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BobZag
12-14-2008, 10:02 AM
Let's "get well" today against a squad that upset the Zags last year.

BobZag
12-14-2008, 04:14 PM
Junior Heather Bowman registered her fourth double-double in five games to lead the Gonzaga University womenís basketball team to an 86-61 victory over visiting Portland State University Sunday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Bowman poured in 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, one shy of tying her career-high, to push the Bulldogs record to 9-3.



Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot added 18 points and classmate Claire Raap had a career-high 12 for the Zags who won their fifth game over the Vikings in six tries.



Portland State (5-4) was in the game in the first half, which saw eight lead changes and four ties, and held a four point lead at 26-22 at the 8:12 mark.



It was after the old fashion three-point play by PSUís Kelsey Kahle that the Bulldogs started to pull away. Gonzaga held the Vikings scoreless for the next 6:01 and scored 13 consecutive points to take a 35-26 advantage with 2:10 remaining in the half.



The Zags closed out the first half with a 5-0 run to lead 40-29.



Claire Faucher, who led the nation in assists last season at 8.8 per game, played only three minutes in the opening half after being hit with two early fouls. She had one no assists and two turnovers during that small span.



Gonzaga continued to hold a double-digit lead in the early moments of the second half, even pushing its advantage to 15 twice in the first five minutes.



With the Zags leading 51-36, the Vikings strung together a 9-2 run, capped off by back-to-back jumpers by Kahle and Eryn Jones, to cut GUís lead under 10 at 53-45 at 12:03.



That was the only run Portland State could muster as Gonzaga went on to string together a 19-5 spurt to take a 22 point lead with 5:30 left in the contest. Seven players scored for the Bulldogs during this time, including sophomore Tatriana Lorenzo who scored four points; her first points in eight games, after going for 0-for-17.



The Bulldogs largest lead of the game was 28 at 84-56 at the 1:50 mark after Vandersloot sank two of her seven free throws on the day.



Gonzaga rebounding for an off shooting night against South Dakota State on Friday, to hit 53.4 percent from the field (31-58), including 57.6 percent (19-33) in its explosive second half. The Bulldogs also out-rebounded Portland State 42-28 and forced PSU to turn the ball over 25 times and had 16 steals in the contest.



The Vikings were led by Kahle and Jones who had 19 and 11 points, respectively.