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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/7

Jan. 7, 2008

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WCC Player of the Week
Amber Sprague, San Diego

Amber Sprague was tabbed for WCC Player of the Week honors after leading San Diego to an 89-83 overtime victory at UC Irvine on Sunday. The junior poured in a game-high 28 points, and recorded a career-high six blocked shots in the win. With her 28 points, the San Diego native moved her career total to 999, just one point shy of becoming the 10th player in USD program history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. Sprague enters conference play averaging a team-high 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 10
Loyola Marymount at Portland* - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Gonzaga*! - 8:00 PM

Jan. 12
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at Portland* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game; ! Televised live on ESPNU

Around The WCC

WCC Play Begins This Week
All eight WCC women's basketball teams will open the 23rd year of conference play this week. Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount will begin the league season in the Northwest, as the Waves and Lions will travel to meet Gonzaga and Portland for a pair of games. San Francisco hosts San Diego in the conference opener for both squads on Saturday, while Saint Mary's will make the short trip to take on Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

Pepperdine And Gonzaga To Meet On ESPNU
Pepperdine and Gonzaga will open up the WCC conference season on Thursday, as the Waves travel to Spokane for a contest that will be televised on ESPNU. The match up marks the first of two WCC women's basketball games slated for ESPNU broadcasts this year, and pits the winners of the last two WCC Tournament titles against one another. The Zags look to get off to a strong start in defense of their WCC title from last season, while Pepperdine hopes to snap a six-game skid with a conference win on Thursday.

USF's Dominique Carter Named WCC Player of the Month For December
Dominique Carter paced the conference in scoring with 22.6 points per game en route to leading San Francisco to a 6-1 record during the month of December. The senior shot an incredible .600 (60-for-100) from the field to rank second in the WCC, and led the league by shooting at a .630 (17-for-27) clip from beyond the arc. Carter also ranked ninth in the conference with 7.1 rebounds per game, and collected WCC Player of the Week honors twice during the month.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga closed out its non-conference slate with a 67-43 win at Saint Joseph's last week.

- Heather Bowman returned to action after missing three weeks due to a spiral fracture in her hand. The sophomore tied for the team lead with 14 points in the win over Saint Joseph's, and enters conference play averaging a team-high 20.5 points per game.

- Courtney Vandersloot scored nine points and dished out a game-high six assists in Thursday's win to bring her season assist total to 81. The freshman ranks second in the WCC in assists, while senior Rachel Kane is currently tied for sixth in the conference with 50 assists on the season.

- The Zags open their defense of the WCC regular season title at home, welcoming Pepperdine (1/10) and Loyola Marymount to (1/12) to the McCarthey Athletic Center this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount had the week off after closing out its non-conference schedule by splitting a pair of games at the LAX Holiday Tournament at Gersten Pavilion.

- Valerie Ogoke grabbed 18 boards in a win over Cal State Bakersfield on December 28, setting a career-high and establishing an individual single-game season high for the WCC. The senior enters conference play averaging a league-best 8.4 rebounds per contest.

- Amanda DeCoud, the reigning WCC Defensive Player of the Year, is enjoying an outstanding senior campaign. DeCoud, who is averaging a team-best 10.7 points per game, paces the WCC with 2.73 steals per contest, and ranks third in the league with 71 assists.

- The Lions begin the conference season on the road, as LMU heads to the Northwest to take on Portland (1/10) and Gonzaga (1/12) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (5-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped a pair of road contests against ranked opponents, falling 55-45 to then-No. 6 ranked Rutgers before suffering a 65-53 defeat at then-No. 23 ranked Colorado last week.

- Katie Menton tied for the team lead with 10 points against Rutgers, and added eight points in the loss at Colorado. The freshman ranks fourth on the team with 8.7 points per game, and ranks third in scoring among conference freshmen on the season.

- Teena Wickett just missed a double-double against the Scarlet Knights, dropping in seven points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds in the loss. The sophomore enters conference play ranked fourth in the league with 7.7 rebounds per game.

- Pepperdine looks to snap a six-game skid as the Waves begin WCC action at Gonzaga (1/10) and Portland (1/12) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (10-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland had the week off after improving to 10-5 with wins over Pacific and Sacramento State on the road.

- Rachel Warren notched two double-doubles in Portland's final two non-conference tilts, 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, who lead the WCC with 11.2 steals per game, have three players ranked among the WCC's top-14 in swipes. Laiken Dollente is UP's top pickpocket, averaging 1.73 steals per game to rank seventh in the league.

- The Pilots host LMU (1/10) and Pepperdine (1/12) to open WCC play this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's had the week off after evening its record at 8-8 with wins at home over Cal State Fullerton and Northern Colorado.

- Louella Tomlinson has already set a Saint Mary's program record with 81 blocks so far this season. The freshman, who has blocked 49 more shots than anyone else in the WCC, is currently ranked seventh on the conference's single-season blocks list, and needs just five more to move into a tie for sixth place.

- Lauren Shaughnessy has dished out a team-leading 48 assists so far this season, and has moved into second place on the SMC all-time chart with career 327 assists.

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

- The Gaels begin conference play at Bay Area rival Santa Clara (1/12) this week.

San Diego Toreros (9-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros capped the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 89-83 overtime victory at UC Irvine on Sunday.

- Amanda Rego dished out 11 assists in the win over the Anteaters, marking the fourth time this season that Rego has collected 11 or more assists in a game. The reigning WCC Co-Player of the Year has already dished out 121 assists on the season, 40 more than any other player in the conference.

- Amber Sprague was dominant against UC Irvine, scoring 28 points on 12-for-26 shooting and pulling down seven boards. Sprague enters conference play with 999 career points, and will become just the 10th player in USD program history to crack the 1,000 career points mark with her next bucket.

- San Diego opens league action at San Francisco (1/12) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (9-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco was edged on its home floor by then-No. 22 ranked Wyoming on Thursday, 53-51.

- Shay Rollins pitched in with 11 points in the loss to Wyoming. Rollins, who shot 2-for-3 from beyond the arc on Thursday, enters conference play ranked sixth in the WCC with an average of 2.07 three-pointers per game.

- Dominique Carter was tabbed for WCC Player of the Month honors for December after leading the Dons to a 6-1 mark and the program's first six-game winning streak since the 2001-02 season. The senior led the conference in scoring with 22.6 points per game during the month, and enters WCC play averaging a conference-best 19.2 points per contest on the season.

- The Dons look to snap a two-game skid when they open conference play at home against San Diego (1/12) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (11-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara continued its hot streak, extending its winning run to seven straight games with a 78-75 victory over visiting Cal State Bakersfield on Friday.

- Chandice Cronk led the way with 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting, including a 5-for-9 performance from beyond the arc. The senior, who became the second straight Bronco to lead the WCC in scoring last season with 16.0 points per game, currently ranks second in the league with 17.5 points per contest this season.

- Santa Clara's current seven-game winning streak is the longest for an SCU team since the 2005-06 squad reeled off nine straight victories en route to the WCC regular season title.

- The Broncos remain at home for their conference opener, welcoming Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (1/12) to the Leavey Center this weekend.