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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 24, 2007

Texas-Arlington - 64>br>Pepperdine - 54MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team fell to UT Arlington 64-54 in the first round of the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament in Malibu, Calif. at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves will face Ole Miss tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in the consolation game, while the Mavericks will face Wisconsin for the tournament crown at 1 p.m.

"It wasn't the game we expected to play," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "All the credit goes to UT Arlington, we just didn't meet the challenge today. Hopefully we'll turn it around tomorrow and play with more passion and fire."

The Waves shot 31.1% for the game and hit only 60% (12-of-20) of their free throws, while the Mavericks shot 41.1% for the game and hit 93.8% from the free-throw line (15-of-16). The Mavericks finished with a 42-38 rebounding edge and led throughout the entire game. The Waves fell behind early and trailed the entire game, as the Mavericks went on a 7-0 run to start the game and led by as many as 14 points in the first half. The Waves were limited to 25.8% shooting in the half (8-of-31) while the Mavericks shot 37.9% (11-of-29).

Miranda Ayim (London, Ont., Canada/Saunders Secondary) recorded her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Teena Wickett (Oakland, Calif./Castlemont HS) notched 17 points and eight rebounds, while Katie Menton (Yosemite, Calif./Yosemite HS)

The Mavericks had only two players score in double figures, as Maryann Abanobi scored a game-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field and Shalyn Martin recorded 12 points.

In the first game of the afternoon, Wisconsin defeated Ole Miss 74-57 to set up the championship match with the Mavericks. Jolene Anderson scored a team-high 19 points for the Badgers also chipped in five rebounds and five assists, and the Badgers also received double-figure point totals from Mariah Dunham (14 points), Janese Banks (11 points) and Lin Zastrow (11 points). The Rebels were led by Kayla Melson's team-high 16 points, and Shawn Goff (14 points) and Shantell Black (10 points) also reached double figures in points.

Loyola Marymount - 69
Jackson State - 39

Los Angeles, CA - LMU never trailed, jumping out to a 16-point first half lead and cruising to a 69-39 victory over Jackson State on the opening day of the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament Friday at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions (3-2) will face Indiana State tomorrow in the Championship Game at 4 p.m.

Sophomore Lisa Helmers hit a career-high four three-pointers en route to tying her career-high with 12 points to lead the Lions. Helmers made three of her first four from long range and finished 4-for-8 from downtown. On a balanced scoring night, senior Amanda DeCoud was the only other Lion in double figures, scoring 11 points to go along with five assists and four steals. Senior Valerie Ogoke made all four of her shots from the floor, barely missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds while sophomore Jessica Vargas continued her outstanding play with eight points and six boards. Redshirt freshman Aleyse Evans had a game-high 11 rebounds, six offensive, to go along with five points for the Lions.

LaSharee Christian and DeQuisha Davis each had 10 points for the Lady Tigers (1-2).

LMU finished the game shooting 44.8% (26-for-58) from the floor and out-rebounding Jackson State 49-35. Thanks to the rebounding margin, LMU controlled the paint, out-scoring the Lady Tigers 38-8 down low. The Lion defense held the Lady Tigers to 23.6% (13-for-55) from the field, the lowest total by an LMU opponent this season.

The Lions jumped on top early, pressuring the Lady Tigers into missing their first seven shots. Helmers was particularly hot from outside, making three of her first four three-point attempts to stake LMU to a 19-7 advantage with 9:39 to go. That lead grew to 22-7 on a layup by DeCoud and stayed around 15 as LMU went into the locker room up 30-14.

LMU was doing it on both ends of the floor, holding the Lady Tigers to 13.6% (3-for-22) shooting in the first half while hitting 39.3% (11-for-28). Both teams committed 12 turnovers but the Lions held a sizable advantage on the boards, 26-17. LMU outscored JSU 14-2 in the paint and 7-0 on second chance points in the opening period.

Not wanting to give the Lady Tigers any momentum, LMU opened the second half on an 11-0 run. Jessica Vargas got things going with a three-pointer and Aleyse Evans followed with a three-point play inside. After Helmers knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the night, Evans had an offensive rebound-put back to make it 41-18. The Lions shot 50% (15-for-30) in the second half to hold off any JSU rally.

With the win all but secured, LMU was able to rest its starters and spread around the playing time. Every Lion who saw the court scored as the hosts posted their second-largest margin of victory in the 11-year history of their home tournament. LMU beat Army 79-43 in 1999.

