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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 1, 2006

Pepperdine - 64
Texas-Arlington - 63 (OT)

MALIBU, Calif. - Daphanie Kennedy connected on 2-of-2 from the free throw line with 19 seconds remaining in overtime and Terra Wallace missed a shot at the buzzer giving Pepperdine its fourth straight victory of the season 64-62 Friday night.

Teena Wickett made 6-of-11 shots and scored 17 points, and Sherriel Boyd added 17 points in the first start of her career. Wicketted added 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double and third of the season.

Pepperdine (6-2) is off to its best start since 2000-01 and has equaled its longest win streak since Julie Rousseau took over in 2004-05.

Pepperdine went 27-of-34 from the free throw stripe, including 5-for-5 in the overtime period.

UTA (3-3) held a two-point leads on two occasions in overtime until Boyd was fouled on a layup and converted the point after to give Pepperdine a 60-59 lead with 2:14 to play. Two more Boyd free throws extended the lead to three.

With 40 seconds remaining the Mavericks tied the score for the ninth time in the contest setting up Kennedy's heroics.

UTA never led by more than four and Pepperdine never led by more than eight in the tightly contested affair.

Trailing 15-13, Pepperdine used a 12-1 run over a span of nearly four minutes to gain its largest lead of the night 24-16.

Pepperdine led 26-24 at the half and never led by more than six in the second half.

UTA held Pepperdine without a field goal over the final 4:20 of the game and outscored the Waves 11-5 during that span to force overtime.

San Diego - 72
Pacific - 67

STOCKTON, Calif. - Paced by Amber Sprague's 27 points and Kelly Winther's career-high 18 points, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (6-0) remains undefeated on the season as they defeated the University of the Pacific, 72-67, Friday evening in a non-conference game at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Sprague led all scorers with her season-high 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor. Winther's career-high came on an 8-for-15 performance from the floor including a 2-for-6 night from beyond the arc. Amanda Rego dished out a game-best 10 assists and added nine points on the night for the Toreros. As a team, USD shot 44 percent from the field, while the Toreros pressure defense held the Tigers to just 36 percent shooting and the Toreros also out rebounded the Tigers 41-37.

"It's always tough to play on the road. You have to make sure you take care of the glass, be aggressive and I thought we did a great job of that tonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought that both Kelly Winther and Amber Sprague gave us a great offensive push. This was a scrappy win and we are happy to have pulled it off."

The Toreros began the game red hot as they opened the frame with a 10-2 run sparked by a Winther jumper and capped by an Amanda Rego jumper to give USD the early momentum.

The Tigers then took their turn going on a run as they put together an 8-2 run capped by a Whitney Price lay-up to pull within one at 11-10.

The two teams then sea-sawed back and forth with USD holding onto the lead until the 13:37 mark, when Pacific's Jerise Freeman's lay-up gave the Tigers a 20-19 lead. Then with the score at 23-19, both teams went ice cold from the field as nether team would score a bucket for four minutes until Winther hit a jumper to allow USD to pull within two.

After Pacific built a five point lead at 35-30, San Diego would close out the first half on a 10-3 run to take a two point lead into the break.

In the second half, the Toreros built up a six point lead quickly and held on to that lead for majority of the period. San Diego would build its lead to as many as eight in the second period at 60-52 on a pair of Ashley Voisinet free throws with 10:57 remaining in the game.

Pacific wouldn't go away, as the Tigers went on an 8-2 run to pull with in two, but San Diego was able to withstand that late push and hold on for a 72-67 win.

Jake Kelly led the Tigers offense with her 21 points, including making five three pointers. Karen Dawkins (16 points) and Freeman (15 points) were the two other Pacific players in double figures.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Boise State University Broncos in a 2 p.m. non-conference game.

UC Irvine - 79
LMU - 59

IRVINE, Calif. - Angie Ned scored 37 points to lead UC Irvine to a 79-59 win over Loyola Marymount in non-conference women's basketball action this evening in the Bren Events Center. The Lions led with 12 minutes remaining in the second half, but the Anteaters finished the game on a 33-11 for the victory. Jennifer Hall led LMU with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

LMU (4-4) opened the game well, pulling out to a 9-4 lead on a layup and foul shot by Cassady Moore. After the Anteaters (2-4) came back to take a 13-11 lead on a layup by Angie Ned, the Lions went on a 13-4 run to take a 24-17 lead at 6:48. However, the Anteaters continued to rebound well and got hot from outside to finished the half on a 22-10 run and take a 39-34 lead into the break.

Ned had 18 points in the first half, including two three-pointers. Hall led the Lions with 10 points in the first half with five rebounds. UCI outrebounded LMU 18-12 in the first half, led by Stephanie Duda with seven rebounds. Both teams shot 50% from the field in the first half.

The Lions cut the halftime deficit and took a lead 45-43 on a breakaway layup by Moore at 14:41. Ned stayed hot, scoring seven of UCI's first nine points. After LMU lead 48-46, UCI went on an 18-2 run to take an 14 point lead. The Lions were finally able to stop the run on a jumper by Hall at 6:23, but they went nearly eight minutes without a field goal. Every time the Lions would score, UCI would answer and the Anteaters kept the lead at double digits for the rest of the game. Turnovers and rebounding hurt the Lions in their comeback attempt.

LMU had 15 turnovers in the second half, and shot 34.8% from the field. UCI shot 46.2% from the field in the second half. Four UCI players finished in double digit scoring, led by Ned with 37 points. Duda recorded a double double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Moore and Valerie Ogoke each added nine points for LMU, and Moore had a career-high six steals.

The Lions return to action next Thursday, hosting Hawaii at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00pm.