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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 9, 2007

Pepperdine - 70
Cal State Northridge - 38

MALIBU, Calif. - Daphanie Kennedy notched 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pepperdine women's basketball team to a 70-38 season-opening win over Cal State Northridge on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves shot 38.5% from the field compared to 26.7% for the Matadors, outrebounded Northridge 49-38 and finished 6-17 from the three-point line, compared to 1-13 for the Matadors. The Waves got off to a 9-0 lead in the first half and cruised from there, as they improved to 22-3 all-time against the Matadors.

"It's great to start the season on the right foot," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "We came out strong in the beginning of the game, we had a quick tempo."

Kennedy (Oakland, Calif./Kearny HS) sparked the Waves, as she shot 9-of-22 from the field and recorded her first double-double of the season in the win.

"We're satisfied with the game," Kennedy said. "We had the same frame of mind as we did in the preseason and we're ready to take on Iowa State on Sunday."

Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif./Notre Dame HS) and Alisha Bryant (Pacoima, Calif./Chatsworth HS) each registered 11 points, and Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) posted eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

"We did a good job in the second half executing and we're excited to go to Iowa," Rousseau said. "It's a great atmosphere and a great challenge to play a team of that caliber."

Up next, the Waves travel to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State on Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT. The game at Iowa State will be a shared streaming event, meaning that Pepperdine fans can watch the game on our Wave Casts by going to www.pepperdinesports.com.

Portland - 70
Washington State - 40

PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Portland Pilots held the Washington State Cougars to 17 percent shooting en route to a 70-40 victory in the women's basketball season-opener for both teams at Friel Court on Friday. WSU made just eight field goals for the game in 46 attempts.

Senior Rachel Warren and sophomore Laiken Dollente each scored 11 points to lead Portland, which opens the season at 1-0. Warren hit her only free throw attempt and shot five-for-six from the floor.

Dollente, who led the West Coast Conference and finished eighth in the country last season in free throw accuracy, hit all four of her attempts from the foul line.

The Pilots scored the first seven points of the game and took their first double-digit lead at 12-1 seven minutes in. Moments later, a traditional three-point play by Warren pushed Portland's lead to 21-4. The lead swelled to 27-4 before Portland entered the locker room with a 37-16 lead. Both Warren and Dollente had a game-high nine points at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half as the lead would grow to 34 points, UP's biggest advantage. With 12:00 left on the clock, sophomore Kendra Morris hit a jumper to make it 53-19. Wazzu would get no closer than 25 points the rest of the way.

11 different Pilots scored, as Portland shot 28-for-52 (45.2 percent) for the game. The Pilots hit 12 of 17 free throws and connected on two three-pointers on 11 attempts.

Portland dominated down low, finishing with a 38-8 advantage in points in the paint. UP also won the battle of the boards 48-32. Portland's bench outscored that of Washington State 35-11.

In her collegiate debut, Portland freshman Tara Cronin finished with eight points and six rebounds, tying a team-high. Warren and sophomore Laura Thomas both also grabbed six boards. Thomas added eight points, while junior Allyson Sievers finished with seven points and five rebounds.

Cronin also handed out four assists, as did junior Meagan Bermingham.

Katie Appleton led Washington State (0-1) with a game-high 12 points. Salena Dickerson was the game's top rebounder with seven boards. The Cougs tried to stay in the game at the line, converting on 23 of 35 (65.7 percent) free throw attempts. WSU shot one-for-four from behind the three-point arc.

Portland turned 22 Cougar turnovers in to 28 points, while WSU countered with just eight points on 20 UP turnovers. Portland outscored Wazzu 15-9 on second chance points.

Portland next plays the Idaho Vandals in Moscow, Idaho at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Saint Mary's - 87
Prairie View - 80

Waco, TX - Women's basketball picked up their intensity in the second half, helping them to an 87-80 win over the Prairie View Panthers. Five Gaels recorded double-digits in points, as junior Jontelle Smith led the way with 21 points. Joining Smith was Louella Tomlinson with15, Lauren Shaughnessy with 13, Sierra Chambers with 13, and Maija Lahde with 11. The Gaels were down by 13 points at one point during the first half, but turned things around after the break behind Smith's 13 second half points.

The Panthers took a quick lead over the Gaels to start the game, going on an 18-5 run to. Saint Mary's eventually broke a three and half minute drought, as Sierra Chambers went to the line and sunk both free throws. Shaughnessy hit back-to-back jumpers to put the Gaels down seven, 11-18. The Panthers continued their consistent play, increasing their lead to 12 with 8:05 left in the second half. The Gaels would get hot with 3:00 minutes left to play, receiving six of Chambers career-high 13 points. Benavente, Ellis, and Smith each chipped in two points in the last three minutes, as the Gaels cut the Panthers lead to five going into the break.

