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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 17, 2007

Gonzaga - 88
Portland - 58

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Gonzaga Bulldogs topped the Portland Pilots 88-58 in a West Coast Conference women�s basketball game on Saturday at the Chiles Center. Portland freshman forward Laura Thomas scores a team-high 13 points in the loss.

Sophomore forward Allyson Sievers added 10 points for the Pilots, who drop to 9-18 overall and 1-11 in the WCC. First-place Gonzaga improves to 19-9 and 11-1 in the conference.

The Bulldogs built a 22-point lead at the half en route to the win. Stephanie Hawk scored a game-high 20 points. Heather Bowman added 19 points and Katy Ridenour scored 11 for Gonzaga, which shot 60.8 percent (31-for-51) for the game. The Bulldogs hit seven three-pointers and converted 19 of 26 free throws.

The Pilots hit 21 of 56 shots (37.5 percent), made three three-pointers and made 13 of 18 free throws.

Gonzaga turned 20 Portland turnovers into 22 points. The Pilots countered with 14 points off of 19 GU turnovers.

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Pilots 38-24. UP�s Sievers and Thomas both had a team-high six rebounds. Hawk led the way for GU with eight boards.

The Pilots next conclude the regular season with a pair of home games next week. On Thursday, the Pilots host San Francisco at 7:00 p.m. at the Chiles Center. On Saturday, the San Diego Toreros visit for a 2:00 p.m. game.

Loyola Marymount - 63
Pepperdine - 52

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine Waves fell to the Loyola Marymount Lions 63-52 on Senior Night at Firestone Fieldhouse in West Coast Conference (WCC) action Saturday evening.

Pepperdine (12-15, 5-7 WCC) was led by Teena Wickett's 10 points and eight rebounds. Teiosha George added eight points.

Loyola Marymount (15-11, 7-5 WCC) was paced by Amanda Patton's 15 points, while three other Lions scored in the double digits, including Ashlee Dunlap who added 11 points and pulled down a game-leading 14 rebounds.

With the victory, the Loins complete the season-sweep over the Waves for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Leading 51-45 with 8:50 to play, Loyola Marymount put the game out of reach with an 8-0 run that included five points by Cassady Moore.

Pepperdine answered with a 5-0 run to cut the deficit back down to single digits with just over one minute to play but with Loyola Marymount in the double bonus, the Lions iced the game from the free throw stripe.

Pepperdine cut a six-point halftime deficit down to three in the opening minutes of the second half but was never able to complete the comeback.

Nakeya Isabell's trey at the 15:57 mark of the first half gave Pepperdine its first lead of the game 7-5. Loyola Marymount answered by outscoring the Waves 10-3 over the next three minutes and led 15-10 with 12:45 on the clock.

With 1:49 remaining in the half, Amanda DeCoud gave LMU its largest lead of the first half 37-25. Pepperdine closed out the half with a 6-0 run to trail 37-31 after the opening 20 minutes.

Pepperdine will close out the regular season next weekend on the road as it travels to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. Thursday's game against the Gaels is slated for a 7 p.m. PT tip, while Saturday's game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

Saint Mary's - 51
San Diego - 47

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's College Gaels defeated the University of San Diego women's basketball team, 51-47, Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 20-6 overall and 9-3 in the WCC. With the win, the Gaels avoid a season sweep by the Toreros and move to 13-12 overall and 7-5 in the WCC.

Amber Sprague scored a game-high 17 points to lead the USD offense on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Amanda Rego recorded a game-high five assists and four steals. As a team, the Toreros were held to 33 percent shooting from the field and were out rebounded 41-30.

In the first half, the Toreros jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead as Sabine Loewe recorded the first bucket and Alcha Strane capped the run with a three-pointer.

SMC then answered with a 6-0 run sparked by an Eghosa Obaiza free-throw and capped with a Serena Benavente three-pointer.

The two teams would then sea saw back and forth over majority of their first half with both teams taking their turn with the lead, until SMC was able to take a four-point lead going into the break.

The second half again was a sea saw battle back and forth with the Toreros finally regaining the lead at 29-28 on a Kelly Winther jumper.

SMC then used a 9-0 run to gain back the momentum of the game and an eight-point lead.

The Toreros slowly chipped away at the lead and got to within four on a couple of occasions and eventually got to within two with under a minute to go. Kiva Herman then had an acrobatic shot that rimed out with 13 seconds remaining and the Gaels then hit a pair of free-throws to win the game.

For the Gaels, Maija Lahde led the team with 15 points and Serena Benavente was the only other player in double figures with 13 points. The Gaels shot 40 percent from the floor as a team.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they head to Spokane for a 7 p.m. game with first-place Gonzaga University.