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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 30, 2007

Portland - 74
Sacramento State - 61

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- Portland senior center Rachel Warren recorded her second straight double-double as the Pilots defeated the Sacramento State Hornets 74-61 in a non-conference women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Warren scored 16 points and secured a season-high 13 rebounds.

Warren scored 10 points with 12 rebounds in a win over Pacific on Friday. She has three double-doubles this year.

It's the third straight win for Portland, which improves to 10-5 on the season. The Pilots, who next open play in the West Coast Conference at home against the LMU Lions on Jan. 10, equal their win total from a year ago.

Sacramento State drops to 2-10.

Sophomore guard Laiken Dollente also netted 16 points for UP. Dollente hit all six free throws she attempted as the Pilots hit 20 of 22 from the line.

Junior forward Allyson Sievers fought off foul troubles to finish with 12 points, while junior forward Meagan Bermingham chipped in with 10 points off the bench.

Becca Reams led Sacramento State with 14 points. Erika Edwards scored 11.

The Pilots took a 19-point lead in the first half before cruising to the win. Dollente gave Portland its biggest lead of the contest with a pair of free throws that made it 28-9 10 minutes into the game. The Pilots entered the locker room with a 41-29 lead.

The Hornets cut the lead to seven in the second half before Portland pulled away. Leading 45-38 with 17 minutes remaining, UP embarked on a 12-3 run to put the game out of reach.

Portland shot 40.6 percent (26-for-64) for the game and hit two three-pointers. The Pilots held the Hornets to 36.2 percent (21-for-58) shooting. Sacramento State connected on 17 free throws and also hit two three-pointers.

The Pilots won the battle of the boards 44-38.

Saint Mary's - 73
Northern Colorado - 62

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's women's basketball played another thrilling game Sunday afternoon, defeating the Northern Colorado Bears 73-62, after being down 15 points at half time. The Gaels were led by senior Serena Benavente, posting 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Two other Gaels joined Benavente in the double-digit range, with Lauren Shaughnessy and Louella Tomlinson recording 10 points and six rebounds apiece. Tomlinson also had five blocks and four assists in the game.

The Gaels jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the first half, but the Bears answered back quickly, taking a 15-14 lead with seven minutes to go. From that point on Northern Colorado continued to find the bottom of the net, going on a 24-7 run to take a 39-21 lead over the Gaels with 5:54 left to play in the first half. The Bears would finish the half with a 15 point advantage over the Gaels, 45-30.

Northern Colorado was led by Jamie Schroeder in the first half, scoring 19 points and pulling down seven rebounds. For Saint Mary's Tomlinson paved the way with seven points, while Kira Kojola chipped in six.

Saint Mary's started the second half down 15 points, but chipped away at the score to cut the deficit to 10 with 12:54 remaining. For a while it did not look like the Gaels would be able to break the Bear's 10 point lead, as Saint Mary's remained down 10 with 7:39 to play. Fortunately for the Gaels senior guard Serena Benavente gave the team what they needed, knocking down a crucial shot from long rang with 6:41 to play. Benavente's momentum was contagious for the Gaels, as Sierra Chambers and Lauren Shaughnessy recorded four and five points respectively in three minutes of action. Shaughnessy's jumper tied the game at 60 apiece, and from that point on the Gaels would never look back.

Down the stretch the Gaels went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, as Benavente knocked down four and Shaughnessy pitched in two.

Jamie Schroeder of Northern Colorado led all players in scoring with 18 points, but was held to two points in the second half by the Gaels' defense. The Gaels held the Bears to a 25.9 shooting percentage in the second half, after Northern Colorado recorded a 51.9 shooting percentage in the first half.

The Gaels improve to 8-8 on the year, while Northern Colorado drops to 6-7. Saint Mary's does not return to action until January 12, when they play the Santa Clara Broncos at 7:00 PM in the Leavey Center. The game against the Broncos will mark the Gaels' first WCC action on the year.

George Washington - 82
Pepperdine - 68

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Pepperdine women's basketball was defeated by No. 22 George Washington University Sunday afternoon, 82-68, at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center in Washington D.C.

The Colonials (10-3) were up by 13-points at the half with Pepperdine (5-6) suffering from missed shots and turnovers. George Washington's Jessica Adair shot 7-10 from the field in the first half, scoring 15 points for the Colonials. The Waves, usually strong on three-pointers, shot 33 % for the half scoring only three points outside the paint.

Pepperdine fought back the second half closing in on George Washington's lead with 15:51 left in the game to bring the score within four points (50-46) after a lay up by Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif. / Kearny HS) followed by a free throw. For the second straight game Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif. / Notre Dame HS) was the leading scorer for the Waves with a season-high 17 points. Ross shot 7-10 from the field. Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) was the second leading scorer with 14 points, shooting 5-11 from the field and 4-5 on free throws.

Shooting 75% on free throws to the Colonials 62% wasn't enough to counter George Washington's 53% from the field to Pepperdine's 42% and 50% on three-pointers to the Waves 36%.

Next up for the Waves is No.6 Rutgers University on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in New Brunswick, N.J. at 7:30 p.m. ET. In 2006 Pepperdine upset Rutgers 75-73 in overtime at the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.

Texas - 81
San Diego - 79

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Carla Cortijo hit a jumper with 3.7 seconds left to lift No. 19 Texas to an 81-79 win over San Diego on Sunday night in the Maggie Dixon Surf 'N Slam championship game.

Texas (11-2) won its ninth straight game, the Longhorns' longest win streak since 2004.

The Longhorns followed two straight impressive wins over ranked opponents with a tough victory over the host school. Despite never leading until the final two minutes, the Toreros kept the game close in the second half.

Texas had a double-digit lead throughout parts of the second half but San Diego (8-5) kept pulling within striking distance behind point guard Amanda Rego. She tied the game at 79-all on a three-point play with 21.4 seconds left.

Texas put the ball into the hands of Cortijo, who worked the clock down to 5 seconds before she drove into the lane and made a 10-footer.

Rego missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer. She finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. The left-hander made all 10 of her free throw attempts.

Brittany Raven scored a career-high 23 points for Texas, including six key points down the stretch. Ashley Lindsey added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns, who also got 14 points from Earnesia Williams.

The Toreros took their first lead of the game at 74-73 on Amber Sprague's 15-foot shot with 2:02 remaining, her second straight basket. Texas took back the lead on Raven's drive with 1:39 left. Raven then hit a pair of free throws with 1:05 left for a 77-74 lead before Sprague hit a running shot to cut the lead to one.

Raven scored on another drive with 31 seconds before Rego tied the game.

Sprague finished with 23 points.

Nevada - 66
San Francisco - 44

Game Story to come.