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Women's Basketball Runs Past Portland 74-52

Jan. 11, 2007

Box Score

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.