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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/21

Jan. 21, 2008

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WCC Player of the Week
Heather Bowman, Gonzaga

Heather Bowman posted outstanding numbers in leading Gonzaga to road victories at San Diego and San Francisco last week. The sophomore scored 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting as the Zags knocked off San Diego on Thursday, 83-76, and added 23 points with eight rebounds in Saturday's 74-70 win at San Francisco. For the week, Bowman averaged 24.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting a blistering .760 (19-for-25) from the field. She also shot 11-for-12 (.917) from the charity stripe as Gonzaga improved to 4-0 in WCC play.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 24
San Diego at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's* - 7:00 PM

Jan. 26
Portland at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine* - 4:30 PM
San Francisco at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Portland Head Coach Jim Sollars Set To Break WCC Wins Record
Portland Head Coach Jim Sollars tied the West Coast Conference record for coaching victories in league play with the 129th WCC win of his career against San Diego on Saturday. Sollars, who is in his 22nd season at the helm at Portland, needs just one more win to move ahead of former San Francisco Head Coach Mary Hile-Nepfel into first place on the conference's all-time victories list.

Record Breakers
A number of WCC players have set program records so far this season. Senior Amanda Rego became San Diego's all-time assist leader this year, surpassing the previous standard of 480 set by former Torero Lori Morris (1980-84). Rego also became USD's all-time steals leader with her 215th career swipe, putting her ahead of Kerri Nakamoto on the San Diego all-time chart. Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson has made an immediate impact in her freshman campaign, shattering the Gaels' single-season blocks record of 50 set by former SMC standout Pia Paivio during the 1992-93 season. Pepperdine's Daphanie Kennedy set the program's all-time steals record with her 184th career swipe against Gonzaga on January 10, while Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk broke the Bronco career mark of 226 three-pointers set by former teammate Quinn Thomas (2001-05), and enters the week ranked third on the WCC all-time three-pointer list.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-6 / 4-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga extended its winning streak to a season-high five straight games, and improved to 4-0 in WCC action after posting road victories at San Diego and San Francisco over the weekend.

- Heather Bowman scored 26 points in Thursday's win over the Toreros, and dropped in 23 points in Saturday's win at USF. The sophomore has led the Zags to a perfect 5-0 mark since returning from injury on January 3.

- Vivian Frieson scored eight points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in Saturday's win over the Dons. Frieson ranks sixth in the WCC with a team-best 8.5 boards per contest in conference play.

- The Bulldogs return home for a three-game stretch beginning against Pacific Northwest rival Portland (1/26) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (10-9 / 2-2 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount posted a split at home, rebounding from an 81-57 loss to Santa Clara to edge Saint Mary's at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday, 73-71.

- Renahy Young continued to lead the Lions, scoring 18 points with a pair of blocked shots against the Broncos and scoring a team-high 17 points in the win over the Gaels. The freshman, who moved into the team lead with 10.7 points per game, has led the Lions in scoring in all four WCC contests so far this season.

- Amanda DeCoud collected three steals against Saint Mary's to bring her season swipes total to a conference-high 47. DeCoud enters the week with 212 career steals, and needs just one more swipe to move into a tie for fourth place on the LMU all-time list.

- The Lions travel to local rival Pepperdine (1/26) for their lone game this week.

Pepperdine Waves (6-11 / 1-3 WCC)
- The Waves snapped an eight-game losing skid with an 80-67 win over Saint Mary's before falling to Santa Clara, 71-66, last week.

- Teiosha George notched her second double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win over the Gaels.

- Katie Menton pitched in with a career-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting in Thursday's win. Menton, who has also sunk a team-high 26 three-pointers on the season, currently ranks fourth among WCC freshmen in scoring with 9.2 points per game.

- Pepperdine is limiting opponents to a WCC-low .227 shooting percentage from three-point range.

- The Waves host Southern California rival Loyola Marymount (1/26) this week.

Portland Pilots (12-7 / 2-2 WCC)
- Portland earned a split on the road, as the Pilots rebounded from a 65-51 loss at San Francisco to knock off San Diego in overtime on Saturday, 76-75.

- Laiken Dollente led the Pilots in scoring in both contests last week, scoring 13 points against the Dons and a game-high 21 points against the Toreros. Dollente also shot 7-for-8 from the free throw line, putting her into 10th place on the Portland career list with 256 free throws made. She currently leads the WCC with a phenomenal .903 (93-for-103) free throw percentage.

- Allyson Sievers recorded her first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in Saturday's win over San Diego.

- The Pilots travel to Spokane to take on Gonzaga (1/26) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (9-10 / 1-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's suffered a pair of road defeats, dropping an 80-67 decision at Pepperdine and a 73-71 verdict at Loyola Marymount to fall to 1-2 in conference play.

- Lauren Shaughnessy grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in Saturday's loss to the Lions, marking the second-highest single-game rebound total posted by a WCC player this season. Shaughnessy also collected a pair of steals against LMU to move into second place on the Saint Mary's career list with 195 swipes.

- Louella Tomlinson recorded her third double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds against LMU. The freshman also blocked nine shots against the Lions, putting her into a tie for second place on the WCC single-season blocks list with 98.

- The Gaels host San Francisco (1/24) and San Diego (1/26) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (9-8 / 0-3 WCC)
- The Toreros suffered a pair of narrow defeats at home, dropping an 83-76 decision to Gonzaga on Thursday before being edged in overtime by Portland on Saturday, 76-75.

- Kiva Herman recorded a career-high 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting in Thursday's loss to the Bulldogs. Herman, who enters the week ranked second on the team with 13.6 points per game, is currently tied for fourth in the conference with 17.0 points per game in WCC action.

- Amanda Rego collected three steals against Portland, bringing her team-leading steals total to 45 on the season. Rego enters the week with 254 career swipes, which ranks eighth on the WCC all-time list.

- San Diego travels to the Bay Area this weekend to take on Santa Clara (1/24) and Saint Mary's (1/26) in WCC play.

San Francisco Dons (11-7 / 2-1 WCC)
- San Francisco recorded a 65-51 victory over Portland before falling to Gonzaga at Memorial Gym on Saturday, 74-70.

- Necolia Simmons continued to excel in conference play, scoring 20 points in Thursday's win over the Pilots before matching a career-high with 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds against Gonzaga. Simmons enters the week tied for the conference lead with 22.0 points per game in WCC play.

- Shay Rollins scored 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in Saturday's loss to the Zags. Rollins, who ranks third in the WCC with 2.24 three-pointers per game, moved into a tie for sixth place on the USF all-time list with 91 career treys.

- The Dons will battle a pair of Bay Area rivals on the road this week, as USF travels to Saint Mary's (1/24) and Santa Clara (1/26).

Santa Clara Broncos (13-4 / 2-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted its first two conference victories on the road last week, handing Loyola Marymount an 81-57 defeat before knocking off Pepperdine, 71-66.

- Jen Gottschalk notched a pair of double-doubles last week, scoring 15 points with 11 boards against LMU and adding 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win over the Waves. The senior currently ranks second in the WCC with 17.2 points per game, and third in the conference with 7.9 boards per contest.

- Chandice Cronk enters the week with an SCU-record 234 career three-pointers, and needs just two more treys to move into a tie with former Pepperdine standout Damaris Hinojosa (1999-03) for second place on the WCC career three-pointer list.

- The Broncos host San Diego (1/24) and San Francisco (1/26) this week.