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12-02-2007, 02:12 PM
Just weird--

Gonzaga University women's basketball was outscored 19-9 by UC Riverside in overtime to drop a 75-65 decision to the Highlanders in the consolation contest of the Arizona State University Verizon Wireless Classic Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 4-3 overall while the win was the first for UC Riverside who are now 1-5 on the year.

Gonzaga scored the first bucket of overtime but seven-straight points by UC Riverside knocked the Bulldogs off their game. Two free throws by Bowman with 2:10 remaining in the overtime sliced the Highlanders lead to three, but UCR responded with a 7-0 run again to give them a 70-60 advantage. Gonzaga could not recover as Kemie Nkele sank four free throws over the final thirty seconds to seal the 75-65 victory.

Gonzaga had a chance to win the game in regulation as it had the ball with 10.1 second remaining and the score tied at 56-56. Freshman Courtney Vandersloot drove the lane and missed the shot but the rebound fell in junior Jami Bjorklund's hand. A little jumper nearly went in but rolled off the rim to send the game into overtime.

It was senior Michelle Elliott and sophomore Tiffanie Shives who were clutch down the stretch. With UC Riverside leading 56-51 with 3:52 left in regulation, Shives drove the lane and made a layup to cut the Zags deficit to three. Elliott, who had entered the game a minute early, then drained a three-pointer at the 3:09 mark to tie the game at 56-56.

UC Riverside came from behind late in the first half to lead at halftime 32-30. With Gonzaga leading 29-26 with 3:21 remaining before intermission, the Highlanders Tainois Lott hit one of two free throws; Seyram Gbewonyo then drained a three-pointer followed by a layup by Vanessa Campillo with 55 ticks left on the clock to give UC Riverside the late 32-29 lead. Zag sophomore forward Bowman hit one of two free throw shots after being fouled with 18 seconds left to cut Gonzaga disadvantage to two at halftime.

The Bulldogs did lead by seven early in the first period; the largest lead of the half by either team. With the score knotted at 9-9 at the 15:08 mark, the Zags went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead 16-9 with a little over ten minutes left. Bjorklund converted an old fashion three-point play to close out the run for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga was led by Shives, Bowman and Vandersloot. Shives, who sank two three-pointers in the contest, finished the game with a team-high 16 points. Bowman collected her second-straight double-double as she posted 15 points and 14 rebounds. Vandersloot chipped in 13 points.

UC Riveside's Nkele and Gbewonyo led the Highlanders with 23 and 15 points, respectively. Nkele also added 10 rebounbds.

Gonzaga returns to action Thursday, Dec. 6 when it plays at UC Davis. The game is set for 7 p.m.

Newspaper Box Score
UC Riverside vs Gonzaga
12-02-07 12:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena, Ned Wulk Arena
At Wells Fargo Arena, Ned Wulk Arena
Nkele, Kemie 7-18 6-6 23; Gbewonyo, Seyram 4-13 5-6 15; Lott, Tainoisouti
4-10 1-2 9; Friend, Roney 4-6 0-2 8; Waddell, Brittany 3-8 0-0 8; Cox, Amber
3-8 0-0 7; Foster, Chanel 1-2 0-0 3; Campillo, Vanessa 1-1 0-0 2;
Glyniadaki, Katerina 0-1 0-1 0; Morris, Alyssa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-67 12-17
SHIVES, Tiffanie 6-17 2-2 16; BOWMAN, Heather 5-16 5-9 15;
VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 5-14 1-5 13; BJORKLUND, Jami 3-10 2-3 8; ELLIOTT,
Michelle 2-9 0-0 6; KANE, Rachel 1-4 0-0 3; BEKKERING, Janelle 1-6 0-0 2;
HASSETT, Maria 1-1 0-0 2; RENIUS, Elaina 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-80 10-19 65.
UC Riverside.................. 32 24 19 - 75
Gonzaga....................... 30 26 9 - 65
3-point goals--UC Riverside 9-22 (Nkele, Kemie 3-7; Gbewonyo, Seyram 2-5;
Waddell, Brittany 2-5; Cox, Amber 1-3; Foster, Chanel 1-1; Friend, Roney
0-1), Gonzaga 7-29 (ELLIOTT, Michelle 2-7; VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 2-5; SHIVES,
Tiffanie 2-8; KANE, Rachel 1-2; RENIUS, Elaina 0-1; BEKKERING, Janelle 0-3;
BJORKLUND, Jami 0-3). Fouled out--UC Riverside-None,
Gonzaga-VANDERSLOOT,Courtney; BEKKERING, Janelle. Rebounds--UC Riverside 49
(Nkele, Kemie 10), Gonzaga 56 (BOWMAN, Heather 14). Assists--UC Riverside 16
(Nkele, Kemie 4; Cox, Amber 4), Gonzaga 18 (BJORKLUND, Jami 6). Total
fouls--UC Riverside 17, Gonzaga 19.

12-03-2007, 09:57 AM
There's nothing like three losses in a row to silence a thread and kill a forum, I guess. All of the losses have some hidden positive areas within if you look hard enough. The coaches will control this bleeding. I know our girls are better than their last three games. Winning or loosing can become a habit. Let's get back to winning!:)

Go Lady Zags!!! Regroup! Go! Fight! Win! Tennessee is just around the corner.:pray:

12-03-2007, 11:06 AM
so are they as good as their home wins or as bad as their 2 bad losses on the road? :confused:

hopefully they figure this "winning outside of Spokane" thing out...

young julez
12-03-2007, 01:50 PM
Vivian has been cleared to play and will need to buddy tape her finger. It is her left so she should be ready to go for Thursdays game. I was so pumped about the start the team had and do think they will get back to the winning ways, soon I hope!

young julez
12-03-2007, 01:58 PM
Sorry its my trigger finger : )

12-03-2007, 02:40 PM
The problem is these losses are really gonna' kill their RPI & (assuming they make the Tourney) gonna' get them a much tougher draw.

12-03-2007, 05:22 PM
so are they as good as their home wins or as bad as their 2 bad losses on the road? :confused:

hopefully they figure this "winning outside of Spokane" thing out...

So far it looks like UW's men team last year. Solid at home, not so much on the road. This program has always been road warriors so the UCR and PSU losses don't compute. Should be 6-1. They looked like great in K2.


Good to hear about Viv!