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BobZag
11-25-2007, 03:16 PM
After an impressive win over Big East's Marquette in K2 by 14, the ladies went on the road to Portland and lost to undefeated Portland State by 3, after leading the entire game but losing the lead with 30 secs to go.

4-1 record.

In listening to the loss, it was obvious to me that these gals need to learn how to play on the road, ie, keeping up intensity level, generating their own energy, poise, playing through hostile court adversity, etc.

Below is the article on the Marquette W. Apologies for the crashed server Friday night till Sunday afternoon. The S-R has no fulltime tech on the weekends.


Five different Gonzaga University women’s basketball players scored in double-figure points to lead the Zags to a 77-64 victory over visiting Big East Conference member Marquette University Friday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.



With the win the Bulldogs stayed perfect on the season improving to 4-0 overall. It is the first time in school history that Gonzaga has started the year with four-straight victories. The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to 2-2 on the season.



Sophomore Heather Bowman led the Bulldogs for the fourth time this season, finishing with a game-high 17 points. Bowman, who has scored in double-digit points in all four GU contests this year, also had eight rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist. Freshman Janelle Bekkering, senior Rachel Kane, junior Maria Hassett and freshman Courtney Vandersloot also had double-digit performances for Gonzaga. Bekkering scored 17, while Elliott, Hassett and Vandersloot posted 10 points each.



The first half saw 11 lead changes and four ties. With the game tied at 7-7, Gonzaga’s Hassett and Bekkering scored back-to-back to give the Zags a slight four-point edge with 14:11 left on the clock. It was Marquette’s turn then, using a seven-point burst to gain a three-point lead at 11:02.



A 13-6 run by the Bulldogs gave Gonzaga back the lead at 24-20. Kane capped off the run with a three-pointer at the 8:20 mark. The Golden Eagles again battled back though and was able to take the 30-28 advantage after Angel Robinson drained a three-pointer.



A jumper by Vandersloot tied the game at 30 apiece and then two free throws by Hassett gave the Zags the lead back; a lead they would not relinquish. The Bulldogs closed out the half with a 12-1 run, starting with Hassett’s free throws, to go into the lockerroom with an 11-point advantage at 42-31.



Bekkering led the charge in the first half scoring 13 points for Gonzaga. The forward was 5-of-9 from the floor, including 1-of-1 from behind the three-point arc and 2-2 at the free throw line. As a team the Bulldogs were an impressive 50.% (15-30) from the floor in the opening stanza.



Gonzaga came out flying in the second half using a 6-2 run to open up a 15 point lead.



The Zags would continue to hold a comfortable double-digit lead until the 11:03 mark when Marquette started to put a little pressure on the Zags. With the score 54-43, the Golden Eagles hit back-to-back jumpers to slice the Bulldogs advantage to seven, 54-47, with 9:09 to play. Gonzaga fought back as Michelle Elliott, who used a nice ball fake to get open, hit a jumper to start a 7-1 spurt that gave the Zags back a 15-point advantage. Kane again closed out the run hitting her second three-pointer of the night.



The Bulldogs would not let the Golden Eagles get any closer as they earned the 13-point victory. Gonzaga has now won all four games this season by double-digits.



Gonzaga closed out the contest shooting 47.5% (28-59) from the field, including 40.0% (4-10) on three points, and was 81.0% (17-21) from the charity stripe. The Zags dished out 16 assists and forced the Golden Eagles to turn the ball over 30 times. Kane led GU with season-high seven assists, while Vandersloot dished out four.



Marquette finished the game shooting 43.1% (25-58) from the floor, including 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the three-point arc, and was 44.4% (8-18) from the free throw line. Svetlana Kovalenko led the way for the Golden Eagles finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.



Gonzaga hits the road for the first time this season as it plays at Portland State University on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.



MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES vs GONZAGA BULLDOGS

11/23/07 7:00 p.m. at McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER - SPOKANE, WA

At McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER - SPOKANE, WA

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 77, MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES 64

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES (2-2)

KOVALENKO, Svetlana 6-7 2-4 14; ROBINSON, Angel 5-11 0-0 12; FIEDOROWICZ,

Paige 4-7 1-2 9; WEIBEL, Courtney 2-6 0-0 6; MELLEN, Jocelyn 2-3 2-5 6;

MONFRE, Erin 2-7 0-0 6; THROWER, Marissa 2-8 2-4 6; HARRIS, Janelle 2-3 1-3

5; McMORRIS, Tatiyiana 0-4 0-0 0; LAM, Kelly 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 8-18

64.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS (4-0)

BOWMAN, Heather 7-14 3-3 17; BEKKERING, Janelle 6-12 2-2 15;

VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 2-6 6-10 10; KANE, Rachel 4-7 0-0 10; HASSETT, Maria

3-6 4-4 10; ELLIOTT, Michelle 2-6 2-2 7; BJORKLUND, Jami 2-3 0-0 4; SHIVES,

Tiffanie 2-3 0-0 4; RAAP, Claire 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 17-21 77.

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES....... 31 33 - 64

GONZAGA BULLDOGS.............. 42 35 - 77

3-point goals--MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES 6-18 (ROBINSON, Angel 2-3; MONFRE,

Erin 2-6; WEIBEL, Courtney 2-6; THROWER, Marissa 0-1; HARRIS, Janelle 0-1;

McMORRIS, Tatiyiana 0-1), GONZAGA BULLDOGS 4-10 (KANE, Rachel 2-4; ELLIOTT,

Michelle 1-1; BEKKERING, Janelle 1-3; SHIVES, Tiffanie 0-1;

VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 0-1). Fouled out--MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES-None, GONZAGA

BULLDOGS-None. Rebounds--MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES 35 (KOVALENKO, Svetlana

10), GONZAGA BULLDOGS 36 (BOWMAN, Heather 8). Assists--MARQUETTE GOLDEN

EAGLES 13 (ROBINSON, Angel 5), GONZAGA BULLDOGS 16 (KANE, Rachel 7). Total

fouls--MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES 23, GONZAGA BULLDOGS 15. Technical

fouls--MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES-None, GONZAGA BULLDOGS-None.

Darth Zag
11-26-2007, 09:20 AM
Looking at the stats for the Portland State loss we got very little from players who usually put up solid numbers. Bekkering, Kane, Vandersloot, Elliott, these girls did not rise to meet the challenge.

Oldsport
11-26-2007, 10:40 AM
How many times have we heard that games are often won or lost at the foul line? Lady Zags, FTA 5-9 with 16 team fouls. Portland State, FTA 18-22 with 12 team fouls. Our strength is our bench. We will score points. Not all players will be cold shooting on any given night. We will rarely have a player foul out because of the depth of our bench. However, it is very important that we keep team points from the foul line equal or in our favor. If we can do that, we will rarely loose a game. IMHO

I understand Tennessee has drawn a big sigh of relief, now that we have lost a game. We have them just where we want them! :)

young julez
11-26-2007, 12:21 PM
Keep in mind that this is the first game away from the comforts of the GU campus and we do have some freshmen that are contributing alot to the team. Poor shooting both from the field & free throw line and turn overs were the downfall of the team yesterday. Hopefully they all learn that they need to come ready to play regardless of the opponent. Better now than later!

lothar98zag
11-26-2007, 02:35 PM
Hopefully they got it all out of their systems and are good to go for the rest of the road trip!

BobZag
11-26-2007, 03:11 PM
Arizona State is next, in Tempe, followed by either UC-Riverside or [a better team that I can't recall], also in Tempe. PSU was, imo, a bad loss because the ladies were supposed to win it. You absolutely have to beat the teams you're supposed to beat, then try for some upsets. PSU did it, GU didn't. Bummer. Beating ASU would help ease the pain but it won't be easy; ASU is ranked and was Elite 8 last season.

Oldsport
11-26-2007, 08:35 PM
What you need is m..o..r..e cowbell from lothar98zag. We simply must have more cowbell! Where is that cowbell? It needs to be behind the visitors bench at the McCarthey Center and piped into their dressing room! There now, I feel better, how about you BobZag?:enraged:

BobZag
11-27-2007, 08:55 AM
Well, I'm all for more cowbell but don't overdose on it. ;)

The PSU loss was frustrating in three ways. 1), Zags had it won and gave it away [the PSU announcers were cheering and referring to PSU as "we"], 2) Zags let players like Shadle Park grad Lexi Bishop outplay Vandersloot and Bekkering combined, 3) and after working so hard to beat the likes of Marquette and UW the Zags take a step backwards and jeopardize any at-large hopes in case they're upset in WCC Tourney.

Good point made by Julez, though. But still.... Dang.