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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 24, 2006

Gonzaga - 62
Hawai'i - 57

HONOLULU, HI - Michelle Elliott scored 20 points to lead Gonzaga to a 62-57 victory over No. 21 UCLA in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday.

Heather Bowman added 11 points for Gonzaga (5-1) and Jami Bjorklund had 10.

Chinyere Ibekwe led UCLA (2-3) with 21 points, while Lindsey Pluimer added 14 and Amanda Livingston had 10.

Trailing by as many as 14 points early in the second half, UCLA used a 12-0 run to pull to within one at 37-36 with 12:48 left. But Gonzaga responded with a 12-4 spurt of its own, keyed by five points from Elliot.

The Bruins again pulled to one, 51-50, with 4:19 remaining, but the Bulldogs responded with four free throws from Bowman and Bjorklund.

Gonzaga made nine of 14 free throws in the final four minutes to seal the victory.

Gonzaga held UCLA's leading scorer, Noelle Quinn, to one free throw and 0-for-8 shooting.

UCLA struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 25 percent from the field and committing 14 turnovers. The Bulldogs led 29-17 at halftime.

Gonzaga will face No. 2 North Carolina in the semifinals on Saturday. UCLA will play Sacramento State in the consolation game.

Loyola Marymount - 67
American - 62

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Three players scored in double digits to help LMU defeat American University, 67-62, to advance to the championship game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic this evening in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions will face #12 Texas A&M in the tournament championship on Saturday at 4:00pm, while West Virginia will take on American in the consolation game at 2:00pm. All games will have live streaming video on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

The first half was a game of runs. LMU (3-2) started the game well, pulled out to a 6-2 lead, but American (1-4) answered with nine straight points to go up, 11-6 at 12:19. The Lions answered with a rally of their own, going on an 8-2 run to go up, 14-13. The Eagles responded with a 14-2 run that put them ahead 27-16 at 4:32. An LMU timeout helped the Lions score 11 straight points to tie the game at 27-27 with 1:36 remaining in the half. A jumper by Amanda DeCoud started the rally, and it was followed by a layup by Valerie Ogoke, a three-pointer by Amanda Patton, a jumper by Ashlee Dunlap and another layup by Ogoke. American's Pam Stanfield hit a jumper to give the Eagles a 29-27 halftime lead.

The stats from the field half reflected the close score, as both teams took 29 shots in the half, with American making one more basket than LMU. Both teams had three three-pointers, and AU held a slim 19-17 rebounding advantage. Patton led LMU with eight first half points, and Dunlap led all players with eight rebounds in the first half. Nicole Ryan led AU with eight points in the first half.

AU scored the first five points of the second half to open up a 34-27 lead, but the Lions chipped away and took their first lead of the second half, 37-36, at 16:32 on a layup by Jennifer Hall. LMU continued its scoring streak, adding another five straight points to go up, 42-36, at 14:20.

The Lions would never trail for the rest of the game, taking its largest lead of the game, 61-51 on a layup by Dunlap at 3:06. The Eagles did not give up, rallying with back to back three-pointers to cut the lead to four points, 61-57 at 1:12. A free throw by Ogoke put LMU up 62-57 with 25 seconds to play, but AU cut the lead to three points on a layup on its next possession. Hall made two free throws on the next LMU possession to put the Lions ahead 64-59, but a three-pointer by Liz Smith made it a two point game with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

DeCoud hit both of her free throws to make it a two possession game with nine seconds remaining. On the next AU possession, Hayes fumbled the ball out of bounds, and DeCoud made another free throw to ice the game for the Lions.

Patton led all players with 17 points and was one of three Lions to score in double digits. Hall added 14 points, while Ogoke scored a season-high 11 points. Ogoke had a strong all-around game, added nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the win. Cassady Moore had a career-high five assists to go along with three steals and six points. Freshman Lisa Helmers had a breakout game with eight points.

Ryan and Hayes led AU with 16 points apiece. Hayes also added five assists and two steals.

It is the second straight weekend that LMU has advanced to a tournament championship game. Last weekend, LMU defeated Toledo in the first round of the Xavier Invitational to advance to face the host Muskateers in the championship.

