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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 17, 2006

Saint Mary's - 77
Cal Poly - 64


Corpus Christi, TX - Saint Mary's senior center Sheridan Arredondo tallied a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs to lead the Gaels past the Cal Poly Mustangs 77-64 Sunday afternoon from the American Bank Center. With the win, SMC ends its six-game skid and tallied its first road victory on the season. The Gaels are now 3-7 on the year while the Mustangs fall to 4-7.

On top of Arredondo's career night, fellow senior Eghosa Obaiza tied a career high with 10 rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.Obaiza also tallied five points and three steals.

Five Gaels poured in double-figures including sophomore Jontelle Smith who tallied 15 points with three three's. Junior Maija Lahde recorded 11 points and three steals while Lauren Shaughnessy and Kira Kojola added 10 a piece.

Shaughnessy nearly recorded a triple-double, adding nine rebounds and seven assists. Kojola in her first career start hit two treys and was 4-of-10 from the floor.

Cal Poly was led by Jessica Eggleston and her 16 points and five rebounds. Kaysen Brennan and Bria Fields tallied 12 a piece.

With just over eight minutes to go in the first half the Mustangs were holding onto a 17-27 lead. The Gaels then held Cal Poly scoreless for seven minutes and rallied off a 23-0 run to take a 40-27 lead with one minute remaining.

Smith sparked the run for SMC, tallying nine of her 15 in the seven minute span including a three.

Saint Mary's took its largest lead with 13:11 left, sporting a 19 point cushion with the score 61-42.

The Gaels finished the game shooting 45 percent from the floor, 30 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the charity stripe.

The Mustangs shot 38 percent from the floor, 17 percent from three and 72 percent from the free throw line.

SMC out-rebounded CP 48-36 including 31 defensive boards. The Gaels had 15 steals compared to the 12 of the Mustangs.

Shaughnessy was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging nine points and seven assists in the two contests.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Wednesday, December 20 to host Eastern Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.


Marquette - 70
Gonzaga - 65


Milwaukee, WI - Krystal Ellis scored 19 of her 29 points in the first half and tied her college high to lead No. 21 Marquette to its ninth straight win Sunday, a 75-60 victory over Gonzaga.

Christina Quaye added 12 points and Svetlana Kovalenko 11 in Marquette's first game after eight days off.

Marquette (10-1) tied the women's record for consecutive victories set during the 1991-92 season. Its only loss this season was to Wisconsin-Green Bay 67-63 on Nov. 20.

Stephanie Hawk scored 15 points, Michelle Elliott and reserve Rachel Kane each had 11 for Gonzaga (7-7) in the first meeting between the two universities. Gonzaga played its second road game in three days.

Ellis, Marquette's leading scorer averaging 16.4 points, scored 11 points in a 25-8 run midway through the first half. The sophomore guard's two free throws gave the Golden Eagles a 31-16 lead with 7:28 to play.

Kovalenko, a forward who had four points during the surge, later converted a three-point play for Marquette's biggest lead at 41-23. Her layup just before the buzzer put the Golden Eagles ahead 48-32.

The Golden Eagles padded their first-half lead at the foul line, where they were 12-for-14. The Bulldogs were just 3-of-5.

Marquette maintained its double-digit lead in the second half before Gonzaga made it close midway through the second. Kane's 3-pointer capped a 9-3 run that trimmed Marquette's lead to 61-50 with 5:26 to play. Danielle Kamm's two free throws and a layup by Ellis stopped the rally and pushed the Golden Eagles' lead back to 15.


Sacramento State - 63
Portland - 55


Sacramento, CA - Portland junior center Rachel Warren recorded her team-high fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Pilots dropped a 63-55 decision to the Sacramento State Hornets in a non-conference womenâ?TMs basketball game on Sunday. The 17 boards are a career-high for Warren.

The loss snaps Portlandâ?TMs three-game winning streak and drops its overall record to 7-5. The Hornets improve to 2-9.

Warren also tied a career-high with five blocked shots.

UP freshman guard Laiken Dollente, the reigning West Coast Conference player of the week, had another strong offensive showing with a game-high 24 points. Dollente hit five three-pointers against the Hornets and is averaging 26.3 points in her last three games.

Sacramento State was led by Atty Boyer, who scored 19 points. The Hornets got 14 points from Stephanie Cherry and Kim Sheehy. Sheehy and Becca Reams both grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Hornets shot 22 free throws for the game and hit 20. Portland attempted only seven free throws, making five. Portland was whistled for 19 fouls, while the Hornets were called for only nine fouls. Sophomore forward Allyson Sievers fouled out for Portland.

Portland scored the six points of the game, but it was the Hornets who led at the break 30-24. Portland then went on a 12-2 run to begin the second half and take a six-point lead. UP held on to a slim advantage until Sacramento State re-claimed the lead at 46-45 with 9:28 remaining.

The Pilots kept the scored close and took a 53-52 lead after sophomore guard Karlie Burris hit a lay-up with 3:38 left on the clock. But the Hornets outscored Portland 11-2 the rest of the way.

Portland shot 38.6 percent (22 for 57) from the field and hit only six of 26 three-point attempts. Sacramento shot 35.8 percent (19 for 53) for the game and connected on five of 14 three-pointers. The Hornetsâ?TM bench outscored that of Portland 23-2.

Sacramento State outrebounded Portland 38-34.

The Pilots next travel to Logan, Utah to face the Utah State Aggies on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6:00 p.m. (PST).


Kansas - 78
Santa Clara - 68


LAWRENCE, KS - The Santa Clara women's basketball team finished off their trip to Kansas by dropping a 78-68 decision Sunday afternoon to the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. While the Broncos fought hard on the boards and battled up and down the court, the Jayhawks offense was too much on this particular day, shooting 55.8% from the floor.

The Broncos (6-6) now return home to prepare for the Montana Lady Griz, whom they will face at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, Dec. 20.

Ashley Graham led the Broncos with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc, on Sunday afternoon, while Chandice Cronk had 16 points and Ashley Gonnerman added 13. The Broncos shot 52.0% from the field, and Gonnerman also led the team with five rebounds. Kelly Kohn led four Jayhawks scoring in double figures with 19 points and five rebounds while Marija Zinic scored 13 points underneath.

Santa Clara got off to an encouraging start Sunday, as Gonnerman and Kasey Monteith combined for 10 points as the Broncos took an early 15-12 lead. But the first of two big runs for Kansas provided an ominous sign of things to come for SCU.

Threes from Shaquina Mosley and Danielle McCray helped the Jayhawks go on a 9-2 run that resulted in a 24-17 lead. A pair of free throws and a three from Tracey Walker, though, got the Broncos to within two at 26-24. Minutes later, after KU got the lead back to six, a three from Graham cut the deficit to three at 30-27, but Kansas then tightened up on the defensive end, holding SCU scoreless for the final 3:42 of the half and scoring 10 unanswered points to go into the break with a 40-27 advantage.

The Broncos scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to nine, and with 14:21 remaining, got a Cronk runner to cut things to eight at 47-39. But that was as close as things would get the rest of the way, as Kansas went on a 9-0 run over the next two-plus minutes to build a 17-point cushion at 56-39.

While Santa Clara never completely went away, continuing to play hard and attack the Jayhawk defense, 17 turnovers in the second half, and 23 for the game were the team's ultimate undoing. KU took advantage of the extra possessions, and continued to shoot so well as to halt any potential Bronco rally before it could get started.