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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 5, 2007

LMU - 81
Fresno State - 75

Los Angeles, CA - Freshman Renahy Young scored an LMU season-high 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:22 remaining, to lift the Lions to an 81-75 victory over Fresno State Wednesday night in a non-conference game at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions (5-4) open a three-game home stand on a winning note to snap a two-game losing streak while the dropping the Bulldogs to their sixth straight loss to start the season.

Young stepped up for the Lions over the final four minutes. Her jumper from the right elbow at 2:21 tied the game at 74 before she drove the left side and knocked down a baseline jumper for a two-point Lion lead. The Lion defense also shone down the stretch, holding the Bulldogs without a field goal for the final 4:36.

FSU led 74-68 on a three-pointer by Jaleesa Ross at 4:36 but senior Valerie Ogoke hit a layup and two free throws to make it a one-point game. After Tierre Wilson missed a jumper and LMU called timeout, Young went inside and made a fall-away jumper to tie the game at 74. The Lions got a stop and Young stepped up again, this time from the left baseline for a two-point LMU lead.

With under a minute to go, Wilson was fouled but only could make one of two. The Lions came back to junior Jenna Sybesma, whose left-handed layup pushed the lead back to three with 29.9 seconds left. After another timeout, Brittany Amundsen got a good look from three but missed short. Ogoke came away with the rebound and was fouled. A 30% shooter from the line this season, Ogoke made one of two to make it a two-possession game. With the Lions playing up anticipating the three, Wilson cut back door but senior Amanda DeCoud was there for the steal, making both free throws for the final margin.

Young finished the game 7-for-11 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free throw line while making both of LMU's three-pointers on the night. Her 23 points was more than double her previous career high of 11, set in her collegiate debut at Boise State.

Sybesma had another monster second half, making all six of her shots en route to her second straight 19-point outing. She also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds to make the most of her first start of the season. Decoud added 12 points, seven assists, five steals, and three rebounds while Ogoke chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Wilson led the Bulldogs with 23 points to go along with six rebounds. LaShaunte Stephens contributed 20 points and eight boards off the bench with Emma Andrews adding 10 points. Hayley Munro just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.

The Lions shot a blistering 63.3% (19-for-30) in the second half to finish at a season-high 47.5% (28-for-59). two straight sub-par games from the charity stripe, LMU took advantage of 27 Bulldog fouls to go 23-for-35 (65.7%) at the line. FSU shot 40.6% (26-for-64) overall and was 19-for-29 (65.5%) from the line. The Bulldogs

Still recovering from two quick road turn-arounds last week, the Lions started slowly and fell behind the Bulldogs 19-9. LMU committed nine turnovers and missed 11 of its first 14 shots over the opening 10 minutes while FSU sank nine of its first 16. DeCoud did her part to get the Lions rolling, converting a consecutive layups off of penetration and Ogoke followed with a pair of free throws to bring LMU back to 21-15.

Fresno State started pounding the offensive glass to regain its double-digit lead, increasing it back up to 34-22 on a free throw by LaToya Brown. On the other side, the Lions continued to struggle on offense, committing 13 first-half turnovers and shooting 31.0% (9-for-29) from the floor. The Bulldogs came down from their early shooting high but still connected at a 45.2% (14-for-31) clip in the opening 20 minutes to take a 35-26 halftime lead. Young had 10 of her points by the half, one off her career high.

A much more up-tempo second half saw the Lions storm out of the locker room, making eight of their first nine from the floor. Six different Lions scored during the 17-7 run, led by Sybesma's four points. Sophomore Jessica Vargas' steal and coast-to-coast layup gave LMU its first lead of the game, 43-42, four minutes into the second half. Consecutive three-pointers from Wilson and Stephens and a pair of free throws from Stephens allowed the Bulldogs to reclaim a 50-45 advantage.

LMU refused to quit as Sybesma knocked down a foul shot and then grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in before a steal and coast-to-coast layup by DeCoud tied it up again. The Bulldogs answered back with six straight points but Sybesma responded with five of her own as the teams battled back and forth.

LMU continually pulled to within one but the Bulldogs seemingly always managed to get a stop to maintain their lead. Young's three-pointer from the corner brought LMU to 66-65 with 6:35 but FSU's Andrews answered with a triple of her own and the lead was back to four. That set the stage for LMU's final comeback and Young's heroics.

After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, LMU committed just five in the second to help with the comeback.

Having won three in a row at Gersten Pavilion, the Lions remain at home with a pair of Saturday games against Big West Conference opponents. This Saturday, LMU hosts Cal Poly on Bring a Kid to the Game Night. Next Saturday, December 15, UC Irvine visits the Lions on Camper Reunion Day. Both tip-offs are at 2 p.m.

San Francisco - 70
Sacramento State - 57

San Francisco - USF women's basketball won its second straight game with a convincing 70-57 non-conference victory against Sacramento State Wednesday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (5-4) forced 25 Hornet turnovers to kick off a season-long five-game homestand.

Senior guard Dominique Carter recorded a game-high 24 points with 10 rebounds to complete the double-double performance. The honors candidate went 12-of-21 from the field with four assists and just one turnover in 35 minutes. Junior guard Shay Rollins chipped in 22 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

San Francisco shot at a .419 (31-74) clip from the floor, while Sacramento State connected on .420 (21-50). The contest featured just 19 combined personal fouls and the two teams shot a grand total of nine free throws. Neither team was shy about hoisting up shots from beyond the arc as the Hornets went 9-for-20 (.450), while the Dons went 6-for-24 (.250).

