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Posted at 9:17 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2006

Gonzaga stuns No. 21 UCLA in Rainbow Wahine Classic

Advertiser Staff

Michelle Elliott scored 20 points to lead Gonzaga to a 62-57

victory over No. 21 UCLA in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday.

Heather Bowman added 11 points for Gonzaga (5-1) and Jami Bjorklund had 10.

Chinyere Ibekwe led UCLA (2-3) with 21 points, while Lindsey Pluimer added 14 and Amanda Livingston had 10.

Former Punahou School star Rachel Kane of Gonzaga contributed five points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Her Hawai'i teammate, Tatriana Lorenzo, played just three minutes before leaving the game with an injured left knee.

Lorenzo underwent medical tests after the game, and the severity of her injury was not immediately known, according to a Gonzaga spokeswoman.

Kane, a 2003 Punahou graduate, and Lorenzo, a 2006 Kamehameha alum, are former Advertiser All-State point guards. Kane was the State Player of the Year as a senior.

Trailing by as many as 14 points early in the second half, UCLA used a 12-0 run to pull to 37-36 with 12:48 left. But Gonzaga responded with a 12-4 spurt of its own, keyed by five points from Elliot.

The Bruins again pulled to 51-50 with 4:19 remaining, but the Bulldogs responded with four free throws from Bowman and Bjorklund.

Gonzaga made nine of 14 free throws in the final four minutes to seal the victory.

Gonzaga held UCLA's leading scorer, Noelle Quinn, to one free throw and 0-for-8 shooting.

UCLA struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 25 percent from the field and committing 14 turnovers. The Bulldogs led 29-17 at halftime.

Gonzaga will face No. 2 North Carolina in the semifinals on Saturday. UCLA will play Sacramento State in the consolation game.