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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 28, 2006

LMU - 64
Cal Poly - 62

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team used a 12-6 run over the final 2:22 to defeat Cal Poly 64-62 in Mott Gym this evening. Jennifer Hall led the Lions with 18 points and Amanda Patton added 11 to lead the Lions to the win. LMU improves to 4-3 on the year with the victory and will face another Big West team, UC Irvine, on Friday night.

LMU started the game well, shooting over 50% in the first eight minutes of the game. LMU pulled out to a 15-10 lead on a jumper by Amanda DeCoud at 12:19. The Lions got Cal Poly into foul trouble early, with the Mustangs picking up their seventh team foul in the first 10 minutes of the game. Seven of LMU's points in the first half were scored at the free throw line. The Mustang defense picked up and the LMU shooting percentage dropped under 50% to 42% for the half. LMU opened up a 10 point lead, 30-20 by going on a 5-0 run, but the Mustangs scored six points in the final minute of the half to make it a 32-29 LMU lead at halftime.

LMU had a balanced offense in the first half. Eight different players scored for the Lions, led by Jennifer Hall and Amanda Patton with six points each. The Lions outrebounded Cal Poly 22-18 in the half, led by Patton, Ashlee Dunlap and Valerie Ogoke with four each. Jessica Eggleston led the Mustangs with nine points and five rebounds. Toni Newman added eight points in the first half.

The Mustangs came out of the break strong, tying the game on a three-pointer by Kaysen Brennan and taking their first lead since the opening minutes on a putback by Tamara Wells at 15:37. LMU roared back with 10-0 run, including a three-pointer by Patton and a traditional three-point play by Cassady Moore, who made the basket as she was fouled and also converted the free throw.

Cal Poly's defense forced turnovers on consecutive possessions, and the Mustangs capitalized with two fast break layups to cut the LMU lead to one point. A three-pointer by Lisa McBride gave CP the lead again, 50-48, at 7:36. The Mustangs pulled out to a four-point lead on a jumper by Nicole Yarwasky but a putback by DeCoud at 4:26 cut the lead to two points, 54-52.

After Cal Poly made it a four point lead on another jumper by Yarwasky, LMU answered with steals and fast break layups by DeCoud and Moore to tie the game 56-56 at 2:07. A putback by Ogoke off a missed free throw gave the Lions a lead, but Cal Poly got a putback by McBride to tie things up. Hall gave the Lions a lead at 1:04 on a jumper from the free throw line, but Eggleston tied things up again with 46 seconds remaining in the game.

Patton drove to the basket with 27 seconds remaining to put LMU up 62-60, and the Mustangs turned the ball over on their next possession. DeCoud was immediately fouled on the inbounds and converted both free throws to put the Lions up 64-60. Eggleston scored with 0.9 seconds remaining in the game, but the Lions ran out the clock on the inbounds for the 64-62 win.

Hall led all scorers with 18 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Patton added 11 points, including two three-pointers. She also had five assists, five rebounds and two steals. For the game, nine Lions scored, including nine points by Moore, who also contributed four steals. The Lions also had six blocks as a team, with six different players blocking a shot.

Eggleston led Cal Poly with 15 points, and Newman added 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Lions look to improve to 3-0 against Big West opponents on Friday when they take on UC Irvine in Irvine at 7:00pm. The game can be heard live on Lions All-Access as well as KXLU 88.9 FM.

Pepperdine - 84
Cal State Northridge - 66

MALIBU, Calif. - Teena Wickett and Sherriel Boyd scored 17 points apiece, Teiosha George added 10 and the Pepperdine Waves beat the Cal State Northridge Matadors 84-66 on Tuesday night.

Daphanie Kennedy hit on 2-of-2 3-pointers and scored 11 points as the Waves won their third straight game.

Wickett added a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

LaJouce King had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Northridge. Krisztina Fuleki added 13.

Trailing by eight at the half, Northridge would close the gap to six off an Ashley Blake layup with 19:39 to play. But following back-to-back 3-pointers by Shannon Johnson and Jessica Ross Pepperdine led by 12 and would never see its lead dip below double digits.

Two Wickett free throws with 6:52 remaining in the game gave Pepperdine its largest lead of the contest at 21.

Northridge trailed most the game, but tied it at 15 on Fuleki's jumper with 9:08 left in the first half. Taylor Smith buried a 3-pointer and a jumper 27 seconds apart to push the lead to seven with 6:51 remaining in the period.

The Matadors committed 31 turnovers and were outscored 47-18 by Pepperdine's bench.

Pepperdine returns to the Lone Star State this weekend as it faces Texas-Arlington Friday night before traveling to TCU for a Sunday afternoon tilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and 12 p.m. PT, respectively.

Oregon - 73
Portland - 46

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks built a 23-point half-time lead en route to a 73-46 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference women's basketball game Tuesday night at McArthur Court. Freshman point guard Laiken Dollente led the Pilots with 10 points.

Portland drops to 4-3 on the season, while Oregon improves to 4-1.

Dollente, who entered the game averaging 16.2 points per game to rank fourth in the West Coast Conference, has scored in double figures every game this season and has led Portland in scoring four times. She added four assists against the Ducks.

Portland was as frigid as the weather from the field, shooting a season-low 30 percent (18 for 61). The Pilots hit three three-pointers and were seven for 11 from the line. Oregon shot 30 free throws and made 21.

Junior center Rachel Warren scored eight points, while sophomore wing Jennifer Wassom netted seven. Sophomore forward Allyson Sievers was UP's top rebounder with six boards. Sophomore forward Carly Koebel and freshman forward Laura Thomas each finished with five rebounds.

Three Ducks scored in double figures, led by Eleanor Haring with 15 points. Tamika Nurse and Jamie Hawkins each scored 11 points for Oregon. The Ducks shot 51 percent (24 for 47) from the field and hit four three-pointers.

Jessie Shetters pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds for the Ducks, who outrebounded the Pilots 39-32. Oregon turned the ball over 14 times, while Portland committed a season-low 15.

Dollente hit the game's first shot to give Portland the only lead they would enjoy at 2-0. Shetters then gave the Ducks a ten-point advantage with a jumper to make it 20-10 with 9:40 left in the first half. From there, Oregon finished the half on a 22-9 outburst to enter the locker room with a 42-19 advantage.

A little more than four minutes into the second half, UP sophomore forward Anne Graner nailed a three-pointer to pull the Pilots within 18 points at 49-31. It's as close as Portland would get the rest of the way.

Oregon finished with a 28-18 points advantage in the paint and a 30-16 edge in points off of the bench.

The Pilots next travel to Montana for a pair of road games. The Montana Grizzlies host Portland on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (PST) in Missoula, Mont. The Pilots then travel to Bozeman, Mont. for a game Monday night against the Montana State Bobcats, also at 6:00 p.m.