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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 30, 2007

Portland - 84
Boise State - 80

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore guard Laiken Dollente scored 21 points, including eight consecutive free throws in the final two minutes, to lead the Portland Pilots to an 84-80 victory over the Boise State Broncos in a non-conference women's basketball matchup at the Chiles Center on Friday night.

Backcourt mate Kendra Morris added 14 and senior center Rachel Warren contributed 12 for the Pilots (5-2). Tasha Harris notched a game-high 30 points in the loss for the Broncos (3-3).

The Pilots were efficient offensively finishing at 43 percent from the field, 46 percent from three-point range (6-13) and drilled 24-of-29 free throws, including 13-of-14 by Dollente.

Both teams turned the ball over 19 times, but the Pilots held a 15-7 edge in points of turnovers.

After a back-and-forth first 30 minutes, Portland pushed the lead to double digits with an 11-0 run midway through the second period, highlighted by a pair of baskets by junior guard Karlie Burris. The Broncos would fight back and cut the margin to 72-70 with 2:48 remaining on a pair of free throws by Jackie Lee, but Morris answered with a crucial three-pointer and Dollente iced it at the charity stripe down the stretch.

Seven Pilots recorded at least eight points in a balanced offensive attack.

Jessica Thompson scored 14 points and Sierra Moeller added 12 off the bench to join Harris in double figures for the Broncos.

The 84 points were the second highest total of the season for Portland, which scored 86 in their last outing against Cal State Northridge.

The Pilots have now won two straight and continue their seven-game homestand on Sunday against Oregon. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Arizona State - 78
Gonzaga - 60

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jill Noe had 16 points, five assists and five rebounds to lead No. 14 Arizona State past Gonzaga 78-60 Friday night in the first round of the ASU Classic.

Noe hit three 3-pointers, including one during a 13-0 run in the first half that gave Arizona State a 15-point lead. The Sun Devils (4-2) used a 10-0 spurt, started and ended by Noe, to build a 61-42 lead with 12:45 left.

Heather Bowman scored 20 points, all in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (4-2). The Bulldogs missed 19 of their first 27 shots in falling behind early.

Tennessee transfer Sybil Dosty had a career-high 16 points and added nine rebounds for the Sun Devils, who committed nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes but hit five straight 3-pointers to stretch its lead.

Freshman guard Courtney Vandersloot dished out a game-high six assists, forced four Sun Devil turnovers, scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds for the visiting Zags. Junior Jami Bjorklund also had seven points for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga will play in Sunday's consolation game against either No. 18 Auburn or UC-Riverside at 11 a.m. PT.

California - 77
Saint Mary's - 61

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ashley Walker had 20 points and 12 rebounds for her Pac-10-leading sixth double-double in seven games, leading No. 12 California to a 77-61 victory over Saint Mary's on Friday night.

Rama N'diaye had career highs of 16 points and 18 rebounds while also playing heads-up defense for the Golden Bears (6-1), who beat a West Coast Conference opponent for the second straight game following a rout of Loyola Marymount on Wednesday night. That came after a 69-56 loss at 10th-ranked Baylor.

Next up for Cal is a tough test against 23rd-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday, but the Commodores first much face Saint Mary's on Saturday in Berkeley. Vanderbilt shocked No. 11 Duke 68-55 on Wednesday night.

Serena Benavente scored 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting as Saint Mary's gave the favored Bears a scare with torrid shooting from long range in the first half, but the Gaels (5-3) couldn't keep up in the final 20 minutes and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Saint Mary's hit five of six 3s early against Cal's zone and started 7-for-8 on the way to a 19-6 lead as the Bears began 4-of-11.

Benavente had three of her team's eight first-half 3-pointers and made all six of her field-goal tries, while Suzie Davis and Jontelle Smith each hit two 3s. Smith finished with 22 points.

Alexis Gray-Lawson had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists for Cal, whose starting guard Lauren Greif was limited to six minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls.

For the Gaels, from nearby Moraga, this is a tough weekend that could be a valuable experience once they begin the West Coast Conference schedule.

Cal ended the first half on 12-0 run for a 40-34 lead at the break, holding Saint Mary's scoreless over the final 4:35. And the Bears used a 6-0 spurt out of halftime before Smith's 3 at 18:02.

Cal, which held a 62-32 rebounding advantage, leads the series 12-5 including the last three.

Saint Mary's senior starting power forward from Finland, Maija Lahde -- MVP of the Gaels' home tournament last weekend -- went down with a left knee injury in a win at Pacific on Wednesday. Results of her MRI aren't complete but she was on crutches and wearing a brace, a sign it could cause her to miss significant time.

Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton was in uniform for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery Nov. 9 on her right knee, which had been bothering her in practice.

"I'm feeling good," Hampton said while shooting around before the game.