Feb. 1, 2007
SECOND HALF OF WCC PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
The WCC tips off the second half of conference play this weekend. Gonzaga enters the turn riding a four-game winning streak and is in first place with a 6-1 conference record. Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, who lock horns on Saturday, remain just a game back of the Zags with identical 5-2 WCC records, while San Francisco sits in fourth place with a 4-3 mark. San Diego is currently fifth with a 3-4 conference record, while Pepperdine and Portland are tied for sixth and Loyola Marymount is eighth.
Saturday, February 3
*Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 12:30 PM %
*San Francisco at San Diego - 4:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM ^
*Portland at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
Monday, February 5
*Portland at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM &
*San Diego at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM #
*Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - 9:00 PM $
* Denotes Conference game; % Televised on FSN West; ^ Televised on Comcast SportsNet West; $ Televised on ESPN2; & Televised on FSN Prime Ticket; # Televised on ESPNU
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University freshman guard Matt Bouldin was named the WCC Player of the Week for his performance in the Zags' wins over San Francisco and San Diego. Bouldin, a freshman from Highlands Ranch, CO, averaged 17.0 points per game, while handing out 3.5 assists per game and hauling in 2.5 rebounds per game. The 6-5 guard was extremely efficient scoring the ball, connecting on 13-of-15 attempts from the field for a blistering 86.7 percentage. The weekly honor is the first for Bouldin and the first by a freshman this season.
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-7 / 6-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga ended the first half of conference play with a 91-82 win over San Diego before edging No. 23 Stanford in double-overtime, 90-86.
- Gonzaga has won 27 consecutive home games against conference opponents and extended the nation's longest home court winning streak to 49 games.
- Sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo was brilliant in the Zags' win over Stanford, dropping in a career-high 23 points and pulling down seven boards. Pargo has stepped up his play in the Zags' past five games, averaging 16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 5.4 apg during that span.
- Sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt tallied his fifth double-double of the season in the Bulldogs' win over Stanford as he scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards, while blocking three shots.
- The Bulldogs travel to Pepperdine (2/3) and Loyola Marymount (2/5) this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (9-14 / 1-6 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount earned a 74-71 upset of Santa Clara on Saturday, before suffering a 69-54 setback at Saint Mary's on Monday.
- Senior forward Matthew Knight led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds versus Santa Clara for his sixth double-double of the season and the 25th of his career. Knight enters the weekend with 1,367 career points and 704 career rebounds, making him just the sixth player in LMU history to score more than 1,300 career points and pull down more than 700 rebounds.
- Knight needs just three more rebounds to tie Mike Yoest (1984-88) for ninth place on the Lions' career rebounding chart, and just 10 more rebounds to tie Steve Smith (1971-73) for eighth place.
- The Lions open the second half of conference play by hosting Portland (2/3) this weekend, before hosting Gonzaga (2/5) in a Big Monday showdown.
Pepperdine Waves (6-17 / 2-5 WCC)
- Pepperdine earned its second WCC win as the Waves knocked off Saint Mary's, 68-66, on Saturday before falling at Santa Clara, 77-55, on Monday.
- Pepperdine leads the WCC in three-point field goal attempts (629) and three-point field goals made (229). The Waves have almost doubled last season's total of 124 made three-pointers and are just eight treys away from tying the program's single-season record for made three-pointers (237) set during the 1999-2000 season.
- The Waves trail the all-time WCC three-pointers made record of 298 set by LMU during the 1989-90 season by 69 treys. With seven regular season games remaining and with at least one WCC Tournament game, the Waves would need to average 8.625 threes per game to tie the record.
- The Waves return to Malibu to host Gonzaga (2/3) and Portland (2/5) this week.
Portland Pilots (6-17 / 2-5 WCC)
- The Pilots suffered a 74-70 setback versus San Diego on Saturday before dropping a 66-65 heartbreaker to San Francisco on Monday.
- Freshman guard Taishi Ito continued his solid play with 12 points, eight assists and just two turnovers in 38 minutes versus the Toreros. Ito is ranked fourth in the WCC in league games in assists with 4.86 apg, while chipping in 8.6 ppg. He is also ranked fifth in the WCC in conference play in three-pointers made with 14 treys.
- Sophomore Jamie Jones led the way for the Pilots with 16 points versus USF, while freshman Parker Emerson came off the bench to give Portland a big spark, scoring a career-high 14 points, hitting four of his five three-point attempts and adding five rebounds.
- The Pilots look to snap their five-game losing skid as they travel to Loyola Marymount (2/3) and Pepperdine (2/5) this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (13-10 / 5-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a 68-66 decision to Pepperdine on Saturday, but bounced back to down Loyola Marymount, 69-54, on Monday.
- Senior guard John Winston will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his right hand in the Gaels' loss to Pepperdine. X-ray's showed a broken bone in Winston's right hand that will require surgery, and it is expected that the injury will require six-to-eight weeks to heal. Winston played in 19 games with 11 starts. He was averaging 4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg.
- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson blocked 10 shots last week, eight of them coming versus the Waves. Simpson now has 97 career blocks, ranking him second on SMC's career charts. Former standout Brad Millard (1995-00) is SMC's all-time leader with 153 career blocks.
- The Gaels look to avenge an earlier season loss to Bay Area rival Santa Clara (2/3) before hosting San Diego (2/5).
San Diego Toreros (13-9 / 3-4 WCC)
- San Diego earned a split on last week's Pacific Northwest trip, defeating Portland, 74-70, before falling at Gonzaga, 91-82
- The Toreros were the only WCC team to open with three straight WCC road games, and play 5-of-7 road games in the first half of league play. San Diego now gets five home games at the JCP over its final seven WCC contests.
- The Toreros are the only team in the WCC to boast three players ranked in the top 10 in scoring in sophomore forward Gyno Pomare (4th-15.5 ppg), senior guard Ross DeRogatis (6th-15.0 ppg), and sophomore guard Brandon Johnson (10th-14.0 ppg).
- Johnson leads the WCC in assists with 4.95 apg.
- USD hosts USF (2/3) this Saturday, before traveling to Saint Mary's (2/5) on Monday.
San Francisco Dons (8-14 / 4-3 WCC)
- The Dons dropped a 72-56 decision at Gonzaga on Saturday but earned a road split with a 66-65 win at Portland on Monday. Through the first half of WCC play, USF has played in all but one close game. They have two overtime wins, two one-point wins, an overtime loss and a three-point loss.
- San Francisco played without sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg, who missed the road trip to concentrate on academics. The transfer from Connecticut leads the Dons -- and is fifth in the WCC -- with a 15.1 scoring average. Kellogg has continued to practice with the team and will return to action this weekend for the Dons' road contest at San Diego.
- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr., who has scored 967 career points, needs just 33 more points to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
- The Dons travel to San Diego (2/3) and Santa Clara (2/5) this week.
Santa Clara Broncos (15-7 / 5-2 WCC)
- The Broncos suffered a 74-71 setback versus Loyola Marymount, but bounced back to take a 77-55 decision over Pepperdine.
- By defeating Pepperdine, SCU won its 15th game of the year. This season marks the first time since 1983 that the Broncos have had 15 wins at the end of the month of January. In fact, the Broncos are off to their best start (15-7) since the 1997-98 season when the team posted a 16-6 record through 22 games.
- Junior forward Scott Dougherty continues to impress in the starting role. He has started every game of the conference season and is leading the team in scoring in those seven games at 13.4 points per game.
- Santa Clara travels to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (2/3) in a matchup of teams tied for second place before hosting San Francisco (2/5) on Monday.