Sierra Chambers had a standout half for Saint Mary's, as she scored a career-high in the first half alone. The Las Vegas native also added three steals in the first half. Fifth year senior Lauren Shaughnessy had a solid half for the Gaels at the point guard position. Shaughnessy was 3-of-5 from the floor, while also scooping up a team-high seven rebounds. Rounding out the Gaels first half scoring was Jontelle Smith with eight points. Smith was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 2-of-3 from the line.

The Gaels increased their defensive pressure in the second half, incorporating a full-court press. Tomlinson put in back-to-back lay-ins to put the Gaels down 40-42. Saint Mary's would continue to capitalize on the Panther's turnovers, scoring on a Benavente three point conversion, a jumper by Lahde, and a three-pointer by Smith. With the run Saint Mary's took the lead at 48-46 with 17:31 to go in the second half. The Gaels continued to have the hot hand, going on an incredible 21-0 run, to go up 61-46 with 13:11 to go in the second half.

Five different Gaels scored in the 21-0 run, with Maija Lahde exploding for six points, Smith sinking two three-pointers, Tomlinson chipping in four points, Benavente with three, and Shaughnessy with two.

Saint Mary's would take a 15 point advantage over Prairie View, but the Panthers would respond late in the second half, closing the Gael's lead to five. Saint Mary's remained composed to finish the half, hitting three free-throws to end the game.

The Gaels beat the Panthers 87-80 in their opening game of the season. The Panthers were led by Gaati Werema with 23 points and Kandis Brown with 21 points.

Saint Mary's returns to action Saturday night, when they play the Baylor Bears at 7:30 PM CST.

Boise State - 71
Loyola Marymount - 67

Boise, ID - Senior Valerie Ogoke had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead LMU but the Lions could not get their 2007-08 campaign off to a winning start, falling 71-67 Friday evening at Boise State.

Ogoke was one of three Lions (0-1) to reach double figures, joined by junior Cassady Moore's 12 points. Moore also added four steals. Two players turned in outstanding efforts off the bench in their collegiate debuts. Freshman Renahy Young had 11 points while redshirt freshman Aleyse Evans had six points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Lisa Helmers added nine points, on three three-pointers, and four rebounds.

The Broncos (1-0) put four players in double figures, led by Tasha Harris' game-high 17 points. Jessica Thompson and Jamia Malone each had 12 points and Rebecca Kepilino contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.

The LMU defense held true, limiting the Broncos to 37.1% shooting while knocking in 46.6% themselves. The Lions also out-rebounded BSU 42-39 but Boise State grabbed 19 offensive boards to keep the Lions on defense.

In the teams' first meeting since 1989, the Lions jumped out to an early 8-0 lead through a three-pointer from Helmers, a three-point play by Moore, and a layup by Ogoke. The Broncos pulled back to 10-8 but the Lion defense forced three straight turnovers and converted them into fastbreak layups as part of an 8-2 run to claim an 18-10 advantage with under 12 minutes left in the first half.

LMU led 27-22 before Boise State went on an 11-0 run to take its first lead at 33-27 with 3:31 left. A three-point play by Malone tied the game at 27 before the Broncos got inside for back-to-back baskets by Kepilino and Ja'Lara Walker. The Lions went over four minutes without scoring until Moore was fouled on a three-point attempt, making two free throws. A layup by freshman Melanie Ysaguirre and three-pointer by Helmers pulled LMU within one with a minute to go. Moore made her fourth steal of the half and went the other way for the layup to give the visitors a one-point lead. Thompson knocked down a 17-footer at the halftime buzzer to give BSU a 37-36 lead at halftime.

Consecutive three-pointers by Jackie Lee and Kepilino gave Boise State its largest lead to that point, 43-38 and it stretched to 48-42 before the Lions mounted a mini-run. Sophomore Jessica Vargas sank a three from the wing and Ogoke and Aleyse Evans provided the muscle inside to make it a one-point game, 48-47, with 11:22 remaining.

The Broncos showed why they went to the NCAA Tournament last season, rattling off a 13-3 run to go up 61-50 at the eight minute mark. Young did her part to claw the Lions back, scoring five of LMU's next nine points as part of another 8-2 run that brought it back to a five point game, 63-58, with four minutes remaining.

