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Seven Men's and Women's Basketball Games On TV This Week

Jan. 17, 2007

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18
San Francisco (7-11, 1-2) at Saint Mary's (7-9, 1-2)
Location: Moraga, Calif. - McKeon Pavilion
Time: 7:05 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: In a matchup of Bay Area rivals, San Francisco travels across the Bay to meet Saint Mary's on Thursday night. The game will pit the WCC's two first-year head coaches -- the Dons' Tanya Haave and the Gaels' Paul Thomas -- against each other for the first time. Both teams are looking to get to .500 in conference play and are currently tied for fifth place in the league standings. USF used a 57-point second half to earn a 77-65 win over Pepperdine, posting its first conference victory on Sunday. Junior guard Dominique Carter, who eclipsed the 1,000-career point plateau in December, leads the Dons and is third in the WCC with 14.7 points per game. After a rough 3-8 start to the season, Saint Mary's is back on track of late, posting five wins in its last seven games. The Gaels lead the WCC in rebounding and steals and are second in scoring, but are looking to bounce back from an 85-49 loss at first-place Gonzaga on Sunday. SMC leads the all-time series with USF 22-18, taking three of the last four against the Dons.

San Francisco's Key Players: Dominique Carter - 14.7 ppg, .462 FG percentage; Nickie Warren - 8.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Saint Mary's Key Players: Jontelle Smith - 12.0 ppg, .851 FT percentage; Lauren Shaughnessy - 4.81 apg, 3.0 spg


SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
Pepperdine (8-11, 1-3) at Loyola Marymount (10-8, 2-2)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. - Gersten Pavilion
Time: 4:30 PM (PST)
Television: CSTV

Preview: In the second televised WCC women's basketball game of the week, Pepperdine travels to Southern California rival Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The game will match the two teams picked to finish first in the WCC by coaches in the preseason poll. Both teams have gotten off to a slow start in conference play and are looking to get back on the winning track after losses on Sunday. Although the Waves had five players in double digits in scoring their last time out, they dropped their third straight game, a 77-65 loss to USF. The Pepperdine roster has been riddled with injuries this season -- eight players have missed at least one game due to injury, for a combined total of 62 games missed. LMU is coming off of a tough 50-49 loss to San Diego on Sunday in which the Lions led for all but 5:38 of the game. Pepperdine holds a 31-12 advantage in the all-time series with Loyola Marymount and has won three of the last five games, including a 59-58 win to knock the Lions out of the WCC Tournament last year.

Pepperdine's Key Players: Jessica Ross - 9.2 ppg, 1.53 spg; Miranda Ayim - 8.1 ppg, .529 FG percentage
Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Jennifer Hall - 13.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg; Amanda Patton - 10.6 ppg, .406 3-PT FG percentage



MEN'S BASKETBALL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
Pepperdine (4-16, 0-4) at Loyola Marymount (8-12, 0-4)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. - Gersten Pavilion
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Television: CSTV

Preview: In the second game of a Pepperdine-LMU basketball doubleheader, the men get their turn on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The game between the Southern California rivals takes on new meaning with both teams winless in conference play and looking to jumpstart a WCC turnaround. The Waves have lost six straight, including a 72-71 defeat to USF at home their last time out. With nine losses by five points or fewer this season, Pepperdine will be out to make a statement with an offense that is second in the WCC in scoring and leads the league in three pointers. Meanwhile, the Lions have struggled since losing senior guard and leading scorer Brandon Worthy to a season-ending knee injury. LMU has lost seven straight since Worthy went down, but has seen Matthew Knight step up as the conference's second leading scorer and rebounder. Pepperdine has won three of the last five against the Lions, but in the teams' last meeting LMU came away with an 89-78 overtime win at home.

Pepperdine's Key Players: Chase Griffin - 15.9 ppg, .802 FT percentage; Marvin Lea - 16.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 17.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg; Damian Martin - 5.2 rpg, 3.5 apg


SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
Saint Mary's (10-9, 2-1) at San Francisco (7-11, 3-0)
Location: San Francisco, Calif. - War Memorial Gym
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Television: Comcast SportsNet West

Preview: In the WCC's second televised men's basketball game on Saturday, Saint Mary's travels to rival San Francisco. The Gaels, fresh off of their 80-75 upset of conference powerhouse Gonzaga on Monday night, are taking a 2-1 WCC record into their matchup with conference leaders USF. The Dons used a late 13-3 run in last Monday's game with Pepperdine to take home a 72-71 victory. After going 4-11 to start the season, USF has been perfect in conference play, going 3-0 to start the WCC season for the first time since 1991. SMC has won four of its last five games, led by sophomore forward Diamon Simpson who has scored in double digits in all but three games this season, including a career-high 29 points along with 11 boards in the win over the Zags. San Francisco brings the conference's third-highest scoring offense into the matchup, boasting four players in the top 20 in scoring in the WCC. USF guards Armondo Surratt and Antonio Kellogg are ranked seventh and eighth in the league in scoring at 15.3 and 15.1 points per game, respectively. In one of the oldest rivalries in the WCC, the Dons have a 103-57 record against the Gaels, but Saint Mary's has taken six of the last eight games against USF.

