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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 18, 2007

Saint Mary's - 84
San Francisco - 77


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.


San Diego - 71
Santa Clara - 52


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Amber Sprague, Sabine Loewe and Kelly Winther all registered double-digits as the University of San Diego women's basketball team cruised to a 71-52 win over the Santa Clara University Broncos Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Leavey Center.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 15-3 overall, move to 4-0 in the WCC and run their inning streak to five. This marks the first time since the 1999-2000 season that the Toreros have won 15 games and the 4-0 start in WCC play hasn't happened since the 1993-94 season. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 10-9 overall and 2-2 in the WCC.

Sprague led all scorers with 20 points, while also adding 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Loewe dropped in 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and Winther added 12 points to mark her third consecutive game with at least 10 points. Amanda Rego continued to show why she is the nation's leader in assists as she dished out a game-high 10 assists to go along with six boards and four steals. USD held the WCC's highest scoring team (71.8 ppg) to a season low 52, while out rebounding the Broncos 33-28.

In the first half, the Toreros jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as Loewe got things rolling with a lay-up and Sprague scored the next four points on back-to-back jumpers.

Santa Clara then responded with a 6-0 run to again get on even playing terms with the Toreros, but that is the last time SCU would be even with San Diego.

The two team's then sea sawed back an fourth over the next several minutes with USD never surrendering the lead. Then with the score at 16-13 in favor of the Toreros, San Diego went on a 9-3 run to take control of the momentum. USD would go on to build their lead up to 10 going into the break, thanks to a last second jumper by Sprague.

In the second half, it was all Toreros as they opened the frame with an 8-2 run and never looked back. The Toreros would eventually build their lead to as many as 22 on a pair of Kiva Herman free throws with 7:57 remaining, before setting for a 19-point win.

For the Broncos, Tracey Walker led the team in scoring with 16 points. Two other players for SCU were in double digits in Jen Gottschalk with 13 and Ashley Graham with 10. As a team, Santa Clara shot 33 percent from the floor.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they head to Moraga, Calif. for a 2 p.m. game against the Gaels of Saint Mary's College.