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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 10, 2007

Gonzaga - 79
Santa Clara - 68

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team improved on its West Coast Conference leading record with a 79-68 victory over Santa Clara University Saturday evening. Freshman Heather Bowman and Stephanie Hawk propelled the Bulldogs to victory combining for 50 of the Zags points.

With the win, Gonzaga improved its WCC record to 10-1 and are now 18-9 overall. Santa Clara dropped to 13-12 overall and 5-5 in conference.

Bowman finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, both game-highs, for her second-straight double-double. The Spokane, Wash., native sank 11-of-15 shots from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Hawk chipped in 22 points, along with nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Junior Rachel Kane drained four three-pointers and finished with a career-high 14 points. Kane also dished out six assists and grabbed three rebounds.

It was Bowman and Hawk who helped the Bulldogs to a 41-33 halftime lead. Bowman finished the first half with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Hawk had 10 points and three rebounds. Gonzaga shot a sizzling 51.7 percent (15-29) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (3-7) from beyond the three-point arc, and was nearly perfect from the charity stripe, hitting 80.0 percent (8-10).

The Broncos sliced the Zags lead to four early in the second half but an 18-6 run by Gonzaga, capped off on a three-pointer by junior Michelle Elliott, gave GU a large 63-47 advantage.

Gonzaga pushed its lead to 20; it's largest of the game, at 72-52 at the 2:59 mark after Hawk hit a jumper.

The Bulldogs closed out the game shooting 54.5 percent (30-55) from the floor; their best shooting night of the season. Gonzaga also held a huge 43-28 rebound advantage.

Santa Clara was led by Chandice Cronk and Tracey Walker who scored 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Gonzaga will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 17 when it plays at the University of Portland; its last regular-season road game. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 65
San Francisco - 52

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It was only fitting that seniors Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap led the Lions to a 65-52 win over San Francisco on Senior Day in Gersten Pavilion. Patton led all scorers with 16 points, and Dunlap registered a double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the final home game of the season.

LMU improves to 14-11 on the season, 6-5 in WCC action, while the Dons fall to 8-17 overall, 2-8 in conference play.

It was a battle from the start. The Lions led by as many as eight, 16-8, at 10:55 before the Dons fought back to tie the game and take the lead at 3:54 on a layup by Randi Richardson. The final minutes of the half were close, as the Lions took a 28-26 lead into the break.

Dunlap was inspired in the final home game of her career, scoring 10 points with 6 rebounds in the first half. Both teams struggled from the field, shooting less than 38%, but the Lions held a slight edge in the rebounding category, 22-18.

Dominique Carter and Nykia Peace led the Dons with six points a piece in the first half. They each had four rebounds.

The pesky Dons would not go away in the second half. The Lions took a four point lead, 36-32 at 14:56 on a pair of free throws by Patton, but the Dons battled back to tie it. Although USF never led in the half, they tied the game four times before LMU was able to pull away for good.

The final tie was at the 10:39 mark, 40-40, but the Lions went on a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to pull ahead for good. Patton started the run with a three-pointer, and Amanda DeCoud scored six straight points to help the Lions pull ahead. A jumper by Jennifer Hall gave the Lions a 12 point lead, 54-42 at 5:45.

USF cut the lead to eight, but the Lions continued to play strong defense in the final minutes for the win.

Patton led all players with 16 points, converting four three-pointers and four free throws. She also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out three assists and made two steals. Dunlap recorded her first double double of the year, finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist.

DeCoud was the third Lion in double digits, scoring 14 points to go along with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Jessica Vargas scored a career-high six points to go along with a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes of action.

Carter led USF with 14 points and six rebounds, while Shay Rollins finished with 10 points.

The Lions return to action next Saturday when they head to Malibu to face local rivals Pepperdine at 5:00pm. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, and will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access.

Pepperdine - 51
San Diego - 50

MALIBU, Calif. - Morgan Henderson's three-point attempt at the buzzer rattled in-and-out as San Diego's rally from down 20 came up short preserving the Pepperdine Waves 51-50 victory over the Toreros Saturday afternoon in West Coast Conference (WCC) play at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Teiosha George recorded her third career double-double and second of the season by scoring a team-high 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting while pulling down a team-best 10 rebounds. Teena Wickett had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting and added eight boards for Pepperdine (12-14, 5-6 WCC).

Henderson finished the game with 13 points, eight in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds for San Diego (19-5, 8-2 WCC). Amanda Rego added 10 points and Amber Sprague snatched a game-best 11 rebounds.

Ashley Voisinet hit on the second of two free throw attempts to cut the Pepperdine under double digits for the first time since the 9:52 mark of the opening half. The free throw was part of a 14-0 San Diego run over a seven-minute span in which the Waves committed eight turnovers.

After seeing its once daunting lead down to just one 43-42, Pepperdine received consecutive baskets from Daphanie Kennedy and Wickett and extended the lead back to five with 4:28 to play.

A Jasmane Clarendon jumper with three minutes on the clock put Pepperdine up by six. Two free throws from George with 1:35 left to play answered a Kelly Winther layup to maintain the Waves' six-point advantage 51-45.

Rego cut the deficit down to two with 1:21 to play and Winther added a trey with only 44 seconds bringing the score to 51-50.

George missed a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining and San Diego drove the ball the length of the floor, setting up Henderson's attempted game-winner.

Pepperdine dominated the first half, getting out to a 7-0 lead in the first minute. After San Diego had cut the gap to five Lauren Wenski went on an 8-0 by knocking down a pair of treys and making good on a layup to get the Waves out to a 17-4 lead.

Already up by 10, 21-11, Pepperdine went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to build its largest lead of the contest 31-11. San Diego outscored the Waves 12-4 to close out the half but still trailed by a dozen heading into the lockerroom.

Pepperdine will close the home portion of its season on Sat., Feb. 17 when it hosts cross-town rival Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the game which precedes the men's game are sold out.

Saint Mary's - 72
Portland - 66

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's forwards Maija Lahde and Eghosa Obaiza both tallied double-doubles to lead the Gaels to a 72-66 victory over Portland Saturday afternoon from McKeon Pavilion. Five Gaels scored in double-digits to move SMC to an 11-12 overall record and a 5-5 West Coast Conference mark.

The Gaels got out of the gate in a hurry behind the strength of Obaiza's nine points in the first four minutes of the contest. Portland (9-17, 1-10 WCC) did rally back to take a 30-28 advantage into the locker room.

SMC took a brief lead at the 17:44 mark when sophomore Jontelle Smith hit a jumper to make the score 33-32. UP quickly responded but it was the Gaels who grabbed the lead with 7:31 left and did not look back. Senior Sheridan Arredondo hit a jumper to move SMC to a 47-45 lead.

Lahde had a career-day for the Gaels. After tying a career-high on the glass in Thursday's contest, the junior forward bettered that by one by pulling down a game-high 16 boards. Lahde added 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Smith led the Gaels with 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including three treys. Obaiza tallied another double-double after dropping in 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Junior Serena Benavente tallied 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting while handing out five assists. Arredondo finished with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

The Gaels shot 43 percent (23-for-59) from the floor, 39 percent (5-of-13) from three and 66 percent (21-of-32) from the free throw line.

The Pilots were led by a game-high 24 points by Kendra Morris. The guard shot 9-of-17 from the floor and drilled three treys. Laiken Dollente added 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting.

Saint Mary's will hit the road once again as it will head to the city to face USF. Tip-off is scheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 7:05 p.m. from the War Memorial Gym.