LMU will face #12 Texas A&M in the Championship game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday at 4:00pm. The Aggies defeated West Virginia, 55-52 in the first game of the tournament. AU will take on the Mountaineers in the consolation game on Saturday at 2:00pm.

Pepperdine - 91
Tennessee Tech - 62

MALIBU, Calif. - Miranda Ayim had a career-high 20 points and Sherriel Boyd added 11 of her 15 points in the first half for the Waves, who never trailed in a 91-62 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Friday afternoon.

Reserve guard Taylor Smith scored 11 points for the Waves (3-2), who won their third game this month after combining for just two victories in head coach Julie Rousseau's first two seasons.

Kendall Cavin, Cara Reed and Blair Bowens scored 12 apiece, and Allison Price had 10 for Tennessee Tech which fell to 1-2 on the year.

Pepperdine led by 26 at the half and was never challenged over the final 20 minutes of play, extending the lead to as many as 32 on a Jessica Ross layup with 2:40 remaining in the contest.

Pepperdine used 11 points from Boyd and Taylor to build a 49-23 halftime lead. The Waves played with a lead from the start at home after opening the game with a 7-0 run that included four points from Ayim.

Tennessee Tech shot just 28 percent from the floor in the first half and did not record a field goal until the 12:07 mark.

For the game, Pepperdine shot a season-high 62.3 percent from the floor (33-for-53) and outscored Tennessee Tech 38-18 in the paint.

Pepperdine will face Iowa State tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. PT in the championship game of the tournament as the Cyclones defeated Virginia Tech 75-69 in the first game of the day. The Hokies will face the Golden Eagles in the consolation game at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 100
Cal State Northridge - 91

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team erupted for 100 points to run past visiting Cal State Northridge 100-91 Friday night in the late game of the Hilton Concord Classic. The last time SMC poured in triple-digits was in 1994 when they defeated Providence 103-88. With the win, the Gaels improve to 2-1 on the young season.

"We got off to a slow start but we had some girls step up in the end," head coach Paul Thomas said. "I was very pleased, we did a good job rebounding on the offensive end and took advantage of some turnovers."

With the score 37-31 in the Matadors favor, the Gaels used another huge second half to pull out the victory. The Gaels tallied 52 points and shot 48-percent from the floor in the period.

Down by as many as 14 with 13:40 left in regulation, SMC again went on a big run. But in the ensuing four minutes the Gaels rallied off a 21-7 run to even the score at 62.

The comeback victory was sparked by three career bests by the Gaels. Junior Monica Mertle poured in a career-best 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Fellow junior forward Maija Lahde also tallied a career-high with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Senior center Sheridan Arredondo eclipsed her personal best with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Mertle carried the Gaels in the second half with 15 of her team-high 22 points. Lahde added 11 in the period while Arredondo chipped in 11 and sophomore guard Jontelle Smith poured in eight of her 17.

In the overtime period, SMC ran away from CSUN with 17 points, holding the Matadors to only eight.

Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza tallied seven of her 14 points in the extra time. Smith added five, including the dagger with a big three with 1:33 left in the contest.

Saint Mary's shot 42.5 percent in the game on 34-of-80 shooting while Northridge tallied a 49.3 clip on 34-of-69 shooting.

The Gaels took the edge on the glass with a 46-45 margin. Obaiza pulled down a game-high nine boards while Arredondo followed with seven. Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy handed out a game-high eight assists.

Ofa Tulikihihifo led all scorers with 23 on 10-of-18 shooting. Kristen O'Rourke tallied 16 on 8-of-11 shooting.

The Gaels kept good care of the ball in the second half only turning it over five times compared to the 13 by the Matadors.

The Gaels are now a perfect 2-0 at home under first-year head coach Paul Thomas. The uptempo style of play enabled the Gaels to amass 100 points for the first time since 1994. The all-time record by Saint Mary's is 123 against Cal State Lutheran in 1983.

