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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 3, 2007

Gonzaga - 66
LMU - 56

SPOKANE, Wash. - Coming off its first loss of the West Coast Conference season, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team bounced back and defeated Loyola Marymount 66-56 Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs, who improved to 16-9 overall and 8-1 in conference, was led by senior Stephanie Hawk who registered her ninth double-double of the season and seventh double-double in WCC play with a game-high 21 points and a career-tying 15 rebounds. The senior also chipped in four blocks and two assists in 38 minutes of action.

Freshman Heather Bowman chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds and sophomore Jami Bjorklund added 10 points and six rebounds.

The Lions (13-10, 5-4 WCC) controlled the first half, taking a 29-27 lead into halftime on the strength of the three-pointer. Loyola Marymount drained six three-pointers in the first stanza, including four over the final 10 minutes of the half.

With the scored tied 14-14 at the 10:02 mark, LMU used a 9-2 run to take a seven-point advantage. The Lions nine points were courtesy of three thee-pointers scored by Amanda DeCoud, Kavita Goss, and Jennifer Hall.

Gonzaga was able to cut Loyola Marymount's advantage to 26-25 at 1:10 but another three-pointer by Patton with 32 seconds left increased the Lions lead to four. Hawk was able to make a layup in the closing seconds to cut LMU's lead to two at the half.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game three minutes into the second half when senior Katy Ridenour drained a three-pointer on an assist by junior Rachel Kane to give GU a 34-31 lead.

A jumper by LMU's Valerie Ogoke and two free throws by Ashlee Dunlap gave the Lions back a slight one-point lead but Gonzaga responded with six-straight points to regain the lead; one it would not relinquish.

Gonzaga held a double-digit lead for the final seven minutes of the contest. The Zags largest lead of the game was a 14-point advantage at 58-44 with four minutes left in the contest.

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Lions 29-13 in the second half and finished the contest with a 53-34 advantage.

Patton led Loyola Marymount with a team-high 17 points, including a game-high four three-pointers. Hall added 13 points and five rebounds for the Lions.

Gonzaga will back in action on Thursday, Feb. 8 when it plays at Saint Mary's College. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Pepperdine - 72
Portland - 45

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Lauren Wenski scored a season-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc as the Pepperdine Waves picked up their third straight West Coast Conference (WCC) victory of the season with a 72-45 drumming of the Portland Pilots Saturday in Portland, Ore.

Sophomore Jessica Ross added 11 points in 29 minutes for Pepperdine (11-13, 4-5 WCC). Teiosha George added eight points and seven rebounds, while Shannon Johnson had nine points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Portland (9-15, 1-8 WCC) did not have a single player reach double-digits in scoring as Laura Thomas and Carly Kobbel each had eight.

Portland scored seven of the first nine points in the game to take a 7-2 lead on Pepperdine. The score remained tight for the entire opening 20 minutes of play, with the Pilots leading much of the way and by as many as seven on several occasions.

Trailing 22-15 with 45 seconds to play in the opening half, Johnson's jumper cut the lead to five and Wenski provided the Waves with momentum heading into the lockerroom as she buried a trey with four seconds on the clock.

Wenski opening the second half with another trey to give Pepperdine a 23-22 lead it would never relinquish.

Pepperdine opened the second stanza on a 7-0 run and following a Ross three-pointer had built up an eight-point 32-24 lead just 2:36 into the second period.

It continued to rain threes for Pepperdine as Wenski and Ross connected on back-to-back treys to extend the lead to a dozen. Portland would never get closer as the Waves scored 50 points in the second half.

Pepperdine will return home Thursday night for a 7 p.m. PT tip against San Francisco to open the final homestand of the season for the Waves. Saturday, Pepperdine will play host to San Diego in a 2 p.m. start.

San Diego - 66
San Francisco - 60

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Amber Sprague scored 17 points and both Amanda Rego and Kelly Winther added 15 points a piece to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 66-60 West Coast Conference win over the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros set a program record for most single-season wins as they move to 18-4 overall and move 7-1 in the WCC. The 7-1 start in conference action, ties the program's best WCC start with the 1985-86 team. With the loss, the Dons fall to 7-16 overall and 1-7 in the WCC.

Sprague recorded her fifth double-double of the season as she pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with her game-high 17 points. Rego dished out a game-high six assists to go along with seven rebounds and her 15 points. Winther went 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line to assist her in getting her 15 points. As a team, USD shot 44 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Dons 40-32.

In the first half, the Toreros and Dons shared three ties over the first eight minutes of action. The two teams kept things close until the 5:18 mark. With the score knotted at 23-23, the Toreros used a 7-2 run sparked by a Sprague lay-up and capped by a Rego lay-up to gain control of the momentum. The Toreros would go on to build their lead to seven points, and hold on to that margin going into the break.

The Toreros would then open the second half with a 16-7 run to continue control of the momentum. The run was sparked by a pair of Rego free-throws and capped by a Winther three-pointer.

The Dons would kept things close as they came to within four on several occasions, but the Toreros defense proved to be to strong as they didn't allow the Dons to come any closer. USD would build their lead up to as many as 10 with just under a minute to go, before settling for a six point win.

For the Dons, Shay Rollins led the way offensively with a team-best 15 points. Three other USF players were in double figures with Nykia Peace scoring 12, Randi Richardson scoring 10 and Dominique Carter added in 11 points. As a team, the Dons shot 41 percent from the floor.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they travel to Los Angeles for a 7 p.m. WCC game with the Loyola Marymount Lions.

Saint Mary's - 76
Santa Clara - 61

Santa Clara, CA - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team put its foot to the gas pedal from the opening tip until the final buzzer as the Gaels recorded a 76-61 victory against rival Santa Clara Saturday night. Four Gaels recorded double digits in points as SMC improves to 10-11 on the season and 4-4 in West Coast Conference play.

The Gaels went into the locker room with a 38-23 advantage and kept it coming in the beginning of the second half. SMC held Santa Clara scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half and raced to a 29 point lead.

The Broncos pulled the game to within 11 with 2:14 left but senior center Sheridan Arredondo delivered the final blow with a lay-in and a foul. Arredondo converted the three-point play to hand SMC a 71-57 lead.

The Gaels came out of the gates firing as they quickly raced to a 10-point lead with 11:58 left in the first half.

After sophomore Jontelle Smith connected on her second three of the half, the Pinole native sunk two free throws the next time down to give the Gaels the double-digit lead.

Smith paced the Gaels with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Smith drilled three treys and sunk 2-of-3 free throws.

Arredondo closely followed with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor while grabbing seven rebounds.

Junior Maija Lahde nearly missed a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Finland native shot 7-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 2-of-2 from downtown.

Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy did record a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shaughnessy also handed out seven assists and shot 3-fo-5 from the floor.

Chandice Cronk led the Broncos with 16 points on the strength of five threes. Ashley Graham scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The Gaels shot 46 percent (27-of-58) from the floor, 54 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc and 54 percent (15of-28) from the charity stripe.

Santa Clara shot 36 percent (22-of-61) from the floor, 28 percent (7-of-25) from three and 44 percent (10-of-23) from the free throw line.

Saint Mary's will continue West Coast Conference action when it returns home to face Gonzaga. Game time is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.