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Saint Mary's, Pepperdine 2-0 after first week of WCC play

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --West Coast Conference women's basketball began conference play last week and there are four games on the schedule for Thursday and Saturday.


  • Saint Mary's is 2-0 after the first week of WCC play. The Gaels snapped BYU's 10-game winning streak with a 54-48 win over the Cougars last Saturday. Jackie Nared led SMC with 16 points.

  • Gonzaga is ranked 24th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs have won seven consecutive games, including an 80-65 win over Portland last Thursday. The Zags haven't lost a WCC regular season contest since February 21, 2009.

  • San Diego is holding its opponents to a .332 shootingpercentage, tops in the WCC. The Toreros split two non-conference games last week, defeating CS Bakersfield 99-70 and falling 58-57 to No. 13/18 Texas Tech.

  • Santa Clara ranks among the nation's best in shooting from long range. The Broncos are fourth in three-point field goal percentage (39.5) and seventh with 8.2 three pointers per contest.

  • BYU won 79-53 at Portland on Monday for its first ever WCC win. Senior Kristen Riley led the Cougars with 19 points.

  • Each week throughout the conference season, head toWCCsports.com for an exclusive live-chat with a different WCC women's basketball head coach.

    Nov. 14 Natalie Day, Portland
    Nov. 21 Natalie Day, Portland
    Nov. 28 Natalie Day, Portland
    Dec. 5 Kim Parker, BYU
    Dec. 12 Alex Cowling, Loyola Marymount
    Dec. 19 Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga
    Dec. 26 Jasmine Smith, Saint Mary's
    Jan. 2 Morgan Woodrow, San Diego