Jan. 29, 2007
WCC Player of the Week
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga
Stephanie Hawk helped Gonzaga to a pair of road wins over the weekend, leading the Zags to sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The senior notched a pair of double-doubles on the week, scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds in Thursday's victory at San Francisco, and pouring in 16 points with 10 boards against San Diego on Saturday, handing the Toreros their first loss in conference play. Hawk averaged a double-double of 18 points and 11.5 rebounds through the two contests, and pitched in with four assists, three blocks, and three steals.
Loyola Marymount at Portland* - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Gonzaga* - 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at Portland* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Game
Around The WCC
San Diego's Rego, Santa Clara's Cronk Top NCAA Charts
San Diego's Amanda Rego and Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk sit atop the NCAA Division I charts in assists and three-pointers per game, respectively. Rego is dishing out 8.3 assists per contest, while Cronk is averaging a Division I-best 3.5 treys per game.
WCC All-Access This Week
San Diego visits San Francisco for a 2:00 PM tipoff on Saturday in this week's WCC's All-Access game. The Toreros are off to the best start in program history and have already matched the program record with 17 victories so far this season, while the Dons will be looking to end a four-game skid at home. Fans can catch all the WCC women's basketball action online by logging on to the free webcast on WCCsports.com.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-8 / 7-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga took hold of the top spot in the WCC standings with a 58-53 win over USF, and an 87-82 victory over San Diego.
- The Bulldogs used a 46-33 rebounding advantage to overcome a 32.1 percent shooting night against USF. Stephanie Hawk led Gonzaga with 13 boards to go along with 20 points on the night.
- The win over USD was the Zags' eighth straight and gave them sole possession of first place in the WCC.
- Jami Bjorklund led all scorers on Saturday with 25 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 day from beyond the arc.
- Gonzaga returns home to host Pepperdine (2/1) and Loyola Marymount (2/3) this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (12-9 / 4-3 WCC)
- LMU split a pair of games last week, dropping a 64-59 decision to Saint Mary's before posting a 67-52 win over Santa Clara.
- Although Cassady Moore posted a career-high 22 points against Saint Mary's, the Lions shot just 9.1 percent from three-point range, and trailed by as many as 16 points in the loss.
- Amanda Patton led the way for LMU against SCU, dropping in 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Patton ranks fifth in the WCC shooting 39.7 percent from three-point range.
- The Lion defense held Santa Clara, the league's top scoring and shooting team, to just 52 points and 34 percent shooting from the field, while forcing 20 Bronco turnovers.
- Loyola Marymount travels to the Northwest for games at Portland (2/1) and Gonzaga (2/3) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (9-13 / 2-5 WCC)
- Pepperdine closed out the first half of WCC play with a 69-60 loss to Santa Clara on Thursday, and a 76-73 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday.
- Daphanie Kennedy returned to the Pepperdine lineup against SCU for the first time since December 21 when she suffered a head injury against San Diego State. Kennedy posted 25 points and 10 rebounds on the week, including 17 points against SMC.
- Teiosha George recorded the second double-double of her career with a 12-point, 12-board performance against the Broncos.
- Although the Waves out-rebounded SCU 41-27, they shot just 15 percent from three-point range and committed 22 turnovers in the loss.
- Pepperdine travels for road contests at Gonzaga (2/1) and Portland (2/3).
Portland Pilots (9-13 / 1-6 WCC)
- Portland fell 74-66 at San Diego before bouncing back for their first conference win of the season at San Francisco, 64-61.
- Freshmen Laiken Dollente and Laura Thomas combined for 32 points and 12 boards against the Toreros. Dollente is second in the league in scoring, averaging 16.7 ppg.
- The two freshmen teamed up again on Saturday to help UP earn its first conference win. Dollente led all scorers with 30 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the field, while Thomas snagged 16 rebounds. Thomas hit two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to seal the victory
- Karlie Burris chipped in a game-high four assists in the win at San Francisco.
- The Pilots return home this week to take on Loyola Marymount (2/1) and Pepperdine (2/3) at the Chiles Center.
Saint Mary's Gaels (9-11 / 3-4 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned a split on the road, handing Loyola Marymount a 64-59 defeat before falling to Pepperdine, 76-73.
- Lauren Shaughnessy continued to produce for the Gaels, dishing out 14 assists on the weekend. The junior currently ranks second in the conference in both assists (5.11 apg) and steals (2.68 spg).
- Eghosa Obaiza recorded her second double-double of the season, dropping in 17 points and tying a career-high with 11 boards against the Waves.
- Obaiza and Sheridan Arredondo have combined to block 55 shots so far this season. As a team, Saint Mary's ranks second in the conference with 4.20 blocks per game.
- The Gaels travel to Santa Clara (2/3) for their lone contest this week.
San Diego Toreros (17-4 / 6-1 WCC)
- San Diego defeated Portland, 74-66, before falling to Gonzaga on Saturday to snap a seven-game winning streak, 87-82.
- Kelly Winther scored a career-high 20 points in San Diego's win over Portland on Thursday. The victory gave the Toreros 17 wins so far this season, which ties the program record for victories.
- Amanda Rego dished out 17 assists on the weekend, breaking San Diego's single-season assist record with 174. The junior can crack the top-10 of the WCC's single-season chart with just seven more assists.
- USD's seven-game winning streak fell just two short of the program mark.
- The Toreros travel to face San Francisco (2/3) this weekend.
San Francisco Dons (7-15 / 1-6 WCC)
- San Francisco suffered a pair of loses at home over the weekend, dropping a 58-53 decision to Gonzaga on Thursday before falling to Portland on Saturday, 64-61.
- Nykia Peace matched a career-high with 18 points on 8-for-16 shooting in Thursday's loss to Gonzaga.
- Dominique Carter posted her first double-double of the season in the loss to the Pilots, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
- Nickie Warren grabbed 11 rebounds against Gonzaga, and currently ranks sixth in the WCC with 6.6 boards per game.
- USF looks to snap a four-game skid when its hosts San Diego (2/3) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (12-10 / 4-3 WCC)
- Santa Clara knocked of Pepperdine, 69-60, before falling to Loyola Marymount on the road on Saturday, 67-52.
- Chandice Cronk moved into third place on the SCU single-season list and seventh place on the WCC chart with her 76th three-pointer of the season in Thursday's win at Pepperdine.
- Tracey Walker collected five steals on the weekend to give her 50 swipes on the season. The junior ranks fourth in the WCC with 2.38 steals per game, and needs just seven more steals to crack the Santa Clara single-season top-10 list.
- Jen Gottschalk continued her solid shooting from the field, going 10-for-17 on the weekend. Gottschalk leads the conference with a .558 (96-for-172) field goal percentage.
- The Broncos return home to take on Saint Mary's (2/3) this weekend.