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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 8, 2007

Gonzaga - 75
Sacramento State - 63

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Michelle Elliott hit a single-game school record nine 3-pointers and finished with career-high 31 points to lead the Gonzaga University women's basketball team to a 75-63 victory over Sacramento State University Saturday. Sophomore Heather Bowman chipped in 28 points as the Bulldogs improved their record to 6-3 overall and won their second-straight contest on the road.

Elliott, who hit three 3-pointers in the first half and drained six in the second stanza, broke the 14-year old Bulldog single-game three-pointer record held by Ivy Safranski. Safranski hit eight 3-pointers in a 105-69 victory over Northeast Louisiana on March 26, 1994 during the WNIT. Elliott closed out contest hitting 11-of-16 from the floor, including 9-of-12 three-pointers.

Elliott's previous best was 25 scored as a sophomore at San Diego State University during the 2004-05 season. Her Bulldog career-high was 22 scored against Sacramento State last season.

Bowman hit 11-of-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line to register her sixth 20+ point game. She also had eight rebounds; two steals, one block and one assist in the Zag victory. Junior Jami Bjorklund finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 at the charity stripe.

Gonzaga trailed for the majority of the first half. Its only lead of the half was at the 18:59 mark when freshman Courtney Vandersloot hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge.

Sacramento State's largest lead of the opening frame was nine at 19-10 after a 3-pointer by the Hornets Sami Field-Polisso. Gonzaga was able to slice Sacramento State's lead to one at halftime after the Zags scored the final five points to put the score at 33-32.

It was all Elliott and Bowman in the second half for the Bulldogs; combining for 40 of Gonzaga' 43 points. Elliott drained three 3-pointers in the opening three minutes, while Bowman hit two jumpers to give Gonzaga a quick 45-35 advantage at 17:00.

The closet the Hornets got to the Bulldogs lead in the final half was three at 55-52 with 9:20 remaining in the game. Elliott responded, as she had done all game, draining a three-pointer on the Zags next possession.

Gonzaga finished the game shooting a sizzling 53.8% (28-52) from the field, including 52.4 (11-21) on 3-pointers, and was 57.1 percent (8-14) at the charity stripe. The Bulldogs held the slight 32-29 advantage in rebounds and dished out 25 assists.

Sacramento State closed out the contest shooting 41.8% (23-55) from the floor, including 31.8 percent (7-for-22) on 3-pointers and 76.9 percent (10-for-13) from the charity strip. The Hornets were led by Field-Polisso who scored 14 points.

Gonzaga, who in the midst of a seven-game road swing, will play its next contest at the University of Tennessee on Dec. 16. The contest against the reigning national champions is set for noon PT.

LMU - 80
Cal Poly - 64

Los Angeles, CA - Senior Amanda DeCoud set new career-highs with 21 points and eight assists to lead LMU to an 80-64 non-conference victory over Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. Freshman Renehy Young added her second straight 23-point performance to tie her career high for the Lions (6-4), who have won four straight at home and drop the Mustangs (3-6) to their third consecutive loss.

Four days after shooting 61% in a 55-point second half against Fresno State, the Lions stayed hot, shooting 50% in the first half and 48.1% (25-for-52) overall. The Mustangs had no answer for the penetration of DeCoud and Young, who continually drove the lane for layups or were fouled. Cal Poly committed 31 fouls on the afternoon, resulting in 47 LMU free throws. The only downside to LMU's performance was at the line, where they made just 26 (55.3%).

DeCoud went 7-for-9 from the charity stripe with Young doing the same from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. DeCoud added five rebounds and three steals. Senior Valerie Ogoke chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Lions win the battle of the boards, 44-42.

Cal Poly was led by Lisa McBride's 17 points. Sparkle Anderson and Megan Harrison each added eight points, with Harrison grabbing seven rebounds and Anderson dishing five assists. The Mustangs shot 32.3% (21-for-65) from the floor, 34.8% (8-for-23) from three-point range, and 63.6% (21-for-65) at the line.

Cal Poly led 7-6 four minutes in before fouls started catching up with the Mustangs. LMU was shooting in the bonus at 12:40 as the foul count stood at 9-1 at one point. DeCoud was the main beneficiary of the whistles, scoring eight of LMU's first 11 points, including four from the line.

It was Young's long range shooting that allowed the Lions to pull away. Coming off her career-high 23 points on Wednesday night, she knocked down back-to-back three-pointers from the right side to turn an 11-all tie into a 17-11 LMU lead at 11:42. The two threes kick-started a 12-2 LMU run.

