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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 27, 2009

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CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
After a crucial set of games last week, Gonzaga (5-0) was able to maintain its sole possession of first place in the conference by defeating Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount and has maintained a top 35 RPI rating, coming in at No. 31 in the latest Collegiate Basketball News report (1/27/09). With the conference season nearly halfway through, there is a four way tie for second place, and more importantly a bye week for the first two rounds of the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Portland, and Saint Mary's all enter the week with 3-2 records and will face each other as the Lions will play the Pilots and the Toreros will face the Gaels in crucial games this week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, JANUARY 26
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Oregon Eugene, OR 7:00 PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Saint Mary's Katie Batlin Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's freshman Katie Batlin recorded career-highs in points and rebounds, helping the Gaels' to a double overtime win over San Diego. The Moraga, CA native finished with a team-high 27 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the floor, while also pulling down 11 rebounds. Entering the game, she had averaged 5.5 points per game. Batlin also dished out four assists and picked up one steal in the contest. Batlin had posted her career-high in points in the first half alone, totaling 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. This is the third weekly honor for a Saint Mary's player this year.

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 1,556 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 779 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.

Louella Tomlinson Leads Block Party at Saint Mary's
Sophomore Louella Tomlinson has picked up right where she left off last year, when she broke the NCAA record for blocks in a season, with 156. This season, she is averaging 5.9 blocks a contest, and is leading the country once again. If she maintains her pace, she will own yet another NCAA record, average blocks per game in a season, which currently sits at 5.8. The second year Aussie has also registered two triple-doubles this season, both of which included 11 blocks in a game.

Gonzaga Sits Alone
After going undefeated at home last week, the Zags (5-0) sit alone as the only unbeaten team in conference play. The Zags, who were 4-0 and that point, were put to the test as visiting Loyola Marymount entered the game with a 3-1 record after defeating Portland earlier in the week. Gonzaga dominated the game early and never let up, maintaining its undefeated conference record.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 17-4
WCC Record: 5-0
  • Gonzaga went undefeated at home last week, defeating Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, to hold onto sole possession of first place.

  • Junior Heather Bowman led the team in scoring in both games, finishing with 18 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, against Pepperdine, before going off for 28 points, on 8-of-16 shooting, against LMU. She is now sixth on the Zags' all-time scoring list with 1,420 points.

  • Freshman Kelly Bowen had 13 points and seven rebounds against the Waves, going 6-for-9, as the only other player in double figures.

  • Against LMU, junior Vivian Frieson joined Bowman for a double-double, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while sophomore Courtney Vandersloot nearly had one, going for 15 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, while adding nine assists.

  • The Zags head on the road to take on Saint Mary's (1/29) and San Diego (1/31) this week.
  • Overall Record: 13-6
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • LMU split its games last week on the road, defeating Portland, before falling to Gonzaga.

  • The Lions had three players step up and score in double figures against Portland, led by senior Cassady Moore (17), junior Lisa Helmers (12), and freshman Alex Cowling (11). Helmer's points came on four three-pointers and is tied with Kate Murray (`99-04) for fourth on the LMU career three-pointers made list with 106. Moore added four steals, while sophomore Aleyse Evans and Cowling pulled down a game-high nine rebounds each.

  • Moore led the Lions' offense once again against Gonzaga, finishing with 15 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, to lead four players who shot at least 50 percent. Cowling went 5-of-6, and continues to lead the team in that category (56.9%), while sophomore Melanie Ysaguirre shot 4-of-6, and Evans went 4-of-8.

  • The Lions stay home to host Santa Clara (1/29) and San Francisco (1/31) this week.
  • Overall Record: 9-10
    WCC Record: 2-3
  • Pepperdine suffered a pair of losses on the road, falling to Gonzaga, before losing a three point game to Portland.

  • Against the Zags, senior Jessica Ross and freshman Lauren Bell led the Waves' offense, finishing with 11 points a piece. The total was a career-high for Bell. Of the 11 players that saw action, 10 registered at least one steal, with Ross and Bell leading the team with three each.

