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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 21, 2008

Saint Mary's - 86
San Francisco - 73

San Francisco, CA - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team improved to 13-14 and 5-6 in West Coast Conference action, as they defeated the San Francisco Dons 86-73. The Gaels were led by junior Jontelle Smith, as she ignited for the Gaels on the offensive end, posting a career-high 30 points. Smith went 5-of-7 from the three-point line, as she only needs eight more threes in her career to capture the Saint Mary's record for three-pointers in a career.

Freshman Louella Tomlinson clinched the Saint Mary's record for blocks in a career, tabbing three on the night and increasing her count to 137. The Aussies' 137 blocks also ties the WCC record for blocks in a season, which has been held by Chris Enger since 1989. Tomlinson finished the night with 13 points, six rebounds, three blocks, and one assists on the night.

The Gaels proved to be very efficient on the offensive end, as they recorded an astonishing 50 percent field goal percentage on the night. The team was 28-of-56 from the floor in the game, while going 7-of-11 from beyond the arc. Saint Mary's made the most of their attempts at the charity stripe, posting an 88.5 shooting percentage (23-of-26).

The Gaels put together a solid first half effort against the Dons in War Memorial Gym, as they held a 34-26 lead going into the break. Saint Mary's largest lead of the first half occurred on multiple occasions, as they led by ten points at three different times.

The Gaels shot an impressive 48 percent in the first half, as they were 12-of-24 from the floor, 3-of-5 from long range, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Smith led the Gaels in the first half, posting 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Joining Smith was Serena Benavente and Sierra Chambers with six points apiece. Benavente and Mikaela Cowles led Saint Mary's in rebounding, as each grabbed four in the first half.

It looked as though the Gaels would falter in the second half of the game, as San Francisco drew within two points at the nine minute mark, 57-55. Smith responded from the three beyond the arc with the game on the line, as she knocked down back to back three pointers to give the Gaels a 63-55 advantage. From that point on Saint Mary's would not lose the lead, defeating the Dons 86-73.

San Francisco was led by Heidi Heintz with 17 points on 60 percent shooting (6-of-10) from the floor. Shay Rollins ended the game with 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Gaels return to action against the San Diego Toreros on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm.

San Diego - 66
Santa Clara - 53

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four University of San Diego women's basketball players recorded double figures paced by Amanda Rego's game-high 20 points to help lead the Toreros to a 66-53 win over Santa Clara University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 14-11 overall, move to 5-6 in the WCC and have now won five of their last six games. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 18-8 overall and 7-4 in the WCC.

Rego led all players with her 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor, and she pulled down eight rebounds. Amber Sprague was the second USD player in double figures as she recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Child chipped in 14 points on a 6-for-12 performance from the field and Morgan Henderson was the final USD player in double figures as she had 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds. As a team, USD shot 44 percent from the field and out rebounded the Broncos 43-27.

In the first half, the two teams sea sawed back an forth over the first several minutes of action with both teams taking their turn with the lead, and neither having a lead bigger than three. Then with the score knotted up at 17-17 with 7:39 to go, back-to-back lay-ups by Rego sparked a 13-3 USD run that was capped on a Sprague jumper to give USD a 30-20 advantage with 4:28 remaining in the half. The Toreros would hang on to the lead and take a 36-27 advantage going into the break.

In the second half, the Toreros continued to keep the momentum on their side, but the Broncos wouldn't allow USD to take too big of a lead as Santa Clara would keep the deficit to single-digits for a majority of the half. Then with the score at 49-40, a pair of Sprague free throws gave USD a double-digit lead that they would not look back on. The Toreros would go on to build their lead up to as many as 16 at 64-48 with 1:20 to go on a pair of Rego free throws, before settling for a 13-point win.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Saint Mary's at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. This will be the final regular-season home game for the Toreros, as they conclude the season on the road next week, before returning for the WCC tournament in two weeks at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.