Nov. 13, 2006
WCC Player of the Week
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga
Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk started her senior season with a bang over the weekend, leading the Zags to a pair of victories to open the new campaign. Hawk started things off with 18 points and eight rebounds as Gonzaga knocked off 2006 "Elite Eight" team Utah on Friday, 57-45. The Ontario, OR native then enjoyed a monster game in Sunday's 73-70 win over UC Davis, as Hawk produced game-highs with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks against the Aggies. Hawk totaled 42 points on 15-for-23 shooting from the field on the weekend.
Idaho at Portland - 7:00 PM
UC Riverside at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Miami at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Sacramento State at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM
Loyola Marymount vs. Toledo^ - 4:00 PM
Colorado State at San Francisco - 6:00 PM
Portland at Boise State - 7:00 PM
Miami at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
Cal Poly at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Rutgers at Pepperdine* - 7:30 PM
California/Florida at Pepperdine* - 7:30 PM
Loyola Marymount vs. W. Carolina/Xavier^ - TBA
Gonzaga at Montana - 1:00 PM
Miami at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego - 2:00 PM
^Xavier Tournament (Cincinnati, OH); *Timeout for HIV/AIDs Classic (Malibu, CA)
Around The WCC
Strong Opening Weekend For WCC Squads
WCC teams combined to post a 6-5 record against non-conference opposition on the opening weekend of the season. League squads went 3-0 against teams from the Big West Conference, and three of the WCC's five losses were against top-25 ranked teams.
Back On The Scene
Three WCC players made significant contributions during the first weekend of the 2006-07 season after sitting out the entire 2005-06 campaign. Gonzaga's Rachel Kane tallied eight points against UC Davis after missing last year due to injury, and Saint Mary's Lauren Shaughnessy also accounted for eight points after a year layoff in SMC's loss to Cal. Perhaps the most impressive return to the court was that of San Diego's Amber Sprague, who returned on Friday and promptly recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in USD's win over Cal State Northridge.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga started the season off in style, topping 2006 "Elite Eight" participant Utah on Friday, 57-45, before knocking off UC Davis at home on Sunday, 73-70.
- Stephanie Hawk led the Zags in both victories, scoring a game-high 18 points with eight boards in Friday's win and producing an outstanding performance against UC Davis with 24 points, nine boards, four blocks, and a career-high seven assists on Sunday.
- Michelle Elliott, a junior transfer from San Diego State, made an immediate impact in her first weekend in a Gonzaga uniform. Elliott dropped in 11 points in Friday's win, and scored 14 points against UC Davis, including a 3-for-5 showing from beyond the arc.
- The Zags remain at home for a game against Sacramento State (11/16) before beginning a five-game road stretch at Montana (11/19) this weekend.
Loyola Marymount Lions (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount suffered an 88-61 setback at then-No. 4 ranked Stanford on Thursday in a Preseason WNIT match up at Maples Pavilion.
- Amanda Patton paced the Lions in scoring against the Cardinal, shooting 6-for-10 from the field including 4-for-6 from 3-point land to total a team-high 18 points. The senior also pitched in with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
- LMU's backcourt trio of Patton, Cassady Moore, and Amanda DeCoud combined for 39 points and six steals against the Cardinal. DeCoud scored 12 points with four steals and four assists, while Moore pitched in with nine points.
- The Lions head to Cincinnati, OH this weekend for the Xavier Tournament. LMU will take on Toledo (11/17) in first round action and will face the winner of the Western Carolina vs. Xavier contest on Saturday (11/18).
Pepperdine Waves (1-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves rebounded from a 72-48 loss to then-No. 14 ranked Texas A&M on the road on Friday to upend UNLV in Las Vegas on Sunday, 57-42.
- Daphanie Kennedy led Pepperdine against the Aggies, scoring a team-high 13 points and pulling down nine rebounds including seven boards on the defensive end.
- Teiosha George and Jessica Ross combined to score the game's first nine points in Sunday's win, sparking the Waves to an early lead. George and Ross each tallied a game-high 12 points in the victory.
- Pepperdine returns home to face a challenging field in the Timeout for HIV/AIDs Classic in Malibu. The Waves face No. 11 ranked Rutgers (11/17) to open the event, and will meet either No. 18 ranked California or Florida in the tournament finale (11/18).
Portland Pilots (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland got the season off on the right foot, handing Pacific a 74-60 defeat at the Chiles Center on Sunday, marking the first season-opening win for the Pilots since 2001.
- Freshman Laiken Dollente provided the bulk of the offense for the Pilots, scoring a game-high 22 points and dishing out seven assists in the victory. Dollente went 16-for-17 from the charity stripe against Pacific, falling just one free throw short of the UP program record, and contributed eight steals.
- Rachel Warren chipped in with 12 points in the win, and led all Portland players with nine rebounds.
- UP hosts Idaho (11/14) before traveling to face Boise State (11/17) this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels opened up the 2006-07 campaign in Berkeley on Sunday, falling to then-No. 21 ranked California 71-56.
- Juniors Monica Mertle and Maija Lahde paced Saint Mary's in scoring against the Golden Bears, with Mertle scoring a team-high 14 points and Lahde pitching in with 13. The two forwards also pulled down four rebounds apiece.
- Lauren Shaughnessy returned to the court after sitting out the 2005-06 season, and chipped in with five points and three steals off the bench for the Gaels.
- Eghosa Obaiza grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for SMC on Sunday.
- Saint Mary's begins a four-game homestand this weekend as the Gaels welcome Miami (11/17) to McKeon Pavilion.
San Diego Toreros (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego opened the 2006-07 season with a 95-77 win over Cal State Northridge on the road. The 95 points scored tie for the second most in program history, and are the most points scored by USD in a season opener in program history.
- Amber Sprague, who sat out all of last season with an injury, recorded a double-double with 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in her first game back for San Diego. Sprague shot 9-for-11 from the floor, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the win.
- Amanda Rego also recorded a double-double in the victory, scoring 13 points and dishing out 10 assists.
- The Toreros begin a four-match homestand this week, as UC Riverside (11/14) and crosstown rival San Diego State (11/19) visit Alcala Park.
San Francisco Dons (0-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco suffered a pair of defeats on the road to open the new season, as the Dons fell to Colorado and Wyoming over the weekend.
- Tanya Haave's first game as head coach took place against the Buffs in Boulder, where she spent four seasons as an assistant coach.
- Dominique Carter picked up right where she left off last season, scoring a team-high 22 points against Colorado and pitching in with 16 points in the loss to Wyoming.
- Nickie Warren paced USF in Sunday's loss, scoring a game-high 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while pulling down four rebounds.
- The Dons return home for non-conference contests against Colorado State (11/17) and Miami (11/19) at Memorial Gym this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara notched its first season-opening win since the 2002-03 season, handing Long Beach State a 76-67 defeat on the road on Sunday.
- Chandice Cronk scored a career-high 24 points in Sunday's win, going 4-for-9 from beyond the arc and pulling down five rebounds.
- Ashley Graham was also 4-for-9 from 3-point land, chipping in 17 points and a pair of steals in the win.
- Tracey Walker led the team with six rebounds against the 49ers, while also contributing eight points and four assists.
- Santa Clara opens its home schedule this weekend with match ups against Miami (11/15) and Cal Poly (11/17).