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Women's Basketball Takes Down Bay Area Rival USF 84-77

Jan. 18, 2007

Box Score

Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's junior guard Serena Benavente scored 21 points while senior center Sheridan Arredondo added 20 to pace the Gaels to an 84-77 victory over Bay Area rival San Francisco. SMC tallied 50 points in the second half to grab the win. After the day, the Gaels improve to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in West Coast Conference play.

Benavente shot 6-of-13 from the floor and was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe to finish with a career-high 21 points. The junior guard added five rebounds and five assists. Arredondo shot 9-of-13 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds.

USF jumped out to the early lead and it wasn't until six minutes left in the first half when SMC grabbed its first advantage at 24-23. The Gaels then went into the break trailing 35-34.

Saint Mary's took the lead 15 seconds into the half and did not look back as it handled the advantage for the rest of the contest. The Gaels erupted for a 17-6 run to take a 61-50 lead with 11:57 left in the half.

SMC shot 40 percent (30-for-76) in the contest and 71 percent (20-for-28) from the charity stripe. USF shot 51 percent (31-for-61) and 63 percent (12-for-19) from the line. Dominique Carter led all scorers with 23 points. Shay Rollins added 18 for the Dons.

Maija Lahde tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while adding two steals. Jontelle Smith scored 11 points to take her double-digit point streak to eight straight games.

The Gaels out-rebounded the Dons 46-38. USF turned the ball over 22 times while SMC handed it over 13 times.

The 50 point half marks the fourth time the Gaels have accomplished the feat this season. SMC has scored over 80 points three times this year in the high scoring Paul Thomas offense.

Saint Mary's will continue its homestand against San Diego on Saturday, January 20. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.