2; BEKKERING, Janelle 0-2; VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 0-2).
Fouled out--Saint Mary's-TOMLINSON, Louella, Gonzaga-None. Rebounds--Saint
Mary's 50 (TOMLINSON, Louella 8), Gonzaga 48 (BOWMAN, Heather 12).
Assists--Saint Mary's 4 (BENAVENTE, Serena 2), Gonzaga 17
(VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 8). Total fouls--Saint Mary's 21, Gonzaga 22.