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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 6, 2006

Arizona State - 81
Gonzaga - 66

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Emily Westerberg had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 13 Arizona State to an 81-66 win over Gonzaga on Wednesday night.

Kirsten Thompson scored 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting for Arizona State (8-1). Dymond Simon added 14 points.

Stephanie Hawk led Gonzaga (6-5) with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Michelle Elliott added 13 points.

Hawk, who leads Gonzaga with 15.0 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half. Arizona State built a 36-26 lead at the half and was never threatened after that.

Both teams had four players with 10 or more points, but Gonzaga turned over the ball 27 times. Arizona State had 13 turnovers.

The Sun Devils and Bulldogs shot the ball well after slow starts. ASU hit 47 percent from the field, including 56 percent on 3-pointers. Gonzaga shot 45 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range.

ASU senior co-captain Aubree Johnson returned to the starting lineup in her first game since her 15-year-old brother, Jordan, died in his sleep after watching the Sun Devils play in a tournament last month. Johnson had four points, three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.

UC Riverside - 65
Pepperdine - 51

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Jasmane Clarendon saw limited action in her first game of the season, that was the good news. The bad news was Pepperdine was without the services of forwards Teena Wickett and Teiosha George and fell to UC Riverside 65-51 Wednesday night.

Without its top two rebounders, Pepperdine (6-4) was dominated on the glass as Riverside (4-5) outrebounded the Waves by a 44-28 margin.

Daphanie Kennedy led Pepperdine with 14 points and Jessica Ross had 11 as the Waves shot 30.4 percent for the game (17-of-56).

Kemie Nkele led all players with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Roney Friend and Katerina Glyniadaki had 10 apiece for Riverside.

Riverside held a 33-29 lead at the half despite Pepperdine turning nine Highlander turnovers into 10 points.

Riverside outscored Pepperdine 16-4 in the paint in the first half.

Shannon Johnson's trey with 9:11 remaining in the first half gave Pepperdine its first lead of the game. Kennedy connected on a pair of free throws with 6:21 to play in the half to extend the Waves' lead to five, 23-18.

Nkele's layup with 2:27 to play in the half gave Riverside the lead for good.

Pepperdine will have 10 days off to get healthy before hosting Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on December 16.

Long Beach State - 53
San Diego - 37

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (6-2) fell to the Long Beach State 49ers (1-7) 53-37 in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Wednesday evening.

The Toreros were held under 40 percent shooting for only the second time this season at 22 percent from the floor. Amanda Rego led the team in scoring with 13 points and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. London Houchin added in eight points on 3-for-6 shooting, including a pair of three pointers.

After Long Beach State got the first bucket of the game, San Diego reeled off a 7-0 run sparked by a Kelly Winther three pointer and capped by a Rego lay-up. Then the 49ers crept back to within one at 9-8 before Houchin hit a trey to give USD some more breathing room.

Long Beach then went on a 5-0 run to gain a one point lead on a Lindsey Beckner lay-up, pushing the score to 13-12. The two teams then sea-sawed back and fourth over the next couple of minutes until the score was knotted at 19-19. LBSU then reeled off a 7-0 run to gain the momentum back late in the period. But a pair of Morgan Henderson free-throws sparked a 6-0 USD run to pull within one going into the break.

In the second period, things stayed close for the first half of the period with the 49ers remaining in the lead. Then with the score at 30-29 in favor for LBSU, the 49ers went on a 19-2 run sparked by a Laura Sims three pointer to take control of the game and go on to claim their first win of the season.

Kaiti O'Brien led the Long Beach offense with her game-high 15 points and both Sims and Madison Pagani scored 10 points a piece. As a team LBSU shot 43 percent from the floor.

The Toreros will look to return to their winning ways on Saturday as they host Cal Poly in a 2 p.m. non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.