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hondo46
01-03-2008, 12:54 PM
Very good to have Heather back. Just when I was starting to have doubts this team proved me wrong. Go Zags.

Oldsport
01-03-2008, 01:24 PM
What a wonderful surprise to have Heather back one game earlier than first expected. The left hand must be much better now. Heather received some respectable floor time all things considered. She has to be pleased with her return to support her team. I just have a gut feeling that having the opportunity to shake off a little rust before the Pepperdine game will pay big dividends for our Lady Zags.:adored:

Go Lady Zags! Prepare to deal with Pepperdine!:horse:

BobZag
01-03-2008, 02:14 PM
Lose to Utah Valley State then go beat St. Joe's who just beat #15 Auburn. Go figure. Jeckyll and Hyde. The Three Faces of Eve. Or perhaps Heather does make that big of a difference?


Sophomore forward Heather Bowman returned to the Gonzaga University women’s basketball lineup Thursday and scored a game-tying high 14 points to help the Bulldogs defeat Saint Joseph’s University 67-43 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia, Penn. Bowman, who missed the past five games with a broken left hand, was one of four players to finish in double-digit points for the Zags.



Gonzaga closed out the regular-season non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-6 overall record, while Saint Joseph’s, who was coming off a 71-69 victory over then-No.15 Auburn University, dropped to 7-7 with the loss.



Bowman jumped back in full force getting the starting nod after a three-week layoff due to a spiral fracture of her left hand. She played 19 minutes for the Bulldogs, hitting 5-of-8 from the floor and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Bowman also grabbed three rebounds in the victory.



Besides Bowman, three other players registered double-figure points. Sophomore Tiffanie Shives posted 14 points, hitting 6-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-3 from behind the three-point arc and was 1-of-2 at the free throw line. Sophomore Vivian Frieson and senior Michelle Elliott both added 10 points apiece for Gonzaga.



The Bulldogs controlled the game from the tip as junior Jami Bjorklund sank one-of-two free throws 23 seconds into the contest to give the Zags the lead they never would relinquish. The Zags quickly built a 25-7 advantage at the 8:10 mark and went into halftime leading 39-21. Frieson scored all of her 10 points in the first stanza, while freshman Courtney Vandersloot dished out five of the Zags 10 assists in the opening half.



Gonzaga pushed its lead to over 20 points early in the second half and held its advantage there for nearly the rest of the contest. The Bulldogs largest lead of the game was 25 after Vandersloot hit a free throw to put the score at 65-40 with 1:26 remaining.



The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 47.2% (25-53) from the field; their 13th game shooting 40.0% or better from the floor. Gonzaga also hit 33.3% (5-15) of its three-pointers and was 80.0% (12-15) from the free throw line.



Gonzaga held a huge 41-30 rebounding advantage over Saint Joseph’s and dished out 16 assists during the game.



The Hawks closed out the contest hitting only 27.3% (15-55) of their shots, including 21.7% (5-23) on three-pointers and was 66.7% (8-12) from the charity stripe. Saint Joseph’s was led by Jenna Loschiavo who scored 12 points.



Gonzaga will be back in action Thursday, Jan. 10 as it opens West Coast Conference play by hosting Pepperdine University at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 8 p.m.



Gonzaga vs Saint Joseph's

1/3/08 12:00 at Philadelphia, PA - Alumni Memorial FH

At Philadelphia, PA - Alumni Memorial FH

GONZAGA 67, SAINT JOSEPH'S 43

GONZAGA ((9-6))

SHIVES, Tiffanie 6-8 1-2 14; BOWMAN, Heather 5-8 4-4 14; FRIESON, Vivian 4-8

2-2 10; ELLIOTT, Michelle 4-7 0-0 10; VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 3-4 1-2 9;

BEKKERING, Janelle 2-6 1-1 5; BJORKLUND, Jami 1-5 3-4 5; RAAP, Claire 0-0

0-0 0; RENIUS, Elaina 0-0 0-0 0; BROWN, Amanda 0-0 0-0 0; HASSETT, Maria 0-4

0-0 0; KANE, Rachel 0-3 0-0 0; LORENZO, Tatriana 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-53

12-15 67.

SAINT JOSEPH'S ((7-7))

LOSCHIAVO, Jenna 3-7 3-4 12; WOLD, Amy 3-13 1-2 9; ACKER, Sarah 3-5 1-1 7;

LOGUE, Ashley 2-2 3-4 7; FORD, Brittany 2-6 0-0 4; JOHNSON, Alexis 1-5 0-1

2; HOVATTER, Kallie 1-3 0-0 2; GOMEZ, Timisha 0-5 0-0 0; GILLESPIE, Amy 0-6

0-0 0; McDADE, Mary Kate 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 15-55 8-12 43.

