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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 2, 2007

Portland - 78
Oregon - 74

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland sophomore Laiken Dollente scored a game-high 21 points to help lead the Pilots to a 78-74 non-conference win over the Oregon Ducks at the Chiles Center on Sunday. Dollente, who is shooting 90 percent from the charity stripe this season, shot 13-for-14 from the free throw line for the second straight game.

As a team, Portland missed just one free throw (21-for-22) and improves its record to 6-2 this season. Oregon, which was hampered by 27 turnovers, drops to 4-3. The Pilots scored 28 points off of UO's miscues, while the Ducks converted 13 UP turnovers into 14 points.

Dollente led four Pilots in double figures. Junior Allyson Sievers finished with 12 points, while senior Rachel Warren and sophomore Laura Thomas each scored 10.

Thomas just missed the double-double with nine boards, five of which were offensive. Junior Karlie Burris handed out a game-high six assists as the Pilots finished with 20 assists on 26 field goals.

Taylor Lilley led Oregon with 19 points, Ellyce Ironmonger netted 18 and Victoria Kenyon scored 10. The Ducks outrebounded the Pilots 43-26, led by Ironmonger's game-high 14 boards.

Five minutes into the game, Oregon led 11-10 before the Pilots went off on a 22-6 run to take a 15-point lead, UP's biggest of the afternoon. Junior Meagan Bermingham and Burris each drilled a three during the run.

The Ducks closed the half with an 11-2 run as Portland took a 34-28 lead into the break.

In the second half, Oregon closed the deficit down to one twice, before Portland regained some breathing room. With Portland nursing a slim lead with nine minutes left, Thomas made a steal at half court before racing the other way for an uncontested lay-up to make it 58-51 in UP's favor.

Oregon would climb within two with 6:00 left, but Portland got timely three-pointers from Dollente and sophomore Kendra Morris and hit 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The Pilots shot 42.6 percent (26-for-61) for the game and hit five of 15 three-pointers. Oregon shot a shade under 50 percent, connecting on 29 of 59 field goals. The Ducks were five of 13 from three-point range and hit 11 of 15 free throws.

The Pilots, who are 4-1 on their current seven-game homestand, next host the Montana Lady Grizz at the Chiles Center on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

San Francisco - 64
Oregon State - 62

Story coming soon.

UC Riverside - 75 (OT)
Gonzaga - 65

TEMPE, Ariz. - Gonzaga University women's basketball was outscored 19-9 by UC Riverside in overtime to drop a 75-65 decision to the Highlanders in the consolation contest of the Arizona State University Verizon Wireless Classic Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 4-3 overall while the win was the first for UC Riverside who are now 1-5 on the year.

Gonzaga scored the first bucket of overtime but seven-straight points by UC Riverside knocked the Bulldogs off their game. Two free throws by Bowman with 2:10 remaining in the overtime sliced the Highlanders lead to three, but UCR responded with a 7-0 run again to give them a 70-60 advantage. Gonzaga could not recover as Kemie Nkele sank four free throws over the final thirty seconds to seal the 75-65 victory.

Gonzaga had a chance to win the game in regulation as it had the ball with 10.1 second remaining and the score tied at 56-56. Freshman Courtney Vandersloot drove the lane and missed the shot but the rebound fell in junior Jami Bjorklund's hand. A little jumper nearly went in but rolled off the rim to send the game into overtime.

It was senior Michelle Elliott and sophomore Tiffanie Shives who were clutch down the stretch. With UC Riverside leading 56-51 with 3:52 left in regulation, Shives drove the lane and made a layup to cut the Zags deficit to three. Elliott, who had entered the game a minute early, then drained a three-pointer at the 3:09 mark to tie the game at 56-56.

UC Riverside came from behind late in the first half to lead at halftime 32-30. With Gonzaga leading 29-26 with 3:21 remaining before intermission, the Highlanders Tainois Lott hit one of two free throws; Seyram Gbewonyo then drained a three-pointer followed by a layup by Vanessa Campillo with 55 ticks left on the clock to give UC Riverside the late 32-29 lead. Zag sophomore forward Bowman hit one of two free throw shots after being fouled with 18 seconds left to cut Gonzaga disadvantage to two at halftime.

