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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 17, 2008

Gonzaga - 83
San Diego - 76

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team made a late push, paced by junior forward Kiva Herman's career-high 28 points, but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University Bulldogs downed the Toreros, 83-76, Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 9-7 overall and 0-2 in the WCC. With the win, the Zags improve to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in the WCC.

Herman scored her career and game-high 28 points on an impressive 10-for-15 performance from the floor, to go along with eight rebounds. Sam Child was also impressive from the field as the freshman scored 14 points, including going 4-for-6 from the three-point line. Amanda Rego had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 assists. As a team, the Toreros shot 48 percent from the floor and were edged in rebounds, 31-30.

Gonzaga grabbed the first five points of the game, but a Herman floater in the paint ignited a 6-0 Toreros run to give USD a brief one-point lead at 6-5.

The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the next several minutes, then with the score knotted up at 16-16 with 11:05 remaining in the half, the Zags put together a 8-1 run to gain the momentum and take a 24-17 lead with 8:43 remaining.

Child then hit a 3-pointer, followed by Amber Sprague lay-up and a Herman jumper to pull USD even with Gonzaga at 24-24 with 5:51 to go in the first half.

The Bulldogs then closed the half on a 19-6 run to take a 13-point lead into the break at 43-31.

In the second half, the Zags wasted no time in scoring as they opened the frame with a 14-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 55-33 with 15:26 remaining.

Gonzaga would maintain that 20-point margin over the next four minutes, then with the score at 62-42 in favor of GU, a Morgan Henderson 3-pointer ignited a spark in the Toreros offense as USD began to slowly chip away at the lead with 9:31 remaining in the game.

After the Zags weathered USD's small run and built back up a 17-poiunt lead at 70-53 with 5:21 to go, the Toreros launched a furious come-back attempt. Herman hit a jumper off a pass from Rego, which sparked a 13-2 USD run that was capped on a pair of Herman free throws, bringing the Toreros to within nine at 72-63 with 2:59 remaining in the game.

San Diego would eventually get the lead down to as few as five on several occasions, but in the end could not over come the 22-point deficit.

For Gonzaga, Heather Bowman scored a team-high 26 points as one of five GU players to reach double figures. As a team, Gonzaga hit 50 percent of their shots, including going 9-for-16 from beyond the arc.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host the University of Portland in a 2 p.m. WCC game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Pepperdine - 80
Saint Mary's- 67

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team ended its eight-game losing streak by exploding for 61 points in the second half in an 80-67 win over Saint Mary's on Thursday night in a West Coast Conference game at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves (6-10, 1-2 WCC) trailed the Gaels (9-9, 1-1) at the half, 29-19, after being held to 28.6% shooting from the field and committing 14 turnovers. They responded by shooting a blistering 65.8% in the second half to claim their first victory since their last home game, a 68-64 win over Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 7 in Malibu. The Gaels were limited to 38.8% shooting for the game while the Waves finished at 50%.

"Praise be to God for the win," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau. "We were down by 10 at the half, but I told the team they were a resilient team and they came out fired up in the second half. Shannon being back was a big help, she's a smart and valuable player. It was a team effort tonight. It's a good feeling to win but it's going to be a short victory because we have to get ready for Santa Clara on Saturday."

Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) recorded her second double-double of the season and scored a season-high 18 points while chipping in 11 rebounds, Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif./Kearny HS) finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and Katie Menton (Yosemite, Calif./Yosemite HS) scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

"It feels good to win," George said. "it was definitely a team effort offensively and defensively. It's been hard to pick ourselves up, but it felt good to be home and our fans and the atmosphere helped out a lot."

The Gaels had three players score in double figures, as Jontelle Smith notched a team-high 18 points, Serena Benavente registered 15 points and seven rebounds and Lauren Shaughnessy recorded 10 points.

Up next, the Waves host Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse.

