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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 11, 2007

Gonzaga - 78
Santa Clara - 73 (OT)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior Stephanie Hawk scored a career-high 33 points to help the Gonzaga University women's basketball team defeat West Coast Conference opponent Santa Clara University 78-73 in overtime Thursday evening at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs outscored the Broncos 11-6 in the extra period to secure the come-from-behind victory.

GU is a perfect 3-0 in conference and 11-8 overall while SCU is 9-8 overall and 1-1 in the WCC.

It was Hawk and freshman Heather Bowman who propelled the Bulldogs to the victory combining for 42 of GU's 50 points over the second half and overtime session.

Santa Clara held the lead for nearly 38 minutes of regulation before Gonzaga, who slowly whittled down a 10 point Bronco second half lead, tied the contest at 67-67 on a layup by Hawk with 2:21 to play in regulation. Each team had a chance to win the game in the final minutes of the second half, but Santa Clara missed two shots and a free throw, while Gonzaga also missed two shots, including a last second attempt by Bowman.

After trading baskets in the first minute of overtime, the Bulldogs took its first lead of the game when Bowman hit one-of-two free throws to give GU the slight 70-69 advantage. A made free throw by junior Michelle Elliott and a layup by Bowman gave the Zags a small four-point cushion with 2:13 left on the clock, but a quick 4-1 run by Santa Clara, that included layups by Kasey Monteith and Ashley Graham, sliced Gonzaga lead to 74-73 with 57 seconds left in the game. The Bulldogs secured the thrilling victory with four free throws by Hawk over the final 11 seconds.

Hawk, who was 10-of-21 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line, also finished with 11 rebounds for her third-straight double-double. She added three blocks, two assists and three steals. Bowman closed out the contest with 20 points and five rebounds, while senior Katy Ridenour chipped in 10 rebounds.

Jen Gottschalk dominated for Santa Clara finishing with a career-high 30 points. She was 13-for-15 from the field, including a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the three-point arc, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Gonzaga was able to hold the West Coast Conference's leading scorer and leading three-pointer shooter Chandice Cronk to one point during the contest.

The Bulldogs continue WCC play when they welcome Saint Mary's College to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

** With her 33 points, Stephanie Hawk became just the 12th player in Gonzaga women's basketball history to score over 1,000 points in her career.

LMU - 70
San Francisco - 64

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - LMU outscored the University of San Francisco 38-19 in the second half for a 70-64 come from behind victory in West Coast Conference women's basketball action this evening at War Memorial Gymnasium. Amanda Patton hit six three-pointers and is now one away from tying the LMU career record. She finished with a season-high 24 points. Ashlee Dunlap scored a season-high 16 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second half. LMU improves to 10-7 overall, 2-1 in WCC action.

LMU opened the game on an 8-0 run, using its quickness and speed to confuse the Dons in the opening minutes. USF (6-11, 0-2) was forced to call a timeout and responded. The Dons went on a 16-2 run to go up 16-10 at 12:33. LMU called a timeout and stopped the USF run on the next possession when Dunlap hit a jumper from outside. Patton hit her second three pointer of the game on the next possession to cut the lead. Valerie Ogoke made a layup and converted a free throw after the foul to tie the game at 18-18 at 10:56.

Patton hit her third three-pointer of the game to put the Lions up 21-18 at 9:39. The Dons stayed hot on offense, shooting over 58% in the first half to pull out to a double digit lead. As the Dons got hot, the Lions got cold. USF extended its lead to 18 points before LMU ended the half on a 5-0 run to make it a 45-32 game at halftime.

Dominique Carter led all players with 16 first half points, and Lisa Olden added nine points for the Dons. Patton led LMU with 10 points in the first half, going 3-for-4 from three-point range. Jennifer Hall added eight points in the first half.

USF shot 58% from the field at 54.5% from three-point range, while LMU made 44% of its shots from the field. USF outrebounded LMU 18-10. DeCoud led the Lions with five rebounds and four assists.

Both offenses were cold out of the halftime break, with the teams combining for five points in the first four minutes of the period. LMU's offense got going, with Hall taking a feed from Dunlap under the basket for an easy layup, and following that up with a three-pointer to cut the USF lead to single digits at 14:03. The Lions continued to keep USF off the board, scoring 10 unanswered points to cut the lead to 48-45. After a USF free throw ended its scoring drought, Patton answered with her fifth three-pointer of the night to make it a one point game. Dunlap hit a pair of free throws at 10:25 to give the Lions their first lead of the second half, 50-49.

A free throw by DeCoud gave the Lions a 51-49 lead, but Carter tied the game on USF's first field goal since the opening minute when she hit a jumper in the lane at 9:17. LMU hit back to back baskets in the paint to go up 55-51 at 7:11. Dunlap continued to be active on the boards, grabbing offensive rebounds and drawing fouls. The Dons cut the LMU lead to one, 61-60 on a three-pointer by Shay Rollins, but Dunlap answered with a pair of free throws to make it a three-point Lion lead.

Heidi Heintz hit a jumper in the lane to cut it to one, but Patton responded with her sixth three-pointer of the night to give the Lions a 66-62 lead. Carter hit a jumper at 1:42 to make it a 66-64 game.

After several unsuccessful possessions, DeCoud recovered a loose ball to give LMU the ball with 27.7 seconds on the clock. Patton was fouled on the inbounds and hit one of two to put LMU up 67-64 with 24.2 seconds in the game.

After a missed a three-pointer on the next USF possession, Ogoke grabbed the offensive board and put away her free throw to put LMU up 68-64. Carter grabbed the rebound off of Ogoke's miss, but missed a jumper from the wing. Patton grabbed the rebound and sunk both free throws to ice the 70-64 win.