The Bulldogs did lead by seven early in the first period; the largest lead of the half by either team. With the score knotted at 9-9 at the 15:08 mark, the Zags went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead 16-9 with a little over ten minutes left. Bjorklund converted an old fashion three-point play to close out the run for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga was led by Shives, Bowman and Vandersloot. Shives, who sank two three-pointers in the contest, finished the game with a team-high 16 points. Bowman collected her second-straight double-double as she posted 15 points and 14 rebounds. Vandersloot chipped in 13 points.

UC Riveside's Nkele and Gbewonyo led the Highlanders with 23 and 15 points, respectively. Nkele also added 10 rebounbds.

Gonzaga returns to action Thursday, Dec. 6 when it plays at UC Davis. The game is set for 7 p.m.

Northern Arizona - 71
Loyola Marymount - 59

Flagstaff, AZ - Junior Jenna Sybesma scored a career-high 19 points, including 15 in the second half, but Northern Arizona used a 19-8 run over the last six minutes for a 71-59 victory in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, AZ. The Lions drop their second consecutive game to fall to 4-4 while the Lumberjacks improve to 4-4.

On an afternoon when the Lions' starting post players battled foul trouble, Sybesma was outstanding off the bench. She scored 13 of LMU's 15 points during a 12-minute stretch of the second half, finishing 9-for-15 from the floor with six rebounds and three assists. Freshman Melanie Ysaguirre also provided a lift off the bench with a career-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds.

The story of the game was at the two lines: free throw and three-point. The Lumberjacks outscored the Lions 25-5 at the charity stripe, going 25-for-30 (83.3%) while LMU made just 5-of-16 (31.3%). Behind the arc, LMU made the Lumberjacks pay in the opening 20 minutes, going 6-for-12, but missed all eight of their attempts in the second half.

With LMU's bigs in foul trouble, Laura Dinkins and Ashley Ingle combined for 31 of NAU's 42 second half points. Dinkins led all scorers with 23 points and 13 rebounds while Ingle had 19 points, 12 boards, and four blocks. Jenna Galloway added 14 points off the bench.

LMU finished the game shooting 35.3% (24-for-68) overall and 30.0% (6-for-20) from three-point range. The Lumberjacks shot 37.9% (22-for-58) overall and 28.6% (2-for-7) from downtown. LMU held a slight 45-44 rebounding advantage.

NAU turned the ball over on its first four possessions and the Lions took advantage, going inside to score the game's first five points through senior Valerie Ogoke and Sybesma. The Lumberjacks' woes continued as they missed their first four shots and committed six turnovers in the game's first four minutes.

NAU switched to a zone to try to slow down the Lions but back-to-back three-pointers by sophomores Kavita Goss and Jessica Vargas staked the Lions to an 11-2 advantage. The Lumberjacks responded with a 12-0 run with four points each from Dinkins and Ingle to take a 12-11 lead with 9:53 left. The Lions answered right back through freshman Renahy Young's three-pointer from the wing and Goss followed with another triple.

With two fouls apiece on Ogoke, Sybesma, and redshirt freshman Aleyse Evans, the Lions got a lift off the bench by Ysaguirre, who scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 10 first-half minutes to help the Lions extend their lead to 30-22.

Foul trouble plagued the Lions towards the end of the first half, with the Lumberjacks scoring nine of their final 11 points of the period from the line. Still, the Lions kept NAU at bay with the long ball, knocking down half of their 12 attempts to take a 35-29 halftime lead.

Ogoke picked up her fourth foul three minutes into the second half and the Lumberjacks took advantage down low. LMU led 40-33 before Ingle got loose twice for layups and Dinkins finished on the break to give NAU a 41-40 advantage with 15:05 to go. The Lions went without a field goal for over five minutes until Sybesma's jumper from the baseline at 12:34 broke that drought. Sybesma followed with another layup to bring LMU back within two, 47-45 at 11:55 and Ysaguirre tied it at 47-all with a jumper inside.

Ultimately, the Lions had no answer for Dinkins, who scored 13 consecutive points to help the Lumberjacks extend their lead to 64-51 with 2:38 left. Sybesma did her part for the Lions, scoring 13 out of LMU's 15 during one stretch but the Lions had another scoring drought of four minutes as NAU pulled away.

LMU falls to 1-7 all-time against NAU and has dropped all five of its contests in Flagstaff. The Lions had a strong cheering contingent, with sophomore Jessica Vargas returning to Flagstaff for first time since starring at Sinagua HS and

LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion for a three-game home stand beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Fresno State. On Saturday, the Lions host Cal Poly at 2 p.m.