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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 16, 2007

Pepperdine - 95
Cal State Bakersfield - 77

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team had five players score in double figures, as it posted a 95-77 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves 95 points set a season high, as they improved to 2-1 with the win, while Cal State Bakersfield fell to 2-1.

The Waves shot 55.6% from the field for the game while the Roadrunners shot 36%, the Waves finished with a 50-30 rebounding edge, a 23-11 assists advantage and finished 9-20 from behind the arc, as the Roadrunners finished 6-22.

"It was a good effort tonight," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "I thought the our post play was really strong and we had a more balanced attack and we stayed disciplined."

The Waves and Roadrunners battled throughout the first half with the Waves clinging to a narrow 24-22 lead at the 12:00 minute mark. Following a media timeout, the Waves went on a 15-0 run that gave them some breathing room, as Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif./Kearny HS) and Miranda Ayim (London, Ont., Canada/Saunders Academy) combined to score 13 of the 15 points. Kennedy finished with 18 points in the first half, as she was 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the three-point line, while Ayim shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the first half and finished with a near double-double, with 14 points and nine rebounds. The second half was a more even affair, as the Waves finished the second half with a narrow 46-44 scoring advantage en route to the 95-77 victory.

Kennedy finished with a season-best 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while Ayim posted her first double-double of the season with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 14 rebounds, both season highs. Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, Katie Menton (Yosemite, Calif./Yosemite HS) totaled 15 points and four blocks and Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif./Notre Dame HS) recorded 10 points and nine assists.

Up next, Waves will host the Timeout 4 HIV AIDS Tournament from Nov. 23-24, as they will play UT-Arlington on Friday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

San Diego - 82
Toledo - 62

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Amanda Rego's triple double helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to an 82-62 non-conference win over the University of Toledo in the Seton Hall Classic Friday evening. Rego scored 11 points, had 10 assists and pulled 13 rebounds to record the first triple-double in program history.

With the win, the Torero improve to 2-1 overall and will advance on to play host Seton Hall University in the championship game on Saturday at 12 p.m. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 1-1.

Sophomore forward Morgan Henderson scored a game-high 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Junior center Amber Sprague recorded her first double-double of the season as she scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Kiva Herman was the fourth Torero in double-figures as she had 12 points with an 8-for-12 performance from the field. As a team, USD out rebounded the Rockets 53-27 and shot 40 percent from the field.

In the opening minutes of action it was pretty even keel, then with the score knotted at 4-4, a Henderson jumper sparked a 10-2 run for the Toreros to give them all the momentum. The USD run was capped on a lay-up by Kaila Mangrum.

After a Toledo bucket, the Toreros kept the pedal to the medal as they went on a 14-3 run to take complete control of the game. The Toreros' run was sparked by a Herman jumper and capped on a Sprague free throw.

The Toreros would go on to build their lead up to 27 going into the break at 45-18.

In the second half, the Rockets opened the frame with a 7-2 run, but the Toreros responded with a 6-3 run of their own to regain the momentum and take a 51-30 advantage with 14:45 remaining in the game. San Diego never looked back as they never let the Rockets get to within 20 for the remainder of the game.

For the Rockets, Ali Clifton led the team as she had 19 points and the only other Toledo player in double figures was Tamesha Scotton, who had 14. As a team, the Rockets shot 39 percent from the field.

Arizona - 78
Portland - 71

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Sophomore guard Laiken Dollente scored a game-high 23 points, but the Portland Pilots suffered a 78-71 loss to the Arizona Wildcats at the McKale Center Friday evening. It was the first loss for the Pilots on the season and ended their three-game road swing, while the Wildcats - who are receiving votes in this week's coaches poll - evened their record with the win.

The game featured a combined 58 turnovers between the two teams. Portland's starting backcourt of Dollente and fellow sophomore Kendra Morris combined for 41 points and seven assists, but also 12 turnovers. Morris made 7 of 8 attempts from the field, including three 3-pointers, to account for her 18 points. Dollente added five rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes of action.

Ify Ibekwe recorded a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Wildcats (2-2) to lead four players in double figures. Marie McGee added 17 points off the bench as Arizona shot 55 percent from the field compared to Portland's 43 percent.

The Pilots (2-1) got off to a good start and led the home Wildcats 16-12 midway through the first period, but Arizona went on a 10-0 run including consecutive layups by Ibekwe to take the lead for good. The Wildcats would carry the momentum into a 41-26 halftime lead.

Arizona maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half and seemed to have the win wrapped up with a 76-60 edge and just three minutes remaining, but the resilient Pilots battled back to make it interesting. Portland used an 11-0 run and cut the deficit to five points on a jumper by Dollente with 39 seconds left. The Wildcats sealed it on the following possession with a layup from Tasha Dickey with 19 seconds on the clock.

Portland will now return to the friendly confine of the Chiles Center for a season long seven-game homestand beginning on Sunday with a 1 p.m. matchup against Utah State. A live video stream of all UP home games is available at www.pilotsvideo.com, while live statistics and free audio are available at www.portlandpilots.com.

Colorado - 66
San Francisco - 48

San Francisco - USF opened the home portion of the 2007-08 schedule with a 66-48 setback to rising Big-12 power Colorado in non-conference women's action Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (1-2) struggled from the field, especially in the second half against the Buffs (1-0), who got 26 points from their bench in their season opener.

San Francisco shot .368 (21-57) from the field for the game including a dismal .111 (1-9) from 3-point range. USF hit just nine field goals in the second half, converting on a chilly .321 (9-28) from the floor. Colorado had no such problems, draining .439 (25-57) from the field, including .333 (5-15) from long distance.

Senior center Lisa Olden led the way for the Dons with a solid night, scoring a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds. Junior forward Necolia Simmons added 11 points with seven boards in her debut in the Green and Gold. Junior guard Shay Rollins chipped in eight points and senior guard Dominique Carter scored seven.

USF trailed by 11 at the intermission, 36-25, paced by 12 from Olden. The Dons scored just one point - a free throw by Carter at 17:53 - before sophomore forward Heidi Heintz connected on a lay-up with 14:12 remaining in regulation. The Buffs opened the half on a 10-1 run and USF never cut the lead to single digits.

Senior All-American Jackie McFarland led all scorers with 22 points and eight rebounds, while freshman forward Brittany Spears added 15 points and seven rebounds for Colorado.

San Francisco returns to action when it travels to Southern California for a non-conference game at Cal State Fullerton, Monday, November 19. Game time against the Titans is set for 5:00 PM at Titan Gym.