Gonzaga junior Heather Bowman, a three-time All-West Coast Conference player and the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, played all four post-season games with a shoulder injury that will require surgery next month.
GU coach Kelly Graves confirmed Tuesday Bowman suffered a torn labrum in her left shoulder the first practice after the end of the regular season. She played with a brace as the Bulldogs won two games to capture the WCC Tournament title and two games in the NCAA Tournament.
Bowman, 6-2 out of Lewis and Clark, scored 38 points in the NCAA Tournament, including the Bulldogs first-ever win. She had 23 in a 74-59 win over No. 20 Xavier on Saturday and 15 in a 65-60 loss to No. 15 PIttsburgh on Monday. In those two games she was matched up against 6-6 posts, Ta’Shia Phillips of the Musketeers and Pepper Wilson of the Panthers despite not having the ability to extend her arm back.
The surgery, scheduled for April 6, requires a six-month rehabilitation, with no contact until October.