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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 2/12

Feb. 12, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Heather Bowman, Gonzaga

Heather Bowman helped Gonzaga hold on to its lead atop the WCC standings, as the freshman averaged 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in wins at Saint Mary's and Santa Clara over the weekend. Bowman poured in 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Gaels, before collecting her fourth double-double of the season with 28 points and a career-high 15 boards in the win over the Broncos. Bowman shot 19-for-25 (76.0) from the field and was near perfect from the free throw line, hitting 15-of-16 (93.8) from the charity stripe on the week.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 15
Saint Mary's at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego* - 7:00 PM

Feb. 17
Saint Mary's at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Portland* - 2:00 PM

Feb. 18
Santa Clara at San Francisco* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

CSTV To Televise WCC Tournament Championship Game
The 2007 WCC women's basketball tournament championship game will be broadcast by College Sports Television (CSTV), WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced last week. The March 4 telecast, with Rich Cellini and Krista Blunk calling the action, will mark the first time in league history that the deciding contest for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be broadcast live to a national television audience. The WCC women's basketball tournament will run March 1-4, 2007 at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC's All-Access video streaming package continues with a pair of important conference match ups this week. Santa Clara travels to San Diego for a crucial conference match up on Thursday, while Pepperdine hosts Loyola Marymount in the latest installment of their Southern California rivalry on Saturday. Fans can catch all the WCC women's basketball action online by logging on to the free webcast on WCCsports.com.

Three-Point Records Fall
Amanda Patton snapped Loyola Marymount's year-old career three-point record on January 19, as the senior sunk her 127th career trey to move ahead of former teammate Rachael Ziemann on the LMU list. Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk, who leads the nation with 3.7 three-pointers per game, has hit an amazing 87 threes so far this season, which is already the third-highest single-season total in WCC history. Cronk has sunk 181 treys during her time on the Mission Campus, a total that ranks second in Santa Clara history and is tied for seventh in WCC annals.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-9 / 10-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga kept hold of first place with wins over Saint Mary's and Santa Clara last week.

- Heather Bowman earned WCC Player of the Week honors after averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 boards per game, while shooting 76 percent from the field last week. Bowman recorded a double-double before the end of the first half in the 79-68 win over SCU.

- The Zags have won nine of their last 10 games and need just two more wins to clinch at least a share of the WCC regular season title.

- Stephanie Hawk added 22 points and nine boards against SCU while dishing out three assists. Hawk needs just three more blocks to become GU's career leader with 153.

- Gonzaga travels to Portland (2/17) in its final road game of the regular season.

Loyola Marymount Lions (14-11 / 6-5 WCC)
- LMU split its games last week, topping USF 65-52 after losing to San Diego 69-60 on Thursday.

- Seniors Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap were outstanding on Senior Day at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday, combining for 28 points to lead LMU to the win. Dunlap posted a double-double, while Patton led all players with 16 points.

- The win last weekend, combined with losses by Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, gave the Lions sole possession of third place in the WCC standings.

- LMU plays its final three conference games on the road, where it has compiled a 5-6 record overall and a 2-2 record in league games.

- The Lions travel to Malibu to face local rival Pepperdine (2/17) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (12-14 / 5-6 WCC)
- Pepperdine split two games last week, dropping a 64-60 decision to USF before bouncing back to hand San Diego a 51-50 defeat.

- Lauren Wenski led the Waves in the loss to USF, posting a career-high 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

- Pepperdine held a 15-point lead with just under 13 minutes remaining in the second half, but allowed San Diego to get back in the game, as the Toreros went 5-for-9 from the field and recorded eight boards over the next six minutes.

- The Waves held off USD thanks to two free throws from Teiosha George with 1:35 left which gave them the advantage when San Diego's last second three-pointer missed.

- Pepperdine hosts Loyola Marymount (2/17) for Senior Day this week.

Portland Pilots (9-17 / 1-10 WCC)
- Portland's losing streak extended to four straight games with losses at Santa Clara and Saint Mary's last weekend.

- Freshman forward Laura Thomas posted her third double-double of the season against the Broncos, recording 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pilots in both categories.

- In Saturday's loss to Saint Mary's, freshman guard Kendra Morris led UP with 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field off of the bench. Morris also added two rebounds and three assists.

- UP's youth showed their potential last week, as each of the top two scorers in both games were freshmen.

- The Pilots host Northwest rival Gonzaga (2/17) this week, and UP will play its last three games of the regular season at home before hosting the WCC Tournament at the Chiles Center.

Saint Mary's Gaels (11-12 / 5-5 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned a split at McKeon Pavilion over the weekend, rebounding from a 78-68 loss to Gonzaga on Thursday to upend Portland on Saturday, 72-66.

- Maija Lahde and Eghosa Obaiza each recorded double-doubles in the win over the Pilots. Lahde scored 10 points with a game-high 16 rebounds, while Obaiza pitched in with 14 points and 11 boards in the win.

- Jontelle Smith was one of five Gaels to score in double figures in the win, netting a team-high 16 points. The sophomore shot 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, increasing her WCC-leading 3-point percentage to .479 (23-for-48) in conference games.

- The Gaels look to move above the .500 mark on the road this week, traveling to San Francisco (2/15) and San Diego (2/17).

San Diego Toreros (19-5 / 8-2 WCC)
- San Diego toppled Loyola Marymount on Thursday, 69-60, before suffering just its second conference loss of the season at Pepperdine on Saturday, 51-50.

- Morgan Henderson scored a career-high 16 points in the win over the Lions, and added a game-high 15 points in Saturday's loss to the Waves.

- Amanda Rego dished out eight assists on the weekend to bring her season assists total to 188, already a San Diego single-season record. Rego, who currently leads the nation with 7.8 assists per game, also moved into seventh place on the WCC single-season assists list.

- Amber Sprague is currently leading the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game.

- USD returns home to host Santa Clara (2/15) and Saint Mary's (2/17) this week.

San Francisco Dons (8-17 / 2-8 WCC)
- San Francisco posted its second win in conference play and its second victory over Pepperdine this season, claiming a 64-60 decision on Thursday before falling to LMU on the road on Saturday, 65-52.

- Shay Rollins led the Dons in the win over the Waves, scoring a career-high 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including a 3-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. Rollins tossed in 13 of her 20 points in the second half.

- Dominique Carter scored a team-high 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the loss to the Lions. The junior's bucket at 9:11 in the first half gave her 1,160 career points, good for sole possession of 10th place on the USF career scoring list.

- San Francisco returns to Memorial Gym for a pair of conference clashes this week, hosting Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's (2/15) and Santa Clara (2/18).

Santa Clara Broncos (13-12 / 5-5 WCC)
- The Broncos split a pair of games at the Leavey Center over the weekend, knocking off Portland, 90-73, before falling to conference-leading Gonzaga on Saturday, 79-68.

- The win over the Pilots marked the second time this season that the Broncos have eclipsed the 90-point mark in a game. It also marked the first time a WCC team has scored 90 points in a conference game this season.

- Chandice Cronk sunk six 3-pointers on the week to bring her season total to a league-high 87. The junior needs just three more to surpass former SCU standout Julie Lienert's single-season program record of 89 set in 1990-91. Cronk can also break the WCC record of 90 set by Gonzaga Jessica Malone with just four more treys this season.

- SCU travels to San Diego (2/15) and San Francisco (2/18) this week.