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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 11/20

Nov. 20, 2006

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WCC Co-Players of the Week
Daphanie Kennedy, Pepperdine & Amanda Rego, San Diego

Pepperdine's Daphanie Kennedy and San Diego's Amanda Rego share WCC Player of the Week honors after producing outstanding performances over the weekend. Kennedy led the Waves to a 75-73 overtime upset of then-No. 12 ranked Rutgers on Friday, scoring 18 points including the game-tying basket with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. The junior then added a team-high 15 points in Saturday's loss to then-No. 18 ranked California. Rego set a San Diego program record with 14 assists in USD's 76-46 win over San Diego State on Sunday, and added 10 points to notch her second double-double of the season. The junior also moved into 10th place on the USD career steals list with 134, collecting a pair of swipes on the weekend.

Upcoming Games

Nov. 20
Southern Utah at Portland - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Boise State - 7:00 PM

Nov. 21
Long Beach State at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
Gonzaga at Portland State - 7:00 PM

Nov. 22
Santa Clara at BYU - 6:00 PM
Washington State at Portland - 7:00 PM

Nov. 24
Gonzaga vs. UCLA^ - 11:10 AM
Tennessee Tech at Pepperdine# - 3:30 PM
American at Loyola Marymount$ - 5:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at Saint Mary's! - 7:00 PM
Southern Illinois at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM
Georgia Tech at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Nov. 25
Cal Poly at Portland - 2:00 PM
Washington State at Santa Clara - 2:00 PM
Virginia Tech/Iowa State at Pepperdine# - 3:30 PM
Missouri/Alabama at Saint Mary's! - 7:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. TBA^ - TBA
Texas A&M/West Virginia at Loyola Marymount$ - TBA
Kentucky/Delaware at San Francisco* - TBA

Nov. 26
Air Force at San Diego - 12:30 PM
Gonzaga vs. TBA^ - TBA

^ Rainbow Wahine Classic (Honolulu, HI); # Thanksgiving Tournament (Malibu, CA); $ LMU Ayres Hotel Classic (Los Angeles, CA); ! Hilton Thanksgiving Classic (Moraga, CA); * odwalla Classic (San Francisco, CA)

Around The WCC

WCC Squads Continue Strong Start To 2006-07
WCC teams continued their strong start to the new season as all eight conference squads combined to post a 9-6 record against non-conference opposition last week. Included in those results was Pepperdine's 75-73 upset of then-No. 12 ranked Rutgers to open the Timeout for HIV/AIDs Classic in Malibu on Friday. It marked the Waves' first win over a ranked opponent since the 1997-98 season. Conference teams have posted a 15-11 overall mark so far this season, with four of the 11 losses coming against ranked opponents.

San Diego's Amanda Rego Sets Assist Mark
Amanda Rego made history this weekend as the Toreros posted a pair of victories to improve to 3-0 on the season. The junior dished out 14 assists in Sunday's 76-46 win over San Diego State to set the USD single-game program record, and also moved into 10th place on the USD chart with her 134th career steal.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga handed Sacramento State an 84-43 defeat on Thursday before suffering its first loss of the season at Montana on Sunday, 88-78.

- Michelle Elliott, a junior transfer from San Diego State, continued to impress in her first season in Spokane, dropping in a season-high 22 points in the win over Sacramento State. Elliott is tied with teammate Stephanie Hawk for the team scoring lead with an average of 13.2 points per game.

- Freshman Heather Bowman scored a career-high 23 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds in Sunday's loss at Montana.

- The Zags will continue a season-high five game road stretch this week beginning with a contest at Portland State (11/21). Gonzaga will then head to the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Hawaii for three games, and will face No. 21 ranked UCLA (11/24) in first round play.

Loyola Marymount Lions (1-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount split a pair of games at the Xavier Tournament over the weekend, knocking off Toledo 56-53 before falling to the host Musketeers on Saturday, 75-65.

- Amanda DeCoud matched her career-high of 18 points and registered a game-high four steals in Friday's win over Toledo.

- Amanda Patton dropped in a team-high 22 points in Saturday's loss, and moved into the team lead with an average of 14.7 points per game. The senior has scored in double figures in two of LMU's first three games, and currently ranks fifth in the conference in scoring.

