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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/2

Jan. 2, 2008

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WCC Player of the Week
Rachel Warren, Portland

Rachel Warren recorded a pair of double-doubles as Portland notched two road wins last week. The senior scored 10 points and grabbed 12 boards as the Pilots topped Pacific, 84-64, and pitched in 16 points with a season-high 13 rebounds in a 74-61 win at Sacramento State. For the week, Warren averaged 13 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest, while dishing out five assists and shooting a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line. The center also shot .529 (9-for-17) from the field, and raised her season rebounding total to 7.1 boards per game.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 2
Pepperdine at Rutgers - 4:30 PM

Jan. 3
Gonzaga at Saint Joseph's - 9:00 AM
Wyoming at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Jan. 4
Pepperdine at Colorado - 4:30 PM
Cal State Bakersfield at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Jan. 6
San Diego at UC Irvine - 2:00 PM

Around The WCC

San Diego's Rego Breaks Program Assist Record
San Diego's Amanda Rego dished out nine assists in last Friday's win over Appalachian State to open the Maggie Dixon Surf `N Slam Classic. The nine assists moved her career total to 486, eclipsing the previous program standard of 480 set by former Torero Lori Morris (1980-84). Rego, who led the nation in assists a year ago, enters the week ranked 10th on the WCC career assist chart with 497.

WCC Teams Excel In Non-Conference Play
WCC women's basketball is off to one of its best starts in recent years, as conference teams have combined to post a 66-45 (.595) overall record against teams from other leagues so far this season. The WCC has fared especially well against teams from other west region circuits, posting an outstanding 53-23 (.697) mark against squads from the Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and Western Athletic conferences.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga split a pair of games last week, posting a 97-61 win over Eastern Washington before falling to Utah Valley State on the road on Monday, 94-73.

- Saturday's win over Eastern Washington marked the third time this season that the Zags have scored more than 90 points in a game, and marked GU's highest single-game points total since a 103-102 overtime win against the Eagles last season. The Bulldogs lead the WCC in scoring with 76.9 points per game.

- Jami Bjorklund matched a career-high with 25 points in the win over Eastern Washington, and chipped in 16 points in the loss at Utah Valley State. The junior ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.6 points per contest.

- The Zags travel to Saint Joseph's (1/3) for their lone game this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount split two games at the LAX Holiday Tournament at Gersten Pavilion, posting a 95-90 double-overtime victory against Cal State Bakersfield before falling to Kansas State, 70-47.

- Valerie Ogoke grabbed 18 boards in Friday's win, marking the second highest single-game total in LMU history. Ogoke enters the week averaging a WCC-best 8.4 boards per game.

- Lisa Helmers was named to the all-tournament team after sinking six three-pointers and averaging 11.5 points in two games over the weekend.

- Jenna Sybesma joined Helmers on the all-tournament team after scoring a career-high 29 points, and pulling down 14 rebounds against Cal State Bakersfield.

- LMU has the week off to prepare for its WCC opener at Portland (1/10).

Pepperdine Waves (5-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves fell to 5-6 on the year after dropping a pair of contests on the East Coast. Pepperdine was upended by Coppin State, 60-55, before falling to then-No. 20 ranked George Washington, 82-68.

- Jessica Ross paced the Waves in scoring in both contests, dropping in 12 points against Coppin State and scoring a personal season-high 17 points against George Washington. The junior enters the week averaging 7.1 points per game.

- Daphanie Kennedy currently ranks second in the WCC with 17.8 points per contest.

- Pepperdine continues its road trip with a pair of games against ranked opponents this week. The Waves take on No. 6 ranked Rutgers (1/2) before traveling to No. 23 ranked Colorado (1/4). Pepperdine posted its first-ever win over a ranked opponent when the Waves edged then-No. 12 ranked Rutgers at Firestone Fieldhouse last season.

Portland Pilots (10-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland posted a pair of road victories last week to improve to 10-5, and match the team's win total from last season. The Pilots topped Pacific, 84-64, before dispatching Sacramento State, 74-61.

- Rachel Warren notched two double-doubles on the week, scoring 10 points with 16 rebounds against the Tigers, and adding 16 points and 13 boards against the Hornets. The senior is Portland's top rebounder (7.1 rpg), and ranks second on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg).

- The Pilots are shooting a WCC-best .764 (233-for-305) from the free throw line, and look to lead the WCC in that category for the second straight season. Laiken Dollente is the league's top free throw shooter, as the sophomore is shooting .894 (76-for-85) from the charity stripe.

- The Pilots have the week off before opening WCC play at home against LMU (1/10).

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's evened its record at 8-8 after notching a pair of wins at home last week. The Gaels edged Cal State Fullerton, 71-70, before knocking off Northern Colorado, 73-62.

- Louella Tomlinson blocked 13 shots on the week to increase her program-record blocks tally to 81 on the season. The freshman moved ahead of former Gonzaga standout Stephanie Hawk into seventh place on the WCC single-season blocks list.

- Sierra Chambers scored a career-high 19 points in the win over Cal State Fullerton, and added nine points with six rebounds against Northern Colorado.

- With 10 more blocks, SMC will break the program team mark of 120 blocks set last year.

- The Gaels have the week off before opening conference play at Santa Clara (1/12).

San Diego Toreros (8-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros opened the Maggie Dixon Surf `N Slam Classic with a 79-60 win over Appalachian State before falling to then-No. 19 ranked Texas in the championship game, 81-79.

- Amanda Rego dished out 20 assists on the weekend to move into first place on the USD career assists chart with 497. The senior, who has collected a WCC-high 110 assists so far this season, currently ranks 10th on the conference's all-time list.

- Amber Sprague was tabbed for tournament MVP honors after averaging 20.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game over the weekend. Sprague dropped in a game-high 23 points on 10-for-19 (.526) shooting in the loss to Texas.

- San Diego returns to action on the road, traveling to take on UC Irvine (1/6) for a final non-conference tune up before opening WCC play at San Francisco (1/12).

San Francisco Dons (9-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco had its six-game winning streak snapped at Nevada on Sunday, as the Dons dropped a 66-44 decision to the Wolf Pack.

- The Dons' six-game unbeaten run was the longest for a USF squad since the 2001-02 team also reeled off six straight wins.

- Necolia Simmons led the Dons against Nevada, coming off the bench to post her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Simmons enters the week averaging 10.4 points per game, and a team-high 7.4 boards per contest.

- Dominique Carter is currently averaging a WCC-high 20.1 points per game. The senior looks to become the first Don since Teri Hunt in 1986-87 to lead the conference in scoring.

- USF returns home to host No. 22 ranked Wyoming (1/3) in its lone contest this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (10-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted a pair of wins at home last week to stretch its winning streak to six games, and improve to 10-3 on the season. The Broncos topped Northern Arizona, 76-66, and knocked off Cal State Fullerton, 88-38.

- The 50-point difference against the Titans ranks as the sixth-largest margin of victory in SCU program history.

- Jen Gottschalk produced her third double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the win over Northern Arizona.

- SCU's Nicole Gall (2nd-.481), Elizabeth Doran (3rd-.473), and Chandice Cronk (5th-.416) all rank among the WCC's top-five in 3-point field goal percentage.

- The Broncos host Cal State Bakersfield (1/4) this week.