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12-09-2007, 09:54 AM
Senior Michelle Elliott hit a single-game school record nine three-pointers and finished with career-high 31 points to lead the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team to a 75-63 victory over Sacramento State University Saturday. Sophomore Heather Bowman chipped in 28 points as the Bulldogs improved their record to 6-3 overall and won their second-straight contest on the road.

Elliott, who hit three three-pointers in the first half and drained six in the second stanza, broke the 14-year old Bulldog single-game three-pointer record held by Ivy Safranski’s . Safranski hit eight three-pointers in a 105-69 victory over Northeast Louisiana on March 26, 1994 during the WNIT. Elliott closed out contest hitting 11-of-16 from the floor, including 9-of-12 three-pointers.

Elliott’s previous best was 25 scored as a sophomore at San Diego State University during the 2004-05 season. Her Bulldog career-high was 22 scored against Sacramento State last season.

Bowman hit 11-of-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line to register her sixth 20+ point game. She also had eight rebounds; two steals, one block and one assist in the Zag victory. Junior Jami Bjorklund finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 at the charity stripe.

Gonzaga trailed for the majority of the first half. Its only lead of the half was at the 18:59 mark when freshman Courtney Vandersloot hit a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge.

Sacramento State’s largest lead of the opening frame was nine at 19-10 after a three-pointer by the Hornets Sami Field-Polisso. Gonzaga was able to slice Sacramento State’s lead to one at halftime after the Zags scored the final five points to put the score at 33-32.

It was all Elliott and Bowman in the second half for the Bulldogs; combining for 40 of Gonzaga’ 43 points. Elliott drained three three-pointers in the opening three minutes, while Bowman hit two jumpers to give Gonzaga a quick 45-35 advantage at 17:00.

The closet the Hornets got to the Bulldogs lead in the final half was three at 55-52 with 9:20 remaining in the game. Elliott responded, as she had done all game, draining a three-pointer on the Zags next possession.

Gonzaga finished the game shooting a sizzling 53.8% (28-52) from the field, including 52.4 (11-21) on three-pointers, and was 57.1% (8-14) at the charity stripe. The Bulldogs held the slight 32-29 advantage in rebounds and dished out 25 assists.

Sacramento State closed out the contest shooting 41.8% (23-55) from the floor, including 31.8% (7-22) on three-pointers and 76.9% (10-13) from the charity strip. The Hornets were led by Field-Polisso who scored 14 points.

Gonzaga, who in the midst of a seven-game road swing, will play its next contest at the University of Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 16. The contest against the reigning national champions is set for noon PT.

12-11-2007, 05:58 AM
Elliott Named WCC Co-Player of the Week
Senior guard set a new career-high and broke a single-game record
Dec. 10, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University women's basketball player Michelle Elliott has been named the Co-West Coast Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office Monday, Dec. 10. Elliott shares the honor with the University of San Francisco's Dominique Carter.

Elliott earned the honor after setting a career-high in points and breaking a single-game shooting record last week. The senior guard averaged 25.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting a blistering 63.0% (17-for-27) from the field and 63.6% (14-22) from behind the three-point arc as the Bulldogs topped both UC Davis and Sacramento State University on the road.

Elliott began the week scoring 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-10 on three-pointers in Gonzaga's 71-58 victory over the Aggies. She followed that performance up by scoring a career-high 31 points in the Zags 75-63 win over Sacramento State. Elliott drained nine three-pointers in the victory to set a Gonzaga single-game school record.

The Bulldogs return to action Sunday, Dec. 16 when they play at top-ranked University of Tennessee. Game time against the reigning national champions is set for noon PT.

LINK (http://www.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/stories/121007abt.html)

12-11-2007, 09:36 AM
Way to go, twin blondie! ;)