March 21, 2009 in Sports

GU women upset Xavier

Associated Press
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Xavier’s Ta’Shia Phillips, left, catches a pass in front of Gonzaga’s Heather Bowman Saturday, March 21, 2009, in Seattle in the first half of their first-round women’s NCAA college basketball tournament game.
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SEATTLE — Those No. 12 seeds pulling off upsets made their way to the women’s NCAA tournament. And it just so happens to be that Jesuit school from Spokane.

Yep, those Bulldogs are barking again.

Heather Bowman scored 14 of her 23 points in the second half, and 12th-seeded Gonzaga won its first NCAA tournament game in school history with a 74-59 upset of No. 5 seed Xavier in the first-round of the Oklahoma City Regional on Saturday night.

Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points and 11 assists as the West Coast Conference champion Bulldogs (27-6) stole some of the headlines from their better-known men’s team.

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