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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 20, 2007

Gonzaga - 61
Portland - 48

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team closed out a three-game West Coast Conference homestand with a 61-48 victory over the University of Portland Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have won sixth-straight and are now a perfect 5-0 in conference and 13-8 overall. The Pilots fell to 8-12 overall and 0-5 in WCC action.

Senior Stephanie Hawk led Gonzaga with 10 points and 13 rebounds; her sixth double-double of the season and fourth double-double in WCC action. Hawk also blocked two shots and dished out one assist for the Zags.

Junior Michelle Elliott and freshman Heather Bowman both finished with double-digit points. Elliott closed out the game shooting 4-for-9 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the three-point arc, and a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe for a team-high 12 points. Bowman, who has scored double-digit points in seven-straight games, finished with 10 points, along with a game-high five assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Gonzaga, who went into the locker room with a 33-24 advantage, built its lead to double-figures twice during the first half. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-8 advantage after Elliott drained a three-pointer at the 11:47 mark and, after the Pilots sliced the Zags lead to four at the 5:09 mark, the Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to gain its second double-digit edge at 31-21 with a little over three minutes to play in the half.

Gonzaga seemed to take control of the contest early in the second half. The Zags exploded for 17 points over the first 10 minutes, while holding the Pilots to only five, to gain their largest lead of the game at 47-29. It was the three-point shot that helped the Bulldogs push their advantage to 18 as junior Rachel Kane, senior Katy Ridenour and Elliott all hit a shot from behind the arc during this span.

The Pilots put a scare in the Bulldogs as they pulled within seven points of the lead with a 15-4 spurt covering nearly ten minutes. Laura Thomas made a layup at the 3:32 mark to put the score at 51-44. Rachel Stratton was the spark behind Portland's surge; scoring six points.

Gonzaga woke up, scoring eight-straight points to push its lead back to double-digits and push the game out of the Pilots reach.

Laiken Dollente led Portland with a game-high 17 points. Dollente finished the game hitting 6-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, and was 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 25 when it plays at the University of San Francisco. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 52
Pepperdine - 35

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Amanda Patton broke the LMU career record for three-pointers as part of LMU's huge 52-35 rivalry win over Pepperdine this evening at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions jumped out to an 11 point lead at 14:50 in the first half, and held a double digit lead for the rest of the game. Patton's record breaking three-pointer in the first half gave LMU a 24-4 lead and the Lions didn't look back. Patton led all players with 17 points in the win.

The Lions improve to 11-8 overall, 3-2 in WCC action. Pepperdine falls to 8-12 overall, 1-4 in the West Coast Conference.

Pepperdine's Teena Wickett scored the first basket of the game, but after that it was all Lions. Patton scored LMU's first four points of the game on driving layups, and a layup by Shannon Johnson tied the game at 4-4 at 18:20. The Lions would then go on a 20-0 run that included Patton's record tying three-pointer and her record breaker at 8:47. The Waves missed 14 straight shots before they would end their scoreless drought on a free throw by Nakeya Isabell at 8:10 to make it a 24-5 game. LMU continued to play well, holding the Waves to 13 points in the half, taking a 33-13 lead into the break.

The 13 points ties the Pepperdine record for fewest points scored in a half. Patton outscored the entire Wave team in the first half, putting in 14 points and dishing out four assists. Valerie Ogoke added eight points in the first half, and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Lions outrebound Pepperdine 27-18 in the first half.

The second half continued like the first half. A three-pointer by Patton at the 11:54 mark gave the Lions a 23 point lead, 40-17, their largest of the game. The Waves were finally about to get a little offense going, but LMU hit shots when it counted and kept a 20+ point lead for most of the half. A pair of free throws by Jessica Vargas at 3:28 gave the Lions a 50-29 lead.

Isabell made three steals and scored six points in the final two minutes of the game to keep the Waves from breaking the school record for fewest points scored in a game. However, the 35 points scored ties the school record that was set just two weeks ago when Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 58-35.

Patton led all players with 17 points, hitting three three-pointers. She entered the game with 125, and needed just one to tie the previous record of 126 set by Rachael Ziemann last year. With three today, she owns the record at 128 and will continue to add to it in LMU's remaining games. Patton now owns all three LMU three-point records - career (128), single season (67) and single game (7). She shares the single game record with Ziemann.

Ogoke had a strong game for the Lions, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, four steals and three assists. She also assisted on Patton's record breaking three-pointer. Ashlee Dunlap added eight points and six rebounds, and Amanda DeCoud had five assists and three rebounds.

Wickett led Pepperdine with 12 points and 13 rebounds. She also added a block, a steal and an assist. Isabell finished with six steals, nine points and four assists.

This game is the third time this season that LMU has held a team under 40 points. The Lions limited Long Beach State to 38 points and broke the school record by only allowing nine points in the second half. LMU limited Portland to 34 points, breaking the Pilots record for fewest points in a game. The Lions are allowing just 48.6 points per game in the WCC action.

