Jan. 15, 2007
WCC Player of the Week
Amanda Rego, San Diego
Amanda Rego led USD to a pair of conference wins over the weekend, as the Toreros topped Pepperdine and LMU to improve to 3-0 in WCC play for the first time since 1998-99. The junior tallied her conference-leading sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 assists in Thursday's win over the Waves, and added eight rebounds and 11 points, including the game-winning free throw in Saturday's win over the Lions. For the week, the San Diego native averaged 10.5 points, eight assists, and six boards as the Toreros continued the best start in program history.
San Diego at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's* - 7:00 PM^
Portland at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount* - 4:30 PM
San Francisco at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Game
^ Televised on ESPNU
Around The WCC
WCC Makes ESPNU Debut On Thursday
WCC women's basketball will make its 2006-07 debut on ESPNU this Thursday when San Francisco travels to meet Bay Area rival Saint Mary's at McKeon Pavilion for a 7:00 PM tip. Both programs are headed by new coaches this season, and are currently tied for fifth place in the WCC after both squads earned a split last week. The Gaels have won their last three meetings against USF, including a sweep of the Dons last year.
WCC All-Access This Week
WCC's All-Access coverage continues this week as San Diego visits Santa Clara for a crucial conference match up on Thursday at 7:00 PM. Fans can catch all the action by logging on to the free webcast on WCCsports.com.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-8 / 4-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga improved to 4-0 in WCC play and extended its winning streak to a season-high five games with wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's at the McCarthey Athletic Center over the weekend.
- Stephanie Hawk scored a career-high 33 points in Thursday's 78-73 overtime win against Santa Clara. The senior added seven points in the win over Saint Mary's, and became the 12th Zag to reach the 1,000 career points mark with 1,038.
- Heather Bowman dropped in 20 points in each of Gonzaga's wins, marking the fifth and sixth straight games in which the freshman has scored in double figures.
- GU has recorded a WCC-best +17.0 scoring margin through four conference games.
- The Zags host Northwest rival Portland (1/20) in their lone contest this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (10-8 / 2-2 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount came from behind to top San Francisco on Thursday, 70-64, before dropping a 50-49 heartbreaker at San Diego to wrap up the weekend.
- Amanda Patton went six-for-nine from beyond the arc en route to a season-high 24 points in LMU's win at San Francisco. The senior brought her career total to 125 three-pointers, and needs just one more trey to tie former teammate Rachael Ziemann's LMU career record.
- Ashlee Dunlap scored a personal season-high 16 points against the Dons, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
- Jennifer Hall led all players with 17 points and eight boards in Sunday's loss at USD.
- The Lions return home to take on Southern California rival Pepperdine (1/20) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (8-11 / 1-3 WCC)
- The Waves struggled on the road, dropping a narrow 73-71 decision at San Diego before falling to San Francisco on Saturday, 77-65.
- Teena Wickett returned to the Pepperdine lineup for the first time since early December, scoring 13 points against the Toreros before pitching in with 10 points and team-high seven rebounds in the loss to USF.
- Miranda Ayim added 10 points in Saturday's loss, shooting five-for-eight from the field. The freshman currently ranks second in the conference with a .529 (64-for-121) field goal percentage.
- The Waves are shooting a WCC-best .745 (228-for-306) from the charity stripe as a team.
- Pepperdine makes the short trip across town to face Loyola Marymount (1/20) this week.
Portland Pilots (8-11 / 0-4 WCC)
- Portland dropped to 0-4 in league play after falling to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara at the Chiles Center over the weekend.
- Laiken Dollente went 8-for-8 from the free throw line en route to a team-high 16 points in Saturday's loss to Santa Clara. The freshman, who ranks second in the WCC with 15.9 points per game, leads the conference with an .883 (113-for-128) free throw percentage.
- Rachel Warren continued her dominance in the post, blocking four shots and pulling down 14 rebounds on the weekend. The junior currently leads the WCC with 2.42 blocks and 7.7 rebounds per game. As a team, Portland leads the conference in blocked shots with an average of 4.95 per game.
- Portland travels to Gonzaga (1/20) for its lone contest this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (7-9 / 1-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned a split in the Northwest, handing Portland a 74-52 defeat on Thursday before falling at Gonzaga on Saturday, 85-49.
- Lauren Shaughnessy collected six steals in the win over the Pilots to bring her team-leading swipes total to 48. The junior, who returned to the team after sitting out last season, is currently pacing the conference with 3.0 steals per game.
- Jontelle Smith scored a game-high 20 points in the win at Portland, and added 10 points in Saturday's loss at Gonzaga. The sophomore has now scored in double-digits in each of Saint Mary's last eight games.
- SMC has out-rebounded conference opponents by a +6.7 margin in league play.
- The Gaels host San Francisco (1/18) and San Diego (1/20) this week.
San Diego Toreros (14-3 / 3-0 WCC)
- San Diego continued to roll along, winning a pair of close contests at home over the weekend. The Toreros edged Pepperdine on Thursday, 73-71, before defeating LMU on Saturday, 50-49.
- The win over the Lions gives San Diego 14 victories for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, and marks the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that a Torero squad has began conference play with three straight wins.
- Amanda Rego dished out 16 assists on the weekend, including 10 against Pepperdine to give her a conference-high 135 assists on the season. Rego moved ahead of former Torero Jane Gilpin (1987-88) into second place on the USD single-season assists list.
- San Diego travels to the Bay Area this weekend for conference contests at Santa Clara (1/18) and Saint Mary's (1/20).
San Francisco Dons (7-11 / 1-2 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from a 70-64 loss to Loyola Marymount to hand Pepperdine a 77-65 defeat at War Memorial Gym on Saturday.
- Heidi Heintz continued to excel in conference play for the Dons, notching a career-high 17 points in the win over the Waves. The freshman is currently shooting a league-high .800 (12-for-15) from the field through three conference games.
- Dominique Carter scored 21 points against the Lions, marking her fourth 20-plus point performance of the season.
- The Dons have shot a WCC-high .417 (15-for-36) from three-point land so far in conference play.
- USF travels to face Saint Mary's (1/18) and Santa Clara (1/20) this week.
Santa Clara Broncos (10-8 / 2-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara rebounded from a 78-73 overtime loss at Gonzaga to knock off Portland on Saturday, 81-71.
- Jen Gottschalk poured in a career-high 30 points in Thursday's loss to the Zags, marking the second straight game in which the junior set a career-best. Gottschalk is currently shooting a WCC-high .588 (77-for131) from the field.
- Kasey Monteith matched a career-high with 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting in Saturday's win over the Pilots.
- Chandice Cronk's three treys in the win over Portland moved her ahead of former teammate Quinn Thomas into sixth place on the SCU single-season three-pointer chart with 67.
- The Broncos host San Diego (1/18) and San Francisco (1/20) this week.