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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 22, 2006

Portland - 67
Washington State - 56

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots stayed perfect at home with a 67-56 win over the Washington State Cougars in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Chiles Center on Wednesday night. The win improves UP's overall record to 4-1.

The Pilots are 4-0 at the Chiles Center this season.

Junior center Rachel Warren led four Pilots in double figures with 14 points. Freshman guard Laiken Dollente scored 13, sophomore Allyson Sievers tallied a season-high 11 and freshman forward Laura Thomas added 10.

Sievers led the way on the boards with eight rebounds, while Warren grabbed six.

"Allyson Sievers broke out tonight," head coach Jim Sollars said. "She had a stellar game and I was really pleased to see that. Tonight was a good win."

Marissa Stotler recorded a double-double for the Cougars (1-3) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Nakejia Kelly scored 12, while Adriane Ferguson finished with 11.

The Pilots led 30-28 at half and built a double digit lead after the break. With 15:34 left, UP sophomore Karlie Burris drilled a three-pointer to give Portland it's first double-digit lead at 41-30. After Wazzu cut it to single numbers, Sievers pushed the lead back over ten points with a lay-up to make it 55-45.

Wazzu pulled within four at with 11:21 left, but Portland responded with a 15-7 run over the next 10 minutes. Portland sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

The Pilots only missed two free throws on the night, finishing 21 for 23 from the charity stripe. Portland shot 44 percent overall and hit three three-pointers.

The Cougs shot 34 percent from the field, 25 percent from the line and 69 percent from the free-throw line.

Portland next hosts Cal Poly on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chiles Center.

BYU - 77
Santa Clara - 63

PROVO, UT -Shawnee Slade scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help No. 22 Brigham Young beat Santa Clara 77-63 Wednesday.

Slade, who had never scored more than 10 in a game, finished 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. She scored 13 in the second half for the Cougars (3-2).

Slade got her second career double-double and tied her best mark for rebounds.

Mallary Gillespie scored 14 and Melinda Johnsen had 10 points, including a four-point play that put BYU in front 59-55.

Ashley Graham led Santa Clara (3-2) with 16 points. Tracey Walker and Jen Gottschalk added 10 points apiece for the Broncos, who shot 33 percent from the field.

"We had a lot of defensive breakdowns tonight, and as a result, the BYU offense was scoring or we were putting them on the free-throw line," said SCU head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson.

The teams got off to a fast start in what turned out to be a streaky first half on both sides. After Chandice Cronk drained a three on the game's opening possession, BYU reeled off a 9-0 run behind seven points from Jennie Keele. The lead got to 13-6 on a Johnsen lay-up minutes later, but Walker's immediate fast-break lay-up on the other end started a 57-second span which saw the Broncos score the next eight points of the game and take a 14-13 lead.

Some back-and-forth action for the next few minutes resulted in a slim 22-21 lead for SCU, but BYU's Mallary Gillespie hit a three to start a 10-0 run for the Cougars and give them an eight-point lead at 29-21. The Broncos responded with a run of their own, getting the next eight points and holding BYU scoreless for nearly seven minutes to equalize at 29-apiece.

The teams combined for only nine more points in the final 3:16 of the half as Graham and Gillespie traded threes to close out the scoring in the opening 20 minutes as BYU held a 35-32 lead at the break.

Much of the scoring in the second half came from the free-throw line, as the first field goal by either team was finally converted with 14:59 to play when Ashley Gonnerman's turnaround in the lane brought SCU to within here at 40-37. In the final 20 minutes, the referees whistled a combined 32 fouls, while the teams took a combined 45 free throws.

Both teams reached the bonus by the 13:30 mark, and 13 of the next 15 points between the two squads came from the charity stripe until a Graham three from the left wing gave SCU a 50-49 lead, their first since it was 21-19 just before the halfway mark of the first half.

"We're very fortunate to have such great three-point shooters, now we just need to work on getting more of a balance from both our penetration and inside play," Bento-Jackson said of the team's outside shooting efforts.

As the teams battled to the 55-55 mark with 6:38 to play, BYU broke free with a four-point play by Johnsen, who then followed up an SCU miss with a fast-break lay-up to put the Cougars up by six.

Santa Clara got to within two at 61-59 after a Graham three, but that would be the closest they came, as six points from Slade helped open the gap on the way to the win.