Saint Mary's Key Players: Diamon Simpson - 14.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg; Omar Samhan - 9.9 ppg, .568 FG percentage
San Francisco Key Players: Armondo Surratt - 15.3 ppg, 3.33 apg; Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg


MONDAY, JANUARY 22
Santa Clara (12-6, 2-1) at San Francisco (7-11, 3-0)
Location: San Francisco, Calif. - War Memorial Gym
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Television: Comcast SportsNet West

Preview: San Francisco takes on its second Bay Area rival of the week on Monday, with Santa Clara making the short trip north to face the Dons. USF enters the third week of WCC play undefeated, having scored two overtime victories over San Diego and LMU and a one-point win over Pepperdine to kick off conference play. The Broncos entered WCC play in first place in the conference, but are 2-1 and tied for third with San Diego and Saint Mary's coming into this week's games. San Francisco has four players averaging double digits in scoring in Armondo Surratt (15.3 ppg), Antonio Kellogg (15.1), Alan Wiggins, Jr. (13.3) and Manny Quezada (11.5) and is second in the WCC in three pointers per game. Santa Clara boasts a tough defense that has held opponents to just 62.5 points per game and 40.9 percent shooting from the field, while out-rebounding opponents by an average of 5.9 boards per game. This year marks the 60th anniversary since the Dons and Broncos first met in the 1936-37 season. Santa Clara leads the 190 game series with 97 wins and 93 losses all time. Santa Clara travels to San Diego on Saturday before heading to USF.

Santa Clara Key Players: Sean Denison - 10.6 ppg, .592 FG percentage; John Bryant - 10.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg
San Francisco Key Players: Antonio Kellogg - 15.1 ppg, 2.33 spg; Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg


MONDAY, JANUARY 22
Saint Mary's (10-9, 2-1) at San Diego (12-6, 2-1)
Location: San Diego, Calif. - Jenny Craig Pavilion
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: Saint Mary's travels to San Diego on Monday in a meeting of two teams involved in a three-way tie for third place in the WCC entering the third week of conference play. Heading into the Monday night matchup with San Diego, the Gaels will be looking for their second straight upset on Saturday against 3-0 USF. Saint Mary's brings WCC Co-Player of the Week Diamon Simpson to the Jenny Craig Pavilion after a 29 point-11 rebound performance in an upset of Gonzaga last Monday. San Diego will counter with its own WCC Co-Player of the Week in sophomore center Gyno Pomare, who averaged 21.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in three wins, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field last week. The Toreros have won three-straight games and eight of their last 10 coming into this week, with their only conference loss coming in double-overtime on a last second three against USF. SMC will be looking for its first road wins this weekend after going 0-7 away from McKeon Pavilion this year.

Saint Mary's Key Players: Diamon Simpson - 14.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg; Brett Collins - 11.2 ppg, .817 FT percentage
San Diego's Key Players: Gyno Pomare - 15.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg; Brandon Johnson - 13.2 ppg, 4.89 apg


MONDAY, JANUARY 22
Gonzaga (12-7, 3-1) at Portland (6-14, 2-2)
Location: Portland, Ore. - Chiles Center
Time: 9:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPN

Preview: The WCC's first Northwest rivalry matchup of 2007 will be featured on ESPN's "Big Monday" this week, with Gonzaga making the trip to Portland on Monday night. The two teams have met 142 times in their history with the Bulldogs holding a 77-65 edge all time. This year, Portland is off to a 2-2 start in conference play, while Gonzaga enters the week after snapping a 30-game conference winning streak that dated back to 2005. The Zags will be looking to rebound from the 80-75 loss at Saint Mary's, bringing a six-game winning streak against Portland into Monday's game. The Pilots are aiming to get back on track after dropping back-to-back games at Saint Mary's and Santa Clara last week. With a 6-3 record at home, UP will be looking to use the sellout crowd at the Chiles Center to their advantage against the top offense in the WCC. Gonzaga leads the conference in nine different statistical categories including field goal percentage (.486), scoring margin (+9.2) and three-point field goal percentage (.391).

Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 19.3 ppg, .934 FT percentage; Josh Heytvelt - 15.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg
Portland's Key Players: Darren Cooper - 12.2 ppg, .908 FT percentage; Jamie Jones - 10.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg