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WCC Women's Basketball Notes

Nov. 19, 2008

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The 2008-09 women's basketball non-conference season continues with Portland the only team participating in a tournament this week. The Pilots will play in the Hawkeye Challenge at the University of Iowa. Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount had strong starts to the season, with the Zags going 2-0, including a win at the University of Washington, and the Lions starting 2-1, barely losing to the University of Arizona in triple overtime for their only loss so far.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Dayton vs. Saint Mary's Austin, TX
2:30 PM
DAYT. def. SMC 68-62
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Academy of Art at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
USF def. AAU 80-50
Pepperdine at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
UCLA def. PEP 66-55
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Utah Valley at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM

San at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Purdue West Lafayette, IN
4:00 PM

Sacramento State at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
LMU at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
4:30 PM

Montana State at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM

Saint Mary's at Cal St. Fullerton Fullerton, CA
7:00 PM

San Francisco at E. Washington Cheney, WA
7:00 PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland vs. Providence Iowa City, IA
12:30 PM

Pepperdine at N. Arizona Flagstaff, AZ
2:00 PM

Cal Poly at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Wyoming Laramie, WY
1:00 PM

Saint Mary's at Nevada Reno, NV
2:00 PM

Portland vs. Iowa/Boston Univ. Iowa City, IA
TBA

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Earns Weekly Honor
Courtney Vandersloot was the primary reason Gonzaga has started off 2-0. The sophomore averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the opening weekend. She scored a career-high 27 points and dished out eight assists, along with four rebounds and two steals against Eastern Oregon. Vandersloot then scored 20 points, had six assists, five rebounds and two steals in leading Gonzaga to a five-point victory at Washington. The win over the Huskies was only the second in 19 meetings and was the first-ever at Washington.

Noteworthy Performances
There were several great performances from the first week of the season. Below are some of them that may have gone unnoticed.


NAME                              YR      POS      PERFORMANCE
Renahy Young, LMU                 SO      G        31 pts, 4 asts, 9-12 FT vs. ArizonaLouella Tomlinson, SMC            SO      F/C      9 blocks, 12 rebs vs. DaytonKavita Goss, LMU                  JR      G        21 pts, 6 3FG vs. ArizonaAleyse Evans, LMU                 SO      F        14 pts (7-for-9), 15 rebs vs. Dayton


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 2-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga went undefeated in its opening week, defeating Eastern Oregon and in-state rival Washington.

  • The 101 points scored against E. Oregon was the third most points a Kelly Graves team has scored. The Zags offensive rebounds (21) out numbered the Mountaineers total boards (18).

  • Three Zags scored in double-digits against the Mountaineers, led by Courtney Vandersloot with a career-high 27, followed by Kayla Standish (16) and Jami Schaefer (10).

  • Gonzaga came from behind to beat Washington and was sparked by Vandersloot's three-pointer with 2:32 left to put the Zags up 55-51. Tiffanie Shives also pitched in, hitting five of eight free throws down the stretch.

  • The Zags host Utah Valley (11/19) and Montana St. (11/21) before playing at Wyoming (11/23).
  • Overall Record: 2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount participated at the Bank of Hawaii Tournament, beating host Hawaii, losing in 3OT to Arizona, and beating Toledo.

  • In the heartbreaker to Arizona, the Lions got career-highs from Kavita Goss (21 points) and Renahy Young (31 points). Young had the ninth-best single-game performance in school history and had all nine of the Lions' points in the third overtime.

  • In the season-opening win at Hawaii, Aleyse Evans had a career-high 15 points on an impressive seven of 10 shooting. She also added a game-high four steals.

  • In the win over Toledo, Evans (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Mikah Maly-Karros (15 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles. Young also contributed going 15 of 19 from the line.

  • The Lions play one game this week, traveling to UC Irvine (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine won its only game of the week, defeating Cal Poly SLO at home.

  • Miranda Ayim and Nakeya Isabell led the way for the Waves, scoring 14 and 11 points respectively. Isabell had a good all-around game adding seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

  • The Waves ended the first half of the game on a 25-4 run, to give Pepperdine a 17 point lead going into the break.

  • With the Broncos within striking distance late in the game, Ayim went on an 8-0 scoring run, including two three-pointers, to give the Waves the lead for good.

  • Pepperdine is on the road playing UCLA (11/18) and Northern Arizona (11/22).
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland split its games on opening week, defeating Utah State, before falling to Boise State.

  • Laiken Dollente had a game-high 18 points against Utah State, while Tara Cronin picked up her first ever double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Lauren Angel had an impressive shooting performance against the Aggies, going seven of 10 from the field, for 14 points.

  • The Pilots held the Aggies to 30.8 percent shooting in the first half.

  • Portland is on the road, taking on Purdue (11/20), before heading to the Hawkeye Challenge to face Providence (11/22), and Iowa/Boston (11/23).
  • Overall Record: 0-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's went winless in the opening week, losing to No. 20 Old Dominion and No. 13 Texas at the 2008 World View Classic.

  • In the game against Old Dominion, Louella Tomlinson led the way for the Gaels, scoring 17 points with a game-high six blocks. Freshmen Ashlee Smith and Katie Batlin also added double digit scoring 10 points each.

  • The Gaels were led again by freshmen against Texas, with Smith leading the way with 17, Batlin netting in 12, and Alex Carbonel scoring 11.

  • Tomlinson added a game-high 10 rebounds against Texas and is tied for the league lead with 26 on the year.

  • Saint Mary's is on the road facing Cal State Fullerton (11/21) and Nevada (11/23).
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego split its games this week, defeating UCSD, before losing to UCSB.

  • Against UCSD, Amber Sprague was nearly perfect from the floor, shooting nine for 11, for a game-high 21 points. She also added seven rebounds and three blocks.

  • Sprague followed up her impressive performance against the Tritons with an even better on at UCSB. She scored a game-high 31 points on 10 of 18 shooting. Sprague leads the conference in scoring at 26.0 ppg and is 216 points away from being the all-time leading scorer in school history.

  • San Diego improved in the second half against UCSB, shooting 53.3 percent.

  • San Diego travels to Cal St. Northridge (11/19), before hosting Cal Poly (11/22).
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco lost their only game of opening week, at No. 6 Tennessee.

  • Shay Rollins paced the Dons with a team-high 17 points and also added game-highs of three treys and three steals.

  • San Francisco kept it tight with the defending national champion Volunteers, staying within eight points going into the break, before letting the game slip away.

  • Prior to the contest, both head coach Tanya Haave and assistant Abby Conklin were welcomed back to Knoxville with loud cheers from Tennessee fans. Haave played for the Lady Vols from 1980-84, where she earned numerous honors while competing in three Final Fours.

  • The Dons host Academy of Art (11/18), before going to E. Washington (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 0-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara lost both its opening games, losing to Cal State Fullerton, before falling to Minnesota.

  • In the game against Fullerton, the Broncos had three players in double-digits, including Lena Gipson, who had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Goll led the team with 11 points, while Claire Goins chipped in 10.

  • In the game against Minnesota, Lena Gipson led the Broncos with 13 points and a game-high seven boards along with teammate Sara Major, who also nabbed seven rebounds. Elizabeth Doran added a career-high three treys, accounting for all her points. Her point total was second on the team.

  • The Broncos stay home this week to host Sacramento State (11/20) in their sole game of the week.