The Lions will face Indiana State in Saturday's final. The Sycamores held off a late run by San Diego State for a 75-68 victory in Friday's first game. Kelsey Luna had 24 points for ISU, Angela Phillips had 20 points, and Laura Rudophi had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Paris Johnson led the Aztecs with 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Saint Mary's - 85
Yale - 70

Moraga, CA - Senior guard Lauren Shaughnessy posted a double-double in the Gael's 85-70 victory over the Yale Bulldogs. Shaughnessy could do no wrong against the Bulldogs, shattering her previous career high by 10 points. The senior guard led all players in scoring, with 27 points, while also posting a career-high in rebounds; 11, blocks; three, field goals made; 10, and field goals attempted; 17. The Washington native picked-up an impressive six steals, dished out one assists, and shot 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.

The Gaels came out strong in McKeon Pavilion, recording the first 11 points of the first half. With their full-court press in full effect, Saint Mary's forced five Bulldog turnovers in the first two minutes. With an 11-0 advantage in hand the Gaels never looked back, as they kept the lead throughout the entire game.

At half time Saint Mary's held a 54-20 lead, with Shaughnessy contributing 15 of the Gael's points. Louella Tomlinson and Maija Lahde added nine points and three rebounds apiece in the first half. Melissa Colborne went 5-of-8 from the field for the Bulldogs, leading the game with 16 points. The Gael's defense was in full force throughout the first half, as Saint Mary's kept the Bulldogs to a 33.3 shooting percentage, recorded eight steals, three blocks, and forced 17 Yale turnovers.

In the second half Yale's intensity increased, but the Gael's kept their composure and continued to frustrate the Bulldogs on defense. Colbourne and Easley scored 11 and seven points respectively for Yale, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over 15 times in the second half.

Shaughnessy once again led the Gaels in scoring, chipping in 11 points in the second half. As one of the smallest members of the Gael squad, the 5'4 guard recorded a game-high seven rebounds in the second half, while also picking up two blocks. Joining Shaughnessy on the boards was senior Maija Lahde, pulling down seven. Lahde also recorded a double-double for the Gaels, tallying 14 points and 10 boards.

Saint Mary's defeated the Bulldogs 85-70, improving their record to 3-2, while Yale drops to 0-3. The Gaels will face the Boise State Broncos tomorrow night in the second day of the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic. The classic will begin at 5:05 PM, when the CS Bakersfield Roadrunners will take on the Yale Bulldogs, and will continue with Saint Mary's facing Boise State at 7:05 PM or 30 minutes after the first game ends.

San Diego - 63
Southern Utah - 45

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A big second half push and Kiva Herman's game-high 14 points helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-2) to a 63-45 win over visiting Southern Utah University (1-4) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Herman paced the game with her 14 points on a 7-for-14 performance from the field. Amanda Rego was also impressive as she had 11 points, a game-high eight assists, seven steals and seven rebounds. Sam Child was the third USD player in double figures, as the Portland, Ore. native went 5-for-12 from the field and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, USD out rebounded the Thunderbirds 49-39 and shot 38 percent from the field.

In the first half, both teams came out flat on the offensive end as they both shot 28 percent from the field. The Toreros opened the game with a 8-3 run to gain the early momentum. Herman recorded the first bucket of the game as she sparked the run, which was capped off on a Rego jumper.

The Thunderbirds then went on a 11-6 run to even the score at 14-14 on a Hailee Truman free throw with 4:47 remaining. A Truman lay-up then gave SUU their first lead of the game with 2:59 remaining, but USD would outscore the Thunderbirds 7-2 to close out the half.

In the second half, the Toreros came out firing on all cylinders as they went on a 11-1 run sparked by a Herman jumper and capped by a Rego jumper. During the run four different USD players recorded a bucket, with Herman being responsible for six of these points to give USD a comfortable 32-19 lead with 16:37 remaining.

The Toreros kept the pedal to the medal with great offensive shooting and pressure defense, as San Diego went on to build their lead up to as many as 23 with 6:49 remaining, and they never looked back as they went on to claim the 18-point with with ease.

For Southern Utah, Erin Heuett led the way as she was the lone member of the team in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field. As a team, SUU shot 29 percent from the field.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they host the University of Dayton in a 1 p.m. non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

San Francisco - 78
UMKC - 66

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco (3-2) weathered a 12-2 run by Missouri-Kansas City (3-2) at the beginning of the second half and held on to win 78-66 Friday evening in game two of the 2007 Odwalla Classic. USF advances to Saturday's championship game versus Villanova, who won 83-58 over South Alabama in game one.

Seniors Dominique Carter and Lisa Olden both had superb performances for USF. Carter registered her second straight double-double collecting 27 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 10-for-12 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. Olden collected a 13 points, 14 rebound double-double while hitting 6-of-10. Olden's rebound total is a new career best, topping 13 she had at Wyoming last season.

