Feb. 7, 2007
WCC Women's Basketball All-Access
The WCC women's basketball All-Access video streaming package continues this week, as Pepperdine hosts San Francisco on Thursday and Portland travels to Saint Mary's for a Saturday afternoon contest. To watch the games for free, fans can sign up for the WCC's All-Access package on WCCsports.com.
San Francisco at Pepperdine
USF kicks off week six of the WCC season with a stop at Pepperdine in the first game of its Southern California road swing. The Waves enter Thursday's game riding a three-game winning streak after going 2-0 with a win over previously undefeated Gonzaga last week. San Francisco is looking to snap a five-game losing streak and earn its second win over Pepperdine this season. The two teams last met on January 13 in San Francisco, with the Dons taking a 75-66 victory, their lone win so far in WCC play.
San Francisco will once again look to their trio of guards -- junior Dominique Carter, freshman Heidi Heintz and sophomore Shay Rollins -- to give them the upper hand against Pepperdine on Thursday. Last time out against the Waves Carter and Heintz both dropped in 17, while Rollins added 16 to help the Dons come back from a nine-point halftime deficit. Carter is leading the team with 14.4 points per game and needs just 14 points to break into the USF career scoring top 10. Adding 10.6 points and 2.85 assists per game, Rollins ranks second in scoring and first in assists for the Dons.
After being bitten with the injury bug to start the conference season, Pepperdine has bounced back since the return of several key players to full strength. Junior guard Daphanie Kennedy returned from a head injury she suffered on December 21 and has led the Waves in scoring in two of their four games since her arrival back in the lineup. Kennedy posted a game-high 16 points in Pepperdine's win over Gonzaga and the Waves have gone 3-1 since her return. Pepperdine also boasts last week's WCC Player of the Week in freshman forward Teena Wickett. Wickett posted her fifth double-double of the season in the win over the Zags, averaging 8.5 points and 8.5 boards per game last week.
Portland at Saint Mary's
In the second of two featured games on WCC free All-Access this week, Portland travels to Saint Mary's, looking for its second conference win of the season. The Gaels are coming off of a 76-61 win over Santa Clara and could move their league winning percentage over .500 this week. Saint Mary's earned a 74-52 win over the Pilots earlier this season and the Gaels own a 26-16 advantage all-time, having won five straight over UP. Saint Mary's has the chance to extend its home winning streak over Portland to 10 games.
Portland is looking to get back on track in conference play, as they have been without the services of sophomore forward Allyson Sievers and junior center Rachel Warren. Sievers ranks fourth on the team with 6.6 points per game, while Warren's 10.6 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game rank second and first, respectively. Withough Warren and Sievers presence in the post, Portland has been forced to rely on freshman guard Laiken Dollente whose 16 points per game are good for second in the WCC.
Sophomore guard Jontelle Smith and senior center Sheridan Arredondo lead the Gaels entering week six of WCC play. Smith paced four players in double digits the last time out against Santa Clara, dropping in 19 points. With 12.1 points per game, Smith leads the Gaels and ranks seventh in the conference in scoring. Joining Smith in double-digits against the Broncos was Arredondo who led Saint Mary's in scoring in two of the past three games, shooting 57.6 percent from the field and averaging 17 points per game over the past two weeks.