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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 16, 2008

Portland - 80
San Francisco - 79

Portland, OR - Tied at 78-78 with 28 seconds remaining, San Francisco was unable to come away with the win as it fell to Portland 80-78 on Saturday afternoon in West Coast Conference action. The Dons drop their fourth consecutive game, falling to 13-12, 4-6 WCC. With the win, the Pilots (15-11, 5-6 WCC) even up the season series at one a piece.

Despite the loss, two Dons had career nights at the Chiles Center. Junior guard Shay Rollins scored a career-high 23 points and added two rebounds and four assists. Rollin's previous career-high was 22 in a 70-57 win at Sac State (12/5/07).

Senior forward Dominique Carter earned her seventh career double-double, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Carter now has 34 games in which she scored 20 or more points. With the 21 points, Carter is in sole possession of fifth place all-time on the WCC career scoring charts with 1,735. She needs just eight points to pass Saint Mary's Cheree Tappin (1987-91/1,742) for fourth place.

Sophomore forward Heidi Heintz also scored in the double figures, putting down 13 with three rebounds, one assist, and a block.

Portland took off to a 13 point advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game 20-7, and went into half-time with a 41-32 lead. USF would bring the game close, tying it with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock. After a USF foul, Portland's junior guard Karlie Burris downed two free throws to make it 80-78 with five seconds left. Rollins tried to tie it with a lay-up, but missed, ending the game.

USF took the field goal advantage, .540 (27-50) to .483 (29-60) and the 3-PT field goal advantage .600 (9-15) to .417 (5-12). Portland was 17-17 in free throws, holding out the Dons who went 15-18 (.833). The Dons turned the ball over 21 times, compared to the Pilots 15.

For Portland, sophomore guard Laiken Dollente scored 21 points and junior forward Allyson Sievers scored 19.

USF returns to WCC action Thursday, February 21 at home versus Saint Mary's. Tip-off at War Memorial Gym is set for 7:00 PM.

Pepperdine - 71
Saint Mary's - 64

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team was unable to hold of the Waves, as Pepperdine stole away the victory, 71-64. Junior guard Jontelle Smith led all players with 22 points on the night, shooting 8-of-17 from the floor, 3-of-6 from the three-point line, and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. The freshman from Australia, Louella Tomlinson, posted a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. With the five blocks Tomlinson improved her total block count to 134 this season, tying the all-time record for blocks in a career. This statistic is very impressive due to the fact that Tomlinson is only in her first season as a Gael.

The first half was Gael basketball all the way; Saint Mary's came out running to start the game, and continued to implement their uptempo style. Pepperdine was able to stick with the Gaels throughout the first five minutes, as the score was tied 13 apiece at the 14:42 mark. Saint Mary's started to gain momentum, as the Gaels grabbed a two point lead at 11:52, and pushed past the Waves 29-24 with 6:36 left in the first half. Behind Smith Saint Mary's would go on a 6-0 run to extend the lead to double digits at the end of the half, 39-29.

At halftime Smith had recorded 20 of her 22 points in 17 minutes of action. Tomlinson, Mikaela Cowles, and Lauren Shaughnessy each posted four points in the first half, while Sierra Champers added three.

Saint Mary's shot 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the floor, 50 percent (4-of-8) from long range, and 50 percent (5-of-10) from the free throw line. The Gaels held the Waves to 28.6 percent (12-of-42) from the floor and 16.7 percent (1-of-6) from the three-point line. In the first half the Gaels were out rebounded by 10 as the Waves pulled down 32 to Saint Mary's 22.

Pepperdine came out in the second half ready to make their mark on the offensive end. The Waves cut the Gaels lead to four at the 13:37 mark, 48-44. Pepperdine continued to frustrate Saint Mary's defensively, keeping the Gaels scoreless for multiple possessions. Eventually Pepperdine gained the lead on a Katie Menton three-pointer, 52-50. From that point Saint Mary's was unable to catch the Waves, as they were defeated 71-64.

The Waves were led by Daphanie Kennedy with 20 points, while also adding six rebounds and two assists. Miranda Ayim ignited for Pepperdine on boards, pulling down a game-high 18 rebounds, while adding 19 points, seven rebounds, and one assists. With the win the Waves improve to 2-9 in the West Coast Conference.

