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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 9, 2006

Gonzaga - 103 (OT)
Eastern Washington - 102

CHENEY, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team needed overtime to defeat Eastern Washington University this afternoon at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Bulldogs pulled out a 103-102 victory over the Eagles to improve to 7-5 overall this season. With the loss, Eastern Washington has now lost six-straight and is 3-6 on the season.

The 100+ game, only the third in Gonzaga history and the first since the 1994-95 season, saw 61 total fouls called and 91 free throws awarded. The Bulldogs, who sank 12-of-15 at the charity stripe in the overtime to help seal the victory, finished the game hitting 33-of-45 free throws. The Eagles closed out the contest sinking 36-of-46 free shots, including 6-of-8 in the extra period.

Heather Bowman paced the Bulldogs to victory scoring a career-high 32 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field and 12-for-16 accuracy at free throw line. Her 32 points is the highest individual point total this season for the Zags and the first 30-plus point game since Ashley Burke scored 31 against Montana during the 2003-04 season.

Senior guard Rachel Kane was the savior in overtime sinking 6-of-6 at the charity stripe. Kane broke-up a 93-93 tie hitting four free throws to give GU the slightest lead with 56 seconds left in the game. Eastern Washington cut Gonzaga's lead to two three other times over the final minute, but with the score 101-99, sophomore Jami Bjorklund sank two free throws with five ticks left on the clock to put the game out of reach. EWU's Joanna Chadd hit a last second three-pointer to put the final score at 103-102.

Gonzaga shot an impressive 54.1% (20-37) from the field, including a blistering 60.0% (6-10) from beyond the three-point arc in the first half to hold the 51-42 halftime lead. Bowman was strong for the Bulldogs in the first stanza, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 2-of-4 at the free throw line.

The Eagles came back in the second half and sent the game into overtime on the strength of its free throws. EWU was 17-for-22 in the second stanza, including 7-for-8 over the final four minutes of regulation. Two free throws by the Eagles Phynique Allen with 13 seconds remaining in the second period tied the game at 87-87 and pushed the contest into overtime.

Three other players finished in double-digit points for Gonzaga. Stephanie Hawk closed out the game with 18 points and 12 rebounds; her second-straight double-double. Sophomore Sasha Polishchuk and Bjorklund both chipped in 11 points for the Zags.

Gonzaga will be back in action Friday, Dec. 15 when it plays at the University of Washington. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 63
UC Santa Barbara - 58

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team led from the opening minutes of the game to battle to a 63-58 win over UC Santa Barbara this afternoon at the Thunderdome. Three players scored in double digits for LMU, led by Amanda DeCoud who matched her career-high with 18 points. Ashlee Dunlap added 12 points and Cassady Moore chipped in 11 points. The Lions improve to 6-4 on the season with their second consecutive win.

The Lions played well in the first half, shooting over 50% for the first ten minutes of the game, pulling out to a 20-11 lead at 10:48 on a layup by Dunlap. UCSB (3-6) answered, but LMU extended the lead back to nine points, 29-20 on a three-point play by Dunlap. Jenna Green scored back to back baskets in the final minute to cut the lead to 29-24, but DeCoud drove to the basket for a layup as the clock wound down to zero to put LMU up 31-24 at halftime.

DeCoud led all players with 10 points in the first half, and Dunlap added nine points. LMU shot 48.1% from the field in the first half and outrebounded UCSB 19-13. Jennifer Hall and Valerie Ogoke led LMU with five rebounds. Green and LaShay Fears led the Gauchos with six points in the first half, and Green had five rebounds.

The game became a defensive battle early in the first half. The teams combined for just six points in the first four minutes of the half, with Green scoring four points for UCSB, and Ogoke grabbing an offensive rebound and putting the ball back for LMU. After the Gauchos made it a three point game, 33-30, LMU scored six straight points to open it back up to a nine point lead, 39-30.

The Gauchos kept it close with 15 second half points by Green, but back to back baskets by DeCoud gave the Lions their biggest lead of the game, 51-41, at 4:54. UCSB closed the gap but DeCoud scored to put LMU ahead 57-47. A jumper by Whitney Warren and a three-pointer by Meagan Williams made it a 57-52 game, but DeCoud made two free throws to extend the lead back to seven points, 59-52.

UCSB made it interesting in the final seconds of the game. After Warren made a layup to make it a 59-54 game, the Lions were unable to get the ball inbounded and the Gauchos got the ball back with 19 seconds on the clock. Ariana Gnekow was fouled on the next possession and made both of her free throws to cut the LMU lead to 59-56. But Cassady Moore made both of her free throws on the next possession to extend the lead back to five points, 61-56 with 15 seconds on the clock. Sha'Rae Gibbons cut the lead back to three points with a jumper on the next UCSB possession to make it a 61-58 game with eight seconds on the clock, but freshman Kavita Goss converted both free throws with five seconds on the clock to give the Lions a 63-58 final score.

DeCoud finished with 18 points, going 6-for-7 from the field. Dunlap finished with 12 points and six rebounds, and Moore had 11 points. Green led all players with 21 points, while Gnekow added 11 for the Gauchos.

The Lions shot 46.2% from the field for the game, while UCSB shot 40.7%. LMU outrebounded UCSB 40-30, led by Ogoke who finished with nine rebounds. Hall added eight rebounds and six points.

LMU will now take nine days for final exams and return to action on Monday, December 18th when its hosts Northern Arizona at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00 pm.

