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BobZag
12-20-2008, 08:49 AM
The Gonzaga University women's basketball team broke the University of Montana's 21-game home winning streak with a 69-63 victory at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont. Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs, who have now defeated four Big Sky Conference schools this season, improved to 10-3 on the year with the win, while the Grizzlies dropped to 8-3 overall.

Courtney Vandersloot paced the Zags, scoring a game-high 22 points, along with dishing out eight assists and grabbing five rebounds in a full 40 minutes of action. Vandersloot, who helped GU to a 36-30 halftime lead by scoring 14 points, on 5-for-8 shooting, hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute of the game to secure the four-point victory.

Heather Bowman and Kayla Standish both finished in double-figures for Gonzaga, scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively. Both also contributed six boards apiece.

Freshman Kelly Bowen, starting her second-straight contest, led the Zags in rebounds with 10; her second double-figure rebounding contest.

The Bulldogs were a little unsteady in the opening minutes of the game, letting the Lady Griz pull out to an eight point lead at 17-9 with 13 minutes remaining in the half.

Gonzaga settled down and used back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to gain a one point edge at 18-19. Standish drained the first three-pointer, on an assist by Janelle Bekkering, and then Vandersloot nailed the second one, again on an assist by Bekkering. Bekkering herself hit the final three-pointer, getting the pass from Vandersloot.

The game stayed close, only a one possession game, until Vandersloot turned a Zag one-point lead into a six-point advantage with a jumper followed by 3-of-4 free throws to put the score at 32-26 at the 2:42 mark.

Bowman drained a 12-footer with time expiring to give the Bulldogs their six-point advantage at half.

Gonzaga continued to control the game, even pushing its lead to eight early in the second half, but Bowman picked up three quick fouls and exited the game only 4:32 into the second half and would sit for the next 10 minutes.

The Grizzlies went to work with Bowman out of the game and pulled within one at 52-51 after Mandy Morales converted an old fashion three-point play at the 10:51 mark.

Neither team would score again until Jami Schaefer grabbed an offensive board and scored on the put back at 6:59. A free throw by Vandersloot then gave the Zags the two possession lead with a little under six to go in the contest.

Bowman finally returned at the 4:53 mark and made her presence felt. The Spokane native hit two free throws and made back-to-back jumpers to extend the Bulldogs two-point lead to a comfortable eight point advantage.

Vandersloot then sealed the deal with her 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.

Montana was led by Sarah Ena's double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Britney Lohman added 10 points and 13 boards for the Lady Griz.

Gonzaga returns to the McCarthey Athletic Center this Monday, Dec. 22 for a contest against the University of Wyoming. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Oldsport
12-20-2008, 10:23 AM
Courtney is buff! :)

Aussie, Kelly Bowen is a starter once again? That's super! :clap: I wonder what she thinks about all this snow and cold?

It's a big team win! Now on to host Wyoming on Monday night. :)

zagporvida
12-21-2008, 07:53 AM
Way to go ladies! Good job.