Jan. 11, 2007
WCC Women's Basketball All-Access
A pair of WCC women's basketball games will be featured on the WCC's All-Access video streaming package this week. Loyola Marymount visits San Francisco on Thursday night, while Gonzaga hosts Saint Mary's for a 2:00 PM tip off on Saturday afternoon. To watch the games for free, fans can sign up for the WCC's All-Access package on WCCsports.com.
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
The second week of conference play begins on Thursday, and Loyola Marymount will bring a 9-7 overall mark to Memorial Gym to face the 6-10 Dons, who fell to San Diego in their conference opener last Sunday. The Lions earned a split at home last weekend, falling to Gonzaga before knocking off Portland at Gersten Pavilion.
Junior Jennifer Hall, a transfer from Vanderbilt, has led the Lions, pacing the team in both scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). Hall was recently named WCC Co-Player of the Month for December after leading LMU to a 4-3 record. Senior Amanda Patton is closing in on the LMU career three-pointers mark, needing just eight more to set the Lion standard with 127.
The Dons fell to San Diego on the road last weekend, snapping a two-game winning streak and closing out a stretch in which USF recorded three victories in four games. Head Coach Tanya Haave's squad is tough to beat at home, as four of San Francisco's six wins have come at Memorial Gym so far this season. Junior Dominique Carter leads the Dons and ranks fourth in the WCC with 14.1 points per game.
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Gonzaga got the season off to a strong start last week, defeating preseason WCC favorites LMU and Pepperdine on the road to begin the conference season 2-0. Saint Mary's brings a high-powered offense to Spokane, and will be looking to get back on track after suffering an 81-74 setback to Santa Clara to open its WCC schedule on Sunday.
Stephanie Hawk has continued to be a dominant force for the Zags, leading the team in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). The senior is the reigning WCC Player of the Week after recording double-doubles in each of Gonzaga's wins over LMU and Pepperdine last weekend. Newcomers Michelle Elliott (12.1 ppg) and Heather Bowman (10.3 ppg) add scoring punch for the Zags.
Saint Mary's loss to Santa Clara on Sunday snapped a season-high four game winning streak for the Gaels, who are under their first year under the tutelage of Head Coach Paul Thomas. SMC currently ranks second in the conference in scoring offense (71.0 ppg), and second in the league with 4.79 blocks per game. Sophomore Jontelle Smith leads the Gaels with 11.6 points per game.