Portland - 75
Portland State - 70

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Freshman guard Laiken Dollente scored 32 points as the Portland Pilots held off the Portland State Vikings 75-70 in a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Stott Center. Dollente is the first Portland player to score 30 points since 2002.

It's the third straight win for the Pilots, who improve to 7-4 on the season. The Vikings drop to 2-6.

32 points are a season and career-high for Dollente, who scored a previous career-best 23 points in Portland's win over Denver on Tuesday. She hit nine of 15 shots, including one for three from behind the three-point arc, and converted 13 of 17 free throws. The Yakima, Wash. native added three rebounds and three assists.

Fellow freshman Laura Thomas also had a big game for the Pilots, who were plagued by foul problems all game. Thomas matched a season and career-high with 18 points and just missed recording a double-double with nine rebounds.

Senior forward Anne Graner and sophomore forward Allyson Sievers both fouled out for the Pilots. Junior center Rachel Warren was whistled for four fouls and played only 20 minutes.

Graner finished with eights points, while freshman guard Kendra Morris chipped in with seven points.

Kailey Bostwick, who hit both of her three-point attempts, led the Vikings with 17 points. Kelsey Kahle scored 14 and Jenni Ritter finished with 10.

The Pilots raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half before Portland State climbed back after the break. Sievers gave Portland its first double-digit lead when she hit a jumper to make it 19-9 12 minutes in. Moments later, Morris scored on a break away lay up after sophomore forward Jennifer Wassom intercepted a Portland State pass. Morris' hoop gave UP a commanding 26-10 lead.

Dollente then scored on a nifty lay-up and was fouled. She converted the free throw to give Portland its biggest lead at 39-18 with two minutes left in the first half. PSU ended the first period on a 9-2 spurt to climb within 14 (41-27) at the break.

The Vikings continued their run after the half and made it a five-point game with 10 minutes left. Kahle hit a lay-up to cut the Portland lead to 54-49. The Pilots then got hoops from Thomas and Dollente as the lead grew back to eight.

The persistent Vikings kept the game close and pulled within two points after a pair of free throws from Bostwick made the score 65-63 with 2:24 left on the clock. Sievers and Dollente followed with hoops for Portland before Dollente put the game on ice by making four free throws down the stretch.

The Pilots shot a season-high 51 percent from the field on 25 of 49 shooting. UP hit four of nine three-pointers and went 21 for 35 from the line. The Vikings shot 35 percent (20 for 57) from the floor, hit six of 16 three-pointers and were 24 for 35 from the charity stripe.

Portland dominated the paint outscoring PSU 38-24 in the lane. UP outrebounded the Vikings 40-32.

Khalila O'Rielly-Williams was the last UP women's basketball player to score 30 points when she put up 35 against Idaho on Feb. 7, 2002.

The Pilots now have a week off for final exams and return to action on the road against Sacramento State on Dec. 17.

San Diego - 74
Cal Poly - 69

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior center Sabine Loewe's season-high 20 points helped the University of San Diego women's basketball team (7-2) hang on and post a 74-69 win over Cal Poly (4-5) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

USD and Cal Poly were engaged in a close battle from the get go as neither team had a lead bigger then eight until USD recorded a nine-point lead late in the game at 61-60. Cal Poly would make a late push to pull within three at 67-64, but the Toreros' defense would not allow them any closer as over the final three minutes USD outscored Cal Poly 7-5, allowing the Toreros avoid their first losing streak of the season and win their seventh game of the season.

"I was just really happy with the way that that Amanda Rego handled the pressure. It will be taxing on any player to have to deal with that kind of pressure for 40 minutes and I thought she did an outstanding job with taking care of the ball and getting us through the press," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Sabine Loewe came through with some huge baskets and huge rebounds for us when we really needed it. I was also extremely happy with Ashley Voisinet. I thought she gave us really good minutes at the three and played great for us tonight."

Loewe scored her game-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Kelly Winther and Ashley Voisinet were the other two Toreros in double-figures with 14 and 11 respectfully. The Toreros shot 41 percent for the game and out rebounded the Mustangs 40-38.

In the first half it was a sea-saw battle with both teams taking their turn with the lead, then with the score at 22-20 in favor of the Mustangs, a pair of Kiva Herman free throws sparked a 10-0 USD run to give the Toreros a seven point lead with 5:28 remaining in the first half. But back-to-back jumpers by Cal Poly's Jessica Eggleston ignited an 8-4 Mustang run to pull within four at 34-30. However, a pair of Loewe free throws gave USD a six-point edge going into the break.

At the start of the second half, the Mustangs went on an 8-2 run over the first two minutes of action to again pull even with the Toreros at 38 all. Over the next three minutes, the two teams battled back and forth, but the Toreros never surrendered the lead. Then with the score at 44-42 in favor of the Toreros, USD put together a 6-2 run sparked by a Morgan Henderson lay-up to once again build a six-point lead.

Cal Poly refused to fade away as the Mustangs kept things close as they crawled their way back into the game and tied things up on an Ashlee Stewart three pointer at 54-54. The Mustangs then took the lead late in the game at 58-57 on a Toni Newman lay-up, but Winther hit a lay-up shortly after that and gave the Toreros the lead back for good.

For the Mustangs, four players were in double-figures with Eggleston leading the way with 15 points followed by Newman's 14, Megan Harrison's 11 and Bria Fields' 10 points. As a team, the Mustangs were held to 40 percent shooting from the floor.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they continue their six-game home stand against the Road Runners of Cal State Bakersfield in a 7 p.m. game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Santa Clara - 80
Fresno State - 73

Story coming soon.