The Gaels return to action next weekend against San Francisco and San Diego. San Francisco will be Saint Mary's first opponent of the week, as the Gaels travel across the Bay to face the Dons on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 PM.

Gonzaga - 76
San Diego - 60

Spokane, Wash. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 76-60 loss to Gonzaga University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 13-11 overall, 4-6 in the WCC and saw their season-high four game winning streak come to an end. With the win, Gonzaga improves to 19-7 overall and 10-1 in the WCC.

Morgan Henderson led the team in scoring as she scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. Sam Child was the second USD player in double figures as she put up 11 points and Amanda Rego was the final Torero in double figures as she had 13 points and recorded six assists. Amber Sprague led the team in rebounding with her 10 boards. As a team, USD shot 35 percent from the field and was even in the rebound category as both teams had 44 rebounds.

In the first several minutes of the game the teams were sea sawing back and forth a bit until the game was knotted at 9-9 with 15:59 to go, then the Zags went on a 15-0 run to gain control of the momentum and take a 24-9 lead with 11:32 to go.

A pair of Sprague free thrown then sparked a 10-3 USD run that was capped on a Kiva Herman lay-up to pull USD back to within 11 at 30-19 with 7:13 remaining in the first half. Then Zags then outscored USD 20-10 over the remaining seven minutes to take a 50-29 advantage into the break.

In the second half, the Zags maintained a 20-point advantage over the first seven minutes of action, then with the score at 56-38 in favor of Gonzaga, a Herman jumper sparked a 11-3 run that was capped on a Rego lay-up to pull USD back to within 10 at 59-49 with just 9:21 remaining in the game. But USD could get no closer as the Zags quickly built their lead back to up 15 and maintained that lead for the remainder of the game.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they host Santa Clara University in a 7 p.m. WCC game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Santa Clara - 49
Loyola Marymount - 48

Santa Clara, Calif. - With :23 seconds to play, senior Tracey Walker finished a layup to give the Santa Clara women's basketball team a 49-48 victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center. The narrow and hard-fought victory improved the Broncos to 7-3 in West Coast Conference action and 18-7 on the season, while the Lions fell to 6-5 in league play and 14-12 overall.

Redshirt junior Sara Majors tallied her third double-double of the season with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jen Gottschalk added 15 points for the Broncos. Both Gottschalk and Walker pulled down eight rebounds each.

LMU jumped to an 8-4 lead with 16:23 to play on a three-pointer from Kavita Goss. Yet, SCU rallied to knot the score just three minutes last on a layup from Walker, 8-8. The Broncos then took control of the scoreboard, claiming a five point edge on a trey from Gottschalk, 15-10, and then again on made free shots by Majors, 17-12. However, the Lions did not back down a knotted the score, 17-17, on a three point play by Amanda DeCoud with 9:10 left in the half.

The Lions claimed a seven point advantage, 28-21, with 3:22 remaining, but five straight points from Gottschalk brought the Broncos within two points, 28-26, going into half time.

The start to the second half was tight, as the score was tied three times in the first eight minutes. LMU tied the score, 34-34, on a made jumper by Jenna Sybesma with 12:36 to play. The Lions then widened their lead to five points on two made free throws by DeCoud. Yet, Majors' layup with 6:06 left tied the score, 46-46. Possessions were then traded but neither team was able to score for the next three minutes.

Sybesma ended the drought for the Lions with a jumper with 3:08 to play, yet a foul by Lisa Helmers sent Majors to the foul line. Majors made one of her two shots to bring the Broncos within one, 48-47, with 2:48 left. The Broncos made two attempts to take control of the scoreboard, but it wasn't until a layup by Walker sealed the win for SCU with :23 seconds to play.

For the Lions, Goss registered 13 points, while DeCoud and Sybesma tallied 11 points each.

The Broncos take to the road for their final away contests of the regular season. Santa Clara travels to San Diego on Thursday, Feb. 21 and then returns to the Bay Area for a Saturday, Feb. 23 contest against San Francisco. Tip off for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.