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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 17, 2009

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As all eight teams get ready for the last two weeks of conference play, Portland at Pepperdine highlights this week's slate of games as the two will play in front of a national TV audience on CBS College Sports this Thursday. With a league-leading five game win streak and sole possession of second place, Portland is putting the pressure on Gonzaga for the top spot in the conference standings as it is only one game back. The WCC could be in for a shake up as the top four teams play each other this week. LMU (7-3) and Pepperdine (6-4) will take turns hosting Gonzaga (9-1) and Portland (8-2).


All Times PST

Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
CBS College Sports
Portland at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
San Francisco at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

WCC Players of the Week: LMU's Renahy Young and Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Earn Weekly Honor

LMU's Renahy Young Young ended the week with a 20-point, four-rebound, and two-assist average in the Lions' two wins

Two sophomore guards share this week's player of the week honor on the women's side--Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot and Loyola Marymount's Renahy Young.

Vandersloot averaged 19 points, 6.5 assists, and six rebounds while helping the Zags to two victories over Saint Mary's and San Francisco. She shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the field and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. Against the Gaels, Vandersloot recorded a game-high 20 points, while tallying five assists, five boards, and four steals. Then against San Francisco, she was only two rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double in the Zags' dominant (71-35) win over the Dons. Gonzaga continues to lead the league with a 9-1 conference record.

Young continued her late-season resurgence this week with a 20-point, four-rebound, and two-assist average in the Lions' wins over San Diego and Santa Clara. Over the week, Young shot 57.7 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from three-point territory, and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. Against the Toreros, Young sunk her first six shots, scoring 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half in the Lions' victory--their 16th win of the season, topping last year's total. At Santa Clara, Young netted 22 points, going 7-for-12 from the floor, and recorded her fifth 20-point performance this season. Loyola Marymount is now in third place in the WCC standings.

San Diego's Amber Sprague is No. 1
San Diego senior center Amber Sprague became the school's all-time leading scorer recently, and has 1,606 points for her career. The previous record was 1,510 by Susie Erpelding (`96-00). Sprague is also inching closer to the school's all-time rebounding mark of 831, set by Chris Enger (`92-93). To date, she has 817 career rebounds, and would only have to average 5.0 boards per game, well under her current average of 7.8, over the remainder of the season to take the top spot.

Louella Tomlinson Leads Block Party at Saint Mary's
Sophomore Louella Tomlinson has picked up right where she left off last year, when she broke the NCAA record for blocks in a season, with 156. This season, she is averaging 5.5 blocks a contest, and is leading the country once again. She has a chance to own yet another NCAA record, average blocks per game in a season, which currently sits at 5.8. The second year Aussie has also registered two triple-doubles this season, both of which included 11 blocks in a game. She is the only player in the country to have multiple games with double digit blocks.



Overall Record: 21-5
WCC Record: 9-1
  • Gonzaga got back on the winning track, defeating Saint Mary's and San Francisco last week, holding the Dons to an opponents' season low 35 points.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists and six rebounds over the two Gonzaga victories. Against the Gaels, she scored a game-high 20 points (13-23) to go along with five assists, five rebounds, and four steals. She followed that up by nearly registering a triple-double against the Dons with 18 points (5-10), eight assists, and eight rebounds en route to Co-WCC Player of the Week honors, for her third weekly award this season.

  • Junior Heather Bowman was one of four Zags in double figures against the Gaels with 18 points for her 18th straight double figure game and has now scored over 1,500 points in just two and a half seasons and is only the fifth player in school history to reach the milestone.

  • The Zags head to Southern California to take on LMU (2/19) and Pepperdine (2/21).
  • Overall Record: 17-7
    WCC Record: 7-3
  • LMU went undefeated last week on the road, defeating San Diego and Santa Clara.

  • Sophomore Renahy Young averaged 20.0 points, four rebounds, and two assists to help LMU to its two victories. Against the Toreros, she had a game-high 18 points (8-14), before going for her fifth 20-point game this year, netting in 22 points (7-12) against the Broncos en route to Co-WCC Player of the Week honors. This is her second weekly award this season.

  • Senior Cassady Moore scored all of her 11 points in the second half against the Toreros, while the Lions shot a season-high 51% from the field.

  • Against Santa Clara, freshman Alex Cowling continued to shoot well, hitting nine of her 11 shots, netting in a game-high 24 points. She ranks 12th in the NCAA with a 58.7% clip.

  • The Lions stay home to face Gonzaga (2/19) and Pepperdine (2/21) this week.
  • Overall Record: 13-11
    WCC Record: 6-4
  • Pepperdine bounced back to go undefeated last week on the road, defeating Santa Clara and San Diego.