LMU returns to action next Thursday when it hosts Saint Mary's for a 7:00pm tipoff at Gersten Pavilion.

San Diego - 85
Saint Mary's - 53

MORAGA, Calif. - Kiva Herman's career-high 17 points, Ashley Voisinet's career-high 14 points, plus Amber Sprague's game-high 18 and Kelly Winther's 12 points helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 85-53 rout over Saint Mary's College in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at the McKeon Pavilion.

With the 32-point win, the Toreros have now improved to 16-3 overall, remain undefeated in conference at 5-0 and have tied their season-high six-game winning streak. USD has now won 16 games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season and the 5-0 WCC start hasn't happened since the 1993-94 team opened 5-0 in conference action. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in the WCC.

Herman's career-high 17 points came on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor, Voisinet's career-high 13 points came on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor, Sprague's game-high 18 points came on 9-of-12 shooting and Winther's 12 points came on a 5-for-9 performance from the floor. Amanda Rego, the nation's leader in assists, racked up a game-high 12 assists to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, the Toreros shot a season-best 56 percent from the floor.

From the get-go, USD began their domination as they opened things with a 13-2 run sparked a Winther jumper and book ended by a Herman jumper. Saint Mary's then hit a pair of free throws to end the run, but San Diego responded with a 5-0 run to continue the momentum.

SMC would eventually cut the lead to 11 with 2:50 to go in the first frame but were unable to get any closer as USD would push the lead to 16 going into the break on a Sprague jumper.

The second half was more of the same as the Toreros shot 58 percent from the floor hitting on 18-of-31 shots. The Toreros out rebounded the Gaels for the game 34-32, while holding SMC to 35 percent shooting from the floor.

For the Gaels, Serena Benavente led the team with 12 points, while both Maija Lahde and Eghosa added 10 points apiece.

The Toreros will look to extend their six-game winning streak on Thursday as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a 7 p.m. WCC game with the University of Portland Pilots.

Santa Clara - 89
San Francisco - 83 (2OT)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the second meeting in a row, the Santa Clara Broncos and San Francisco Dons needed extra time to settle their differences, and once again, the Broncos prevailed. Chandice Cronk's career-high 30 points led three SCU players scoring in double figures as Santa Clara pulled away in the second overtime period for the 89-83 win Saturday night.

The Broncos (11-9. 3-2 WCC) will now take to the road next weekend for the annual L.A.-area swing, battling the Pepperdine Waves Thursday night, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Malibu before heading to Gersten Pavilion for a 2 p.m. contest Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27 against the Loyola Marymount Lions.

Cronk's 30 points led all scorers on the night, with 16 of those coming in the second overtime period. Jen Gottschalk added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Tracey Walker scored 13 and had five big steals for the Broncos. Cronk and Ashley Gonnerman each grabbed seven rebounds while Kasey Monteith had six.

"In the second overtime, Chandice was not only making the big shots for us, but she was taking it a step further by doing such a phenomenal job of running her defender off of screens," said head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson.

"Teams are focusing a lot on our three-point shooting in conference play, so now we're just trying to find different ways to score," Cronk said afterwards. "Tracey's layup late in regulation and Anna's three in the first overtime showed how we can rely on anyone at any time to hit the big shot for us."

Despite holding a 12-point lead at 47-35 with 9:55 to play, the Broncos frittered away the lead in just under five minutes, as seven of Lisa Olden's 20 points on the night fueled an 18-6 USF run that tied things up at 53 apiece. Olden led four Dons scoring in double figures, while Nickie Warren, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Shay Rollins with 12 points and 11 boards each turned in double-double efforts. Dominique Carter also added 14 points.

Playing from behind to the end of regulation, the Broncos kept within a possession of the Dons, and after Olden hit only one of two free throws with 41 seconds left, Walker charged down the court and scored on a driving layup to tie things up at 63-63 with 33.2 second left. After Olden missed a pair of jumpers on the USF end, Ashley Graham's jumper for the win rimmed out as time expired.

In the first overtime, USF held the lead for the first 4:51, until Anna Martin completed SCU's comeback from a five-point deficit in the final 50 seconds by swishing a three-pointer. The defense then took over and denied the Dons a shot at the win on the other end.

"Our defense was a major factor tonight, every stop that we got was crucial, and that's what helped carry us to the win," said Walker.

Finally, Cronk took over in the second session of overtime, answering Olden's jumper with a three to give SCU its first lead since the 53-53 tie in regulation. After the teams traded hoops in the ensuing possessions, Cronk drilled another three to put SCU up 78-76 with 2:34 left. After Walker's steal with a minute and a half to play, Cronk hit her third three of the extra session to give SCU a five-point advantage at 81-76. From there, Cronk hit seven of eight free throws to ice the game for SCU.

In the first half, Santa Clara held the lead the entire way, building the lead up to 12 multiple times before taking a 35-28 lead into the break.