With the victory, SMC will now face Missouri in the championship game of the Hilton Concord Classic at 7:05 p.m. Missouri defeated Alabama 78-70 in the classic opener. Alabama will face Northridge in the consolation game at 5:05 p.m. Both games will be played in McKeon Pavilion.

San Diego - 62
Georgia Tech - 59

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Strong defense and key free throw shooting down the stretch helped lift the University of San Diego women's basketball team (4-0) to a 62-59 non-conference win over visiting Georgia Tech University (3-2) Friday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With 1:36 remaining in the ball game, the Yellow Jackets and Toreros were dead locked at 53-53. San Diego then went on a 5-1 run sparked by a London Houchin jumper and capped by a Amber Sprague three-point play, with a jumper an free throw. Four more free throws, two by Sprague and two by Amanda Rego, iced the victory for the Toreros allowing them to continue the best start in program history.

Sprague led all scorers with her 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a 9-for-10 performance from the charity stripe. Senior Sabine Loewe was the only other Torero in double figures as she poured in 12 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Rego continued her stellar play at the point guard position as she dished out a game-best seven assists.

In the early minutes of the game, the Toreros came out on fire as they jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead, but the Yellow Jackets then went on a 4-2 run to again even the score on a Janie Mitchell jumper. The two would then sea-saw back and fourth over the next couple of minutes before GT took a five-point lead at 16-11. The Toreros answered back quickly as Ashley Voisinet sparked a 7-2 USD run to again put the Toreros on even playing terms with the Yellow Jackets.

San Diego would finally gain the lead back when Alcha Strane came off the bench and recorded back-to-back three pointers to give USD a 26-24 lead. USD would then hang on to that two-point lead going into the break with the score at 30-28.

In the second frame, the Toreros opened with a 7-2 run with Sprague serving as the catalyst, as the sophomore scored four of the seven USD points. But the Yellow Jackets climbed their way back into the game as they got to with in two at 39-37.

The two teams then battled back and fourth with the Toreros not surrendering the lead until Jacqua Williams hit a jumper with 6:49 remaining, giving GT a brief one-point lead at 46-45. That lead was short lived as just 16 seconds later, Voisinet hit a jumper to give USD back the lead.

GT would enjoy one more lead at 49-47, but USD's defense proved to be too strong as the Toreros regained the lead for good with 1:23 remaining on a jumper from Houchin.

The Yellow Jackets were led offensively by Mitchell who had a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds, followed by Stephanie Higgs' 14 points.

The Toreros will look to increase their winning streak to five on Sunday as they return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a 12:30 p.m. non-conference showdown with the Air Force Academy.

San Francisco - 67
Southern Illinois - 60

San Francisco, Calif. - USF women's survived a late Southern Illinois rally and took a 67-60 non-conference victory in the first round of the 2006 odwalla Classic Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (2-3) take on Delaware in the title game of the tournament Saturday at 7:00 PM. The Blue Hens (3-1) upset No. 20 Kentucky in the first game to advance to Saturday's nightcap. The Wildcats (2-2) will take on the Salukis (1-3) at 5:00 PM.

Junior guard Dominique Carter led the way for the Dons with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 from the field to go along with six rebounds and a pair of assists in 36 minutes. Carter scored 14 points after intermission. Junior center Lisa Olden added 13 points, while senior forward Nickie Warren rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11.

San Francisco took a 29-18 lead into the locker room at halftime after converting on .500 (12-24) from the field and limited SIU to .429 (9-21). The Dons increased its lead to 12 points at 40-28 before the Salukis went on a 16-2 outburst, taking a 44-42 advantage with 9:32 on the clock. It turned out to be SIU's last lead of the game, as the Dons broke a 46-46 tie with 7:56 left and seized a 10-point lead, 64-54 with 2:08 remaining on a bucket by senior center Breann Sitton.

USF shot at a .511 (24-47) rate for the game, while SIU managed a .488 (21-43) clip. Both teams were ice cold from 3-point range converting on a combined 3-for-18, but made up for it at the stripe as the Dons connected at a .818 (18-22) while the Salukis hit at a .889 (16-18) rate.

Senior forward Carlai Moore led SIU with 14 points, while junior guard Debbie Burris added 11 points.