  • Freshman Jazmine Jackson broke her previous career-high, which she set last week, by going for 23 points (7-10) to go along with six rebounds and three steals against the Broncos. Senior Nakeya Isabell helped out with a game-high five assists and was one of three players to record three steals.

  • Junior Miranda Ayim led the Waves with a game-high 17 points (8-16) against the Toreros, while Isabell nabbed a game-high four steals. Isabell ranks 14th in the NCAA in assists (6.0) and 19th in steals (2.9) and is also ninth in assists and eighth in steals in the Waves' record book. As a team, the Waves lead the country in turnover margin with a +7.5 ratio.

  • The Waves stay home to face Portland (2/19) in a nationally televised game on CBS College Sports before playing Gonzaga (2/21) this week.
  • Overall Record: 15-10
    WCC Record: 8-2
  • The Pilots kept their winning streak alive defeating Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Saint Mary's last week and have a league leading five game win streak. The Pilots are off to the second best conference start in school history.

  • Against the Dons, sophomores Lauren Angel (7-12) and Jessica Clemens (7-8) led the way with game-highs of 17 points each.

  • Against the Gaels, junior Laiken Dollente had game-highs of 22 points and six assists, while Angel had another solid game with 18 points (8-13). Sophomore Tara Cronin added 14 points, while also registering a game-high five steals. Cronin also hit 11 straight free throws overall and has made 23 of her last 24 attempts.

  • Portland heads down to Southern California to take on Pepperdine (2/19) in a nationally televised game on CBS College Sports, before facing Loyola Marymount (2/21).
  • Overall Record: 9-17
    WCC Record: 5-6
  • Saint Mary's suffered a pair of setbacks on their trip up North, losing to Gonzaga and Portland.

  • Against the Zags, the Gaels were paced by their leading scorer, sophomore Louella Tomlinson, who posted her 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while also adding four blocks. She followed that up with another double-double against the Pilots with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while also blocking four shots.

  • Against the Pilots, freshmen Alex Carbonel and Ashlee Smith joined Tomlinson in double figures, finishing with 17 and 12 points respectively.

  • Tomlinson is currently second in the NCAA in blocks per game (5.5) and with 142 blocks this season is on pace to break her NCAA single-season record of 156, which she set last year.

  • The Gaels have just one game this week at San Diego (2/21).
  • Overall Record: 14-11
    WCC Record: 5-6
  • San Diego suffered a pair of defeats last week, losing to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

  • Sophomore Sam Child led four Toreros in double figures against LMU with 16 points. Senior Kiva Herman had 12, freshman Dominique Conners had 11, while senior Amber Sprague finished with 10.

  • Against the Waves, Herman led the way with 17 points, while Child added 14 and Conners chipped in 11. Conners also tied her career-high with seven assists.

  • Herman leads the team in scoring (18.0) and has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and has totaled 10 20+ point performances. Sprague collected 13 boards last week and now only needs 15 rebounds to become the school's all-time leading rebounder.

  • San Diego has just one game this week, hosting Saint Mary's (2/21).
  • Overall Record: 6-19
    WCC Record: 2-9
  • San Francisco suffered a pair of losses last week on the road, falling to Portland and Gonzaga.

  • Against the Pilots, senior Shay Rollins was the only Don in double figures, finishing with 10 points while hitting two three-pointers.

  • Against the Zags, Rollins once again led the way finishing with game-highs of 20 points and five steals. The game marked her seventh straight with double digits scoring. She has been held to single digits in only two games this year and ranks third in the conference in scoring at 16.4 ppg, while leading the league in made three pointers with 67.

  • The Gonzaga game was a "Pink Zone" game for both schools. "Pink Zone" is a breast cancer awareness campaign created by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

  • San Francisco has just one game this week, traveling to Santa Clara (2/21).
  • Overall Record: 2-24
    WCC Record: 0-11
  • The Broncos lost a pair of games last week to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

  • Senior Sara Majors led the way on offense against the Waves, finishing with a team-high 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Majors also hit all eight of her free-throws.

  • Against the Lions, freshman Alyssa Shoji went off for a career-high 18 points, three steals, and four three-pointers. The Broncos' leading scorer, sophomore Lena Gipson, got back on track with her league-leading 17th double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

  • During halftime of the LMU game, the Santa Clara athletic department announced the retirement of Bronco All-American and all-time leading scorer Melissa (King) Fisher's `93 jersey. King Fisher is the first women's basketball student-athlete to have her jersey retired.

  • The Broncos have just one game this week, hosting San Francisco (2/21).