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Advice to Zag fans everywhere: Get to the McCarthey Athletic Center early for Saturday's final women's home game of 2004, because the crowd will be huge and you won't want to miss a minute of seeing four very special seniors play their final game at Gonzaga. Ashley Burke, Shannon Mathews, Raeanne Jewell and Delphine LeCoultre, all key to turning Kelly Graves' program into a WCC power.
Here is last week in review:
At San Francisco, Raeanne Jewell led four Zags into double figures as the senior wing scored 18 points while fellow senior Ashley Burke became the fourth Gonzaga player to score more than 1,500 points for her career, adding 17 points. Stephanie Hawk and Anne Bailey rounded the top GU scores with Hawk scoring 10 and Bailey coming off the bench to chip in with 11. This was the ninth straight game that Bailey has reached double figures and her 14th double-digit performance in the last 15 games.
The Bulldogs held a 10 point halftime lead over the Dons, and in the 2nd half the lead was never less than 8 as Gonzaga immediately answered every attempt to close the gap. It was another poised effort by point guard Shannon Mathews as the team notched a 70-62 victory in USF's War Memorial Gym.
Two days later the Gonzaga women turned a 2 point halftime lead into a 15 point win as the Zags extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games with a 74-59 victory over the University of San Diego. Gonzaga improved to 24-2 overall, 13-0 in the WCC.
Once again, the steady Shannon Mathews scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the second half as the Bulldogs outscored the Toreros 48-35. The Bulldogs were able to push the ball to draw a multitude of fouls that they capitalized on.
Forward Ashley Burke had another big game scoring 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds, her second double-double in the last three games. Stephanie Hawk rounded out the Bulldogs top scorers with 15 including 9 points in the first half as Gonzaga built a 26-24 advantage at the half.
Gonzaga won the battle on the boards with a convincing 42-23 margin.
San Diego would keep Gonzaga within its sights for 32 minutes of the game before Burke hit a jumper with 8:05 remaining in the game to put the Bulldogs up 50-40, and Katy Ridenour knocked down a 3-pointer at the 6-minute mark. USD would never get the margin under 10 the remainder of the game.
Again, GU Nation urges all Zag fans to turn out in force for Saturday, February 26, 7:00PM, to cheer the Ladies to victory over Portland and to bid farewell to four key seniors as they play their final game in Spokane.