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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/14

Jan. 14, 2008

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WCC Player of the Week
Louella Tomlinson, Saint Mary's

Louella Tomlinson led Saint Mary's to a victory over Santa Clara in its conference opener, as the Gaels edged the Broncos on Saturday, 74-71. Tomlinson continued her outstanding freshman campaign, notching her second double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She shot .438 (7-for-16) from the field, and also pitched in with six blocks and three assists to lead the team. The native of Melbourne, Australia increased her program-record blocks total to 87 for the season, and currently ranks first in Division I with 5.1 blocks per game.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 17
Gonzaga at San Diego* - 7:00 PM
Portland at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine* - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount* - 7:00 PM

Jan. 19
Gonzaga at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM
Portland at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC Among The Division I Leaders
Several WCC teams and individuals rank among the nation's Division I statistical leaders. Saint Mary's freshman Louella Tomlinson is currently leading the country in blocked shots with 5.1 blocks per game, while San Diego's Amanda Rego ranks second among the nation's Division I players with 8.3 assists per game. Saint Mary's Jontelle Smith is averaging 3.2 three-pointers per game to rank fourth in the country, and Portland's Laiken Dollente is shooting the seventh-highest free throw clip in Division I at .905 (86-for-95). Santa Clara is among the nation's top three-point shooting teams once again, as the Broncos rank second in three-pointers per game (8.4) and eighth in shooting percentage from beyond the arc (.396). Saint Mary's averages 6.9 blocks per game as a team to rank third in the country, and Gonzaga dishes out an average of 18.1 assists per game to rank eighth in Division I.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-6 / 2-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga got the conference season off to a great start at home, handing Pepperdine a 68-56 defeat before knocking off Loyola Marymount, 81-65.

- Michelle Elliott led the Zags in scoring in both wins over the weekend, tallying a game-high 22 points in the win over the Waves before adding 17 points against the Lions. Elliott enters the week ranked second on the team with 11.2 points per game.

- Courtney Vandersloot just missed a double-double in Thursday's win over Pepperdine, dropping in a career-high 19 points and dishing out nine assists. The freshman ranks second in the WCC with 5.47 assists per game.

- The Zags hit the road this weekend for WCC contests at San Diego (1/17) and San Francisco (1/19).

Loyola Marymount Lions (9-8 / 1-1 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount earned a split on the road to begin conference play, notching a 73-71 win at Portland before falling to Gonzaga on Saturday, 81-65.

- Renahy Young paced the Lions over the weekend, scoring 20 points in the win over the Pilots and dropping in a team-high 14 points against the Bulldogs. The freshman has led LMU in scoring four times this season, and ranks second on the squad with 9.9 points per game.

- Coming off the bench for the second straight game, Amanda DeCoud pitched in with 11 points and collected three steals against the Zags. The senior has recorded a WCC-high 44 steals this season, and ranks second in the conference with 2.59 steals per game.

- The Lions return home for conference tilts against Santa Clara (1/17) and Saint Mary's (1/19) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (5-10 / 0-2 WCC)
- The Waves closed out their season-high eight-game road stretch last weekend, falling 68-56 to Gonzaga before being edged at Portland on Saturday, 60-56.

- Daphanie Kennedy became Pepperdine's all-time leader in steals during Thursday's loss to the Zags. The senior collected a pair of steals on the weekend to bring her career swipes total to 185, snapping the program record of 183 set by Shandrika Lee (2000-04).

- Miranda Ayim led Pepperdine with 17 points and shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against Portland. The sophomore enters the week leading the conference with a .576 (72-for-125) shooting percentage on the year.

- The Waves return home for the first time since December 7 to take on Saint Mary's (1/17) and Santa Clara (1/19) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (11-6 / 1-1 WCC)
- Portland rebounded from a 73-71 defeat against Loyola Marymount to knock off visiting Pepperdine on Sunday, 60-56.

- Carly Koebel made her first start of the season against the Waves and pitched in with nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocked shots in the win. The junior enters the week with 61 career blocks, and needs just 10 more to crack the Portland top-10 list.

- Saturday's victory marked the 128th career WCC win for Head Coach Jim Sollars. The longest tenured coach in the conference, Sollars needs just on more league victory to move into a tie with former USF Head Coach Mary Hile-Nepfel for first place on the WCC all-time list.

- The Pilots travel to the Bay Area for conference games at San Francisco (1/17) and San Diego (1/19) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (9-8 / 1-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's opened conference play with a win, notching a 74-71 victory at Santa Clara on Saturday.

- Louella Tomlinson notched her second double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win over the Broncos. The freshman also blocked six shots to bring her season blocks total to 87, the sixth-highest single-season total in WCC history.

- Serena Benavente dished out a pair of assists against Santa Clara to move ahead of former Gael J.R. Payne (1995-99) into fourth place on the Saint Mary's career assist chart with 293.

- Jontelle Smith scored 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting against the Broncos after missing the previous four games due to injury.

- The Gaels travel to Pepperdine (1/17) and Loyola Marymount (1/19) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (9-6 / 0-1 WCC)
- The Toreros dropped their conference opener at San Francisco on Saturday, 80-62.

- Amber Sprague recorded her conference-leading fifth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss to the Dons. Sprague enters the week ranked second in the WCC in both scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).

- Kiva Herman pitched in with 11 points on Saturday, marking the 11th time this season that the junior has scored in double-figures. Herman, who had just one career start entering the season, has started 14 of San Diego's 15 games and ranks second on the team with 12.8 points per contest.

- San Diego returns to the Jenny Craig Pavilion this weekend, where they will meet Gonzaga (1/17) and Portland (1/19) in WCC action.

San Francisco Dons (10-6 / 1-0 WCC)
- San Francisco got league play off to a good start, notching an 80-62 win over San Diego at Memorial Gym on Saturday.

- Necolia Simmons scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down seven boards in the win over the Toreros. The junior shot a scorching .600 (9-for-15) from the field, and added a block as the Dons matched their entire win total from last season with their 10th victory of the year.

- Dominique Carter pitched in with 15 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's win. Carter's eight boards moved her ahead of former Don Renee Demirdjian (1993-97) into 14th place on USF's career rebounds list with 551. The senior also enters the week with 1,565 career points, just 30 shy of third place on the Dons' all-time chart.

- The Dons remain at home for WCC clashes with Portland (1/17) and Gonzaga (1/19) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (11-4 / 0-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara had its seven-game winning streak snapped in its conference opener, as the Broncos dropped a 74-71 decision to Saint Mary's at the Leavey Center on Saturday.

- Jen Gottschalk was nearly unstoppable against the Gaels, posting her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 30 points and 12 boards in the loss. Gottschalk is one of just two WCC players that currently rank among the conference's top-five in both scoring (3rd-17.1 ppg) and rebounding (5th-7.4 rpg).

- Tracey Walker dished out a game-high six assists on Saturday to bring her career total to 256, just two assists away from cracking the SCU career top-10 chart.

- The Broncos travel to Southern California for league contests at Loyola Marymount (1/17) and Pepperdine (1/19) this week.