The frenetic pace favored the Lions, who made 10 of their first 17 shots. Cal Poly stayed close, with a three-pointer by Brittany Asplund cutting it to 29-26 with five minutes left. However, Young answered right back with her third triple of the game to restore the six-point lead.

A jumper by McBride pulled the Mustangs to within two, 34-32, prompting an LMU timeout. The Lions became more aggressive out of the huddle, with DeCoud and Young driving the lane for baskets. Young's hot streak continued as she made her first five shots from the floor and finished the half with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting. She and DeCoud combined for 27 points in the opening 20 minutes as LMU took a 39-36 lead into the locker room.

Young came out strong in the second half, spinning to the basket for a layup and adding a free throw as LMU opened the half on a 16-3 run. A three-pointer on the break by sophomore Lisa Helmers put LMU up ten while the Lion defense was holding the Mustangs scoreless for almost five minutes.

After LMU increased its lead to 16, Cal Poly took advantage of LMU foul trouble to crawl back to within nine. The Mustangs were shooting in the bonus at 13:25 and got back to 55-46 before Young went inside for a layup to make it a double-digit lead again. That would be as close as the Mustangs would get as LMU grew its advantage to as many as 21.

On the heels of LMU's 81-75 win on Wednesday, the 80-point performance against Cal Poly marks the first time since 2000 that the Lions have broken the 80-point plateau in back-to-back games.

LMU closes out its three-game home stand next Saturday when it hosts UC Irvine at 2 p.m. Saturday will be LMU Summer Camps Reunion Day, where any child who wears an LMU Summer Camp t-shirt will be admitted free.

Portland - 85
Eastern Washington - 58

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Sophomore Laiken Dollente led four Pilots in double figures with 17 points as Portland defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles 85-58 in a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday at the Chiles Center. Portland converted 28 EWU turnovers into 31 points during the win.

The Pilots, who committed 13 turnovers, end their seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record and improve their overall record to a WCC-leading 7-3. Eastern Washington drops to 2-7.

Portland took a 17-point lead into halftime and never looked back. The lead grew to 32 in the second half after Dollente scored six straight points to make it 71-39. Portland's bench took over from there and held on for the easy win. The UP bench outscored Eastern Washington's 44-13.

Dollente hit six of 10 from the field and went three-for-four from the line to lead the Pilots in scoring for the seventh time this season.

Junior Meagan Bermingham scored 11 points off the bench for the Pilots. She was a perfect four-for-four from the foul line as Portland hit 19 free throws for the game out of 26 attempts. Senior Rachel Warren and junior Allyson Sievers both scored 10, with Warren adding a game-high three blocked shots. Sievers didn't miss a shot, going three-for-three from the field and four-for-four from the line.

In her first action of the season, Portland freshman Jessica Clemens matched a team-high with four rebounds in 10 minutes. Clemens, who hit her first field goal as well, also plays volleyball at UP and joined the basketball team full-time a few weeks back.

Junior Carly Koebel and sophomore Laura Thomas also grabbed four rebounds for Portland, which outrebounded EWU 40-35. The Pilots outscored the Eagles 44-32 in the paint and 18-4 on fast break points.

Portland started the game a bit sluggish, hitting just 32 percent of its shots in the first half. The second stanza was a different story as the Pilots hit 20 of 35 shots to finish at 44.4 percent (32-for-72) for the game.

Dollente gave Portland its first double-digit lead of the game after a nifty scoop to the hoop on a fast break that made it 32-22 with 5:00 left in the first half. The Eagles were never within single-digits the rest of the way.

Eastern Washington's Kyla Evans, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with a game-high 20 points on eight of 15 shooting. She also connected on three three-pointers. Katy Baker added 12 for the Eagles, while Sydney Benson corralled a game-high eight rebounds.

Up next for Portland is its first road game since Nov. 16. The Pilots take a trip through Utah to face Utah Valley on Dec. 15 and Southern Utah on Dec. 17. Portland is 2-1 away from the Chiles Center this season.

San Diego - 63
UCLA - 57

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team held off a late UCLA push to deal the Bruins a 63-57 loss in a non-conference game at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 5-4 overall and defeated their first PAC-10 opponent since they last defeated UCLA during the 2001-02 season. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 4-4 overall.

Amber Sprague led all players with her season-high 30 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field, while also hauling down a game-high nine rebounds. Sprague also recorded two blocks and three steals. Sam Child put together her second consecutive double-figure performance with her career-high 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds, one block and one steal. Senior guard Amanda Rego recorded a season-high 12 assists in the win and also recorded three steals. As a team, USD shot 41 percent from the floor and held a 41-38 advantage on the boards.

