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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 20, 2009

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CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Gonzaga now sits atop the WCC standings as the only unbeaten team in conference play after its perfect road trip to the Bay Area last week. Loyola Marymount and Portland joined the Zags as the only other teams that went undefeated over the week, as the Lions took down Saint Mary's and San Diego, while the Pilots beat San Francisco and Santa Clara. Sole possession of first place is up for grabs this week as Pepperdine (2-1) heads up to Gonzaga (3-0) in its first game of the week, while LMU (2-1) will play at Portland (2-1). San Diego (3-1) will only have one game this week, at Saint Mary's (2-2).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 6:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
2:00 PM
Pepperdine at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
2:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Loyola Marymount's Renahy Young Earns Weekly Honor
Loyola Marymount sophomore Renahy Young averaged 16 points per game over the week and was perfect from the line (7-7), helping LMU take down two teams that were previously unbeaten in conference play. Against Saint Mary's, Young had a team-high 16 points, three rebounds, and two steals to help LMU to its first conference win of the season. Against San Diego, in front of a national TV audience, Young went 6-for-12 from the floor for 16 points to snap San Diego's six game win streak, which was the longest in the conference.

San Diego's Amber Sprague is No. 1
San Diego junior center Amber Sprague became the school's all-time leading scorer in her game against Pepperdine last week, totaling 1,540 points for her career. The previous record was 1,510 by Susie Erpelding (`96-00). Sprague is also inching closer to the school's all-time rebounding mark of 831, set by Chris Enger (`92-93). To date, she has 768 career rebounds, and would only have to average 6.3 boards per game, well under her current average of 8.1, over the remainder of the season to take the top spot.

Gonzaga Sits Alone
After going undefeated in its Bay Area road trip last week, the Zags sit alone as the only unbeaten team in conference play. In its first game, against former assistant coach Jennifer Mountain and the Broncos, Gonzaga was able to put its talents on display in front of a national TV audience on CBS College Sports. As is stands, Gonzaga has maintained its top 40 RPI rating, according to the latest Collegiate Basketball News Report, coming in at No. 39, and is also receiving votes in both major polls.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 15-4
WCC Record: 3-0
  • Gonzaga went undefeated on the road last week, defeating Santa Clara in a national TV game on CBS College Sports, before defeating San Francisco. The Zags now boast the only undefeated record in conference play.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot had a solid all-around game against Santa Clara, finishing with game-highs of 25 points (9-16) and five assists, while adding five rebounds, four steals, and three treys. The conference's assists leader (7.2) followed that up with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists against the Dons and is now ranked third in the country in assists.

  • Junior Heather Bowman had a game-high 17 points against San Francisco, while junior Vivian Frieson was one off her career-high with 15 rebounds, adding in 10 points to join Vandersloot for a double-double. Bowman continues to pace the conference in scoring with 19.2 ppg.

  • The Zags stay home for the first time in conference play to take on Pepperdine (1/22), before facing Loyola Marymount (1/24)..
  • Overall Record: 12-5
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • LMU continues to play well at home (8-1), defeating Saint Mary's, before beating San Diego on ESPNU.

  • Sophomore Renahy Young had back-to-back games scoring 16 points to help the Lions take down Saint Mary's and San Diego, to hand them their first losses in conference play, en route to Player of the Week honors. She is the third different Lion to win the award this season.

  • Freshman Alex Cowling continues to lead the team in field goal percentage as she went 7-for-10 against the Gaels, for 15 points. She is second in the league (57.4%), while leading all freshmen in scoring (12.5 ppg). Sophomore Melanie Ysaguirre had a career-high 11 rebounds, nine on the offensive end.

  • Freshman Candice Nichols had a career-high 19 points (5-9) to help beat the Toreros.

  • The Lions head up North to take on Portland (1/22) and Gonzaga (1/24) this week.
  • Overall Record: 9-8
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • Pepperdine split its games last week, losing to San Diego, before bouncing back to defeat Saint Mary's.

  • The Waves had a 20-8 steals advantage against the Toreros, led by conference leader, senior Nakeya Isabell (3.2), and freshmen Jazmine Jackson and Skye Barnett, who all had five each. Junior Miranda Ayim, the team's leading scorer (11.5) missed the game against San Diego to attend her grandmother's funeral, before joining the team against Saint Mary's.

