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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 2, 2006

Purdue - 69
Gonzaga - 44

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 21 points and five blocked shots to help No. 9 Purdue overcome Katie Gearlds' continued shooting slump in a 69-44 victory over Gonzaga on Saturday night.

The Boilermakers (7-1) broke the game open with an early 25-3 run, which ended when Gearlds scored her first basket for a 31-12 lead with over 4 minutes before halftime. The Bulldogs (6-4) got two 3-pointers by Michelle Elliott and cut the lead to 36-20 at the break, but Purdue controlled the boards and continued pulling away, leading by as many as 30 points in the closing minutes.

Erin Lawless added 12 points and FahKara Malone had 11 for Purdue. Gearlds, who came in averaging almost 18 points a game, finished with 8.

Gonzaga (6-3), which lost its third straight game and fourth in the past six, was led by Stephanie Hawk with 13 points.

Purdue was coming off its only loss of the season, a 66-55 defeat at No. 7 Connecticut in which Gearlds hit just 2-of-18 shots overall and missed all nine of her 3-point attempts to finish with a season-low 4 points.

She missed her first three shots against Gonzaga and finished 3-of-12.

The Bulldogs led twice early in the game, but a 3-pointer by Hawk that broke a 6-6 tie was their last basket for more than 6 minutes.

A basket by Lawless started a 14-0 streak for Purdue. After Jami Bjorklund scored for Gonzaga, Lawless hit another basket to start an 11-1 run that ended with Gearlds' first basket.

The senior guard hit a 3-pointer later in the first half - two other baskets were disallowed because of fouls away from the ball - and missed her first four shots in the second period.

Gonzaga pulled within 57-39 with 7 minutes to go. Gearlds and Jodi Howell then hit consecutive 3-pointers, Lawless scored, Malone hit two free throws and Wisdom-Hylton added a basket that gave Purdue its biggest lead at 69-39.

Montana - 74
Portland - 54

MISSOULA, Mont. - The University of Portland women's basketball team fell 74-54 on the road to the Montana Grizzlies Saturday night. The Pilots fall to 4-4 on the year while the Lady Griz improve to 5-1.

Sophomore forward Allyson Sievers (pictured) led the Pilots with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Mandy Morales of Montana was the high scorer for the game with 29 points. Morales went 8-15 from the field, including 5-8 on three pointers, and was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Morales also had a game-high five assists. Dana Conway also pitched in 15 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Lady Griz.

For the Pilots, freshman guard Laiken Dollente had 11 points and five rebounds. Dollente has scored in double figured in every game so far this season. Freshman forward Laura Thomas had 10 points and six boards while junior center Rachel Warren had nine points and seven rebounds.

Portland is now 0-3 on the road for the season and is now on a three game losing streak.

The game was tight through the first half with neither team able to build more than a four point advantage. After a three-pointer by freshman guard Kendra Morris knotted the game at 28-28 with under a minute to go in the half, the Grizzlies scored four consecutive points to enter the break with a 32-28 lead.

Montana carried that momentum into the second period, outscoring the Pilots 14-6 over the first four minutes to take a commanding 46-34 lead. Portland never got any closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Turnovers hurt Portland, with the Pilots committing 18 giveaways to Montana's 9. Portland also struggled from beyond the arc, going 4-15 for the game. The Pilots shot 32 percent from the field for the game, but continued their impressive performance from the charity stripe, making 14 of 16 free throws.

The Lady Griz shot 40 percent from the field for the game while also making 8 of 18 three point attempts for a 44 percent clip.

Portland continues its trip in Big Sky Country on Monday, Dec. 4 when it will square off with the Montana State Bobcats at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time in Bozeman. The Pilots then return home for a Thursday, Dec. 7 match against Denver at 7:00 p.m. at the Chiles Center.

Cal Poly - 60
San Francisco - 38

San Luis Obispo, CA - USF closed its two-game road trip with a 60-38 loss to Cal Poly in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Mott Gym. The Dons (3-5) did not score until the 14:19 mark in the first half and the Mustangs (4-3) never trailed in the contest in snapping an eight game losing streak against USF.

San Francisco shot at a dismal .255 (14-55) from the field, including a woeful .231 (6-26) rate in the second half. USF connected on just one 3-pointer in 15 attempts (.067).

Sophomore guard Shay Rollins was the lone bright spot for the Dons, tallying a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Rollins notched her previous career best of 17 against the Mustangs in a 71-67 win last November 29. Senior forward Nickie Warren pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

USF returns to action Sunday, December 10 when it hosts Boise State in non-conference action. Tip-off against the Broncos is set for 2:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.

Cal State Northridge - 79
Santa Clara - 67

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The week ended on a sour note for the Santa Clara women's basketball team Saturday afternoon, as the squad was upset 79-67 by the CS Northridge Matadors at the Matadome. CS Northridge's win was the first for the school in seven tries all-time against Santa Clara.

The Broncos return home to the Leavey Center next Saturday, Dec. 9, for a 7 p.m. contest against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by clicking here.

Woes in both the shooting and rebounding departments plagued the Broncos Saturday. Although Ashley Graham led the Broncos on Saturday with a season-high 25 points, including six three-pointers. Chandice Cronk, with 14 points, was the only other Bronco to score more than seven points. The team shot only 34.4% from the floor, and was out-rebounded by a margin of 51-29 by the Matadors.

Ofa Tulikihihifo scored 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for CS Northridge, while LaJoyce King pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds. The Matadors shot a combined 45.9% from the floor.

The game started slow, as the Matadors held a 12-8 advantage eight minutes in, until the Bronco offense put up the next eight points to take a 16-12 lead. SCU kept up the scoring as the teams battled to a 28-28 tie near the end of the first half, but CS Northridge scored the last nine points of the half to take a 37-28 lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way into the locker room.

A 21-9 run to start the second half gave CS Northridge a 58-39 lead with seven and a half minutes elapsed, and the Broncos never got to within less than 10, cutting things to 69-59 with under four minutes to play after a 17-7 run. But SCU could not continue the pressure, and the Matadors held their cushion to the final whistle.