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BobZag
01-19-2008, 05:28 PM
Sophomore Heather Bowman had 23 points and eight rebounds and junior Jami Bjorklund registered 14 points as the Gonzaga University women’s basketball squad defeated the University of San Francisco, 74-70, in a West Coast Conference battle of the undefeated Saturday afternoon.



With the win the Bulldogs improved to 13-6 overall and stayed perfect in the WCC at 4-0. The Dons fell to 11-7 on the season and 2-1 in conference.



Bowman hit 9-of-12 from the field and hit all five of her free throws. Along with her eight rebounds, four of which were offensive, Bowman added one assist and one steal.



Freshman Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points and a game-high seven assists and sophomore Vivian Frieson scored eight points and brought down a game and career-high 16 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have a five-game win streak.



Gonzaga, which never trailed in the contest, held the 13 point lead at halftime and used a 10-5 spurt to open up an 18 point advantage, 52-34, early in the second half.



San Francisco, trailing 58-42 with 11:35 left in the contest, held Gonzaga scoreless for the next five minutes to pull within two at 58-56 at the 5:56 mark.



The Bulldogs were 0-of-6 from the field over the five minute span, including 0-of-3 on three-pointers, and turned the ball over three times. The Dons were 5-of-9 during their run, including 1-for-1 from behind the three-point arc and sank 3-of-4 free throws.



Vandersloot finally ended the Zag dry spell by hitting two free throws at 5:44.



Gonzaga extended its lead to seven, 65-58, after a layup by Bowman followed by a three-pointer by Bjorklund at 4:29.



The Dons stayed close, cutting the game to a one possession contest four times under the final 3:30.



Vandersloot was the key for the Bulldogs down the stretch as she converted an old fashion three-point play and then hit one of two free throws in a 17-second sequence to give Gonzaga a six point lead with 33 ticks left in the contest.



San Francisco’s Necolia Simmons drained a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to cut USF’s deficit to just three, 73-70, but Gonzaga’s Michelle Elliott hit one of two free throws to seal the four-point Bulldog victory.



The Zags shot over 50.0 percent from the field for the second-consecutive contest, hitting 51.8 percent (29-56) of their shots. GU held a commanding 40-29 advantage on the boards, but was sloppy with the ball as it turned it over 18 times.



The Dons were led by Simmons who registered a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Dominique Carter, the WCC’s leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, was held to just seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. San Francisco hit 41.8 percent (28-67) of its shots, dished out 15 assists and only turned the ball over eight times.



Gonzaga will return to action when it welcomes the University of Portland to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.



Gonzaga vs San Francisco

1/19/08 2 p.m. at War Memorial Gym, San Francisco, CA

At War Memorial Gym, San Francisco, CA

GONZAGA 74, SAN FRANCISCO 70

GONZAGA (13-6, 4-0)

BOWMAN, Heather 9-12 5-5 23; BJORKLUND, Jami 6-11 0-0 14;

VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 3-6 4-5 11; FRIESON, Vivian 4-10 0-0 8; HASSETT, Maria

3-4 0-2 6; ELLIOTT, Michelle 1-5 2-4 5; KANE, Rachel 2-4 0-0 4; SHIVES,

Tiffanie 1-4 0-0 3; BEKKERING, Janelle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 11-16 74.

SAN FRANCISCO (11-7, 2-1)

SIMMONS, Necolia 9-24 4-7 23; ROLLINS, Shay 4-11 0-2 11; PEACE, Nykia 4-8

0-0 9; HEINTZ, Heidi 3-8 2-2 8; CARTER, Dominique 3-5 1-1 7; KUZMA, Jordan

3-5 1-1 7; OLDEN, Lisa 2-3 1-2 5; MIHALCO, Katie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-67

9-15 70.

Gonzaga....................... 42 32 - 74

San Francisco................. 29 41 - 70

3-point goals--Gonzaga 5-18 (BJORKLUND, Jami 2-5; VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 1-3;

SHIVES, Tiffanie 1-3; ELLIOTT, Michelle 1-5; KANE, Rachel 0-2), San

Francisco 5-14 (ROLLINS, Shay 3-6; PEACE, Nykia 1-3; SIMMONS, Necolia 1-2;

MIHALCO, Katie 0-3). Fouled out--Gonzaga-None, San Francisco-None.

Rebounds--Gonzaga 43 (FRIESON, Vivian 16), San Francisco 29 (SIMMONS,

Necolia 12). Assists--Gonzaga 12 (VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 7), San Francisco 15

(ROLLINS, Shay 5). Total fouls--Gonzaga 14, San Francisco 15. Technical

fouls--Gonzaga-None, San Francisco-None. A-469

young julez
01-19-2008, 09:59 PM
I followed the game on Game Tracker, I wish I could watch all the games on All Access :(

Oldsport
01-20-2008, 07:50 AM
I am unable to get Gametracker to work off the GU website. I had to go to the San Diego and San Francisco websites and start from there. Their Gametracker connections worked "fair" which is all I can hope for because I am stuck with dial-up. Has anyone else had problems loading Gametracker off our website?

W O W ! Vivian had 16 rebounds?....ever notice how often she is airborne? Isn't she supposed to wear a airborne patch from the corps, goggles, or a helmet? ha! The GU version of the RED BARON! A dog-fight, in the air and over the paint! What a great player!

I am very proud of our girls. They bend but didn't break near the end of the last two games......NO meltdown! No roll-over! Great wins over an improved WCC. 4-0 yea!!! Did anyone see a "tiny" smile coming from Kelly? Good work coaches!

Go Lady Zags! Portland is next. Just keep taking it one game at a time.:)

Zagineer
01-20-2008, 11:21 PM
young julez. I followed the game on Game Tracker, I wish I could watch all the games on All Access

Me too. Living in the Greater Seattle area also, I have the same probliem. I expanded my Comcast cable coverage to include a lot more college sports that includes FSN All Access, but it hasn't added to GU coverage.


Oldsport Go Lady Zags! Portland is next. Just keep taking it one game at a time.

The good news is that IF the advertisments on FSN in the Seattle area are correct, they will be broadcasting the Gonzaga-Portland game on FSN this coming Saturday, 1/26/08 at 2:00 pm. Finally a game on regular cable TV without having to watch through CSTV internet stream.

By the way, does anyone know why GUTV will not broadcast Free Throws on CSTV? I'm beginning to think its an FCC ruling that FT"s are prohibited from broadcast over the internet! ;) Talk about frustrating while trying to watch a game!

As long as I'm on a soap box, I respectfully request that the animated "DEFENCE" routine duriing broadcasts be dropped. I know where the ball is on the court and I know we are in defense. Please keep the camera on the court and broadcast it.

There. I feel better now.

Looking forward to seeing our Lady Zags on my TV this coming Saturday!

Go Lady Zags!