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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 18, 2006

Northern Arizona - 74
LMU - 58

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team struggled in its first game back from final exams, falling to Northern Arizona 74-58 in Gersten Pavilion this evening. The Lumberjacks led from the start, and hit big shots to thwart LMU's rally attempts. Cassady Moore broke her career-high with 14 points, and Jennifer Hall added 14 points and eight rebounds. The Lions return to action on Thursday night in Fresno, taking on the Bulldogs at 7:00pm.

The Lumberjacks (7-4) led from the start, pulling out to a 5-0 lead to begin the game. The Lions (6-5) made it a one point game, 7-6, on a layup by Kavita Goss, but NAU scored the next nine points to extend the lead to 10 points and the Lumberjacks wouldn't look back. Every time a Lion rally would start, the Lumberjacks answered and kept the lead. For the half, NAU shot 51.7% from the field, while LMU shot just 37.5%. Two NAU players scored in double digits in the first half- Kim Winkfield (11) and Megan Porter (10). Jenna Sybesma and Moore paced the Lions with six points each.

LMU improved offensively in the second half, shooting 40.6%, but NAU stayed hot and shot over 54% for the second half. After NAU took a 44-30 lead, LMU scored four points to cut the margin to 10 points, 44-34, but it would be as close as they would come in the second half.

A bright spot for LMU was the play of Moore. She shot 6-for-11 from the field and broke her career-high for the second straight game, finishing with 14 points. She also recorded three steals and two blocks. Hall scored in double digits for the eighth time this season, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Amanda DeCoud chipped in nine points, and Sybesma matched her career-high with eight points.

Winkfield led NAU with 14 points, and Porter finished with 12. The Lumberjacks had a balanced scoring attack with seven players scoring six or more points.

The Lions return to action for three straight road games to close out 2006. They start the road trip at Fresno on Thursday night, taking on the Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center at 7:00pm.

UCSB - 78
Pepperdine - 67

MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Miranda Ayim had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Daphanie Kennedy scored 19 points as the Pepperdine Waves fell to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 78-67 on Monday night in Malibu, Calif.

Sherriel Boyd scored 12 points for the Waves, who are now 7-5 on the season after starting the season 6-2.

UC Santa Barbara's (4-6) comeback from 15 down in the first half was fueled by connecting on 22-of-32 from the free throw line in the second half. Pepperdine went 3-for-3 over the same time period.

Ariana Gnekow's jumper with 8:47 to play in the game gave Santa Barbara its first lead since 4-2. The points came in the beginning of what would be a 12-0 run over nearly five minutes.

Pepperdine opened the second half with an 8-2 run to extend its 35-32 halftime lead to ten.

Santa Barbara would outscore Pepperdine 15-5 over the next six minutes to tie the game at 53-all with 9:39 left to play.

Trailing 4-2, Pepperdine used a 27-10 run to take its biggest lead of the contest 29-14 at the 8:19 mark of the first half. But the Gauchos would score 18 of the final 24 points of the half to close the gap to three at the break.

Jenna Green led all players with 21 points, 11 from the free throw line. LaShay Fears added 16 points, while Jessica Wilson and Chisa Ononiwu had 13 and 10, respectively.

Pepperdine will return to action Thursday when it travels to San Diego State for a 7 p.m. PT tip-off against the Aztecs.

Cal State Fullerton - 72
San Francisco - 69

Fullerton, CA - USF closed its two-game road trip with a tough 72-69 setback at Cal State Fullerton Monday night in non-conference women's basketball action at Titan Gym. The Dons (3-8) drop their fourth straight and second in a row when leading by double-figures in the second half, while the Titans (5-7) converted all 20 of their second half free throws to win in come-from-behind fashion.

Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 21 points and matched a career-high with sis assists off the bench. Junior guard Nykia Peace tallied a season-high 12 points, while freshman guard Heidi Heintz chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. Freshman guard Katie Mihalco added nine points for the Dons.

For the second straight road contest, the Dons came out firing offensively, converting on an impressive .538 (14-26) from the field. Carter scored nine points as did Peace who was playing in front of friends and family. Cal State Fullerton stayed in the game at the charity stripe, capitalizing on .857 (12-14) as USF was whistled for 11 personal fouls.

San Francisco led by as many as 10 in the first half, 34-24 with 2:34 remaining on a pair of Carter free throws. USF's hot shooting helped offset a 16-12 Titan rebound advantage in the first 20 minutes. The Dons led 36-28 at recess.

USF built a 15-point lead in the early going with 14:28 in the second half on a bucket by sophomore guard Shay Rollins at 49-34. Then in a game eerily reminiscent of Saturday's loss at Fresno State, the Dons faltered and Fullerton took advantage and outscored San Francisco 38-20 from there. The Titans took full advantage at the charity stripe in the second half, converting on all 20 of their attempts, finishing the game at .941 (32-34).

Senior guard India Allen led four Titans in double-digit scoring with 20 and went 15-of-15 at the line. Sophomore forward Toni Thomas added 17 and converted on all nine attempts at the stripe to go along with nine rebounds. Cal State Fullerton held a 32-29 rebound edge for the contest as it snapped a five-game losing streak to USF.

USF plays its final game prior to the Christmas break Wednesday, December 20 when Florida State visits War Memorial Gym. Tip-off against the Seminoles is set for 7:00 PM.