Feb. 19, 2007
WCC Closes Out Regular Season This Week
The West Coast Conference women's basketball season wraps up this weekend, and all eight teams will be looking to improve their respective seeds for the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga has already clinched at least a share of the WCC regular season title, becoming the first conference program to capture three straight league crowns since Santa Clara grabbed four straight from 1991-94. The Zags are headed for a showdown with second place San Diego at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday, and the Toreros have their sights set on capturing a share of the WCC title for the first time in program history. LMU and Saint Mary's are tied for third place, with the two meeting in the regular season finale in Moraga on Saturday, while Santa Clara and Pepperdine are tied for the fifth place spot at 5-7 and will also face off this weekend.
WCC Player of the Week
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga
Stephanie Hawk helped Gonzaga clinch at least a share of the WCC regular season title for the third straight season, as the Zags knocked off Northwest rival Portland on the road on Saturday, 88-58. The senior scored a game-high 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, while pulling down a game-high eight rebounds against the Pilots. Hawk also pitched in with four assists and had one steal on the afternoon. The WCC Player of the Week selection marks the fourth time this season that Hawk has earned the honor, and marks the sixth selection for Gonzaga.
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's* - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Gonzaga* - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland* - 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Portland* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Game
Around The WCC
Three-Point Records Fall
Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk snapped the Santa Clara single-season record and tied the WCC mark with her 90th three-pointer of the season in Sunday's loss at San Francisco. Cronk broke the SCU record of 89 set by former Bronco standout Julie Lienert during the 1990-91 season, and tied the conference record set by former Gonzaga three-point specialist Jessica Malone in 2001-02. Cronk has sunk 184 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. LMU's Amanda Patton broke a program record of her own earlier this year, as the senior sunk her 127th career trey on January 19 to snap the year-old program record set by former teammate Rachel Ziemann.
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 wraps up this week, with Pepperdine traveling to the Bay Area for a pair of games. The Waves face Saint Mary's on Thursday before heading to Santa Clara for the regular season finale on Saturday. Fans can catch all the WCC women's basketball action online by logging on to the free webcast on WCCsports.com.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-9 / 11-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga clinched at least a share of the WCC regular season title with an 88-58 win over Portland on the road, marking the Zags' 12th straight win over their Northwest rival.
- Stephanie Hawk continued her climb up the career charts, pulling down a game-high eight boards in the win over Portland to move into seventh place on the GU career rebounds list with 626. The senior also ranks fifth on the WCC's single-season blocks list with 90, and needs just three more blocks to become the program's all-time leading shot blocker with 153.
- Heather Bowman pitched in with 19 points in the win and currently leads the conference in scoring in WCC contests with 16.9 points per game. Hawk ranks second in the league with 16.6 points per game in conference contests.
- Gonzaga hosts San Diego (2/22) and San Francisco (2/24) this weekend.
Loyola Marymount Lions (15-11 / 7-5 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount topped Pepperdine on the road on Saturday, 63-52, giving the Lions a season sweep of their Southern California rivals for the first time since 2003-04, and just the third time in series history.
- Ashlee Dunlap recorded her second straight double-double in the win over the Waves, scoring 11 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Dunlap, who is in just her second season at LMU, has grabbed 462 career boards and needs just one more to crack the LMU career top-10.
- Amanda DeCoud moved into a tie for 10th place on the LMU single-season steals list on Saturday, collecting a swipe to move her season total to 64. The junior currently ranks ninth on the LMU career steals list with 151.
- The Lions look to lock up a top-half seed in the WCC Tournament on the road, traveling to Santa Clara (2/22) and Saint Mary's (2/24) this weekend.
- The Lions travel to Malibu to face local rival Pepperdine (2/17) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (12-15 / 5-7 WCC)
- Pepperdine suffered a 63-52 defeat to Southern California rival LMU on Saturday to fall to 5-7 in conference play.
- Teena Wickett led the Waves with 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss to the Lions. The freshman is Pepperdine's top rebounder (7.1 rpg), and ranks second on the squad in scoring (10.0 ppg).