  • Freshman Alex Jarrell made the most of her first start against the Gaels, leading the team in scoring with a career-high 13 points, adding seven rebounds. Jackson led the team with five steals en route to forcing the Gaels into 33 turnovers, which led to 28 points for the Waves. She also hit a three with 46 seconds left to give Pepperdine a one point lead to help seal the win.

  • The Waves are on the road for the first time in conference play, heading up North to take on Gonzaga (1/22), before facing Portland (1/24).
  • Overall Record: 9-8
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • The Pilots went undefeated in their trip to the Bay Area, defeating San Francisco and Santa Clara and have won six out of their last eight.

  • Sophomore Lauren Angel led all scorers against the Dons with a career-high 18 points, on an impressive 8-for-10 shooting.

  • Sophomore Tara Cronin had a career-high 20 points (7-13) to lead all scorers against the Broncos, adding seven rebounds and a game and career-high five steals. Senior Allyson Sievers was perfect from the field, going 6-for-6, for 12 points, and also had seven rebounds.

  • Junior Laiken Dollente was held to single digits in back-to-back games for the first time this season, but still leads the team and ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 15.6 ppg.

  • Portland stays home this week to take on Loyola Marymount (1/22) and Pepperdine (1/24).
  • Overall Record: 6-13
    WCC Record: 2-2
  • Saint Mary's had a pair of setbacks in its trip down South, losing to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

  • Sophomore Louella Tomlinson, fresh off a career-high 28 points, had a game-high 23 (8-15) to go along with 13 rebounds, for her fifth double-double of the season against the Lions. She followed that up with another double-double, going for 13 points (5-10) and 10 rebounds against Pepperdine. The country's leading shot blocker (5.9 bpg) had nine blocks in the two games.

  • Freshman Ashlee Smith made the most of her minutes against the Waves, finishing with a career-high 22 points (9-14) and 10 rebounds. Smith currently leads the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a .593 clip this season.

  • The Gaels led for most of the game until a Waves' three-pointer with 46 seconds to go.

  • The Gaels stay home for their only game this week, hosting San Diego (1/24).
  • Overall Record: 12-6
    WCC Record: 3-1
  • San Diego split its games on the road last week, defeating Pepperdine, before falling to Loyola Marymount on ESPNU to snap its six game win streak.

  • Senior Amber Sprague became the school's all-time leading scorer (1,540) with her game-high 17 points (4-7) against the Waves. She also added 11 boards, for her fourth double-double on the season. Sprague was joined by three other Toreros in double figures in freshman Dominique Conners (14), senior Kiva Herman (13), and junior Kelly Winther (10).

  • Sprague led all scorers against the Lions with 23 points, and now ranks fourth in the league with 16.5 ppg and sixth in rebounding at 8.1 rpg. Teammate Herman had 19 points, on 5-of-9 shooting, adding a game-high three blocks.

  • The Toreros have just one game this week, when they head up to the Bay Area to take on Saint Mary's (1/24).
  • Overall Record: 4-14
    WCC Record: 0-4
  • San Francisco suffered a pair of setbacks losing to Portland and Gonzaga last week.

  • Freshman Rheina Ale led the way against the Pilots with a team-high 17 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, for her third straight game in double figures. Senior Shay Rollins had 15 points, including three treys, and leads the conference in three-pointers made (2.9), while ranking third in scoring (16.7).

  • Freshman Katy Keating led the team against the Zags with nine points, on 4-of-8 shooting, adding eight rebounds. Senior Necolia Simmons was the next best Don with seven points and eight rebounds. Simmons is currently ranked second in the league in rebounding (9.2), averaging just under a double-double with 12.9 ppg.

  • San Francisco will stay home this week in its only game of the week, taking on Bay Area rival Santa Clara (1/24).
  • Overall Record: 2-17
    WCC Record: 0-4
  • The Broncos lost a pair of games last week, falling to Gonzaga on CBS College Sports, before losing to Portland.

  • Senior Elizabeth Doran had three treys en route to reaching 500 career points, in SCU's contest against the Zags. She followed that up with two threes against Portland, giving her 15 straight games with a made three-pointer.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson had back-to-back double-doubles over the week, giving her a league-leading 13 on the season and continues to be the only player in the conference to average a double-double (13.1 ppg and 10.2 rpg). She had a team-high 16 points (7-12) and 10 boards against Gonzaga in only 26 minutes, followed by a 15 point, 10 rebound performance against Portland.

  • The Broncos will head on the road in their only game this week, taking on Bay Area rival San Francisco (1/24).