Patton led all players with 24 points, going 6-for-9 from three-point range. She also hit four free throws, including three in the final minute of the game. Four Lions finished in double digits, including 16 by Dunlap, 13 from Hall and Ogoke with 10 points. Dunlap was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, hitting all eight in the second half as part of LMU's comeback.

Carter finished with 21 points for the Dons, while Olden chipped in 13. USF shot just 36.4% from the field in the second half. LMU shot 40% from the field in the second half, and finished shooting 42% for the game.

LMU outrebounded USF 18-12 in the second half, but USF held the overall margin, 30-28. Dunlap led the Lions with eight rebounds, including six offensive. Hall added seven rebounds. Nykia Peach led USF with eight rebounds.

Patton's six three-pointers is tied for third on the LMU single game chart, just one behind her own record of seven three-pointers in a game. She now has 125 career three-pointers, just one behind the mark of 126 set by former teammate Rachael Ziemann last year.

The Lions will return to action on Saturday when they head down to San Diego for a 2:00pm showdown at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Saint Mary's - 74
Portland - 52

Portland, OR - Three Gaels scored in double-figures including a game-high 20 by sophomore guard Jontelle Smith to pace the Gaels to a 74-52 victory from the Chiles Center Thursday night. With the win, head coach Paul Thomas earns his first career West Coast Conference victory. After the day the Gaels improve to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in WCC play.

Smith led the Gaels with 20 points, including 15 in the first half to lead all scorers. The Pinole native shot 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-5 from downtown to tally her sixth consecutive double-digit output.

Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza followed with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Maija Lahde tallied 13 points on 6-of-9 from the floor.

The Gaels went into the locker room with a seven point lead (38-31). Once Portland cut the gap to four (45-41) SMC rallied off a 23-3 run to take a 68-44 lead with 5:11 left. Obaiza and Lahde led the run with eight and six points, respectively.

Saint Mary's out-ran Portland with 18 fast-break points and 30 points off turnovers. Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy caused six of the Pilots' 26 turnovers with six steals. Shaughnessy also added eight points, seven assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes of action.

The Gaels shot 45 percent (29-for-65) from the floor, 27 percent (3-for-11) from three and 65 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line.

The Pilots hit 40 percent (18-of-45) their shots from floor, including 29 percent (2-of-7) from three and 52 percent (14-of-27) from the charity stripe.

Kendra Morris led the Pilots with 15 points - the only Portland player in double-digits. Laura Thomas added eight points and six rebounds.

Saint Mary's will continue its Pacific Northwest trip against Gonzaga. Tipoff is slated for Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m. from the McCarthey Center.

San Diego - 73
Pepperdine - 71

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Ashley Voisinet's put-back lay-up with 18 second remaining and a pair Kelly Winther free throws with four seconds left, lifted the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a thrilling 73-71 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine University, who was tabbed as the co-favorite to win the conference, Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

After USD erased a 12-point deficit in the second half, the Toreros were leading 69-67 with 47 seconds remaining until Pepperdine's Nakeya Isabell hit a lay-up to knot things up. Amanda Rego then drove to the basket and put up a lay-up, but she missed the shot, and the ball fell into the hands of Voisinet. The senior then put the ball right back up and in to give USD a two-point lead.

Pepperdine then called a timeout, and out of the timeout Jessica Ross launched a wide-open three that was no good. The rebound went to Sherriel Boyd and she blew a wide open lay-up, Voisinet came down with the board and Rego called a timeout to assure the Torero possession. Pepperdine then fouled Winther on the inbounds play and she in turned hit a pair of free throws to ice the victory for USD.

With the win, the Toreros snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Waves, win their third consecutive game, continue their best start in program history at 13-3 and are 2-0 in conference for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. With the loss, the Waves fall to 8-10 overall and 1-2 in the WCC.

Winther led the offensive charge for the Toreros as she tied for a game-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Voisinet scored a season-high 13 points as the second of five Toreros in double figures on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Both Morgan Henderson and Amber Sprague had 11 points a piece and Rego racked up her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 10 assists. USD shot an amazing 52 percent from the floor and held Pepperdine to 47 percent shooting. The Toreros were out rebounded 36-26.

In the first half, the game was an even draw through out the first 12 minute of play. Then with the score knotted at 17 apiece, USD went on a 7-0 run sparked by a Henderson three pointer and capped by a Winther jumper giving USD a 24-17 lead with just 7:44 remaining.

The Waves then responded with a 6-0 run to pull within one on a Teena Wickett lay-up with 5:58 remaining.

The two teams would then sea saw back and fourth for the remainder of the period and go into the break with a 33-33 tie.

In the second half, the Waves opened the frame with a 13-4 run sparked by a Jessica Ross jumper and capped a Wickett lay-up to take control of the momentum. Pepperdine would eventually build their lead up to as many at 12 with 9:23 remaining.

San Diego then dug in and began their comeback. Rego sparked things with a lay-up and she was fouled giving the Toreros a three-point opportunity. After she missed the free throw, the rebound went to Ross. Rego then stole the ball from Ross and laid it in for another easy lay-up cutting the lead to single digits at 47-55.

Morgan Henderson then scored six of the Toreros' next eight points from beyond the arc to tie the game at 55-55 and setting the crowd into a frenzy.

Pepperdine then responded with a 6-0 run, before Kelly Winther hit back-to-back buckets cutting the lead to two. Ashley Voisinet then tied the game with a lay-up at 61-61. The two teams would battle back and forth for a bit setting the stage for the final minute of action.

George led the Waves offensively with 16 points and both Ross and Wickett had 13 points a piece to help round off the Pepperdine offensive attack.

USD will return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as they take on Loyola Marymount University, who was also tabbed as the co-favorite to win the conference.