  • Freshman Jazmine Jackson had a game-high 14 points against the Pilots, adding game-highs of seven rebounds and five steals. Junior Miranda Ayim added 13, while senior Taylor Smith chipped in 12 to round out the Waves in double figures. As a team, Pepperdine had 17 steals to Portland's seven and leads the league in steals per game at 12.89, paced by senior Nakeya Isabell (3.0), who also leads the league.

  • The Waves stay home this week, to take on Bay Area rivals, San Francisco (1/29) and Santa Clara (1/31).
  • Overall Record: 10-10
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • The Pilots split their games last week, losing to LMU, before defeating Pepperdine.

  • Sophomore Tara Cronin had an impressive shooting performance against LMU, hitting on 8-of-11 shots, to finish with a game-high 18 points, to lead the Pilots in scoring for the second straight game. Junior Laiken Dollente added 16 points, while nabbing a game-high five steals.

  • Dollente (14), sophomore Lauren Angel (13), and senior Allyson Sievers led the way for Portland in the victory over Pepperdine. Cronin hit the eventual game-winner with 18 seconds remaining to help seal the win. With the win, Portland is off to its best conference start since the 1996-97 team opened league play at 5-0.

  • Portland heads on the road to take on Oregon (1/26), before resuming conference play, where it will face San Diego (1/29), before it heads back up to play Saint Mary's (1/31).
  • Overall Record: 7-13
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • Saint Mary's went the distance with San Diego, before eventually capturing the victory in double overtime.

  • Freshman Katie Batlin had a career game against the Toreros, finishing with 27 points, on 13-of-23 shooting, while pulling down 11 rebounds, and entered the game averaging 5.5 points per game. She also added team-highs of four assists and three steals en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors.

  • Sophomore Louella Tomlinson also had a solid all-around game, with 18 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks. She continues to lead the country in blocks per game, averaging 5.9 per contest. Senior Majia Lahde scored the game-winning layup with five seconds to play, to seal the double-overtime victory. She also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

  • The Gaels stay home this week and will face Northwest opponents Gonzaga (1/29) and Portland (1/31).
  • Overall Record: 12-7
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • San Diego suffered a double-overtime loss at Saint Mary's in its only game last week.

  • Senior Kiva Herman led all scorers with 29 points, on 12-of-25 shooting, including 10 of the team's 14 points in both overtimes. She also hit jumpers to force both the first and second overtime periods.

  • Junior Amber Sprague and sophomore Sam Childs both registered double-doubles for the Toreros. Sprague finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Childs had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Herman (18.2 ppg) and Sprague (16.5 ppg) are second and fourth in the league in scoring and are the top front court scoring duo in the conference.

  • San Diego stays home to host Portland (1/29) and Gonzaga (1/31) this week.
  • Overall Record: 5-14
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • San Francisco earned its first win in conference play, defeating Santa Clara in its only game last week.

  • Senior Shay Rollins tied her career-high with 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half, including San Francisco's final 15 points over the last 10 minutes of the game to give the Dons the three point victory. The league's leading three-point shooter (2.9 per game) also hit three treys.

  • Led by Rollins and sophomore Donnisha Taylor, who had three steals apiece, the Dons registered 12 steals, leading to 21 Santa Clara turnovers. San Francisco only committed eight as a team marking the lowest of the season and the least amount of turnovers in the last 30 games for USF.

  • San Francisco heads down to Southern California to take on Pepperdine (1/29), before facing LMU (1/31).
  • Overall Record: 2-18
    WCC Record: 0-5
  • The Broncos lost their only game of the week, losing on the road to San Francisco.

  • The Broncos outshot and out-rebounded the Dons, but USF earned 13 points off of SCU's turnovers to take the advantage.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson had a double-double for the fourth straight game and leads the conference with 14 on the season. She finished with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Sara Majors matched that total with 10 boards of her own.

  • Gipson is currently the only player in the conference to average a double-double (13.1 ppg and 10.1 rpg), and is one of only 19 players in the country to do so.

  • The Broncos head down to Southern California, and will take on LMU (1/29), before facing Pepperdine (1/31).