- Nakeya Isabell collected four steals in Saturday's game, bringing her season swipes total to a team-high 56. The junior needs just three more steals to move into a tie for 10th place with former Wave Rasheeda Clark (1998-99) on the Pepperdine single-season chart.
- Daphanie Kennedy currently ranks sixth on the Waves' career steals list with 146.
- Pepperdine closes out the regular season at Saint Mary's (2/22) and Santa Clara (2/24).
Portland Pilots (9-18 / 1-11 WCC)
- Portland dropped an 88-58 decision to Northwest rival Gonzaga on Saturday to fall to 9-18 overall and 1-11 in conference play.
- Laura Thomas led the Pilots in the loss, scoring a team-high 13 points and grabbing six boards.
- Three of Portland's top four scorers this season are freshmen, with Laiken Dollente leading the team with 15.6 points per game. Thomas ranks third on the squad with 7.9 points per contest, and Kendra Morris ranks fourth with 7.1 points per game.
- UP leads the conference in blocks, averaging 4.67 blocks per game as a team.
- The Pilots close out the regular season at the Chiles Center this week, hosting San Francisco (2/22) and San Diego (2/24).
Saint Mary's Gaels (13-12 / 7-5 WCC)
- Saint Mary's went 2-0 last week, topping San Francisco on Thursday, 61-51, before downing San Diego on Saturday, 51-47.
- Jontelle Smith posted a game-high 18 points in the win over USF. The Gaels scored 36 points in the second half to overcome a USF halftime lead. Smith ranks eighth in the WCC, averaging 11.9 points per game.
- With the wins, Saint Mary's has won four of its last five games, with the only loss in that span coming against first-place Gonzaga. With two games remaining in the regular season, the Gaels hold a share of third place in the WCC standings along with LMU.
- Maija Lahde led the Gaels with 15 points in the win over second-place San Diego on the road.
- SMC closes out the regular season at home, hosting Pepperdine (2/22) and LMU (2/24).
San Diego Toreros (20-6 / 9-3 WCC)
- San Diego split two games last week, beating Santa Clara, 77-52, before dropping a 51-47 decision to Saint Mary's.
- The win was the Toreros' 20th of the season, marking the first 20-win season in program history. USD also recorded its first sweep of Santa Clara since the 1989-90 season.
- Amber Sprague came close to another double-double in the win over Santa Clara, posting 12 points and nine boards. Sprague averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last week.
- With her game-high 15 points on Thursday, freshman Morgan Henderson came within one point of her career-high and had a perfect shooting night, going 6-for-6 from the floor.
- USD wraps up the regular season at Gonzaga (2/22) and Portland (2/24).
San Francisco Dons (9-18 / 3-9 WCC)
- San Francisco earned a split last week, topping rival Santa Clara 64-58 after a 61-51 loss to Saint Mary's.
- The win over Santa Clara was the Dons' first since 2005 and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Broncos. USF used a .654 shooting percentage in the second half to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit in the win.
- Lisa Olden's game-high 17 points and 8-for-13 shooting from the field led USF. Olden was joined by Nickie Warren and Dominique Carter in double digits. Warren and Carter added 12 and 13 points, respectively.
- Nykia Peace led the USF backcourt, dishing out a career-high 10 assists in the win.
- The Dons finish the regular season at Portland on Thursday and Gonzaga on Saturday.
Santa Clara Broncos (13-14 / 5-7 WCC)
- Santa Clara lost both of its games last week, dropping a 77-52 decision to USD before falling to USF, 64-58.
- The Broncos have lost three-straight games for just the second time this season. Santa Clara's overall record has not been below .500 since December 20.
- Santa Clara shot just 19 percent from three-point range against USD, nearly 20 percent lower than its conference-leading 37.2 percent average.
- Ashley Graham posted back-to-back 13 point games last week. The senior guard is 12th in the WCC in scoring, averaging 10.9 points per game.
- Santa Clara closes out regular season play at home, hosting LMU (2/22) and Pepperdine (2/24).