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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 2/25

Feb. 25, 2008

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Gonzaga Captures Fourth Straight WCC Regular Season Title

The Gonzaga Bulldogs captured their fourth straight WCC regular season women's basketball title with an 87-67 win over Portland on Saturday. The Zags are the first league program to earn at least a share of four straight crowns since Santa Clara won four straight from 1991-94. Gonzaga will enter the WCC Tournament in San Diego as the No. 1 seed for the second straight season, as the Zags claimed the program's first-ever WCC Tournament title as the No. 1 seed last year in Portland. Head Coach Kelly Graves' squad, which has posted an 11-1 conference mark this season, has won 12 of its last 13 games and enters the final weekend of the 2007-08 campaign on a four-game winning streak.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 28
Gonzaga at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's* - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Pepperdine* - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount* - 7:00 PM

Mar. 1
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM
Portland at Santa Clara* - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

WCC Player of the Week
Amanda Rego, San Diego

Amanda Rego led San Diego into a tie for third place in the WCC standings with wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's last week. Rego led the team with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds against the Broncos on Thursday, and pitched in with 14 points and 16 assists against the Gaels on Saturday, setting the USD single-game assist record. The San Diego native, who also became just the fifth player in conference history to reach the 600 career assist mark last week, averaged 17 points, 9.5 assists, and seven rebounds through the two wins.

Around The WCC

Saint Mary's Tomlinson Breaks Blocks Record
Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson has enjoyed a record-breaking freshman campaign, setting the SMC single-season standard and career mark for blocks with 139 in just one year. Tomlinson, who currently leads the nation with 4.9 blocks per game, broke the 15-year old single-season WCC record of 137 blocks set by former San Diego standout Chris Enger in 1992-93. Her blocks total also sits just 13 behind the all-time NCAA Division I record of 152 set by Jackson State's Amie Williams during the 2002-03 season.

WCC Teams Aim For High Seeds
With Gonzaga wrapping up the top seed in the WCC Tournament, the conference's remaining squads head into the final weekend of the season looking to improve their spots in the standings. Santa Clara currently sits in second place with a 7-5 mark, while LMU and San Diego are tied for third place with 6-6 records. Portland, Saint Mary's, and USF are tied for fifth with 5-7 marks, and Pepperdine is not far behind with a 3-9 record.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-7 / 11-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga clinched its fourth straight WCC regular season title with an 87-67 win over Portland on Saturday. The Zags are the first conference program to win four straight league crowns since Santa Clara won four straight from 1991-94.

- Kelly Graves became just the fifth coach in conference history to record 100 wins in WCC action, reaching the century mark with Saturday's victory over the Pilots. Graves, who also coached Saint Mary's from 1997-2000, has recorded 70 wins in league play at Gonzaga.

- Courtney Vandersloot dished out a career-high 11 assists in the win over Portland, including nine in the second half, while Tiffanie Shives scored a career-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

- The Zags close out the regular season at Santa Clara (2/28) and Saint Mary's (3/1).

Loyola Marymount Lions (14-13 / 6-6 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount fell to cross-town rival Pepperdine by a 60-49 margin on Saturday to fall to 6-6 in conference play.

- Valerie Ogoke grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with six points and three steals in the loss to the Waves. The senior enters the week with a conference-leading 234 boards, just one rebound short of eighth place on the LMU single-season list.

- Amanda DeCoud dished out three assists and collected a pair of steals in Saturday's loss, bringing her season swipes total to 62. The senior, who currently ranks second on the LMU all-time steals chart with 227, is averaging 2.3 steals per game to rank second in the conference.

- The Lions look to snap a three-game skid at home, welcoming San Francisco (2/28) and San Diego (3/1) to Gersten Pavilion this week.

Pepperdine Waves (8-17 / 3-9 WCC)
- Pepperdine won its second straight game, notching a 60-49 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. It marks the first time since early December that the Waves have strung together a pair of victories.

- Daphanie Kennedy led all scorers with 18 points, including a 3-for-5 performance from beyond the arc, in Saturday's victory. Kennedy, who is averaging a conference-best 22.2 points per contest in WCC play, aims to become the first player since Saint Mary's Jerkisha Dosty in 2002 to average more than 20 points per game in league action.

