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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 13, 2009

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CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH TWO GAMES ON NATIONAL TV
With the first week of conference play in the books, San Diego, Saint Mary's, Gonzaga, and Pepperdine all came away with clean records. Gonzaga is now receiving votes in both major polls and has an RPI rating of 23 according to the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report (1/13/09), the third highest among teams on the West Coast behind Cal (No. 18) and Stanford (No. 5). Two nationally televised games highlight this week's schedule. Gonzaga will head down to Santa Clara on Thursday, January 15th, and the game will air on CBS College Sports, while the game between San Diego at LMU on Saturday, January 17th will air on ESPNU.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA 7:00 PM
Gonzaga at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
(CBS College Sports)
San Diego at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 7:00 PM
Portlan at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM
Gonzaga at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
San Diego at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
(ESPNU)

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's sophomore Louella Tomlinson averaged a triple-double in two conference wins over San Francisco and Santa Clara with 18.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.0 blocks. Against San Francisco, Tomlinson posted a triple-double and a career-high in points with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Then, against Santa Clara, she continued with eight points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Tomlinson now leads the nation with 6.1 blocks per game and is second in the nation with 103 blocks overall. This is her second weekly award.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 13-4
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Gonzaga won its only game of the week, defeating Northwest rival Portland to open conference play and are receiving votes in both major polls.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vanderlsoot nearly had a triple-double, finishing with a game-high 19 points, while dishing out nine assists and grabbing seven rebounds. Vandersloot's 7.0 apg leads the conference and is ranked fifth in the country.

  • Junior Heather Bowman was the only other Zag in double-figures, with 15 points and seven rebounds. Bowman is currently leading the conference with 19.8 ppg and is ranked 15th in the country. Bowman and Vandersloot make up the top scoring duo in the conference (35.2 ppg).

  • Junior Vivian Frieson had a game-high 13 rebounds and is ranked eighth in the league.

  • The Zags are on the road traveling to face former assistant coach Jennifer Mountain's Broncos (1/15) on CBS College Sports, before facing San Francisco (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 10-5
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • LMU lost its only game of the week, in overtime to cross-town rival Pepperdine to open conference play.

  • LMU overcame a 15-point deficit with 7:30 left in regulation to force overtime but host Pepperdine pulled out a 67-66 overtime victory. The game had five lead changes in the second half.

  • Senior Cassady Moore had a solid all-around game, scoring 15 points, and adding five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Sophomore Renahy Young was the only other Lion in double-figures, finishing with 13 points.

  • Sophomores Melanie Ysaguirre and Aleyse Evans nearly had double-doubles as both finished with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

  • The Lions stay home this week and will face Saint Mary's (1/15), before playing on national television against San Diego (1/17) on ESPNU.
  • Overall Record: 8-7
    WCC Record: 1-0
  • Pepperdine won its only game of the week, defeating cross-town rival LMU, in an overtime thriller, to open conference play.

  • Senior Taylor Smith nailed a three-pointer with eight seconds left to send the game into overtime. Freshman Jazmine Jackson scored the game-winner and finished with 12 points.

  • Junior Miranda Ayim had her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She also added a game-high five blocks and four steals.

  • Senior Nakeya Isabell ran the offense for the Waves, finishing with a game-high six assists and four steals. Isabell is currently ranked first in the conference in steals (3.13) and second in assists (5.93). Her steals average ranks 13th in the country.

  • The Waves stay home this week to take on San Diego (1/15), before facing Saint Mary's (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 7-8
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Pilots lost their only game of the week, falling to Northwest rival Gonzaga to open conference play.

  • Portland put together an impressive comeback in the second half, overcoming a 17 point defecit to come within one, with less than 10 minutes to go.

  • Three Pilots finished with at least four steals as senior Karlie Burris nabbed a career and game-high six steals, while sophomore Tara Cronin and junior Laiken Dollente both had four a piece.

  • Dollente and Cronin paced the Pilots with 15 and 13 points respectively. Dollente is currently fourth in the league in scoring at 16.7 ppg. Cronin's points came off of 5-of-7 shooting.

  • Portland will head to the Bay Area to take on San Francisco (1/15) and Santa Clara (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 6-11
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Saint Mary's opened conference play undefeated, beating Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco.

  • Sophomore Louella Tomlinson continues to have an impressive season as she averaged a triple-double in the two games, with 18.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, and 11 bpg en route to her second WCC Player of the Week award. Her triple-double against the Dons included a career-high 28 points and was her second of the season. Her 6.1 blocks per game now leads the country.

  • Senior Maija Lahde was solid all-around, finishing with 22 points, on 7-of-13 shooting, five rebounds, and four assists. She also added a team-high three steals.

  • Saint Mary's had advantages of 55-32 rebounds, 52.5%-29.9% field goal shooting, 30-14 points in the paint, and 27-6 second chance points in the win over the Dons.

  • The Gaels head down South to take on LMU (1/15) and Pepperdine (1/17) this week.
  • Overall Record: 11-5
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • San Diego opened conference play winning both games against San Francisco and Santa Clara and has won five straight.

  • Senior Amber Sprague nearly had a triple-double against the Dons, finishing with 22 points, on 7-of-14 shooting, a career-high nine blocks, and seven rebounds. Sprague is now only 11 points away from being the Toreros' all-time leading scorer. Her nine blocks is also third all-time for a single game. Freshman Dominique Conners had a career-high 18 points and added six rebounds and three assists against the Dons. Sophomore Emily Hatch just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

  • Senior Kiva Herman had a game-high 20 points (8-16) against Santa Clara, while Hatch and Conners had career-high rebounds with 15 and seven respectively.

  • The Toreros are on the road this week, taking on Pepperdine (1/15), before facing LMU (1/17) in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.
  • Overall Record: 4-12
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • San Francisco suffered a pair of setbacks losing to San Diego and Saint Mary's to open conference play.

  • Senior Shay Rollins led the Dons against San Diego, tying her career-high with 23 points, including four three-pointers. She is currently third in the league in scoring (17.6) and first in three-pointers per game (3.0). Her three-point average ranks seventh nationally. This was Rollins' 20th straight double-digit scoring game. Freshman Vania Singleterry had a career-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting in her first start.

  • Senior Necolia Simmons had her fifth double-double of the season against the Gaels, pacing the team with 18 points and 10 boards. Simmons is second in the league in rebounding (9.5), almost averaging a double-double (13.9 ppg). She also added a career-high three steals.

  • The Dons stay home this week to take on Portland (1/15), before facing Gonzaga (1/17) at War Memorial Gym.
  • Overall Record: 2-15
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • The Broncos lost a pair of games last week, falling in a close one to Saint Mary's and San Diego, to open conference play.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson paced Santa Clara with 13 points against the Gaels, on 6-of-13 shooting. She followed that up with her league-leading 11th double-double of the season against the Toreros, going for 11 points and 14 rebounds. Gipson currently leads the league in rebounding (10.2).

  • Gipson was joined in double-digit scoring against San Diego by senior Sara Majors, who had 11, and freshman Rhianna Faithfull, who had 10.

  • Gipson is the only player in the WCC to average a double-double (12.8 ppg and 10.2 rpg).

  • The Broncos stay home to host Gonzaga (1/15) in a nationally televised game on CBS College Sports, before facing Portland (1/17).