Feb. 15, 2007
WCC Women's Basketball All-Access
The WCC women's basketball All-Access video streaming package continues this week, as San Diego hosts Santa Clara on Thursday and Loyola Marymount travels to Pepperdine 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.
Santa Clara at San Diego
In the first of two WCC All-Access matchups this week, second-place San Diego plays host to Santa Clara. The Toreros are looking to notch their first 20-win season in program history with a victory over the Broncos on Thursday night. USD is currently 19-5 overall and 8-2 in WCC play, while Santa Clara sits in a tie for fourth in the conference standings after going 13-12 overall and 5-5 in league play. The Broncos hold a 28-19 all-time advantage, but with a win the Toreros would complete their first season sweep of SCU since the 1989-90 season. In their first meeting this season, San Diego topped Santa Clara 71-52 on January 18.
The Broncos are looking to get back on track to close out the regular season after dropping three of their last four games. Santa Clara will be looking to its league-leading offense, led by juniors Chandice Cronk and Jen Gottschalk, on Thursday against USD. Cronk leads the WCC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is the league's top three-point shooter averaging 3.48 treys per game, while shooting at a 44.8 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Gottschalk averages 11.5 points and 6.7 boards per game while shooting at a .534 clip from the field this season. The Bronco offense is ranked second in the nation in three-pointers, averaging nine per game, while the team's 38.1 three-point shooting percentage is 12th in the country.
San Diego will counter the powerful SCU offense with the WCC's best scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. The Toreros are holding opponents to just 58.1 points per game, while outscoring them by an average of six points per game. The combo of junior guard Amanda Rego and sophomore center Amber Sprague has been nearly unstoppable this season. Sprague leads the league in rebounding at 8.1 boards per game, and adds 14.2 points per game, while Rego has been an assists machine, dishing out 7.8 per game, best in the nation. Rego also contributes in 9.5 points and 2.75 steals per game for the Toreros.
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
The second WCC All-Access game this week features the latest installment of the Southern California rivalry between LMU and Pepperdine. The Waves are looking to continue their hot streak, having won four of their last five games to improve to 12-14 overall and 5-6 in the WCC. LMU currently sits alone in third place at 6-5 in the WCC and is looking to finish out the regular season strong after compiling a 14-11 record overall. The Lions routed Pepperdine 52-35 in the teams' first meeting on January 20, but since then the Waves have returned a few key players from injury and are looking to regain position in the standings heading into the WCC Tournament.
Since overcoming the injury bug that forced its three leading scorers to miss a combined 22 games, Pepperdine has taken three of five, including handing league-leading Gonzaga its only WCC loss of the season. Junior guard Daphanie Kennedy, junior forward Teiosha George and freshman forward Teena Wicket lead the Waves. Kennedy and Wickett are Pepperdine's only players averaging in double digits at 11.4 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. George and Wickett are posting 6.8 and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Waves this season. Pepperdine leads the all-time series 31-13.
Loyola Marymount is seeking to retain its spot in the top half of the WCC standings with just three games remaining in the regular season. The midsection of the WCC standings is very crowded with four teams separated by one game or less. The Lions will be looking to junior forward Jennifer Hall and senior guard Amanda Patton to lead the way against the recently healthy Waves. Hall is seventh in the conference in scoring and fourth in rebounding, averaging 12.7 points and 7.3 boards per game, while Patton is posting 11.2 points and 2.8 three pointers per game. LMU has won three of the last five meetings between the teams, including a 50-48 win in Malibu last year.