- The Lions return home this week to host their first three games at Gersten Pavilion. LMU takes on Long Beach State (11/21), and begins the Ayres Hotel Classic against American (11/24) before facing either No. 12 Texas A&M or West Virginia (11/25) in the tournament finale.

Pepperdine Waves (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine began the Timeout for HIV/AIDs Classic in spectacular fashion, knocking off then-No. 12 ranked Rutgers in overtime on Friday, 75-73. The Waves fell to then-No. 18 California in the tournament finale on Saturday, 72-54.

- Teiosha George scored a career-high 21 points, including four points in overtime, to lead the Waves to Friday's win. George currently leads the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at an amazing .645 (20-for-31) clip from the field so far this season.

- Teena Wickett matched George's 21 points in the win over Rutgers and also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, marking the first career double-double for the freshman.

- Pepperdine hosts its annual Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend, taking on Tennessee Tech (11/24) in first round action. The Waves will battle either Virginia Tech or Iowa State (11/25) to wrap up the tournament on Saturday.

Portland Pilots (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland improved to 2-0 with an 83-56 win over Idaho before suffering its first defeat of the season at Boise State on Friday, 72-62.

- Kendra Morris dropped in a career-high 19 points in Tuesday's win, becoming the second straight UP freshman to pace the team in scoring after Laiken Dollente scored 22 points in the season opener.

- Dollente recorded three steals on the week, giving her 11 swipes so far this season and putting her into the conference lead with 3.67 steals per game.

- Rachel Warren scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Friday's loss to Boise State.

- UP hosts Southern Utah (11/20), Washington St. (11/22), and Cal Poly (11/25) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (1-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's notched its first victory of the 2006-07 season, edging Miami at McKeon Pavilion on Friday, 69-68.

- Jontelle Smith led four Gaels in double figure scoring, as the sophomore dropped in 17 points in the win over the Hurricanes.

- Monica Mertle tallied 14 points on Friday, marking the second straight game that the junior forward has scored 14 points.

- Lauren Shaughnessy dished out a team-high four assists on Friday to move into a tie with Serena Benavente for the team lead with six assists so far this season.

- The Gaels open the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic against Cal State Northridge (11/24) before facing either Missouri or Alabama (11/25) to close out tournament play.

San Diego Toreros (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego improved to 3-0 after registering a 68-53 win over UC Riverside and dispatching cross-town rival San Diego State on Sunday, 76-46.

- Amanda Rego set a USD program record with 14 assists in Sunday's win over the Aztecs, and also dropped in 10 points to notch her second double-double of the season. The junior is averaging 11.67 assists per game, more than double the total of any other WCC player.

- Amber Sprague scored a game-high 22 points in Tuesday's win over UC Riverside, and added 10 more points in the win over San Diego State. The sophomore has scored in double figures in each of San Diego's three games this season, and currently ranks second in the WCC in scoring (18.0 ppg).

- The Toreros remain at home as they welcome Georgia Tech (11/24) and Air Force (11/26) to the Jenny Craig Pavilion this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (1-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco notched its first win of the season with a 62-51 triumph over Colorado State on Friday before falling to visiting Miami on Sunday, 69-59.

- Nickie Warren pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in the win over Colorado State, marking the fifth highest single-game total in USF program history. The senior is currently leading the conference with 10.5 boards per game.

- Katie Mihalco scored a game-high 22 points in the win over the Rams, marking a career-high for the freshman.

- The Dons remain at home to host the fourth annual odwalla Classic at Memorial Gym this weekend. USF takes on Southern Illinois (11/24) in first round play before meeting either Delaware or No. 20 ranked Kentucky (11/25) to wrap up the classic.

Santa Clara Broncos (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara rebounded from an 85-83 loss to Miami on Wednesday to upend Cal Poly at the Leavey Center on Friday, 73-54.

- Chandice Cronk continued to lead the Broncos, setting a career-high for the second straight game with 25 points against Miami. The junior added 21 points against Cal Poly, and currently sits atop the WCC scoring chart with 23.3 points per game.

- The backcourt trio of Cronk, Ashley Graham, and Anna Martin combined for 56 of Santa Clara's 73 points in the win over the Mustangs. Graham scored 20 points to mark a season-high, while Martin added 15 points in her first start of the season.

- The Broncos face a challenging week ahead, hitting the road to take on Boise State (11/20) and No. 22 ranked BYU (11/22) before returning home to face Washington State (11/25) this weekend.