San Francisco - 65
Portland - 51

San Francisco, Calif. - With 20 points each, senior guard Dominique Carter and junior center Necolia Simmons scored more than half of the University of San Francisco's points in a 65-51 win against Portland in West Coast Conference play Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (11-6, 2-0 WCC) remain unbeaten in league play at the expense of the Pilots (11-7, 1-2 WCC).

Sophomore forward Heidi Heintz put the Dons on the board first with a layup five seconds into the first half, before the Pilots went on an 8-0 run. USF bounced back and took the lead with an 11-0 run of their own. After both teams tied the score at 13-13, the Dons scored two and didn't relinquish the lead.

USF shot .444 (24-54) from the floor and impressively held the Pilots to .316 (18-57) for the game. The Dons held a dominating 45-25 rebound advantage, including 14-8 on the offensive glass. San Francisco dished out 15 assists on the night and every player who checked in scored at least one point and pulled down at least one rebound.

Carter earned her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Simmons registered her second straight 20-point night in WCC play and is now averaging 21.3 points per game in league. Senior guard Nykia Peace also enjoyed a strong night for the Dons with eight points, nine rebounds and a game-high six assists.

Portland held an edge from 3-point range converting on 5-of-15 (.333). The Pilots shot .769 (10-13) from the free-throw line, while the Dons came in at .708 (17-24) at the stripe. Sophomore guard Laiken Dollente led the Pilots with 13 points and five rebounds.

USF continues league play at home Saturday when it squares off against defending WCC champion Gonzaga. Tip off against the Bulldogs is set for 2.00 PM at War Memorial Gym.

Santa Clara - 81
Loyola Marymount - 57

Los Angeles, CA - It was a story of two different performances as LMU saw its four-game winning streak against Santa Clara snapped with an 81-57 defeat Thursday night in a West Coast Conference game at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The Lions (9-9, 1-2 WCC) fall to .500 for the first time since December 2 while the Broncos improve to 12-4, 1-1 WCC.

Freshman Renahy Young registered her third straight double-digit scoring effort with 18 points to raise her WCC average to 17.3 ppg. Senior Valerie Ogoke made her first seven shots and finished 7-for-8 from the floor. She was one point shy of her career-high with 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Lions, who did not get much production outside of Young and Ogoke. LMU's bench was out-scored 17-6 by that of the Broncos.

Chandice Cronk scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to pace four Broncos in double figures. Tracey Walker added 16 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds while Jen Gottschalk also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Santa Clara shot 53.3% in the second half to finish at 50% (32-for-64) overall. LMU, on the other hand, was held to 32.2% (19-for-59) for the game and just 16.7% (2-for-12) from three-point range after making 46% in the first two conference games.

LMU committed only 14 turnovers but Santa Clara made them count, holding an 18-5 edge in points off turnovers. The Lions controlled the boards, 42-40.

The opening nine minutes told the story of the game as the Broncos came out hot while the Lions were flat in their first home conference appearance. Santa Clara made eight of its first 16 from the floor and forced seven Lion turnovers to jump out to a 22-4 lead with 12:10 left in the first. Cronk was single-handedly outscoring the Lions with 10 points in the early going while the Bronco defense flustered LMU into two field goals in their first 13 attempts.

LMU looked inside to Ogoke for a lift and the senior complied by making her first six shots of the game and scoring 13 of LMU's first 25 points. Still, the Broncos maintained their lead through the hot shooting of Cronk, who equaled her season average with 17 first-half points on 7-for-14 shooting to send the visitors into the locker room leading 42-25. Santa Clara shot 46.9% (16-for-34) in the first half, including 41.7% (5-for-12) from three-point range while the Lions hit on 29% (9-for-31) overall.

The frenetic pace of the game favored the smaller Broncos, who continued to take advantage of LMU turnovers, building up a 20-point lead. After getting solid bench play in their first two WCC games, the Lions sorely lacked that spark as junior Jenna Sybesma's layup with 11:40 to go in the game was the first basket by an LMU non-starter. In fact, to that point, only three Lions had made a shot from the field.

LMU plays its final home game of the month on Saturday when it hosts Saint Mary's at 2 p.m.