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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 11/19

Nov. 19, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Heather Bowman, Gonzaga

Gonzaga's Heather Bowman helped the Zags to an impressive 2-0 start at home last week. Last season's WCC Newcomer of the Year, Bowman dropped in a game-high 21 points in a win over Washington last Monday, leading GU to the program's first-ever win over the Huskies. The sophomore followed up that performance with 19 points and 14 rebounds as Gonzaga topped Nevada on Saturday, 93-55. Bowman averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds through two games, and shot an outstanding .556 (15-for-27) from the field on the week.

Nov. 19
San Francisco at Cal State Fullerton - 5:00 PM
Montana at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

Nov. 20
Portland State at Portland - 7:00 PM
1 Santa Clara vs. Bradley - 9:00 PM

Nov. 21
1 Santa Clara vs. Cleveland State/Alaska-Anchorage - TBA

Nov. 23
2 Texas-Arlington at Pepperdine - 3:30 PM
3 Jackson State at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
Marquette at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
4 Yale at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
Southern Utah at San Diego - 7:00 PM
5 UMKC at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Nov. 24
3 Indiana State/San Diego State at Loyola Marymount - TBA
2 Ole Miss/Wisconsin at Pepperdine - TBA
5 Villanova/South Alabama at San Francisco - TBA
4 Boise State/Cal State Bakersfield at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Nov. 25
Dayton at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Portland State - 2:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at Portland - 2:00 PMLong Beach State at Santa Clara - 2:00 PM

1 Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, AK); 2 Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic (Malibu, CA); 3 Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tourney (Los Angeles, CA); 4 Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Tourney (Moraga, CA); 5 odwalla Classic (San Francisco, CA)

Around The WCC

WCC Teams Continue Strong Start
WCC women's basketball teams continued their strong start to the new season last week. League squads have combined to post a 16-10 (.615) overall record against non-conference opponents, including an outstanding 12-5 (.706) mark against teams from other west region circuits.

Tournament Time
Five WCC teams will be playing in Thanksgiving tournaments this week, with four league squads hosting events. Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and San Francisco will all host four-team events, while Santa Clara makes the trip north for the Alaska Shootout this week.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga moved to 2-0 to begin the season after Saturday's dominating 93-55 win over Nevada at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

- Heather Bowman led the way against the Wolf Pack, recording her fifth career double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Her 14 boards are tied for the highest single-game rebound total in the WCC so far this season.

- The Zags dished out 23 assists as a team on Saturday. Tiffanie Shives led the way with eight assists, while Rachel Kane and Courtney Vandersloot each collected six assists on the afternoon.

- Gonzaga looks to continue its strong start during a busy Thanksgiving week. The Zags close out their four-game home stand against Montana (11/19) and Marquette (11/23) before traveling to take on Portland State (11/25).

Loyola Marymount Lions (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount won their second straight, posting an 83-66 win over Long Beach State on the road on Thursday.

- Several Lions posted career-highs in the win over the 49ers. Jenna Sybesma came off the bench to notch career-highs with 13 points, five rebounds, and four steals. Amanda DeCoud (19), Jessica Vargas (11), and Aleyse Evans (8) also set career-highs for points in the win.

- Evans pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the win at Long Beach State, and enters the week tied for the conference lead with 10.0 rebounds per game. Teammate Valerie Ogoke ranks sixth in the WCC with 8.3 boards per contest.

- The Lions open a three-game home stand against UC Santa Barbara (11/19) before hosting the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. LMU will meet Jackson State (11/23) and will take on either Indiana State or San Diego State (11/24) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves improved to 2-1 on the season with a 95-77 victory over Cal State Bakersfield at Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday.

- Miranda Ayim enjoyed an outstanding evening against the Roadrunners, scoring 20 points and pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the season.

- Daphanie Kennedy set a personal-high for the season with 24 points in Friday's win. The senior enters the week averaging a WCC-best 21.0 points per game so far this season.

- The 95 points scored against Cal State Bakersfield marks the highest by a Pepperdine squad since putting up 101 points against Quinnipiac during the 2002-03 season.

- Pepperdine hosts the Timeout For HIV/AIDS Classic this week, taking on Texas-Arlington (11/23) and either Mississippi or Wisconsin (11/24).

Portland Pilots (3-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland rebounded from a 78-71 loss at Arizona on Friday to defeat Utah State at the Chiles Center on Sunday, 68-55.

- Laiken Dollente poured in a game-high 23 points in the loss at Arizona, and combined with backcourt mate Kendra Morris to score 41 of Portland's 71 points on the evening.

- Morris paced the team with 14 points in Sunday's win over the Aggies, and also pitched in with seven rebounds. Morris enters the week ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game.

- Portland looks to continue its hot start to the 2007-08 season at home, as the Pilots welcome cross-town rival Portland State (11/20) and Cal State Northridge (11/25) to the Chiles Center for non-conference clashes this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels fell to 2-2 on the season after dropping their home-opener to San Diego State on Saturday, 83-60.

- Jontelle Smith was one of just two Saint Mary's players to score in double figures in the loss to the Aztecs, netting a team-high 12 points. Smith has led the Gaels in scoring in two of SMC's four games so far this season.

- Louella Tomlinson pitched in with 11 points in Saturday's defeat to rank second on the team. The freshman from Australia has started all four games so far this season, and is averaging 10.8 points per contest.

- Saint Mary's remains at home to host the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic at McKeon Pavilion this weekend. The Gaels will meet Yale (11/23) in opening round play before taking on either Boise State or Cal State Bakersfield (11/24).

San Diego Toreros (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego went 1-1 at the Seton Hall Basketball Classic over the weekend, topping Toledo by an 82-62 margin before falling to the host Pirates in the championship game, 69-55.

- Amanda Rego registered a triple-double in the win over Toledo, scoring 11 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The senior's performance marked the first triple-double in Torero program history.

- Amber Sprague notched double-doubles in both games over the weekend, scoring 14 points with 11 boards against the Rockets, and leading San Diego with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Seton Hall.

- The Toreros return home for a pair of contests this weekend, as USD hosts Southern Utah (11/23) and Dayton (11/25).

San Francisco Dons (1-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco claimed a 101-96 triple-overtime victory at Colorado State last Tuesday, before returning to Memorial Gym and dropping a 66-48 verdict to Colorado on Friday.

- Tuesday's game marked the first triple-overtime contest in San Francisco program history, and the first by a WCC team since Portland played three overtimes in the 1983-84 NAIA Tournament.

- Necolia Simmons collected her first double-double in a San Francisco uniform, scoring a game-high 24 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the win at Colorado State. Simmons also shot 10-for-12 from the free throw line against the Rams.

- The Dons travel to Cal State Fullerton (11/19) before hosting the odwalla Classic, where they will meet UMKC (11/23) and either Villanova or South Alabama (11/24).

Santa Clara Broncos (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted a pair of victories, knocking off Washington State, 62-52, before notching a 73-51 victory over Boise State in its home-opener on Saturday.

- Chandice Cronk scored a team-high 18 points in the win at Washington State, netting her 1,000 career point less than two minutes into the contest. The senior became the 17th player in Bronco program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark.

- Jen Gottschalk poured in a game-high 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor in Saturday's win over Boise State. The senior also pulled down eight rebounds in just 30 minutes of action.

- Santa Clara travels to the Alaska Shootout this week, where they will meet Bradley (11/20) and either host Alaska-Anchorage or Cleveland State (11/21).