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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 7, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 79
Hawai'i - 69

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team outscored Hawaii 53-31 in the second half en route to a 79-69 come from behind win tonight in Gersten Pavilion. After a very slow start, the Lions chipped away at a double digit deficit and took their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Kavita Goss with 12:59 remaining in the game. Jennifer Hall led all players with 24 points and 10 rebounds for her third double double of the season.

It was a very slow start for the Lions (5-4). Hawaii (4-3) pulled out to an eight point lead, 12-4, at 14:47 on a steal and layup by Saundra Cariaga. Hawaii extended its lead to double digits quickly, and had a 17 point lead, 24-7, at the 10:34 mark. A layup by Jenna Sybesma stopped the Hawaii run, but a pair of free throws by Pam Tambini at 10:00 put the lead back up to 17 points, 26-9. The Lions finally got things going offensively and were able to chip away at the lead, cutting the deficit to 12 points at halftime, 38-26.

Tambini led Hawaii with 12 points in the first half, while Hall led the Lions with nine points. Hawaii shot 41.9% from the field in the first half, while LMU was able to shoot just 26.9%, and had 13 turnovers.

The second half was a completely different story. LMU opened the half on a 16-4 run to tie the game, 42-42 at 14:42 on a layup by Cassady Moore. LMU's aggressiveness caused several Hawaii players to get into foul trouble. After Tambini gave UH the lead back, a three-pointer by Goss at 12:59 gave the Lions their first lead of the game, 45-44. Hawaii scored six straight points to pull ahead, 50-45, but the Lions roared back to take the lead again, 51-50 on a Hall free throw. The teams traded the lead for a few minutes, before a layup by Dunlap tied the game, 58-58, at 8:04. She was fouled on the play and made her free throw to put the Lions up, 59-58 at 8:04.

LMU led the rest of the way, outscoring Hawaii, 20-11 in the final eight minutes of the game.

The Lions limited their turnovers in the second half, handing the ball over just two times in the second half. In addition, LMU outrebounded Hawaii 21-11 in the second half, and shot 51.5% from the field. The Lions were almost perfect from the free throw line in the second half, going 16-for-17 from the charity stripe.

Hall had 15 second half points, while Dunlap and Patton each scored nine points in the second period. Hall finished with a career-high 24, while Dunlap had 13 and Patton added 12 for the game. Moore chipped in nine points with six rebounds and five assists. She also had three steals and turned the ball over just once. Sybesma and Valerie Ogoke each added eight points for LMU.

Another key contributor was Goss. In her first career start, she played a career-high 31 minutes at the point guard spot, dishing out five assists. Her three-pointer as the shot clock wound down to almost zero gave the Lions their first lead of the game.

Tambini led Hawaii with 20 points, and Janevia Taylor and Cariaga added 16 points each for the Rainbow Wahine. Taylor also added seven assists and three steals.

LMU returns to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to UC Santa Barbara for a 3:00pm matchup with the Gauchos. The game will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Portland - 75
Denver - 52

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior forward Anne Graner had career highs of 14 points and nine rebounds and freshman guard Laiken Dollente added a career-best 23 points as the Portland Pilots defeated the Denver Pioneers 75-52 in a non-conference women's basketball game Thursday night at the Chiles Center. Junior center Rachel Warren chipped in with a double-double for the Pilots.

Portland wins its second straight game to improve to 6-4 overall this season, while the Pioneers drop to 3-4.

Graner was seven of 10 from the free throw line en route to her career-high in points. The Red Wing, Minn. native also dished out three assists. Her nine rebounds added to Portland's 50-37 advantage on the boards.

Warren finished with 12 boards, freshman forward Laura Thomas pulled down 10 in the first half, finishing with 11, and sophomore forward Allyson Sievers came in with eight. Warren added 15 points for her team-high third double-double this season.

Dollente continued her season-long scoring binge by hitting seven of 12 shots, including three for five from behind the three-point arc. 21 of her points came after the break. She has scored in double figures nine times this season.

"It was nice to see a lot of people contribute tonight," Portland head coach Jim Sollars said. "Laiken hit some big second-half shots for us and I thought Anne Graner did a fantastic job all night."

Tyesha Lowery and Brianna Culberson each scored a team-high 11 for Denver, who only scored 14 points on six field goals in the first half.

Portland came out on fire in the first period building an early ten-point lead. Sophomore guard Karlie Burris drilled a three to make it 14-4 on the assist from Warren, who finished with a career-best four dimes. Moments later the lead grew to 28-9 after Warren finished off of a no-look pass from Graner.

Then with three minutes left in the first stanza, Graner hit a jumper to give Portland its biggest lead at 36-10. The Pilots went into the locker room with a cozy 36-14 lead.

The Pioneers applied the pressure after the break and nearly climbed within single digits. Four minutes into the second period, Portland led 43-18 when Dollente hit a three-pointer after a huge offensive rebound by Warren. The Pioneers then went on a long 31-17 run cutting the deficit down to 60-49. The run was fueled by ten turnovers by the Pilots, who only turned it over nine times the entire first half.

Up 11 with 4:30 left on the clock, Portland responded with a 15-3 run the rest of the way, putting the game out of reach. Dollente had nine points during the run.

"We came out and played great offensively," Sollars said, "but we didn't deal with their second-half pressure very well. You can see that we're still growing and learning a lot as a team."

Portland finished 25 for 55 (45.5 percent) from the field and went seven of 16 (43.8 percent) from behind the arc. UP shot 18 of 24 from the line and outscored the Pioneers 28-18 in the paint. After shooting an abysmal 20 percent (6 for 30) in the first half, Denver finished 17 for 65 (26.2 percent) for the game. DU connected on seven of 27 (25.9 percent) three-pointers and hit only 11 out of 20 attempts from the free throw line.

Portland next travels across town to face the Portland State Vikings at the Stott Center at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.