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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 25, 2006

Pepperdine - 52
Iowa State - 46


MALIBU, Calif. - Teiosha George had 15 points and nine rebounds Saturday afternoon, leading the Pepperdine Waves to the Thanksgiving Tournament title with a 52-46 come-from-behind victory over the previously unbeaten Iowa State Cyclones.

Sherriel Boyd came off the bench to score 11 as the Pepperdine (4-2) bench outscored its Iowa State (3-1) counterparts 24-4.

Miranda Ayim pulled down 10 rebounds as Pepperdine outrebounded Iowa State 41-40 after the Cyclones recorded the first 15 of the game.

Toccara Ross had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Iowa State and Heather Ezell added 11 points in the loss.

Taylor Smith connected on her only two free throw attempts of the game, Boyd converted on a fastbreak started by a Daphanie Kennedy steal and Kennedy buried a trey with 6:08 remaining in the game as Pepperdine overcame a three-point deficit to take a four-point lead, 42-38.

The Pepperdine lead would reach six with 4:33 left to play but Ezell and Alison Lacey hit on back-to-back treys, producing the sixth tie of the game.

Teena Wickett broke the tie with two of her six points and following an Ayim jumper in the paint, Boyd iced the victory with a pair of free throws.

Iowa State was held without a field goal for the final 2:57 after tying the game at 46-46.

Behind sharp shooting from the floor and owning the glass over the opening seven-plus minutes, Iowa State built its largest lead of the game 18-6. But Iowa State would go without a point for almost eight minutes as Pepperdine rallied back to take its first lead of the game, 20-18.

Pepperdine went into the locker room with its biggest lead of the half - four points.

Kennedy was named tournament most valuable player, while Ayim was joined by Iowa State's Lyndsey Medders and Ross, Virginia Tech's Kirby Copeland and Tennessee Tech's Kendall Cavin on the all-tournament team.

Santa Clara - 80
Washington State - 72


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's basketball team closed out its busy three-game week on a high note Saturday afternoon, as the team used a little bit of everything on the way to an 80-72 win over the Washington State Cougars. Five players scored in double-figures as the Broncos overcame a late deficit to capture their fourth win of the season.

The Broncos (4-2) will be on the road next week, traveling up the road to Stanford to battle the 11th-ranked Cardinal at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, followed by a trip to Southern California as they take on the CS Northridge Matadors in a 2 p.m. contest Saturday, Dec. 2.

Chandice Cronk led the five Broncos scoring in double figures with 21 points, and grabbed six rebounds as well. Jen Gottschalk continued her solid week, scoring 16 points to go with a team-leading 12 rebounds and a career-high five assists and four steals. Guards Ashley Graham and Tracey Walker each scored 11 points, while Kasey Monteith added 10 behind a career-best 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line.

"Having that kind of scoring depth is huge for us," said head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. "One of our goals throughout this season has been to get balance in our scoring attack, and when we have that, we can be very dangerous and difficult to defend."

Santa Clara made 11 three-pointers and outrebounded the Cougars 34-33, with the strong post play opening up looks for the Bronco back court.

"Our posts have stepped up tremendously," said Cronk. "Some teams may deny the guards open looks, and when our posts start scoring, defenders are going to have to collapse and it gives us open looks on the outside."

"[Rebounding is] something we've really been working on, because we know that when we rebound well, we're going to win games," added Gottschalk. "Its our job to get in there and box out, so we knew what we had to do today."

Marisa Stotler led the Cougars (2-3) with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Kate Benz added 13 points and Ebonee Coates posted 11 with eight rebounds.

The Broncos started the game off hot as they grabbed a 14-5 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest behind eight points from Cronk. But SCU cooled off, going scoreless for the next six minutes as the Cougars went on an 11-0 run to take a 16-14 lead.

A Walker three put the Broncos in front 19-18 with eight minutes to play in the first half, and things stayed close until consecutive SCU threes from Graham and Anna Martin gave the Broncos a 10-point lead at 34-24 with 3:07 left. A Cronk three, one of her five and the team's 11 on the day, put SCU up 39-28 with a minute to go, before WSU scored the final three points of the half to make it 39-32 Broncos at the break.

Santa Clara continued to hold Washington State off for the first few minutes of the second half, but the Cougars started chipping away at the deficit and building momentum at the 15:16 mark. A three from Amanda DuRocher followed by a jumper from Coates started a 10-0 run that found the Broncos on the wrong end of a 55-50 score.

The Cougar lead got up to six at 65-59 with 8:47 to play in the game before the Broncos started doing some whittling of their own. After SCU ratcheted up the pressure and forced WSU over the foul limit, Monteith's jumper and a pair of free throws helped trim the deficit to two, and a pair of free throws from Gottschalk gave the lead back to SCU at 68-67 with 5:39 left.

