Jan. 24, 2007
WCC Women's Basketball All-Access
A pair of WCC women's basketball games will be featured on the WCC's All-Access video streaming package this week. Portland visits San Diego on Thursday night, while LMU hosts Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon. To watch the games for free, fans can sign up for the WCC's All-Access package on WCCsports.com.
Portland at San Diego
Week four of the conference season kicks off on Thursday, with Portland traveling to San Diego in search of its first WCC win of the season. The Toreros head into the matchup looking to extend their six-game winning streak and continue their perfect 5-0 start to league play. San Diego is coming off of an 85-53 rout of Saint Mary's last Saturday, while the Pilots suffered a 61-48 loss to Northwest rival Gonzaga last time out.
Reigning WCC Player of the Week Amber Sprague and December WCC Player of the Month Amanda Rego lead the surging Toreros. One of the most versatile players in the WCC, Rego leads the nation in assists (8.3 apg) and averages a league leading 3.0 steals per game, while still posting 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, Sprague is the WCC's fourth-leading scorer (14.7 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (7.5 rpg). The two have combined to score nearly 40 percent of San Diego's points this season, helping USD to a 16-3 overall record.
After kicking off the season with wins in six of their first 10 games, the Pilots have struggled since WCC play began, going 0-5 to start the conference season. Portland will look to the league's second-leading scorer, freshman Laiken Dollente (15.9 ppg) to help topple USD on Thursday. Dollente is the WCC's best free-throw shooter, hitting 88.5 percent of her shots from the charity stripe. Junior forward Rachel Warren is the Pilots other key contributor, averaging 10.6 points and a conference-leading 7.7 rebounds per game.
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount
Both Santa Clara and LMU enter the fourth week of the WCC season with 3-2 records in league play. The Broncos travel to Los Angeles after splitting two games with San Diego and USF last week. SCU visits Pepperdine on Thursday before heading to Gersten Pavilion. Coming off of a 52-35 defeat of Pepperdine last week, the Lions take on Saint Mary's before hosting Santa Clara on Saturday.
Jennifer Hall and Amanda Patton have provided scoring and leadership for the Lions this season. Hall leads LMU averaging 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while Patton broke the Lions' career three-pointers record against Pepperdine and averages 10.9 points per game. LMU boasts one of the WCC's best defenses, holding opponents to just 61.4 points per game, and a 29.9 three-point field goal percentage. The Lions enter the week with an 11-8 overall record.
Chandice Cronk leads the Broncos, who are first in the nation in three-pointers per game (9.3) and fifth in the country in shooting from beyond the arc (41.3 percent). Cronk is averaging 3.7 threes per game and hitting them at a 46.2 percent clip, good for first and fifth in the country, respectively. The junior guard is coming off of a career-high 30-point performance against USF last time out, while her 17.2 points per game lead the WCC. Meanwhile, junior forward Jen Gottschalk leads the conference in field goal percentage (.555), and averages 11.5 points per game for Santa Clara.