Jan. 28, 2008
WCC Player of the Week
Chandice Cronk, Santa Clara
Chandice Cronk enjoyed an outstanding week, propelling the Broncos to a pair of conference wins at home. The senior scored 26 points in Thursday's 66-64 win over San Diego, shooting. 500 (9-for-18) from the field and sinking two free throws with one second on the clock to provide the difference. On Saturday, Cronk pitched in with 15 points, three rebounds, and two steals as the Broncos topped San Francisco, 57-50, to improve to 4-1 in WCC play. For the week, Cronk averaged 20.5 points per game, and shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
Santa Clara at Portland* - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Diego* ! - 8:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland* - 1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Game; ! Game televised live on ESPNU
Around The WCC
Loyola Marymount And San Diego To Battle On ESPNU
San Diego will host Loyola Marymount in a crucial conference match up on Thursday, as the Lions travel to USD for a contest that will be televised on ESPNU. The match up marks the second WCC women's basketball game slated for an ESPNU broadcast this season. Loyola Marymount enters the week on a two-game winning streak in WCC play, while San Diego will be looking for its first victory in conference action.
San Francisco's Heidi Heintz recorded her first career triple-double in USF's win over Saint Mary's on Thursday. Heintz, who scored 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, became just the second WCC player to record a triple-double this season. San Diego's Amanda Rego accomplished the feat in November, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a non-conference win over Toledo. Former WCC Player of the Year and current Santa Clara assistant coach Michelle Cozad is the only other league player to have posted a triple-double in the past five seasons, notching one of the rare performances against Portland on January 8, 2006.
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 January 19. 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.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-6 / 5-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga remained perfect in WCC play, handing Portland a 76-50 defeat at home on Saturday.
- Kelly Graves notched his 200th career coaching victory with Saturday's win over the Pilots. Graves, who has compiled a 200-125 Division I record in 11 years as Head Coach at Saint Mary's and Gonzaga, currently ranks seventh on the all-time WCC victories list with 94.
- Heather Bowman led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds in the win over Portland. Since returning from injury on January 3, the sophomore has led the Zags in scoring in four of GU's six games. Bowman enters the week leading the WCC in both scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).
- The Bulldogs remain at home for conference clashes with Saint Mary's (1/31) and Santa Clara (2/2) this weekend.
Loyola Marymount Lions (11-9 / 3-2 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount notched its second straight win, and improved to 3-2 in WCC play, with a 70-57 victory over cross-town rival Pepperdine on Saturday.
- Renahy Young and Amanda DeCoud each scored 14 points to lead the Lions against the Waves. Young has led the Lions in scoring in each of LMU's five conference games, while DeCoud moved into a tie for fourth place on the LMU all-time list with her 213th career steal.
- Valerie Ogoke pitched in with 13 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win over the Waves. The senior also blocked her team-leading 35th shot of the season, and increased her WCC-leading rebound total to 166 on the year.
- The Lions travel to San Diego (1/31) for a match up televised live on ESPNU before visiting San Francisco (2/1) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (6-12 / 1-4 WCC)
- Pepperdine fell 70-57 to Loyola Marymount in Malibu on Saturday, dropping the Waves to 6-12 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
- Daphanie Kennedy scored a game-high 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Lions. It marked the third straight game in which the senior, who ranks third in the WCC with 17.2 points per game, has scored 22 points.
- The Waves boast the top rebounding trio in the conference, as Miranda Ayim (5th-7.7 rpg), Teena Wickett (7th-7.2 rpg), and Teiosha George (8th-6.8 rpg) all rank among the league's top-10 in rebounding. As a team, Pepperdine leads the conference with 27.61 defensive boards per game.
- The Waves return to action this weekend when they travel to San Francisco (1/31) and San Diego (2/2).
Portland Pilots (12-8 / 2-3 WCC)
- Portland fell at Gonzaga in its lone contest of the week on Saturday, 76-50.
- Karlie Burris was the lone Pilot in double-figures against the Bulldogs, tossing in 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, including a 2-for-3 performance from beyond the arc. Burris also dished out three assists on the afternoon, bringing her team-leading assist total to 61 on the season.
- Head Coach Jim Sollars was denied his 130th career WCC win on Saturday, but looks to break the league mark at home this weekend. Sollars, who is in his 22nd year at the helm at Portland, is tied with former USF coach Mary Hile-Nepfel for first place on the WCC chart.
- The Pilots return home for a pair of conference games this week, hosting Santa Clara (1/30) and Saint Mary's (2/2) at the Chiles Center.
Saint Mary's Gaels (10-11 / 2-3 WCC)
- Saint Mary's rebounded from an 80-68 loss to San Francisco to knock off San Diego at home on Saturday, 71-63.
- Lauren Shaughnessy enjoyed an outstanding week, scoring 18 points against the Dons before pitching in with 19 points in the win over the Toreros. The senior enters the week with 199 career steals, and will become just the second player in Saint Mary's history to reach the 200-mark with her next swipe.
- Jontelle Smith led the Gaels with 22 points in Saturday's win over San Diego. Smith shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, increasing her three-point field goal total to a conference-high 54. She also moved into a tie for ninth place on the Saint Mary's single-season three-pointer list.
- The Gaels continue conference play in the Pacific Northwest, traveling to Gonzaga (1/31) and Portland (2/2) this week.
San Diego Toreros (9-10 / 0-5 WCC)
- The Toreros suffered a pair of road defeats to fall to 0-5 in WCC play. USD was edged by Santa Clara, 66-64, before dropping a 71-63 decision at Saint Mary's over the weekend.
- Amanda Rego notched a double-double in Thursday's loss to the Broncos, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The senior also pitched in with a game-high six assists, and collected three steals.
- Sam Child scored a career-high 18 points on 5-for-11 shooting in Saturday's defeat at Saint Mary's. The freshman has started 18 of San Diego's 19 games so far this season, and ranks fifth on the team with 9.2 points per contest.
- San Diego looks to post its first conference win at home against Loyola Marymount (1/31) before hosting Pepperdine (2/2) this week.
San Francisco Dons (12-8 / 3-2 WCC)
- San Francisco earned a split in the Bay Area over the weekend, posting an 80-68 win at Saint Mary's before falling to Santa Clara on Saturday, 57-50.
- Dominique Carter poured in a career-high 35 points in the win over Saint Mary's, and added 21 points against the Broncos. The senior increased her career points total to 1,648, moving her into eighth place on the WCC career scoring list.
- Heidi Heintz registered her first career triple-double against the Gaels on Thursday, scoring 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Her performance marked the second triple-double posted by a WCC player this season.
- The Dons return home to take on Pepperdine (1/31) and Loyola Marymount (2/2) at Memorial Gym this week.
Santa Clara Broncos (15-4 / 4-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara continued to excel in conference play, posting a 66-64 win over San Diego before knocking off San Francisco, 57-50, to improve to 4-1 in WCC action.
- Jen Gottschalk recorded a pair of double-doubles for the second straight week, scoring 10 points with 15 boards against the Toreros and dropping in 16 points with 12 rebounds against the Dons. The senior has compiled a conference-leading eight double-doubles so far this season, and has notched double-doubles in each of SCU's last five games.
- Tracey Walker collected seven assists on the week to move ahead of former Bronco Suzanne Ressa (1992-96) into ninth place on the SCU career assist chart with 278.
- The Broncos hit the road for WCC contests at Portland (1/30) and Gonzaga (2/2) this week.