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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 29, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 85
Colgate - 57

AMES, Iowa - Three players scored in double digits to lead LMU to an 85-57 win over Colgate in the first game of the Cyclone Classic at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Jennifer Hall scored a career-high 21 points and Amanda Patton added 18 to lead the Lions to the win. LMU shot 55.9% from the field in the win, their seventh highest single game field goal percentage in program history. The Lions wrap up play at the Cyclone Classic on Saturday, taking on host Iowa State at 5:30pm PST.

Things were close in the opening minutes, but LMU (8-5) scored seven straight points out of the first media timeout to pull ahead 15-8. After Colgate (1-12) answered with a three-pointer by Molly Patterson to cut the lead to 15-11, Patton responded with her second three-pointer of the game, and Valerie Ogoke added a free throw to put the Lions up 19-11 at 12:21.

The Lions continued to play well, using strong outside play from Patton and inside play from Hall to pull out to a 28-13 lead at 8:47 before the Red Raiders were forced to take their second timeout of the half.

LMU's offense continued to click and the Lions took a 47-28 lead into the halftime break. Hall led all players with 16 points, and Patton had 11 in the first half. Patton also matched her career-high with six assists in the first half. LMU shot 57.6% from the field, while Colgate shot just 30% from the field. The Raiders were led by Patterson with 10 points in the first half.

The second half continued well for the Lions, as Hall continued to score inside and draw fouls. The Red Raiders' offense started clicking with Gretchen Polinski hitting several shots from outside, but LMU continued to hit shots to keep the big lead.

Ashlee Dunlap scored eight points in the second half and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Hall was 8-for-14 from the field to set a new career-high with 21 points. Patton finished with four three-pointers to score 18 points. Ogoke added nine points and five rebounds, and Kavita Goss upped her career-high with seven points.

The Lions finished the game shooting 55.9% from the field, the seventh highest team field goal shooting percentage in school history. It ties the mark of 55.9% set by the Lions on December 19, 1995 against Alaska-Anchorage.

Caitlin Gillard led Colgate with 16 points, while Polinski added 15 points. The Red Raiders shot 42.9% from the field in the second half to improve their field goal percentage to 36.2% for the game.

The Lions outrebounded Colgate 43-26, led by Dunlap and Hall with seven boards apiece. LMU spread out the rebounding, with seven players recording four or more boards.

LMU wraps up play at the Cyclone Classic on Saturday, playing host Iowa State at 5:30pm PST.

Hawai'i - 70
Loyola Marymount - 49

Honolulu - USF women's basketball opened play in the 2006 Hawaii Invitational Friday night with a 70-49 loss against host Hawaii in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Dons (4-9) struggled mightily offensively and could not slow the Wahine (5-4), who shot .471 (24-51) from the field in winning their second straight against San Francisco.

USF returns to action when it takes on Columbia (3-8), which dropped an 86-42 decision to Oklahoma State in the first game Friday, in the consolation game. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 6:00 PM (PT) at the Stan Sheriff Center, followed by Hawaii and the Cowgirls.

Junior guard Dominique Carter made some history, becoming the first USF player to surpass 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,005 after a team-high 10 against Hawaii. Carter owns 15th place on the all-time list and is the 16th player to surpass 1,000 career points and the first to do so as a junior since Carey Sauer (1999-04).

Senior forward Nickie Warren scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds. Freshman guard Heidi Heintz added seven points for USF.

San Francisco never led in the opening period as the Wahine shot at a blistering .647 (16-25) from the field. USF managed an icy .290 (9-31) from the floor with Carter doing the bulk of the damage with eight points in 12 minutes.

USF lost the battle of the boards 35-30, but took care of the basketball committing just 12 in the game against 11 assists. Hawaii finished with just 11 miscues and dished out15 assists..

Senior guards Janevia Taylor and Pam Tambini paced the Wahine with 15 points as four Hawaii players reached double-digit scoring.