Gonzaga....................... 39 28 - 67

Saint Joseph's................ 21 22 - 43

3-point goals--Gonzaga 5-15 (ELLIOTT, Michelle 2-4; VANDERSLOOT,Courtney

2-2; SHIVES, Tiffanie 1-3; BEKKERING, Janelle 0-1; BJORKLUND, Jami 0-3;

HASSETT, Maria 0-1; KANE, Rachel 0-1), Saint Joseph's 5-23 (LOSCHIAVO, Jenna

3-7; WOLD, Amy 2-8; HOVATTER, Kallie 0-1; GILLESPIE, Amy 0-6; McDADE, Mary

Kate 0-1). Fouled out--Gonzaga-None, Saint Joseph's-None. Rebounds--Gonzaga

41 (BJORKLUND, Jami 6), Saint Joseph's 30 (ACKER, Sarah 5). Assists--Gonzaga

16 (VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 6), Saint Joseph's 9 (WOLD, Amy 5). Total

fouls--Gonzaga 15, Saint Joseph's 14. Technical fouls--Gonzaga-None, Saint

Joseph's-None.

a13coach
01-03-2008, 02:52 PM
Heather does make a difference, a big difference. The other post players have not yet stepped up to that level. If they have no inside presence it will be very difficult to get a win. It is too bad the women do not have another big that can play like Heather, if they did I bet they only loose to UT and ASU, and would run the table in the WCC.

I do not know if it is Graves recruiting strategy (i.e. basically guard oriented) or that GU just can't pull in multiple bigs, but the women do a lot better when they have at least 2 bigs playing at that higher level.

young julez
01-03-2008, 05:33 PM
It is great to have all the girls playing finally...and just in time for WCC play

There are two bigs coming in next year, both listed as 6'2 so that should be some help.

Angelo Roncalli
01-03-2008, 07:15 PM
I do not know if it is Graves recruiting strategy (i.e. basically guard oriented) or that GU just can't pull in multiple bigs, but the women do a lot better when they have at least 2 bigs playing at that higher level.

Nobody knows better than Coach Graves that a space eating, tall (over 6'3"), talented post player would take this team to the next level. Such players are a very difficult commodity to secure. We were close on 1 recently, but lost her to Kansas State. The two 6'2" players coming in next year will help, but one is a bit of project and the other is probably a true 3, not a 5.

a13coach
01-04-2008, 07:34 AM
Nobody knows better than Coach Graves that a space eating, tall (over 6'3"), talented post player would take this team to the next level. Such players are a very difficult commodity to secure. We were close on 1 recently, but lost her to Kansas State. The two 6'2" players coming in next year will help, but one is a bit of project and the other is probably a true 3, not a 5.

Too bad Kelly can't land Joslyn Tinkle as she is looking at bigger program schools. As most know here dad is the MBB coach at Montana and is a Ferris HS alum. She is very skilled and has a good head about the game.

But then again she is class of 2009, so GU would need another one of that quality to bridge the gap between Heather and Joslyn. Maybe Kayla can be that person or one of the women on the team will take that step up.

BobZag
01-04-2008, 09:04 AM
Kelly Graves is always looking.

Is the Tinkle girl in Missoula? Might be tough to pull her out of there.

With Heather, Vivian, Maria and a few minutes of Elaina, the ladies might be able to pull it off inside.

Consistency (on the road) appears to be the biggest problem. No way should Portland State, Riverside and Utah Valley have beaten this team. That's 3 horrid losses.

OZZag
01-08-2008, 07:16 PM
Maybe the team should look up north again... there are several very talented B.C. Post players at NEDA in Eastern Canada.

a13coach
01-09-2008, 08:34 AM
Kelly Graves is always looking.

Is the Tinkle girl in Missoula? Might be tough to pull her out of there.

With Heather, Vivian, Maria and a few minutes of Elaina, the ladies might be able to pull it off inside.

Consistency (on the road) appears to be the biggest problem. No way should Portland State, Riverside and Utah Valley have beaten this team. That's 3 horrid losses.

Yes Tinkle is in Missoula though she I doubt she will play for the Griz. She has a lot bigger schools banging on her door STS. Most of the Pac-10, ND, I even read that last month when her team Missoula Big Sky played in Billings last month folks from Maryland & Duke were on hand to watch.

I agree if the Lady Zags can have the others by committee to take turns putting up an all out effort to augment Heather then they should clean house in the WCC.