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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 10, 2006

San Diego State - 62
Saint Mary's - 57

San Diego, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team fell to the San Diego State Aztecs 62-57 Sunday afternoon from Cox Arena. Serena Benavente and junior transfer Mattiana Thalley led the Gaels with nine points a piece. After the day, SMC falls to 2-6 on the year while SDSU improves to 5-3.

Quenese Davis recorded a double-double and nearly missed a triple-double. Davis scored 17 points and pulled down a game-high 11 boards and added eight assists. Shanna Demus tallied a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven boards for the Aztecs.

The Gaels were down 22-12 in the first with 5:12 left but then SMC went on a 9-2 run to end the period with a three point (24-21) deficit.

Saint Mary's then took its first lead of the contest (25-24) with 18:06 on the clock when senior forward Eghosa Obaiza converted a free throw. Obaiza finished with eight points and seven rebounds before fouling out.

San Diego State though quickly regained the advantage and took a 49-39 lead with 8:34 left on the clock.

The Gaels made another run and pulled to within three when Thalley drilled a three to make the score 60-57 with seven seconds left. The nine points for the junior transfer was a career-high at SMC.

Saint Mary's shot 34-percent (15-for-44) from the floor and 39-percent (5-for-13) from beyond the arc. The Gaels went to the line 40 times but only converted 22 attempts for a 55-percentage.

San Diego State shot 37-percent (22-for-60) from the floor and 42-percent (5-for-12) from three. The Aztecs drilled 52-percent (13-for-25) of their shots from the charity stripe.

The Gaels poured in 26 points off the bench which included the career-high from Thalley.

Obaiza had five steals for SMC while senior center Sheridan Arredondo made four. The Gaels turned the ball over 24 times compared to the 22 by the Aztecs.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, December 16 when it heads to Texas for the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament. The Gaels will face the host Islanders at 6:30 p.m. from the American Bank Center.

Boise State - 80
San Francisco - 58

San Francisco - USF women's basketball suffered a 80-58 setback to Boise State Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (3-6) wilted under a potent Broncos (7-3) offense, which converted on .558 (29-52) from the floor, including a .471 (8-17) from 3-point range.

USF connected at a .396 (21-53) clip, but went a dismal .143 (2-14) from long distance and converted on .636 (14-22) from the free throw line. The Dons held a 34-28 rebound edge, 14-5 on the offensive glass.

Junior center Lisa Olden turned in her team-leading third double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points on 7-of-11 from the floor to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Heidi Heintz added a career-high 11 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Dons. Freshmen guards Randi Richardson and Katie Mihalco each chipped in with eight points off the San Francisco bench.

"I thought we had a pretty good start, unfortunately we couldn't maintain it which is disappointing," USF head coach Tanya Haave said. "I feel we are getting better and learning to play together. We now need to put together another good week of practice to continue improving."

USF took its first and only lead of the game midway through the first half, 13-11 on a Heintz lay-up at 8:51. The Dons pushed it to a four point edge, at 17-13 with 7:42 left in the period on a Warren lay-up. Undaunted, BSU went on a 15-6 run to take a 28-23 lead with 1:46 on the clock. Junior guard Nykia Peace sank two free throws with seven seconds left to pull to within two at 32-30, but then fouled Boise State's Nadia Begay on a 3-point attempt as time expired. Begay made all three at the stripe staking the Broncos to a 35-30 lead at the break.

It was all Boise State in the second half. The Broncos went on a 17-6 run to start the half, converted on .593 (16-27) from the field and led by as many as 24 points.

Begay connected on a game-high 19 points off the bench and converted on 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while senior center Michelle Hessing added 15 points and six rebounds. Tasha Harris chipped in 13 points and dished out three assists for the Broncos, who seized its third straight win against USF.

USF now breaks for finals week and opens a two-game road trip, beginning Saturday December 18 at Fresno State. Tip-off against the Bulldogs is set for 2:00 PM in the SaveMart Center.