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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|TRACKING THE WOMEN ZAGS III: Shives Thrives, Ready|
All Gonzaga women’s basketball games in the WCC Tournament will be broadcast on KGA radio 1510 AM throughout the Inland Northwest. Today’s semifinal game pits No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s at 2:20 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 77-67 in the opening round Thursday, and Saint Mary’s beat Loyola Marymount 71-67. Santa Clara and San Diego play in the first women’s semifinal at noon today. For game stories, go to www.gozags.com.
March 8, 2008
Shives was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 10. At the time she was playing three sports, and her parents noticed she was getting out of shape, tired and had to urinate often. Tests revealed that what they thought was a bladder infection was indeed diabetes, a condition caused when the pancreas fails to produce the insulin the body needs to metabolize glucose.
The 5-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American (as a high school senior in 2005) is not the first Zag to have a glucose monitoring machine and insulin courtside.
“I came out and visited Gonzaga because I had seen Adam Morrison testing himself during games on TV,” said the Lansing, Mich. native. “I wanted to meet Adam. So when I visited I was able to meet him, his family, meet with his doctors and get to know the players here. I knew this is where I wanted to be."
She is especially pleased with the chemistry of this team.
"I’ve never been around a group of girls who get along so well," Shives said. "From the beginning this has been a great fit for me.”
Shives, who averaged 25 points a game as a high school senior, played her first collegiate season at Michigan State. She transferred to Gonzaga last year, and had to sit out the season.
“On this team no one gets upset with themselves. Everyone sticks together and helps each other out. We share the ball and we share the success. This is a great family atmosphere,” she said.
Shives played a major role in Thursday’s opening-round win over Pepperdine, scoring 16 points, including six free-throws in as many tries in the final minute of play.