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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 24, 2007

Saint Mary's - 78
Boise State - 63

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's defeated the Boise State Broncos, 78-63, as they claimed the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic title. Maija Lahde had MVP performances in both games for the Gaels, as she posted a double-double against Yale, and tallied 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and two assists against Boise State.

Three other Gael's recorded double-digits in points against the Broncos as Louella Tomlinson added 12, Serena Benavente picked up 10, and Jontelle Smith chipped in 11. Saint Mary's shot 41 percent from the floor (28-of-68), while converting on 19-of-26 free throws in the game.

Saint Mary's continuous hustle paid-off, as the Gaels recorded 52 rebounds to the Broncos 43. Lahde led the way on the boards, picking up eight, while four other Gaels recorded six apiece. The Gael's defense forced Boise State into 16 total turnovers, while keeping the Broncos to a 29.7 shooting percentage in the game. The Broncos shot 3-of-17 from beyond the arc and 19-of-64 from the floor. Freshman Louella Tomlinson posed to be a problem for Boise State inside, as she totaled a game-high five blocks. Tomlinson also chipped in 12 points, six assists, and six rebounds on the night.

The Broncos were led by Tasha Harris with 20 points, three steals, three rebounds, and two assists in the game.

The 2007-08 season marks the 10th consecutive year that the Gaels have hosted a Thanksgiving tournament, and with the two wins Saint Mary's improve to 14-5 overall while hosting the classic. The Gaels record improves to 4-2 overall on the season, while the Broncos drop to 3-2.

Saint Mary's returns to action at Pacific on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 PM.

2007 Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament

Melissa Colborne - Yale

Tasha Harris - Boise State

Lauren Shaughnessy


Maija Lahde - Saint Mary's

Loyola Marymount - 74
Indiana State - 51

Los Angeles, CA - LMU claimed its first Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament title since 2003 with a convincing 74-51 victory over Indiana State in the championship game Saturday at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions (4-2) win their second game in a row while handing the Sycamores (3-1) their first loss of the season. In doing so, the Lions take home their fourth title in the 11-year history of their traditional home Thanksgiving tournament.

None of the members of the current Lion squad had ever tasted victory in their home tourney, having lost in the finals in 2006 and 2004 and falling in the first round in 2005. That would soon change as the focused Lion squad never trailed in the tournament, winning its two games by a combined 53 points.

Senior Amanda DeCoud took home tournament Most Valuable Player honors, serving as the catalyst for the Lions on both offense and defense. DeCoud finished the final with nine points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. In the two games, DeCoud averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals, and 3.0 rebounds.

Sophomore Lisa Helmers led the Lions in scoring for the second straight game, ending up with a career-high 16 to a place on the All-Tournament team. Helmers hit eight threes in the two games, tying for the third-most in tournament history. Senior Valerie Ogoke posted her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding three blocks. All 11 Lions who played got on the scoresheet.

Angela Phillips paced the Sycamores with 11 points and was also on the All-Tournament team, joined by teammate Kelsey Luna, who finished with five in this game after netting 24 the night before.

For the second straight day, the Lions came out inspired, taking it to Indiana State's zone. Long range shooting and tenacious defense carried the load early as LMU hit four three-pointers, two by Helmers, to open up a 20-10 lead with eight minutes gone. On the defensive end, LMU harassed the Sycamores into missing 16 of their first 18 shots.

A three-pointer from the corner by freshman Renahy Young, her second of the game, put the Lions ahead 28-10 with just over eight minutes to go. Indiana State would slowly chip away, cutting it to 34-24 after a 14-6 run. Maria Olsthoorn had five points during the run but the Lions ended the half by going inside to Ogoke and freshman Melanie Ysaguirre to take a 38-24 halftime lead.

Helmers got the Lions started in the second half with a straight-away three and Ogoke followed with a three-point play as LMU made five of its first nine shots coming out of halftime to open up a 51-30 advantage. Six different players scored during the 17-6 run. LMU never looked back, playing steady ball to maintain a double-digit lead.

Earlier in the day, San Diego State defeated Jackson State 63-44 to take third place.

The Lions take to the road next week, traveling to #12 Cal on Wednesday in a game that has been moved up to 11:30 a.m. The Lions then visit Northern Arizona on Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific.

All-Tournament Team:Amanda DeCoud, LMU (MVP)Lisa Helmers, LMUAngela Phillips, Indiana StateKelsey Luna, Indiana StateParis Johnson, San Diego StateLaSharee Christian, Jackson State

Pepperdine Games Cancelled

MALIBU, Calif. - Due to wildfires in the Malibu area, Saturday's two women's basketball games scheduled at Pepperdine's Firestone Fieldhouse have been cancelled.

Saturday was supposed to be the second and final day of Pepperdine's annual Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament. Wisconsin and Texas-Arlington both won on Friday and were set to meet in the championship today. Pepperdine would have played Mississippi in the third-place game.

The Waves' next scheduled game is on Wednesday (Nov. 28) at home against UCLA at 7 p.m.