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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 16, 2006

Pepperdine - 69
Long Beach State - 42

MALIBU, Calif. - Even without Teena Wickett and Teiosha George for the second straight game, Pepperdine was able to dominate Long Beach State in the paint, outscoring the 49ers 24-16, en route to a 69-42 victory in Firestone Fieldhouse.

Long Beach State (1-10) hit two of its first three shots and led 4-0 before Daphanie Kennedy sparked the Waves (7-3) to a 23-11 run over a 12-minute span.

Shannon Johnson gave Pepperdine its first lead of the night with 8:03 remaining in the first half and the Waves never trailed again, leading by 17 at the half.

Pepperdine shot .517 on 15-of-29 shooting during the first 20 minutes of play to Long Beach State's .286 (17-of-49).

The second half was all Pepperdine as Long Beach was never closer than 17 and trailed by as many as 31 late.

Kennedy led Pepperdine with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Miranda Ayim and Johnson added 10 apiece. Jessica Ross finished the night with nine points.

Karina Figueroa scored a game-high 21 for Long Beach as the only player to reach double-digits in scoring for the visitors.

Pepperdine will return to action Monday night when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in Malibu. The Waves are 2-1 against teams from the Big West Conference this season.

San Diego - 47
Cal State Fullerton - 36

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paced by sophomore forward Amber Sprague's second double-double of the season, the University of San Diego woman's basketball team recorded a 47-36 win over visiting Cal State Fullerton in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros match the best start in program history at 9-2 with the 1989-90 team, have now won three straight and move to 5-1 against opponents from the Big West Conference. With the loss, the Titans fall to 4-7 overall.

Sprague led all scorers with 18 points, pulled down career-high 15 rebounds and recorded two blocks in the game. Sabine Loewe was the second of three Toreros in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and Kelly Winther poured in 11 points. Amanda Rego tied for a game-high six assists and pulled down 10 rebounds, while only committing two turnovers. As a team, the Toreros were held to 35 percent shooting from the floor and had a decisive 55-36 advantage on the glass. San Diego also held Fullerton's leading scorer on the season, Toni Thomas (18 ppg), to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting.

In the early going Fullerton took the early lead and built their lead up to as many as five at 16-11, but the Toreros refused to be outplayed on their home court as Sprague took the team on her shoulders and scored all eight of the Toreros points in a 8-0 run to give USD a 19-16 edge. USD would hold on to the three-point lead going into the break at 23-20.

The Toreros then kept the momentum going as they began the second frame with a 8-2 run sparked by a Winther three pointer and capped by a Loewe lay-up to give USD a 31-22 lead. The two teams would then battle back a forth for a bit over the next several minutes with USD slowly building their lead to 10 at 39-29 with 9:08 remaining. San Diego never looked back as they cruised their way over the next nine minutes to an 11-point win over the Titans.

Fullerton was led offensively by Charlee Underwood, who was the lone Titan in double figures, with 13 points and she added a team-best nine rebounds. As a team, the Titans were held to just 25 percent shooting from the floor.

USD now has a week off to finish up finals and spend some time with their families over the holiday weekend before returning to action on Dec. 28 as they begin play in the Surf N Slam Tournament against Holy Cross at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi - 96
Saint Mary's - 79

Corpus Christi, TX - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team fell in its Flint Hills Islander Classic opener 96-79 to host Corpus Christi Saturday night. The Gaels were within three at the break but eventually fell to the Islanders from the American Bank Center. After the day, SMC drops to 2-7 overall while TAMUCC improves to 3-5.

In a high scoring affair where both teams were torching the nets in the first half, it was the host Islanders who erupted for 50 points in the second half to secure the victory.

Nicole Duncan led all scorers with 24 points, including a 6-for-9 output from beyond the arc. Kirbria Lewis poured in 20 points and eight assists while Jillianne Duffey added 19 points and Jenesis Shaw tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Gaels were paced by junior forward Maija Lahde and her 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza and freshman Kira Kojola each had 12 while Serena Benavente added 10.

Saint Mary's out-shot Corpus Christi 50 percent (32-for-64) to 49 percent (34-for-69) but TAMUCC shot 58 percent (11-for-19) from beyond the arc. SMC shot a respectable 42 percent (5-for-12) from three.

The Gaels grabbed their only lead of the contest late in the first half with 5:57 left. Benavente drilled a 3-pointer on an assist by senior center Sheridan Arredondo to make the score 33-32.

SMC went on a 29-17 run to grab the lead after trailing 15-4 with five minutes into the ballgame.

Down three at the half the Gaels pulled to within one two minutes into the second period but the Islanders then went on a 24-14 run to grab a double-digit lead (72-61) with 7:22 left.

Saint Mary's pulled to within eight with 6:24 left, but Corpus Christi then rallied off an 18-10 run to secure a 20-point cushion with 1:06 left.

SMC was out-rebounded by TAMUCC 40-33 and the Gaels turned the ball over 22 times to the Islanders 19. Lahde led Saint Mary's on the glass with nine while Obaiza grabbed seven.

Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy finished with eight points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Saint Mary's will continue Flint Hills Islander Classic play tomorrow against Cal Poly. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. CT from the American Bank Center.

Fresno State - 55
San Francisco - 48

Fresno, CA - USF built a big first half lead but could not extend it as Fresno State came from behind for a 55-48 non-conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Savemart Center. The Dons (3-7) led by as many as 12 early in the second half, but the Bulldogs (5-4) improved to 4-0 at home and collected their third straight win against USF in the series.

Freshman guard Heidi Heintz responded for USF in her first career start, recording a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a team-high 14 points, 10 coming in the first half, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins tallied 13 points.

Both teams struggled to score in the first 10 minutes of the game as the two teams combined for 4-for-16 from the field. With a 10-8 lead with 11:27 left, the Dons used an 18-10 run to take a 10-point lead on a Carter jumper with 1:07 before recess. USF scored 22 points from the bench in the first half.

San Francisco built its biggest lead 33-21 on a Rollins jumper with 18:15 in the second half. Fresno State gradually chipped away at the advantage and cut it to five, 39-34 with 11:45 remaining, but the Dons seized a 10-point advantage once again at 44-34 with 9:48 left on a Heintz jumper. It was all Bulldogs from there as they went on a sizzling 21-4 run to close the contest.

Junior guard Tierre Wilson did the bulk of the damage for the Bulldogs with 23 points and 11 rebounds, 15 points coming in the second half, while senior guard Chantella Perera added 16 points in 40 minutes. After a slow start, the Bulldogs converted on .418 (23-55) from the field, .583 (14-24) in the second. USF connected at .333 (21-63), including.281 (9-32) after the half.

USF closes its two-game road trip at Cal State Fullerton Monday, December 18. Tip-off against the Titans is set for 7:00 PM at Titan Gym.