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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 2/5

Feb. 5, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Teena Wickett, Pepperdine

Teena Wickett propelled Pepperdine to a pair of key victories over the weekend, as the Waves knocked off Gonzaga and Portland on the road. The freshman recorded her fifth double-double of the season in Pepperdine's 70-56 win over the Zags, scoring 10 points with a game-high 11 rebounds as the Waves handed Gonzaga its first loss of the season in conference play. Wickett was also solid in Saturday's 72-45 victory at Portland, scoring seven points with six boards and two steals. For the weekend, Wickett averaged 8.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game with six steals.

Feb. 8
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's* - 7:00 PM
Portland at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Loyola Marymount* - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine* - 7:00 PM

Feb. 10
Gonzaga at Santa Clara* - 2:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk Tabbed For January WCC Player of the Month Honors
Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk enjoyed an outstanding month of January, as the senior propelled the Zags to the top of the conference standings with a perfect 7-0 start to WCC play. Hawk averaged a double-double on the month with 16.1 points per game, and a conference-high 10.6 boards per contest.

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC's All-Access video streaming package continues with a pair of important conference match ups this week. San Francisco visits red-hot Pepperdine on Thursday night, as the Waves will try to extend their current three-game winning streak. Saint Mary's, coming off of a win over Bay Area rival Santa Clara, will host Portland on Saturday, with the Pilots trying to snap a two-game skid. 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 (16-9 / 8-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga rebounded from a 70-56 loss to Pepperdine, its first loss in conference play, to upend Loyola Marymount on Saturday, 66-56.

- Stephanie Hawk, the WCC Player of the Month for January, registered her conference-high ninth double-double of the season and seventh double-double in league play with 21 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds in the win over LMU. Hawk also blocked seven shots on the week, and needs just five more blocks to become GU's all-time leader with 153.

- Katy Ridenour collected three steals on the weekend, including a pair of swipes against the Waves to give the senior 34 steals on the season. Ridenour upped her career steals total to 121, moving her into a tie for 10th place on the Gonzaga career list.

- Gonzaga hits the road for a three-game stretch beginning with conference contests at Saint Mary's (2/8) and Santa Clara (2/10).

Loyola Marymount Lions (13-10 / 5-4 WCC)
- The Lions handed Portland a 74-52 defeat on Thursday before falling to Gonzaga on Saturday, 66-56.

- LMU shot 50 percent from the field in the win over the Pilots, and four players scored in double-digits led by Jennifer Hall's 16-point effort.

- Valerie Ogoke blocked four shots on the weekend to bring her season blocks total to 34. The junior, who is fourth on the LMU career chart with 88 blocks, currently ranks sixth in the conference with 1.48 blocks per game.

- Amanda Patton sunk six three-pointers over the weekend to move into third place on the LMU single-season list with 52. Her 67 treys made last season is the LMU single-season standard.

- LMU returns home to take on San Diego (2/8) and San Francisco (2/10) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (11-13 / 4-5 WCC)
- The Waves jumped back into the conference race with a pair of road wins over the weekend. Pepperdine handed Gonzaga its first defeat in conference play with a 70-56 victory, and defeated Portland on Saturday, 72-45.

- Since returning from injury, Daphanie Kennedy has paced the Waves in scoring in two of Pepperdine's four games, including a 16-point effort against the Zags. The Waves have won three-of-four since Kennedy's return the lineup.

- Nakeya Isabell collected three steals in the win over Gonzaga and four on the weekend to bring her season swipes total to a team-high 48. The sophomore ranks fifth in the conference with 2.0 steals per game.

- Pepperdine will look to extend its three-game winning streak at home this week against San Francisco (2/8) and San Diego (2/10).

Portland Pilots (9-15 / 1-8 WCC)
- Portland dropped a pair of games at home over the weekend, falling 74-52 to Loyola Marymount before suffering a 72-45 defeat against Pepperdine.

- Carly Koebel set career-highs with seven blocks and eight rebounds in the loss to the Waves. The seven blocks set a single-game WCC-high, and gives her 30 on the season.

- Saturday marked the Pilots' fifth straight game without starters Rachel Warren and Allyson Sievers, who have been forced to sit out with injuries.

- Portland continues to be the top free throw shooting team in the conference, hitting at a .746 (359-for-481) clip from the charity stripe so far this season.

- UP heads to the Bay Area for WCC clashes with Santa Clara (2/8) and Saint Mary's (2/10).

Saint Mary's Gaels (10-11 / 4-4 WCC)
- Saint Mary's downed Bay Area rival Santa Clara 76-61 in its only game last week.

- Jontelle Smith led all players with 19 points on the night, going 3-for-7 from three-point range.

- The Gaels snapped a five-game losing streak against the Broncos and avenged their 84-71 home loss to SCU earlier this season with the win on Saturday.

- Sheridan Arredondo and Maija Lahde combined to score 32 points, snag 16 boards and block two shots against Santa Clara.

- The Gaels play host to both Northwest teams this week, facing first-place Gonzaga (2/8) and Portland (2/10).

San Diego Toreros (18-4 / 7-1 WCC)
- San Diego traveled to San Francisco, topping the Dons 66-60 in its only game last week.

- The Toreros set a new program record for wins in a season with their 18th against USF. USD's 7-1 record to open WCC play ties the best mark in school history, set during the 1985-86 season.

- Amber Sprague recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the win, tying her for third in the WCC. Sprague's 17 points and 14 boards led all players.

- San Diego's duo of guards Amanda Rego and Kelly Winther combined to score 30 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in the win.

- USD travels to SoCal rivals Loyola Marymount (2/8) and Pepperdine (2/10) this week.

San Francisco Dons (7-16 / 1-7 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped a 66-60 decision to San Diego at home in its only game last week.

- Shay Rollins led four players scoring in double digits with 15 points. Nykia Peace, Dominique Carter and Randi Richardson joined Rollins in double figures, combining for 33 points, while freshman guard Heidi Heintz led the Dons with eight boards.

- The USF defense held the Toreros to just 34.8 percent shooting from the field in the second half, forcing 13 USD turnovers and recording four steals.

- Richardson and Carter made up all of the Dons' 21 bench points, out-scoring San Diego's bench by 10 points.

- USF travels south to take on Pepperdine (2/8) and Loyola Marymount (2/10).

Santa Clara Broncos (12-11 / 4-4 WCC)
- In its only game last week, Santa Clara lost to Saint Mary's 76-61 at the Leavey Center.

- The Broncos were hampered by poor shooting all night against the Gaels, going just 9-for-33 from the field in the first half, leading to a 35.5 percent shooting night overall.

- Guards Chandice Cronk and Ashley Graham were the only SCU players to reach double figures in scoring, posting 16 and 13 points, respectively.

- Although Jenn Gottschalk recorded a team-high nine boards, she shot just 2-for-10 from the floor, recording six points in the game.

- Santa Clara hosts Portland (2/8) before welcoming first-place Gonzaga (2/10) to the Leavey Center.