"Tonight, Lisa Olden's overall game was fantastic," Head Coach Tanya Haave said. "Lisa is an example for our whole team to follow. Her senior leadership and hard work in each and every minute that she's out on the court should be recognized."

"Dominque is doing some good things," Haave continued. "She was efficient offensively and had a big game on the boards."

Sophomore Heidi Heintz added 13 points and five rebounds for USF. UMKC's high scorer was Oakland native Chazny Morris with 20.

USF junior Shay Rollins had seven assists, while also making three steal and scoring nine points.

The Dons would break out after an 8-8 start to the contest by shooting 46 percent in the first half compared to UMKC's 35 percent. Overall, USF outshot the Kangaroos 46.3 to 37.9.

San Francisco led by 14 points at the half, 37-23, but as the second half started the Kangaroos had a fire in their eyes. UMKC's Morris had six points in a run which cut the lead to 39-36 with 15-minutes remaining. However, with 17 points after the break from Carter USF was able to remain in control.

USF sealed the game hitting 13-of-16 free throws in the final minute and a half.

"The best thing we can take from this game is that we overcame the storm," Haave said. "They came out in the second half, which we knew they would. But we got our second wind, we kept the lead and won."

Tomorrow's Odwalla Classic championship game will tip off at 7 p.m. PT. The consolation game between South Alabama and UMKC is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PT.

Gonzaga - 77
Marquette - 64

SPOKANE, Wash. - Five different Gonzaga University women's basketball players scored in double-figure points to lead the Zags to a 77-64 victory over visiting Big East Conference member Marquette University Friday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

With the win the Bulldogs stayed perfect on the season improving to 4-0 overall. It is the first time in school history that Gonzaga has started the year with four-straight victories. The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to 2-2 on the season.

Sophomore Heather Bowman led the Bulldogs for the fourth time this season, finishing with a game-high 17 points. Bowman, who has scored in double-digit points in all four GU contests this year, also had eight rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist. Freshman Janelle Bekkering, senior Rachel Kane, junior Maria Hassett and freshman Courtney Vandersloot also had double-digit performances for Gonzaga. Bekkering scored 17, while Elliott, Hassett and Vandersloot posted 10 points each.

The first half saw 11 lead changes and four ties. With the game tied at 7-7, Gonzaga's Hassett and Bekkering scored back-to-back to give the Zags a slight four-point edge with 14:11 left on the clock. It was Marquette's turn then, using a seven-point burst to gain a three-point lead at 11:02.

A 13-6 run by the Bulldogs gave Gonzaga back the lead at 24-20. Kane capped off the run with a three-pointer at the 8:20 mark. The Golden Eagles again battled back though and was able to take the 30-28 advantage after Angel Robinson drained a three-pointer.

A jumper by Vandersloot tied the game at 30 apiece and then two free throws by Hassett gave the Zags the lead back; a lead they would not relinquish. The Bulldogs closed out the half with a 12-1 run, starting with Hassett's free throws, to go into the lockerroom with an 11-point advantage at 42-31.

Bekkering led the charge in the first half scoring 13 points for Gonzaga. The forward was 5-of-9 from the floor, including 1-of-1 from behind the three-point arc and 2-2 at the free throw line. As a team the Bulldogs were an impressive 50.% (15-30) from the floor in the opening stanza. Gonzaga came out flying in the second half using a 6-2 run to open up a 15 point lead.

The Zags would continue to hold a comfortable double-digit lead until the 11:03 mark when Marquette started to put a little pressure on the Zags. With the score 54-43, the Golden Eagles hit back-to-back jumpers to slice the Bulldogs advantage to seven, 54-47, with 9:09 to play. Gonzaga fought back as Michelle Elliott, who used a nice ball fake to get open, hit a jumper to start a 7-1 spurt that gave the Zags back a 15-point advantage. Kane again closed out the run hitting her second three-pointer of the night.

The Bulldogs would not let the Golden Eagles get back into the game as they earned the 13-point victory. Gonzaga has now won all four games this season by double-digits.

Gonzaga closed out the contest shooting 47.5% (28-59) from the field, including 40.0% (4-10) on three points, and was 81.0% (17-21) from the charity stripe. The Zags dished out 16 assists and forced the Golden Eagles to turn the ball over 30 times. Kane led GU with season-high seven assists, while Vandersloot dished out four.

Marquette finished the game shooting 43.1% (25-58) from the floor, including 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the three-point arc, and was 44.4% (8-18) from the free throw line. Svetlana Kovalenko led the way for the Golden Eagles finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Gonzaga hits the road for the first time this season as it plays at Portland State University on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.