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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/8

Jan. 8, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga

Stephanie Hawk helped lead Gonzaga to a great start in conference play, as the Zags earned a pair of road wins over preseason WCC favorites LMU and Pepperdine. The senior posted double-doubles in each of the Gonzaga wins, and averaged 13.5 points and 11.5 boards on the weekend. Hawk scored 12 points with 13 rebounds in Friday's 60-56 win at LMU, and followed up that performance with a 15 point, 10 rebound effort in Sunday's 58-35 victory at Pepperdine. The Ontario, OR native also pitched in with seven blocks and three steals in the two wins.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 11
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Diego* - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland* - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Gonzaga* - 7:00 PM

Jan. 13
Loyola Marymount at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC All-Access This Week
A pair of conference tilts are slated to be webcast via the WCC's free All-Access package this weekend. Conference play enters its second week as LMU visits San Francisco on Thursday at 7:00 PM, while Gonzaga returns home to take on visiting Saint Mary's at 2:00 PM on Saturday. Fans can see all the action for free on WCCsports.com.

LMU's Hall and USD's Rego Share WCC December Player of the Month Honors
LMU's Jennifer Hall and San Diego's Amanda Rego shared WCC Player of the Month recognition for December. Rego helped San Diego continue its best start in program history, setting conference-highs with 6.88 assists per game and 3.5 steals per contest. The junior also averaged 8.4 points per game for the Toreros, and pulled down 7.0 boards per game. Hall emerged as one of the WCC's top newcomers during December, leading LMU to a 4-3 record against a challenging schedule. The junior led the Lions and ranked fourth in the conference with 14.6 points per game, while pulling down a WCC-high 8.9 rebounds per contest.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-8 / 2-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga opened conference play with a bang, topping Loyola Marymount, 60-56, before handing Pepperdine a 68-35 defeat on the road to begin the WCC season.

- Stephanie Hawk recorded a pair of double-doubles on the weekend, and blocked seven shots to bring her conference-high blocks total to 43. The senior also moved ahead of former Gonzaga standout Juanita Rivera (1991-94) into second place on the GU career blocks chart with 133.

- Michelle Elliott scored a team-high 13 points in the win over the Waves behind a 3-for-4 performance from three-point land. The junior currently ranks fifth in the WCC with an average 1.78 three-pointers per game.

- The Zags return home to take on Santa Clara (1/11) and Saint Mary's (1/13) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (9-7 / 1-1 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount rebounded from a 60-56 loss to Gonzaga to hand Portland a 54-34 defeat at Gersten Pavilion on Sunday.

- Amanda Patton sunk four three-pointers in Sunday's win over Portland to move ahead of former Lion Bryn Britton (1998-02) into second place on the Lions' career three-pointers list with 119. The senior needs just eight more treys to break former teammate Rachael Ziemann's program record of 126.

- Valerie Ogoke blocked five shots on the weekend to bring her season blocks total to 23, and move her into fifth place in the WCC with 1.44 blocks per contest. The junior currently ranks fourth on the LMU chart with 77 career blocks.

- The Lions continue WCC play on the road with games at San Francisco (1/11) and San Diego (1/13) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (8-9 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Waves snapped a four-game skid with a 59-54 win over visiting Portland to open conference play, before suffering a 58-35 setback against Gonzaga on Sunday. The win over UP was the 20th Wave victory in the program's last 21 meetings with Portland.

- Miranda Ayim scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Waves over the Pilots on Friday, marking the third time in the last five games that the freshman has paced Pepperdine in scoring.

- The 35 points scored against Gonzaga on Sunday broke the Pepperdine single-game program-low of 37 set in 1977. The Waves have played the last four games without top scorer Daphanie Kennedy, who is recovering from a head injury.

- Pepperdine hits the road this week for conference tilts at San Diego (1/11) and San Francisco (1/13).

Portland Pilots (8-9 / 0-2 WCC)
- Portland suffered a pair of setbacks on the road to open conference play, falling to Pepperdine, 59-54, before dropping a 54-34 decision at Loyola Marymount on Sunday.

- Laiken Dollente enjoyed an outstanding WCC debut, as the freshman poured in 29 points in Friday's loss at Pepperdine. The total fell three points short of her career-high, and it marked the fifth time this season that Dollente has scored 20 or more points in a game.

- Rachel Warren recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's loss to the Lions. The junior, who leads the WCC with 2.47 blocks per game, moved into a tie for the league lead with five double-doubles so far this season.

- UP returns home to face Saint Mary's (1/11) and Santa Clara (1/13) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-8 / 0-1 WCC)
- The Gaels suffered an 84-71 loss to Santa Clara to begin WCC play at McKeon Pavilion on Sunday.

- Sheridan Arredondo dropped in a career-high 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting in the loss to the Broncos.

- Eghosa Obaiza pulled down a game-high 11 boards on Sunday, including eight on the offensive end. The senior is currently leading the conference with an average of 4.0 offensive rebounds per game.

- SMC leads the conference in steals, averaging 11.57 swipes per contest as a team.

- Saint Mary's heads to the Northwest for WCC clashes at Portland (1/11) and Gonzaga (1/13) this week.

San Diego Toreros (12-3 / 1-0 WCC)
- San Diego closed out its non-conference slate with a 61-50 win at Southern Utah, before opening WCC action with a 52-45 win over visiting San Francisco on Sunday.

- Amber Sprague notched her third double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds against the Dons. The sophomore is one of just two players (along with LMU's Jennifer Hall) to rank among the conference's top-five in both scoring (14.9 ppg-3rd) and rebounding (7.9 rpg-2nd).

- Amanda Rego, who leads the nation with 7.9 assists per game, recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 assists against Southern Utah.

- San Diego continues its three-game homestand against Pepperdine (1/11) and Loyola Marymount (1/13) this week.

San Francisco Dons (6-10 / 0-1 WCC)
- San Francisco claimed a 65-55 non-conference win over Nevada before falling to San Diego on the road in its conference opener on Sunday, 52-45.

- Shay Rollins scored a team-high 16 points in the win over Nevada, marking the third straight game in which the sophomore paced the team in scoring. Rollins currently ranks second on the team with 9.2 points per game.

- Heidi Heintz registered a career-high with 11 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds in Sunday's loss to the Toreros.

- The Dons return home for conference contests against Loyola Marymount (1/11) and Pepperdine (1/13) this weekend. Four of San Francisco's six wins this season have come at War Memorial Gym.

Santa Clara Broncos (9-7 / 1-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara started conference play in style, handing Saint Mary's an 84-71 defeat on the road on Sunday.

- Chandice Cronk scored a career-high 26 points in the win over the Gaels, and shot 8-for-12 from beyond the arc to give her a conference-leading 64 three-pointers so far this season. The sophomore's three-point total ranks first in the nation, and is already the seventh-highest single-season total in Bronco program history.

- Jen Gottschalk, who is shooting a league-best .542 (58-for-107) from the floor, scored a career-high 27 points to go along with nine rebounds against SMC. The junior set a single-game conference-high with 11 field goals in the win.

- The Broncos will continue WCC-play on the road this week, traveling to take on Gonzaga (1/11) and Portland (1/13).