Nov. 13, 2007
WCC Player of the Week
Maija Lahde, Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's Maija Lahde enjoyed an outstanding opening weekend to the 2007-08 season, leading the Gaels to a 2-1 record at the Basketball Traveler's Classic in Waco, TX. The senior posted solid all-around numbers, averaging 11.0 points and 6.7 rebounds through three games, and shooting .438 (14-for-32) from the floor. Lahde pitched in 10 points in a win over Prairie View A&M on Friday, before scoring a game-high 19 points with 12 boards in Sunday's 87-65 victory over Howard. The native of Finland was just two assists shy of a triple-double in Sunday's win.
San Francisco at Colorado State - 6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Washington State - 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Long Beach State - 7:00 PM
1San Diego vs. Toledo - 5:00 PM
Portland at Arizona - 6:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
Colorado at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Nevada at Gonzaga - 12:00 PM
San Diego State at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
Boise State at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
1 San Diego vs. George Mason/Seton Hall - TBA
Utah State at Portland - 1:00 PM
1 Seton Hall Basketball Classic (South Orange, NJ)
Around The WCC
WCC Teams Enjoy Solid Opening Weekend
The 2007-08 women's basketball season got underway last weekend, and West Coast Conference squads combined to post an 8-6 overall mark, with a 6-2 record against teams from west region circuits. Highlighting the wins was Gonzaga's 91-72 victory over Washington on Monday, the first victory in 18 tries for the Zags against the Huskies. Portland posted two straight wins, topping Washington State and Idaho by an average of 29 points, while Saint Mary's won two-of-three on a busy opening weekend at Baylor. Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, and San Diego also posted victories on the opening weekend of play.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga got the season off to a great start by knocking off Washington on Monday, 91-72. The victory marked the first for GU in 18 all-time contests with the Huskies.
- Janelle Bekkering was outstanding in her collegiate debut on Monday, as the redshirt freshman dropped in 20 points, including 16 in the first half, as the Zags rolled to the win over Washington. Freshman Courtney Vandersloot was also impressive in her collegiate debut, dishing out a game-high 10 assists.
- Heather Bowman led all scorers with 21 points in the victory, while Jami Bjorklund posted her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- Gonzaga continues its four-game homestand to begin the 2007-08 season, as the Bulldogs welcome Nevada (11/17) and Montana (11/19) to the McCarthey Athletic Center this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (1-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount rebounded from a season-opening 71-67 loss at Boise State, knocking off UNLV on the road with a buzzer-beating layup on Sunday, 61-59.
- Amanda DeCoud provided the heroics in the win over the Rebels, dribbling the length of the floor to score the winning bucket at the buzzer. The senior, who was tabbed for WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors last season, finished the game with nine points, seven rebounds, and three steals.
- Valerie Ogoke recorded her first double-double of the season in the loss at Boise State, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 boards on Friday.
- The Lions travel to Long Beach State (11/15) before returning home to face UC Santa Barbara (11/19) to open a three-game home stretch.
Pepperdine Waves (1-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves had a busy weekend, posting a 70-38 win over Cal State Northridge at home on Friday before traveling to Iowa State and dropping a 70-59 decision on Sunday.
- Daphanie Kennedy led the Waves in scoring in both contests over the weekend, as the senior scored a game-high 22 points against the Matadors, and added a team-best 17 points in Sunday's loss. Kennedy also ranked second on the team with 10 rebounds in the win over Cal State Northridge.
- Teena Wickett pitched in with nine points and 10 rebounds against the Cyclones, falling just one point short of a double-double.
- Pepperdine returns to Firestone Fieldhouse for its lone contest of the week against Cal State Bakersfield (11/16).
Portland Pilots (2-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland got the season off to a great start on the road, handing Washington State a 70-40 defeat on Friday before traveling to Idaho and notching an 83-55 victory on Sunday.
- Laiken Dollente, who ranked second in the conference in scoring with 15.2 points per game last season, led the Pilots in both wins over the weekend. The sophomore scored 11 points to tie with Rachel Warren for the team lead on Friday, and added a game-high 16 points in Sunday's win.
- Meagan Bermingham, who redshirted the 2006-07 season, returned to the Pilots over the weekend and pitched in with 10 points and three boards on Sunday.
- Portland remains on the road to meet Arizona (11/16) before returning home to face Utah State (11/18) this weekend.
Saint Mary's Gaels (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels posted a 2-1 mark at the Basketball Traveler's Classic in Waco, TX over the weekend. Saint Mary's recorded wins over Prairie View A&M and Howard, and fell to then-No. 15 ranked Baylor.
- Jontelle Smith, Saint Mary's leading scorer in each of the last two seasons, got the year off to a good start with a team-high 21 points in Friday's 87-80 win over Prairie View A&M. The junior added 14 points in Sunday's 87-65 win over Howard.
- Maija Lahde tossed in a game-high 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Sunday's win. The senior fell just two assists short of a triple-double, dishing out a game-high eight assists against the Bison.
- Saint Mary's returns to McKeon Pavilion for its home-opener against San Diego State (11/17) this weekend.
San Diego Toreros (1-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego rebounded from a season-opening 76-66 loss at Cal State Bakersfield to upend Cal State Northridge at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Sunday, 79-50.
- Morgan Henderson scored 22 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the season in Friday's loss to the Roadrunners.
- Amanda Rego picked up right where she left off, dishing out 17 assists in two games after leading the nation in assists last season. The 2006-07 WCC Co-Player of the Year, Rego collected eight assists and scored 13 points on Friday before dishing out a game-high nine assists in Sunday's win.
- The Toreros travel to the Seton Hall Classic this weekend where they will meet Toledo (11/16) and either the host Pirates or George Mason (11/17).
San Francisco Dons (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco opened the season on the road, falling to Northern Colorado on Sunday, 75-51.
- Dominique Carter scored 18 second half points en route to tossing in a game-high 23 points against the Bears.
- Lisa Olden collected six points, six rebounds, and three blocks in the game's first 20 minutes on Sunday.
- Shay Rollins pitched in with seven points and three assists in the loss. The junior also collected a team-high two steals.
- The Dons wrap up their road trip at Colorado State (11/13) before returning home to face Colorado (11/16) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara began the new campaign by dropping a 62-51 decision at Nevada on Friday.
- Elizabeth Doran shot 4-for-9 from the field to finish with a career-high 16 points in the loss to the Wolf Pack.
- Chandice Cronk, the WCC's leading scorer with 16.0 points per game last season, pitched in with 12 points on Friday. The senior shot 5-for-11 from the floor, and sunk a pair of three-pointers.
- Jen Gottschalk pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in Friday's contest.
- Santa Clara travels to face Washington State (11/13) before returning home to take on Boise State (11/17) this weekend.