Sami Field-Polisso scored a team-high 12 points for the Hornets. Charday Hunt added 11 points, while Atty Boyer registered 10 for Sacramento State.

The Dons return to action when they welcome San Jose State to the Hilltop for a Sunday matinee. Tip-off against the Spartans is set for 2:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.

Montana - 67
Portland - 63

PORTLAND, Ore. - Montana overcame a double-double from Portland's Rachel Warren to defeat the Pilots 67-63 in a non-conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Chiles Center. Warren scored 12 points with 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

Montana held Portland to a season-low 30.1 percent (22-for-73) shooting from the field to improve to 4-3 overall. The Pilots shot a frigid five-for-26 from three-point range and fall to 6-3.

Despite its struggles from the outside, Portland built a ten-point lead in the first half before settling for a 25-20 lead at the break. Warren, a senior center, had eight points and nine boards at the half.

The lead grew back to nine one minute into the second stanza after sophomore Kendra Morris drilled a three. Four minutes later, the UP lead was ten when junior Meagan Bermingham hit a jumper on a feed from sophomore Laiken Dollente.

After a Bermingham free throw made it 40-31 in Portland's favor with 15:54 left, the Pilots went ice cold from the field allowing Montana to embark on a 27-9 run covering the next 12 minutes. Sonya Rogers capped the run with a three-pointer from the corner to make it a 58-49 Montana advantage with 3:23 showing on the clock.

The Pilots were able to make it a one-possession game when Dollente hit a three to pull UP within 63-65 with seven seconds left, but Rogers sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

Dollente finished with a team-high 13 points. Bermingham and sophomore Laura Thomas both scored nine.

Montana's Laura Conte scored a game-high 17 points, Rogers finished with 15 and Johanna Closson added 12. Britney Lohman grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Montana outrebounded the Pilots 53-38 and outscored Portland 26-14 in the paint. Portland scored 13 points off 26 Montana turnovers, while Montana turned 14 UP miscues into 15 points.

Portland, which entered the contest 14th in the nation in free throw accuracy, hit 14 of 22 from the line. The Lady Griz shot 37.3 percent (19-for-51) for the game, hit two of nine three-pointers and went 27-for-33 from the free throw line.

The Pilots next conclude their seven-game homestand with a game against Eastern Washington at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Chiles Center.

San Diego State - 58
San Diego - 53

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (4-4) had four players record double figures, but it wasn't enough as San Diego State University (7-1) snapped its five-game losing streak to the Toreros with a 58-53 win Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Cox Arena.

Amber Sprague paced the team with her 15 points and eight rebounds, but it was the freshman who made a huge impression on their cross-town rivals as both Brianna Estell and Sam Child dropped in 11 points a piece. Kiva Herman was the final USD player in double figures as she had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot 45 percent from the floor.

In the first half, Child got the Toreros' offense going, as she scored the first two baskets of the game on a lay-up and a jumper. Child then went on to score the next five Torero points to give her nine points in the first four minutes of the game and gave USD a 9-5 lead with 15:59 remaining.

The two teams then began trading basket-for-basket over the next four minutes with the Aztecs puling back to within two at 13-11 on an Allison Duffy jumper in the paint with 11:34 remaining in the first half.

The Toreros continued to pay pressure defense witch seemed to have the Aztecs offense off balance as USD forced five turnovers in the first 10 minute of pay. San Diego would get their biggest lead of the game at 16-11 on three consecutive Estell points with 10:04 remaining in the first half.

The Aztecs then responded with an 18-11 run to close out the half and take a four-point lead into the break at 29-25.

SDSU continued their hot shooting to begin the second frame as they opened with a 11-2 run to take a 13-point lead at 40-27, but Estell's three point play along with a pressure scrambling defense by the Toreros got USD going with a 9-0 run to pull back to within four with just over 11 minutes remaining.

The Aztecs then ran off eight unanswered points to regain the momentum and take a nine-point lead at 48-36 with nine minutes to go.

USD then went on another 6-0 run sparked by an Estell lay-up and capped by a Herman jumper to pull back to within six at 48-42 with 5:53 remaining.

SDSU would eventually regain a double digit lead at 54-44 with 4:39 remaining. The Toreros weren't done yet as again Estell was a catalyst for another Torero run. Her three-point play ignited a 7-0 run which was capped on a pair of Sprague free throws to get the Toreros back to within three with just 2:07 remaining.

USD continued to play its pressure defense, which had the Aztecs offense off balance all half. USD appeared to have a turnover when the shot clock hit zero, but no horn soouonded in the arena to alert the referee's and a questionable foul was called on Amanda Rego with 1:37 remaining to give SDSU a pair of free throws, which they sank to push their lead back to five.

USD could get no closer as the Aztecs held on to claim the win and end their five-game losing skid to the Toreros.

The Aztecs had three players in double figures with Duffy leading the way with her team-high 14 points. As a team, SDSU shot 44 percent from the field and outrebounded the Toreros 58-53.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host the UCLA Bruins in a 2 p.m. non-conference game at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.