Graham's three-pointer gave the Broncos some breathing room at 74-70 with 3:58 to go, and a Martin jumper made it 76-70 a minute and a half later. Helped by Washington State's 8-of-16 mark from the free-throw line in the second half, the Broncos continued to apply pressure as they continued sinking free throws as time winded down. With a minute to play, Gottschalk sank a pair of free throws to give SCU a 78-71 lead, followed by Cronk draining a pair of her own to provide the final points.

North Carolina - 101
Gonzaga - 63


HONOLULU, HI - Ivory Latta scored 20 points and Erlana Larkins had 19 and No. 2 North Carolina beat Gonzaga 101-63 on Saturday to reach the final of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Seven players scored in double digits for the Tar Heels (5-0) in the semifinal game. They will face Arkansas in the tournament final on Sunday.

The Tar Heels dominated the Bulldogs (5-2) most of the game a day after Gonzaga upset No. 21 UCLA in the first round of the tournament. Camille Little and Heather Claytor had 12 for North Carolina, Jessica Breland had 13, and Alex Miller and LaToya Pringle each added 10.

Jami Bjorklund led Gonzaga with 21 points. Simone Santos had 10 and Michelle Elliott added 10.

North Carolina jumped out to an early 13-3 lead. Latta had steals on consecutive plays for easy layups, forcing a frustrated Gonzaga team to call a timeout. By 11:38 of the first half, UNC had a 24-4 lead.

The Tar Heels built a 38-7 advantage with a little more than 8 minutes to go in the half before Bjorklund hit two jumpers for Gonzaga to help close the gap to 20.

But North Carolina hit eight of 11 shots from beyond the arc, had 10 steals and shot 65 percent from the field to take a 55-30 halftime lead.

UNC built a 32-point lead after the half, before Elliott and Bjorklund hit 3-pointers to lead Gonzaga on a 17-4 run. Latta then got knocked to the ground and fouled as she hit an off-balance 3-pointer to extend the lead back to 25. Gonzaga couldn't get much closer after that.

Gonzaga will face Hawaii for third place on Sunday.


Texas A&M - 77
Loyola Marymount - 52


LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team couldn't overcome a fast start by No. 12 Texas A&M, falling to the Aggies 77-52 in the championship game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic this afternoon in Gersten Pavilion. Amanda DeCoud led LMU with 11 points and four assists, and Amanda Patton and Valerie Ogoke were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Aggies (5-0) opened the game on fire, making five of their first eight shots to open up to a 13-2 lead at 15:19. The Lion offense finally got clicking, but the Aggies continued to play well offensively in the first half, shooting 55.9% from the field in the first 20 minutes of the game to take a 44-30 halftime lead. Takia Starks and Morenike Atunrase led TAMU with 12 points in the first half, while DeCoud led LMU with seven points. Ogoke and Patton each added six first half points.

LMU (3-3) came out of the halftime break with some energy, cutting the lead to 12 points, 46-34, but the Aggies scored nine unanswered points to pull out to a 21 point lead. The Lions rallied to cut the lead to 15 points on a Lisa Helmers three-pointer at 9:21, but Texas A&M scored seven straight points to go ahead by 23 at 5:15. The Aggies scored five of their last seven points from the free throw line for the 77-52 win.

Morenike Atunrase led TAMU with 22 points and five assists and was named the Tournament MVP. A'Quonesia Franklin dished out eight assists en route to earning All-Tournament team honors as well.

DeCoud led the Lions with 11 points with four assists, and Ogoke added eight points and five boards. Jennifer Hall finished with five rebounds, and added four points. Patton had six points with four steals.

West Virginia defeated American University, 57-55 in the tournament consolation game. WVU's Olayinka Sanni and American's Liz Hayes were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Lions return to action on Tuesday night, taking on Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo at 7:00pm. Fans can listen to all of the action on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.


Cal Poly - 77
Portland - 75


Portland, OR - Cal Poly's Kyla Howell hit a jumper as time expired to lead the Mustangs past the Portland Pilots 77-75 in overtime of a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Chiles Center. The loss is the first at home this season for the Pilots, who are 4-2 overall.

Howell's game-winner came only seconds after UP senior forward Anne Graner tied the game at 75-75 with a clutch three-pointer at the other end with seven seconds left. Cal Poly's Sparkle Anderson then brought the ball up court, but was cut off in the key by a plethora of Portland defenders. Anderson fed Howell with a pass on the left baseline, where Howell hit an 18-footer with Graner in her face.

