Feb. 4, 2008
WCC Player of the Week
Sam Child, San Diego
Sam Child led the Toreros to their first two conference wins over the weekend. The freshman scored a career-high 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting, and grabbed nine rebounds as San Diego topped Loyola Marymount on Thursday, 72-56. Child added 11 points, and matched her career-high with nine boards in Saturday's 83-72 victory over Pepperdine. For the week, Child averaged 19.0 points and nine rebounds per contest, while shooting a blistering .790 (15-for-19) from the field as the Toreros improved to 11-10 on the season.
Stanford at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount* - 7:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine* - 7:00 PM
Gonzaga at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM
Portland at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's* - 7:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Game
Around The WCC
Portland Head Coach Jim Sollars Breaks WCC Wins Record
Portland Head Coach Jim Sollars broke the West Coast Conference record for coaching victories in league play with the 130th WCC win of his career against Saint Mary's on Saturday. Sollars, who is in his 22nd season at the helm at Portland, moved ahead of former San Francisco Head Coach Mary Hile-Nepfel into first place on the conference's all-time victories list, and is just two victories shy of his 300th career win at Portland.
Second Half Of League Play Begins This Week
Conference teams wrapped up the first half of WCC play over the weekend, and enter the final portion of the 2007-08 season this week. Gonzaga, who is looking to claim a share of its fourth straight WCC regular season title, opens the second half of league play with a perfect 7-0 mark, while Santa Clara has posted a 5-2 record through its first seven WCC contests. San Francisco and LMU are tied for third with identical 4-3 marks, while Portland stands at 3-4. San Diego and Saint Mary's are currently 2-5 in WCC action, and Pepperdine looks to improve on its 1-6 start.
WCC Women's Basketball Officials To Take Part In WBCA "Think Pink" Initiative
West Coast Conference women's basketball officials will use pink whistles during play from February 8-17 as part of the WCC's support of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) "Think Pink" initiative. The WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. For more information on the initiative, please visit www.wbca.org/thinkpink.asp.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-6 / 7-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga continued its unbeaten run in conference play, registering a 74-50 win over Saint Mary's before knocking off Santa Clara on Saturday, 88-52.
- Courtney Vandersloot dished out 12 assists on the week, increasing her season total to 123 and moving her into 10th place on the Gonzaga single-season assist chart.
- Heather Bowman, who leads the conference with an average of 19.8 points per game, dropped in 21 points against Saint Mary's before scoring a game-high 26 points against Santa Clara. Bowman has paced Gonzaga in scoring in five straight games, and has averaged 18.3 points per contest since returning from injury on January 3.
- The Bulldogs look to extend their eight-game winning streak at Loyola Marymount (2/7) and Pepperdine (2/9) this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (12-10 / 4-3 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount rebounded from a 72-56 loss at San Diego to defeat San Francisco on the road on Saturday, 68-64. The win marked the ninth straight for LMU over the Dons, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
- Julie Wilhoit notched her 300th career coaching victory with Saturday's win. Wilhoit, in her 13th season at LMU, ranks third among active league coaches with 84 career victories in WCC action.
- Valerie Ogoke grabbed 18 rebounds on the week, including 12 boards in Thursday's loss to the Toreros, to bring her season rebound total to a conference-leading 184. The senior enters the week with 647 career caroms, and needs just six more to move into fifth place on the LMU career list.
- The Lions host Gonzaga (2/7) and Portland (2/9) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (6-14 / 1-6 WCC)
- Pepperdine suffered a pair of defeats on the road, dropping decisions at San Francisco and San Diego to fall to 6-14 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
- Daphanie Kennedy continued to lead the Waves, scoring 26 points against the Dons before dropping in a game-high 29 points against the Toreros. Kennedy, who has paced the Waves in scoring in each of the last five games, has already moved into 10th place on Pepperdine's career points list with 1,280.
- The Waves rank second in the conference with 31 blocked shots in WCC play. Miranda Ayim (13-2nd) and Alisha Bryant (6-7th) both rank among the top-10 in blocks in league action.
- The Waves aim to snap a four-game skid this week, hosting Portland (2/7) and Gonzaga (2/9).
Portland Pilots (13-9 / 3-4 WCC)
- Portland was edged by Santa Clara, 61-58, but bounced back to hand Saint Mary's an 80-78 defeat at home over the weekend.
- Saturday's win marked the 130th career WCC victory for Head Coach Jim Sollars, putting him into first place on the league's all-time wins list. The result also leaves Sollars just two wins shy of his 300th career win at Portland.
- Laiken Dollente pitched in with 11 points in Saturday's win over the Gaels, including a perfect 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line. The sophomore ranks second in Division I with a .913 (105-for-115) free throw percentage, and has sunk 43 of her last 44 attempts from the charity stripe.
- The Pilots travel to Pepperdine (2/7) and Loyola Marymount (2/9) this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (10-13 / 2-5 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a pair of games in the Pacific Northwest, falling 74-50 at Gonzaga before suffering a narrow 80-78 defeat at Portland on Saturday.
- Louella Tomlinson blocked six shots last week to bring her season blocks total to 115. The freshman needs just 22 more blocks to tie the WCC single-season record of 137 set by former San Diego standout Chris Enger in 1992-93.
- Jontelle Smith scored a game-high 25 points in Saturday's loss to the Pilots, shooting 7-for-17 from the field and 3-for-8 from beyond the arc. The performance moved Smith ahead of former Gael Anja Bordt into sixth place on the SMC single-season three-pointer list with 59.
- The Gaels look to get back on the winning track this week, as Saint Mary's returns home to face Bay Area rival Santa Clara (2/9).
San Diego Toreros (11-10 / 2-5 WCC)
- The Toreros snapped a five-game losing skid, and posted their first wins in WCC play, with victories over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine at home last week.
- Sam Child set a career-high with 27 points in Thursday's win over the Lions, eclipsing her previous career-high of 18 set just six days earlier against Saint Mary's. Child ranks second among conference freshmen with 10.1 points per contest.
- Amanda Rego looks to become the first player to lead the WCC in both assists and steals for three straight seasons. The senior currently ranks first in the league with 8.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
- San Diego closes out its season-high three-game home stretch against San Francisco (2/9) this weekend.
San Francisco Dons (13-9 / 4-3 WCC)
- San Francisco defeated Pepperdine, 81-75, before being edged by Loyola Marymount at home on Saturday, 68-64.
- Dominique Carter continued her climb up the WCC scoring chart, posting back-to-back 23-point performances last week to move into eighth place on the league's points list with 1,694. The senior needs just nine more points to move ahead of former Gonzaga standout Ivy Safranski (1991-95) into seventh place on the WCC chart.
- San Francisco is the only team in the conference to have three players dish out more than 60 assists so far this season. Shay Rollins (68), Nykia Peace (65), and Heidi Heintz (64) have combined for 197 of USF's 311 team assists so far this season.
- The Dons hit the road for a three-game road stretch beginning with a WCC tilt at San Diego (2/9) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (16-5 / 5-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara earned a split in the Pacific Northwest, edging Portland 61-58 before falling at Gonzaga on Saturday, 88-52.
- Chandice Cronk scored a game-high 25 points on 10-for-18 shooting in Thursday's win over the Pilots. Cronk also shot 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, including the winning basket with just five seconds remaining in the game.
- Jen Gottschalk narrowly missed double-doubles in both games over the weekend, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds in each contest. The senior is one of just two conference players to be averaging a double-double in conference play, as Gottschalk averages 17.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per league game.
- The Broncos host No. 6 ranked Stanford (2/5) in a non-conference match up before traveling to take on Saint Mary's (2/9) this weekend.