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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 1/22

Jan. 22, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Amber Sprague, San Diego

Amber Sprague turned in a pair of dominating performances as San Diego improved to 5-0 in WCC play with road wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's last week. The sophomore tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Broncos, and followed that up with an 18 point performance in Saturday's win at Saint Mary's. The San Diego native also tied her career-high with five blocked shots against the Gaels. For the week, Sprague averaged 19 points and nine rebounds, while recording five assists and three steals.

Upcoming Games

Jan. 25
Gonzaga at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM
Portland at San Diego* - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount* - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine* - 7:00 PM

Jan. 27
Gonzaga at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Portland at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Three-Point Records Fall
Amanda Patton snapped Loyola Marymount's year-old career three-point record on Saturday night, as the senior sunk her 127th career trey to move ahead of former teammate Rachael Ziemann on the LMU list. Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk, who leads the nation with 3.7 three-pointers per game, has hit an amazing 73 threes so far this season, which is already the ninth-highest single-season total in WCC history. Cronk has sunk 167 treys during her time on the Mission Campus, a total that ranks second in Santa Clara history and eighth in WCC annals.

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC's All-Access coverage features two games this week: Portland at San Diego on Thursday, and Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. First-place USD hosts the Pilots on Thursday night at 7:00 PM. The Toreros are looking to keep their perfect WCC record in place, while UP is searching for its first win in conference play. On Saturday, the Broncos complete their Southern California road-swing against LMU at 2:00 PM. The Lions have not lost to SCU at Gersten Pavilion since 2003, but the teams have split their series each of the past two years. All the WCC women's basketball action is available online by logging on to the free webcast on WCCsports.com.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-8 / 5-0 WCC)
- The Zags moved to 5-0 in conference play with a 61-48 victory over Portland on Saturday, marking Gonzaga's 11th straight win over its Northwest rival.

- Stephanie Hawk notched her sixth double-double of the season, and her fourth double-double in WCC action with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in Saturday's win. Hawk also blocked her 48th shot of the season against the Pilots, moving her into sole possession of third place on the GU single-season list.

- Michelle Elliott (12 points) and Heather Bowman (10 points) each scored in double-figures in Saturday's win. The trio of Elliott, Bowman, and Hawk have accounted for 53 percent of Gonzaga's total scoring output so far this season.

- Gonzaga travels to face San Francisco (1/25) and San Diego (1/27) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (11-8 / 3-2 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount recorded a 52-35 win over Southern California rival Pepperdine on Saturday to improve to 3-2 in conference play.

- Amanda Patton broke former teammate Rachael Ziemann's career three-point record, as the senior knocked down three treys against the Waves to take over the program's all-time lead with 128. Patton's 42 three-pointers so far this year ranks fifth on the LMU single-season chart.

- Guards Amanda DeCoud and Cassady Moore currently rank fourth and fifth in the conference in steals with 2.26 and 1.95 swipes per game, respectively. Moore is also tied for the WCC lead with 2.80 steals per contest in conference games.

- Valerie Ogoke tied a career-high with four steals against the Waves.

- The Lions host Saint Mary's (1/25) and Santa Clara (1/27) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (8-12 / 1-4 WCC)
- The Waves dropped a 52-35 decision at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, matching a program record for fewest points a game that was set earlier this season. Pepperdine scored 13 points in the first half of Saturday's game, also tying a program record for fewest points in a half.

- Nakeya Isabell collected a game-high six steals against the Lions, marking the second time this season that the junior has recorded six swipes. Isabell has 38 steals on the season, and ranks seventh in the conference with 1.90 steals per game.

- Teena Wickett recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in Saturday's loss.

- Pepperdine looks to snap a four-game skid this week, as the Waves return home for conference clashes with Santa Clara (1/25) and Saint Mary's (1/27).

Portland Pilots (8-12 / 0-5 WCC)
- A short-handed Portland squad suffered a 61-48 setback at Gonzaga on Saturday to fall to 0-5 in WCC play. The Pilots were without the services of starters Rachel Warren and Allyson Sievers, who both sat out with injuries.

- Laiken Dollente continued to lead the Pilots, dropping in a game-high 17 points in the loss to the Zags. The freshman has paced the team in scoring 11 times this season, and currently ranks second in the WCC with 15.9 points per game.

- Carly Koebel set a career-high and matched the WCC single-game season-high with five blocked shots against Gonzaga.

- Portland hits the road for WCC match ups at San Diego (1/25) and San Francisco (1/27).

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-10 / 2-3 WCC)
- Saint Mary's split a pair of games over the weekend, posting an 84-77 win over rival USF before dropping an 85-53 decision to San Diego.

- Serena Benavente scored a career-high 21 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the floor to lead the Gaels to the win over the Dons. Benavente also added five assists and five rebounds on the night.

- Saint Mary's scored 50 points in the second half to knock off the Dons, marking the fourth time this season the Gaels have accomplished that feat. SMC has posted 80 points or more in three games this season.

- The Gaels' 9-27 assist-to-turnover ratio against San Diego was their second worst this season.

- Saint Mary's travels to Southern California to face LMU (1/25) and Pepperdine (1/27).

San Diego Toreros (16-3 / 5-0 WCC)
- San Diego topped Santa Clara, 71-52, and Saint Mary's, 85-53, on the road to remain undefeated in WCC play.

- Kiva Herman and Ashley Voisinet both had career-highs in scoring against SMC. Herman posted 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting, while Voisinet scored 14 points to go along with three assists in the win.

- With 20 points and 13 rebounds against Santa Clara, sophomore center Amber Sprague recorded her fourth double-double of the season to lead the Toreros.

- Amanda Rego continued her dominance in the backcourt, dishing out 22 assists on the weekend. The junior guard currently leads the nation in assists, averaging 8.26 per game.

- USD hosts Portland (1/25) before a first-place showdown with Gonzaga (1/27) this week.

San Francisco Dons (7-13 / 1-4 WCC)
- San Francisco's road woes continued, as USF dropped back-to-back games last week, falling to Saint Mary's, 84-77, and to Santa Clara in double overtime, 89-83.

- Lisa Olden dropped in a career-high 20 points in the loss to Santa Clara that saw the Dons crawl back from a 14-point deficit in the second half to force overtime.

- Both Nickie Warren and Shay Rollins posted double-doubles against the Broncos. The two combined for 30 points and 21 rebounds.

- The Dons had five players score in double digits against Saint Mary's, but could not keep up with the Gaels who scored 29 points off of USF's 22 turnovers.

- USF looks to get back on track this week, hosting Gonzaga (1/25) and Portland (1/27).

Santa Clara Broncos (11-9 / 3-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara dropped a 71-52 decision to San Diego before knocking off San Francisco in double overtime, 89-83.

- Chandice Cronk's career-high 30 points led the Broncos against the Dons. Cronk went 8-for-17 from the field, including 5-for-10 from three-point range and added seven rebounds in the win. Cronk moved into ninth place on the WCC single-season chart with 73 three-pointers so far this season.

- Tracey Walker scored a team-high 16 points In the loss to San Diego. The Broncos shot just 17.6 percent from three-point range, more than 20 percentage points lower than their season average.

- Jenn Gottschalk posted her third double-double of the season against the Dons.

- SCU heads to Southern California to meet Pepperdine (1/25) and LMU (1/27) this week.