UCLA would grab the first basket of the game with Lindsey Pluimer's three pointer, but the Toreros in turn went on a 8-0 run. Morgan Henderson's jumper in the paint sparked the Toreros' run and Sprague's lay-up with 17:33 remaining capped things off for USD.

But the first half turned out to be a half of runs, as UCLA took their turn with a run as Regina Rogers' jumper with 17:00 remaining sparked a 7-0 UCLA run to give the Bruins back a brief 10-8 lead with 14:37 to go in the first half.

Sprague's lay-up with 13:39 remaining, ignited another Torero run as San Diego went on to take complete control of the first half with a 15-2 run. During the run, Sprague recorded 10 of the Toreros' 15 points as USD would build a 23-12 advantage with 8:54 remaining into he first half.

San Diego would maintain that double-digit lead for the remainder of the half to go into the break with a 34-26 lead.

In the second half, the Toreros came out clicking on all cylinders, as they used a 12-2 run over the first six minutes of play to build a 19-point lead at 47-28 on a pair of Kiva Herman free throws with just 13:53 to go in the contest.

UCLA's Nina Earl, then hit a lay-up to spark a huge UCLA comeback, as the Bruins went on a 19-2 run over the next seven minutes to pull back to within two of USD at 49-47 with just 6:16 remaining in the game.

After the Bruins would pull to within one at 52-51, the Toreros would regain their composure to go on a 6-1 run that was ignited by a pair of Sprague free throws and capped on a Child jumper to give the Toreros some breathing room with :53 second remaining.

The Torero would then hold on to that six point lead for the remainder of the game to claim the upset win and move back above .500.

For UCLA, the Toreros held the team's leading scorer Pluimer, who was averaging 14 point per game, to just six points. The lone Bruin in double figures was Earl, who had 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the field. As a team, the Bruins shot 37 percent from the floor.

USD will return to action on Saturday as they host the University of the Pacific Tigers in a 4 p.m. non-conference game that will be aired live locally on Channel 4 at 4 p.m. inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Santa Clara - 71
Pacific - 64

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's basketball team compiled a 71-64 victory over Pacific Saturday night at the Spanos Center. With the win the Broncos improved to 6-3 on the season, while the Tigers dropped to 3-5 overall.

Redshirt junior Sara Majors led all players with 17 points and led the Broncos with five rebounds. Senior Jen Gottschalk registered 15 points and three assists, while junior Elizabeth Doran recorded 11 points and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Senior Chandice Cronk also led all players with three steals.

The score was kept extremely tight for the entire first half. Pacific was first to break away on free throws from Andrea Swanson, 6-4. Santa Clara tried to tie the score, but Pacific held onto its slight lead. With 13:02 remaining, Maggie Goldenberger knotted the score 8-8 with a free throw and the two teams battle shot-for-shot once again. A nailed jumper from Tracey Walker with 10:40 left gave SCU its first lead of the game, 12-10. Yet, the Tigers tied the score and a three-point goal from Jake Kelly put UOP up, 15-12.

Santa Clara rallied back to tie the score and take a one-point lead, 23-22, on free throws from Majors, while a deuce from Walker and a three-point goal from Doran gave Santa Clara the largest lead of the half, 28-22. However, Pacific was not prepared to back down and with 2:00 remaining brought the score within one, 28-27. Doran answered quickly for the Broncos, adding three points to their lead, 31-27. A layup from Claire Goins with 0:48 left gave Santa Clara a narrow 33-29 score going into halftime.

The Broncos held control of the scoreboard in the beginning of the second half as points from Majors, Walker and Gottschalk made the score 46-40. Yet, a 6-0 run fueled by baskets from Karen Dawkins and Jake Kelly tied the score, 46-46, with 12:48 remaining. Santa Clara bounced back and kept control pushing to a 50-46 lead on back-to-back layups from Gottschalk, but UOP knotted the score again, 50-50.

After three and half minutes of scoreless action Majors ended the rut with a free throw and Gottschalk added four points with back-to-back layups to give SCU a 57-50 advantage with 6:24 remaining in regulation. Santa Clara continued to widen the gap, earning the game's largest lead, 63-50, on a made jumper from Majors with 3:30 left. SCU held Pacific scoreless for eight and a half minutes until free throws from Jennifer Fath made the score 63-52. A three-point goal shortly after from Kelly brought the Tigers within 10-points, 65-55. Free throws from Cronk, Majors and Walker kept the Broncos alive as the Tigers tried to chip away at the lead.

The Broncos return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 12 against the Mustangs of Cal Poly. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in San Luis Obispo, Calif.