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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 21, 2007

Portland State - 80
Portland - 71

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland State Vikings held off the Portland Pilots 80-71 in a non-conference women's basketball game Tuesday night at the Chiles Center. Senior Rachel Warren and sophomore Kendra Morris each scored 20 points for the Pilots.

Portland (3-2) freshman Tara Cronin continued her solid play to begin her collegiate career with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 16 minutes.

Portland State's (3-0) Claire Faucher handed out 16 assists to set a new Chiles Center individual record. The old record of 15 was set by Santa Clara's Jennifer Lucas in 1988.

Delaney Conway scored a game-high 28 points for the Vikings, while Kelsey Kahle posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Vikings came out firing en route to an early 11-4 lead, with Conway scoring nine. The Pilots closed the gap to 15-10, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the way. Conway scored 17 points in the first half as PSU entered the locker room with a 41-23 lead.

Portland State continued its torrid shooting in the second half as the lead grew to 25 at 61-36 with 13 minutes left in the game. The Vikings' lead was still 24 when the Pilots closed the game on a 18-6 run covering the final five minutes.

The Vikings finished 33-for-68 (48.5 percent) from the field, 3-for-12 (25 percent) on three-pointers and 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) from the line.

The Pilots hit 24 of 71 (33.8 percent) field goals, hit five of 21 (23.8 percent) from behind the three-point arc and went 18-for-22 (81.8 percent) from the line.

Warren was Portland's top rebounder with eight boards. PSU finished with a 47-40 edge in rebounds. Portland converted 21 Portland State turnovers into 25 points, while the Vikings countered with 26 points off 19 UP turnovers.

The Pilots next take the court on Sunday with a home game against Cal State Northridge at 2:00 p.m. at the Chiles Center.

Santa Clara - 69
Bradley - 61

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Senior guard Tracey Walker finished just shy of a triple-double and senior Jen Gottschalk added 22 points Tuesday night to lead Santa Clara women's basketball into the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title game with a 69-61 triumph over Bradley at Sullivan Arena. The Broncos will face host Alaska Anchorage in the championship game on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. AST.

"We started out really well in the first half," said head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. "But we began to lose our composure mentally towards the end. However, we played great defense in the second half and maintained a steady lead to the end. We're excited to play Alaska Anchorage in the championship game. This is why we came here and the game speaks for itself as a motivating factor for our players and we're excited for the challenge."

Walker, who received Player of the Game honors, tallied a career-high 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, which the was also a career-high.

"Tracey played her best basketball of the year in that first half," said Bento-Jackson. "She played hard and did a very good job on both ends of the court."

Assisting the Broncos in their third straight victory of the season was Wasilla, Alaska native Chandice Cronk, who had a successful homecoming with 16 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3FG) , and Elizabeth Doran, who registered 11 points.

Santa Clara started out strong and pushed themselves to a 15-4 lead on points from Walker, Doran and Cronk. But Bradley began to fight back to produce a 10-2 run and tie the score 32-32 with three minutes left in the half. A layup from Gottschalk gave the Broncos a 34-32 lead, but with 32 seconds remaining Devyn Flanagan scored for the Braves and sent the game into halftime with a 34-34 score.

The Broncos opened the second half with another spurt of energy and quickly pushed to a 10-point lead, 39-49, on points from Doran, Walker and Gottschalk. Yet, the Braves continued to apply pressure and brought the score within four points, 57-53, on a jumper with five minutes remaining. However, Gottschalk answered quickly with a made layup and free throw to send the Broncos on a 10-4 run and make the score 67-57 on another layup from Gottschalk. Santa Clara held Bradley to just four additional points as back-to-back free throws from Gottschalk closed out the score, 69-61.

For the Braves, forward Monica Rogers scored a game-high 27 points and Skye Johnson had 12 points.

The Broncos face the Seawolves of Alaska Anchorage in the championship game Wednesday night. UAA is the reigning Great Alaska Shootout champions after defeating UC Riverside, 72-67, last November. Tip off is scheduled for 5 p.m. AST at Sullivan Arena.