At the end of the day, it was offensive rebounds and turnovers forced by the Broncos that sealed the game. The Lions committed 26 turnovers and the Broncos grabbed 19 offensive rebounds to prove the difference.

LMU continues its season-opening three-game road trip on Sunday at UNLV. The Lions then visit Long Beach State in a local mid-week clash on Wednesday night.

Cal State Bakersfield - 76
San Diego - 66

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (0-1) was stunned in their season-opener, 76-66, by Cal State Bakersfield (1-0) Friday evening at CSUB's Icardo Center.

Three Toreros were in double figures, led by sophomore forward Morgan Henderson's 22 points and career-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Kiva Herman added in 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting and senior guard Amanda Rego was the final USD player in double figures as she had 13 points and added in a game-high eight assists.

In the first half, the Roadrunners grabbed the first two points on a pair of Nikhol West free throws, but USD held close over the first five minutes of action not allowing Bakersfield to get to far ahead. Then with the score knotted at 6-6 and with 13:28 remaining in the first half, the Roadrunners went on a 9-2 run to gain the momentum and take a 15-8 lead.

A pair of Rego free throws then ignited a 6-0 Torero run to allow San Diego to pull back to within one at 15-14, thanks to back-to-back jumpers by Herman. San Diego held close to Bakersfield over the next several minutes and eventually tied things up at 19-19 on a pair of Rego free throws.

The two teams would then sea saw back and forth for the remainder of the half, and CSUB went into the break with a three-point lead at 31-28.

Bakersfield's Kelly Tarver grabbed the first points of the second half on a jumper, but the Toreros responded with a 7-0 run sparked by an Amber Sprague lay-up and capped on a Herman jumper to give USD only their third lead of the game with 14:39 remaining.

Over the next several minutes, the Toreros and Roadrunners would battle back and forth with each team taking their turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than four.

Then with the score 48-44 in favor of the Toreros, the Roadrunners put together a 10-2 run to regain the momentum and lead at 54-50. San Diego would stay close and come to within two on a couple of occasions, but the Roadrunners were able to hang on to the lead and hit key free throws down the stretch to claim the win.

For the Roadrunners, Christine Kepenekian led the team in scoring with a game-high 24 points and Krista Arase added in 22 points.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they host Cal State Northridge in USD's home opener at 2 p.m.

Nevada - 62
Santa Clara - 51

RENO, Nev. - The Santa Clara women's basketball team fell 62-51 to Nevada Friday night in both teams' season openers. Leading the way for the Broncos were Elizabeth Doran (Corvallis, Ore.), who registered 16 points, and Chandice Cronk (Wasilla, Alaska), who tallied 12 points.

Also helping out SCU was senior Jen Gottschalk (Littleton, Colo.) as she posted nine rebounds and five steals. Meanwhile, freshman Rhianna Faithfull (Sydney, Australia) earned her first collegiate start and dished out two assists.

It wasn't until three minutes into the game that the first points were scored as Doran put up her first of two treys. Yet, the Wolf Pack's Brandi Fitzgerald tied the score a few seconds later and a jumper from Jennifer Gross at the 15 minute mark gave Nevada a two-point lead, 5-2. Freshman Becky Goll (Portland, Ore.) saw her first collegiate minutes Friday night as she helped keep the Broncos alive in the first half as the Wolf Pack jumped to a 21-point advantage, 28-7, on a free throw from Shavon Moore. The largest lead of the game was earned on another free throw from Moore, 32-10, before the Broncos rallied back to diminish the gap to 32-17 on a three-pointer from Doran before the end of the half. Nevada tacked on two more points on free throws and sent the game into halftime with a score of 34-17.

The Broncos found their burst of energy during the break and came back in the second half to start off with a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to 10 points and make the score 37-27. Freshman Kelli Parker (Lemoore, Calif.), Cronk, Doran and Gottschalk all put the ball in the basket for the Broncos during that run. Gottschalk secured her second three-point field goal of the evening to bring SCU within nine points, 41-32, but Nevada created its own 7-0 run to take a 16-point lead, 48-32, on a solid jumper from Marissa Hammond. Santa Clara continued to fight to tie the score and in the third minute, a layup from Cronk made the score 57-51. However, SCU was halted as it found itself in foul trouble and Nevada added five more points on free throws to end the game, 62-51.

For the Wolf Pack, Mikail Price registered a game-high 22 points and six steals, while Moore added 10 points and a team-best five rebounds.

Santa Clara returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 on the road at Washington State. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash.