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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/2

Jan. 2, 2007

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WCC Co-Players of the Week
Jontelle Smith, Saint Mary's
Ashley Graham, Santa Clara

Saint Mary's Jontelle Smith and Santa Clara's Ashley Graham were tabbed for WCC Co-Player of the Week honors after leading their respective squads to a pair of victories over the weekend. Smith tallied 15 points in a win over Sacramento State before pouring in a career-high 26 points against Toledo, helping stretch SMC's winning streak to four games. The sophomore averaged 20.5 points per game on the weekend. Graham posted similar numbers, as the senior averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 assists in SCU wins over Toledo and San Jose State. Graham shot .550 from the floor, including an incredible .647 (11-for-17) from beyond the arc in the two Bronco victories.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 2
San Diego at Southern Utah - 6:00 PM
Nevada at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Jan. 5
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount* - 7:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine* - 7:00 PM

Jan. 7
Gonzaga at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM
Portland at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM

*Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC Play Begins This Week
After a successful run over the first two months of the 2006-07 season, WCC teams will now turn their attention to conference play which begins this weekend. Gonzaga visits LMU and Pepperdine hosts Portland to tip off the league slate on Friday, and all eight conference squads will be in action on Sunday. Five different WCC teams have captured at least a share of the regular season conference crown over the last seven seasons, while Gonzaga will be looking to snag a share of its third straight regular season WCC title this year. Fans can catch the Zags' conference opener at LMU online at WCCsports.com as part of the league's All-Access video streaming package.

San Diego's Rego Breaks Another Mark
Amanda Rego set another San Diego single-game mark in the Toreros' victory over Holy Cross last Friday. The junior, who set a USD single-game assist record earlier this season, collected a program-record 10 steals in the win, falling just one short of the WCC single-game standard set by former USF standout and current LMU assistant coach Tami Adkins in 1990.

WCC Women's Hoops All Access at WCCsports.com
The WCC, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will webcast select men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, and baseball games for the 2006-07 season. The WCC All Access video streaming package, which can only be viewed on the WCC's official website WCCsports.com, will be made available for free throughout the year. Women's basketball match ups will comprise a significant portion of the package, as 14 women's hoops games will be streamed live on the conference web site. All eight WCC women's basketball teams will be featured, with each squad making at least three appearances throughout the conference season. Conference action begins with Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount on January 5, and wraps up with a rematch of last year's WCC Tournament Championship Game as Pepperdine travels to take on Santa Clara on February 24.

This Week's WCC All-Access Women's Basketball Schedule
January 5; Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga evened its record at 8-8 with an 81-53 win over visiting Montana State on Saturday.

- Heather Bowman recorded her second double-double of the season against Montana State, setting game-highs with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The freshman, who is one of just two Zags to have started all 16 games this season, is averaging 10.0 points per game so far this year.

- Rachel Kane dished out a game-high six assists in the win over the Bobcats, bringing her team-high assist total to 50 on the season. The junior currently ranks fifth in the conference with 3.12 assists per game, and is helping the Bulldogs lead the WCC with an average of 16.0 assists per contest as a team.

- The Zags open conference play in Southern California this weekend, traveling to face Loyola Marymount (1/5) and Pepperdine (1/7).

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount earned a split at the Iowa State Tournament, knocking off Colgate on Friday, 85-57, before falling to the host Cyclones on Saturday, 71-55.

- Jennifer Hall continued to lead the Lions, scoring a career-high 21 points in the win over Colgate and notching her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards in the loss to Iowa State.

- Amanda Patton hit five 3-pointers on the weekend to move into third place on the LMU career list with 113. The senior needs just 14 more to move ahead of former teammate Rachael Ziemann into first place on the career chart with 127 treys.

- The Lions begin conference play at Gersten Pavilion this weekend, hosting Gonzaga (1/5) and Portland (1/7).

Pepperdine Waves (7-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- The injury-plagued Waves continued to struggle over the weekend, falling 85-66 to Rhode Island before dropping a 68-59 decision to Fresno State at home.

- Jessica Ross scored a career-high 24 points in the loss to Rhode Island, and set a WCC single-game high with eight 3-pointers in the contest. The sophomore currently ranks third in the conference with an average of 1.62 treys per game.

- Pepperdine has been forced to play without its top two rebounders (Teena Wickett and Teiosha George), and played its second straight game without top scorer Daphanie Kennedy on Saturday.

- Pepperdine remains at home this week, welcoming Portland (1/5) and Gonzaga (1/7) to Firestone Fieldhouse to open conference play.

Portland Pilots (8-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland went 1-1 on the week, handing Utah Valley State a 79-57 defeat at home before falling to Eastern Washington on the road on Sunday, 84-66.

- Jennifer Wassom led four Pilots in double-figure scoring in the win over Utah Valley State, pouring in a game-high 18 points and dishing out a career-best five assists in her first career start.

- Laiken Dollente dropped in 17 points in Sunday's loss, including an 11-for-12 effort from the charity stripe. The freshman is shooting a WCC-best .890 (97-for-109) from the free throw line so far this season.

- UP travels to Pepperdine (1/5) and LMU (1/7) to begin WCC play this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels extended their winning streak to a season-high four games after defeating Sacramento State, 71-59, and knocking off Toledo, 95-73, over the weekend.

- Six different Saint Mary's players are averaging at least 7.0 points per game, and the Gaels are currently leading the conference in scoring offense, averaging 71.0 points per contest as a team.

- Jontelle Smith poured in a career-high 26 points in the win over Toledo, shooting 5-for-8 from the floor and knocking down four 3-pointers. The sophomore is averaging a team-high 11.4 points per game, which ranks 10th in the WCC.

- Saint Mary's looks to extend its current winning streak at McKeon Pavilion this weekend, as SMC hosts Santa Clara (1/7) to open its conference slate.

San Diego Toreros (10-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego split a pair of games at the Surf N Slam Tournament over the weekend, handing Holy Cross a 76-53 defeat before falling to Texas in the championship contest, 73-45.

- Amanda Rego fell just one point short of a triple-double against Holy Cross, as the junior scored nine points to go along with 13 assists and 10 steals. The 10 swipes set a single-game San Diego program record, while the 13 assists were just one short of the USD record that was set by Rego earlier this season.

- Amber Sprague joined Rego on the Surf N Slam All-Tournament Team after averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds on the weekend.

- San Diego closes out its non-conference slate at Southern Utah (1/2) before returning home to host San Francisco (1/7) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (5-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from a 70-49 loss to Hawai'i to knock off Columbia, 63-51, in the consolation game of the Hawai'i Invitational over the weekend.

- Shay Rollins matched a career-high with 18 points in the win over Columbia, while pitching in with five rebounds.

- Dominique Carter also tossed in 18 points in Saturday's win, and became just the 16th player in USF program history to reach the 1,000 career point mark over the weekend. The junior moved ahead of former USF standout Kim Bachman (1978-83) into 15th place on Dons' career list with 1,023 points.

- The Dons return home to close out their non-conference slate against Nevada (1/2) before traveling to San Diego (1/7) to begin conference play.

Santa Clara Broncos (8-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara snapped a three-game skid with a pair of victories over the weekend, as the Broncos topped Toledo, 73-64, before knocking off San Jose State on the road, 71-59.

- Ashley Graham and Chandice Cronk continued to establish themselves as the top 3-point shooting tandem in the WCC, as the pair combined to knock down 18 treys over the weekend. The duo helped the Broncos match a single-game WCC season-high with 14 team 3-pointers in the win over Toledo.

- Jen Gottschalk, who returned to the Santa Clara squad after sitting out for two seasons, is currently shooting .511 (47-for-92) from the field to rank fourth in the WCC.

- The Broncos will hit the road for their lone contest this week, traveling across the Bay to Saint Mary's (1/7) to open WCC play.