- The Waves blocked 12 shots in Saturday's win, led by four blocks from guard Jessica Ross. Miranda Ayim, who leads the team with 50 blocks, pitched in with three blocks in the victory.

- The Waves close out their regular season slate at home against San Diego (2/28) and San Francisco (3/1) this week.

Portland Pilots (15-12 / 5-7 WCC)
- Portland dropped an 87-67 decision to Gonzaga on Saturday to fall to 15-12, and 5-7 in conference play.

- Rachel Warren led the Pilots with 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting in Saturday's loss. The senior enters the week ranked fourth in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a .508 (99-for-195) clip.

- Portland shot 8-for-12 from the free throw line as a team during Saturday's game, and enters the week shooting a conference-leading .762 (375-for-492) from the charity stripe. The Pilots, who are aiming to pace the WCC in free throw shooting for the second straight season, currently rank 18th in the nation in free throw percentage.

- The Pilots wrap up the regular season at Saint Mary's (2/28) and Santa Clara (3/1).

Saint Mary's Gaels (13-15 / 5-7 WCC)
- Saint Mary's split a pair of road games, handing San Francisco an 86-73 defeat before falling to San Diego on Saturday, 81-71.

- Louella Tomlinson broke the 15-year old WCC single-season record for blocks, collecting five on the week to bring her season total to 139. Tomlinson snapped the previous mark of 137 set by San Diego's Chris Enger in 1992-93, and she currently ranks ninth in NCAA Division I history for single-season blocks.

- Jontelle Smith scored a career-high 30 points in Thursday's win over the Dons before adding a team-high 23 points against the Toreros. Smith sunk 10 three-pointers on the week, giving her 182 career treys and moving her to within three of the Saint Mary's career record.

- The Gaels return home to host Portland (2/28) and Gonzaga (3/1) to close out the regular season.

San Diego Toreros (15-11 /6-6 WCC)
- San Diego recorded a pair of wins at home, defeating Santa Clara, 66-53, before topping Saint Mary's, 81-71. After losing their first five conference games of the season, USD has won six of its last seven WCC tilts.

- Amanda Rego enjoyed an outstanding week, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the win over the Broncos, and dishing out a program-record 16 assists against the Gaels. Rego became just the fifth player in WCC history to eclipse the 600 career assist mark, and enters the week ranked fourth on the conference's all-time list with 605 career assists.

- Amber Sprague notched her 11th double-double of the season in Thursday's win over the Broncos, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the win.

- San Diego closes out the regular season on the road, as the Toreros travel to Pepperdine (2/28) and Loyola Marymount (3/1) this week.

San Francisco Dons (14-13 / 5-7 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from an 86-73 loss to Saint Mary's to knock off Santa Clara at Memorial Gym on Saturday, 88-73.

- Three Dons recorded double-doubles in Saturday's win over Santa Clara. Shay Rollins notched her first double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Nykia Peace added 12 points and 10 assists. Necolia Simmons rounded out the USF players with double-doubles, pitching in with 14 points and 12 boards.

- Dominique Carter continued her climb up the conference's career points list, scoring 26 points against Santa Clara to move into sole possession of fourth place on the WCC all-time scoring chart with 1,765 points.

- The Dons wrap up the 2007-08 regular season with road games at Loyola Marymount (2/28) and Pepperdine (3/1) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (18-9 / 7-5 WCC)
- Santa Clara suffered a pair of defeats on the road over the weekend, dropping a 66-53 decision at San Diego before falling to Bay Area rival San Francisco on Saturday, 88-73.

- Tracey Walker led the Broncos in both games, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and five assists against the Toreros, and scoring 21 points with five assists in Saturday's loss at San Francisco.

- Jen Gottschalk pulled down 12 rebounds on the week, including eight defensive boards in the loss at San Diego. The senior enters the week ranked second in the conference with 9.6 rebounds per game during WCC play.

- The Broncos return home to close out the season against Gonzaga (2/28) and Portland (3/1) this week.