The Mustangs outscored Portland 11-9 in the extra period to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Portland need a last-second shot in regulation to force overtime. Down three with 20 seconds left, the Pilots worked the ball around the perimeter to sophomore forward Jennifer Wassom. Wassom drilled a game-tying three-pointer from the top of the key to knot the score at 66-66 with seven ticks on the clock. Cal Poly then had a couple of chances on the other end but was unable to convert from within 10 feet.

Freshman guard Laiken Dollente once again led the Pilots in scoring with 17 points. After a scoreless first half, junior center Rachel Warren finished with 12 points with a game-high 10 rebounds for her second double-double this season.

Graner finished with 13 points, while sophomore forward Allyson Sievers and freshman guard Kendra Morris each scored 11. Sievers also grabbed seven boards and dished out a team-high four assists.

Cal Poly was led by Jessica Eggleston, who notched a game-high 20 points. Bria Fields and Anderson each scored 18.

The Mustangs led for most of the first half before Portland ended the half on a 12-2 run to take a 31-28 lead into the locker room. Cal Poly began the game on an 8-0 run before Morris got Portland on the board with a three-pointer.

Cal Poly built an eight-point lead in the second half with 10:10 remaining. UP scored 12 of the next 14 points to tie the game at 55-55. Dollente hit a three-pointer and converted a three-point play before Warren capped the run with a lay-up off a nice feed from sophomore guard Karlie Burris.

The Mustangs built the lead back to 60-55 with 4:54 left, before Portland climbed back and tied it on Wassom's three-pointer.

The Pilots shot 42 percent (23 for 55) for the game, while Cal Poly hit 41 percent (27 for 66) of its shots. Both teams were money from the free-throw line as the Mustangs hit 20 of 23 attempts and Portland was 25 for 29. The Portland benched outscored that of Cal Poly 22-8.

The Pilots next travel to Eugene, Ore. for a non-conference game against the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. UP is 4-1 at the Chiles Center this season and dropped its only road game at Boise State.


Missouri - 79
Saint Mary's - 64


Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team suffered its first home loss on the season in a 79-64 decision against Missouri Saturday night from McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels ended up securing second place in the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic and after the day fall to 2-2 on the season.

Sophomore guard Jontelle Smith led SMC with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Junior forward Maija Lahde added 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting while junior guard Serena Benavente chipped in with a season-high 10 points. Lahde also added nine boards.

Alyssa Hollins led all players with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Three other Tigers recorded double-digits, including Carlynn Savant who tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The Gaels once again trailed at the half but this time could not overcome the deficit. After trailing 39-25 at the intermission, SMC cut it to as close as seven with nine minutes left.

The Gaels shot 37 percent on 25-of-67 shooting. SMC also only shot 58 percent from the charity stripe and 25 percent from beyond the arc.

The Tigers shot 51 percent on 29-of-57 shooting and 33 percent from three point land. Missouri converted 70 percent of its free throws.

Junior forward Monica Mertle was selected to the all-tournament team after recording nine points and four rebounds. Mertle poured in a career-high 22 against Northridge on Friday night.

Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy handed out seven assists while scoring six points and grabbing six boards.

Saint Mary's will continue its homestand on Monday, November 27 against Utah State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.


Delaware - 71
San Francisco - 47


San Francisco, Calif. - Delaware exploded out of the gate, connecting on 19 field goals in the first half and sprinted past USF 71-47 in the championship game of the 2006 odwalla Classic Saturday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (2-4) shot the ball respectably well, but could not slow down the Blue Hens (4-1).

Junior guard Dominique Carter was the lone Don to reach double-figure scoring, finishing with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior forward Nickie Warren and sophomore guard Shay Rollins finished with nine apiece. San Francisco connected on 15-of-34 (.441) from the field but the field goals and attempts were the lowest this season.

Delaware led by as many as 26 points in the first half at 39-13 with 5:10 remaining and were never challenged, leading wire-to-wire. The Blue Hens steam-rolled No. 20 Kentucky, 86-70 last night in the first game of the tournament. Senior guard Tyresa Smith earned tournament MVP honors and scored a game-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds. After a 28-point night against the Wildcats, Smith owns the tournament scoring record with 51 points surpassing Oaklands Nicole Piggott, who scored 48 in the 2004 event.

Senior forward Chrissy Fisher added six points and seven rebounds against the Dons to go along with a 22-point, eight-board night against Kentucky, en route to all-tournament honors.

USF opens a two-game road trip Wednesday, November 28 at Bay Area rival San Jose State. Tip-off against the Spartans is set for 7:00 PM at the Event Center.