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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 17, 2007

UC Santa Barbara - 65
Pepperdine - 63

Isla Vista, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team dropped its second consecutive close game when it was narrowly defeated by UC Santa Barbara Monday night (65-63) in an emotionally charged game at the Thunderdome, in Isla Vista, Calif.

A physical first half ended with the Gauchos (4-5) leading by two points (35-33). Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) posted 15 points for the Waves (5-4), shooting 6-9 from the floor and 3-3 on free-throws at the end of the half. Santa Barbara scored 10-11 on free-throws recording a 90.9% average and taking advantages of fouls called against Pepperdine.

A technical foul called against Santa Barbara's Chisa Ononiwu early in the second half was met with hostile jeers from the hometown crowd and the hired Santa Claus could barely be heard singing Christmas songs during the media time-out that followed the call. Pepperdine appeared undeterred by the noise from the stands as the team scored 17 points in the first five minutes of the second half.

With 1:20 left in the game, Pepperdine was leading 63-58 and struggling not to foul as both teams were now in bonus. Ononiwu scored two-points after a foul was called on Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif. / Kearny HS), followed by a two-point shot on a Pepperdine turnover to narrow the lead to one-point. A foul by Teena Wickett (Vallejo, Calif. / Castlemont HS) gave the Gauchos two free-throws. After executing one shot and missing the other, the score was tied with 19 seconds left. A Wave time-out was followed by a Gaucho possession. Ononiwu put the ball in the net to give Santa Barbara a two-point lead with four seconds left. The buzzer sounded on a missed jumper by Kennedy.

Turnovers hampered the Waves as they gave up the ball 27 times to the Gauchos 17. Pepperdine out-shot Santa Barbara 44.8% to 36.5% and led in three-pointers 30.8% to 17.6%. The Gaucho's free-throw percentage was 80% to the Waves 77.8%.

Ayim tied her season-high with 21-points and shot 8-11 on the floor and 5-5 on free-throws while registering seven rebounds. Kennedy scored 17-points and had seven rebounds.

The Waves take to the road on the Dec. 26 for a ten-day trip with games against Coppin State (Dec. 28), George Washington (Dec. 30), Rutgers (Jan. 2) and Colorado (Jan. 4).

Southern Utah - 58
Portland - 54

CEDAR CITY, Utah --- The Portland Pilots played without two starters fell 58-54 to the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Monday night at the Centrum Arena. UP was without the services of guard Karlie Burris and center Rachel Warren, who both missed the game with an illness.

The Pilots entered the game ranked 19th in the country in scoring (76.9 ppg), but were held to a season-low in points by the Thunderbirds. SUU improves to 2-7 on the season, while UP drops to 7-5.

After playing to a 27-27 tie after the first 20 minutes, the Thunderbirds built a six-point lead a couple of times during the second half. Down 45-39 with 9:41 remaining, the Pilots went on an 11-3 run to claim their first lead since the first half. UP sophomore guard Laiken Dollente hit a three and converted a lay-up during the run.

SUU then re-claimed the lead before Portland forced the 10th tie of the game. UP sophomore forward Laura Thomas' lay-up tied the game at 52-52 with 2:15 showing on the clock. The Thunderbirds then scored six of the game's final eight points en route to the win. Southern Utah's Anne Westwood scored four points in the final two minutes to help seal the win.

Westwood finished with game highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Erin Huett added 12 points and eight boards for SUU, which hit just 38.8 percent (19-for-49) of its shots for the game. The T-Birds missed all six of their three-point attempts, while going 20-for-28 from the line.

Dollente was the lone Pilot to score in double figures with 12 points. Guard Kendra Morris added nine, while junior Allyson Sievers, Thomas and freshman Lauren Angel each scored eight.

The Pilots shot 20 of 59 (33.9 percent) from the field, 3-for-18 on three-pointers and 11-for-14 from the charity stripe.

Sievers grabbed a team-high six boards for Portland, which was outrebounded on the night 41-35. UP converted 22 SUU turnovers into 14 points, while the Thunderbirds turned 19 Portland turnovers into 18 points.

Portland next returns home for a non-conference tilt against Colorado State at the Chiles Center on Friday at 5:15 p.m. The game is part of a UP basketball double header as the men are slated to host Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m.

UC Davis - 98
Saint Mary's - 91

Davis, CA - The Gaels could not stop UC Davis on the offensive end, as the Aggies scored 51 points in the first half en route to a 98-91 win over the Gaels. Junior guard Jontelle Smith recorded a 26 point performance for Saint Mary's, knocking down a career-high seven three pointers. Smith shot 44.4 percent from the floor (8-of-18) from the field, and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from long range.

The Aggies opened the game with an 8-0 run, as Jessica Campbell scored back-to-back jumpers three-minutes into play. Lindsay Ellis would put the Gaels on the board, 8-2, but UC Davis would continue to push the Gaels, taking an 12-2 advantage.

Saint Mary's surged back to take a three point lead, 17-14, behind three Gael three-pointers and three fast-break lay-ups with 13:21 left to play in the first half. The Gaels continued their hot-streak, as Jontelle Smith scored five points, and Suzie Davis knocked down a three. With a ten point lead in hand at the 9:05 mark UC Davis responded with a 9-4 run. The Aggies continued to find the rim on the offensive end, taking back the lead at half time, 51-48.

At the half the Gaels were led by Louella Tomlinson with 10 points and Jontelle Smith with eight points. Jessica Campbell of UC Davis recorded 16 points in the first half, while Heather Bates added 14.

Smith caught fire in the second half for the Gaels, as she scored 18 of her 26 points. Smith hit five three-pointers in the second half, totaling seven in the game. The seven three-pointers marks a new career-high for the Pinole native, beating her previous best of five.

Louella Tomlinson posted 11 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks, while Lauren Shaughnessy added eight points and six assists. In the second half the Gaels shot 51.5 percent from the floor (17-of-33), but it was not enough as the Aggies defeated Saint Mary's 98-91.

The Gaels return to action Wednesday night, as they face the Utah Utes on December 19 at 7:00 PM MT.