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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 26, 2007

Santa Clara - 70
Long Beach State - 55

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's basketball team returned to their winning ways Sunday afternoon as it defeated the 49ers of Long Beach State, 70-55, at the Leavey Center. With the win, the Broncos improved to 4-2 on the season, while the 49ers dropped to 1-3 overall.

Senior Jen Gottschalk posted her third game-leading performance with 26 points. The forward from Littleton, Colo., went 11-for-14 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Also posting double-figure points was redshirt junior Sara Majors. She registered 12 points and a game-best eight rebounds. Senior Tracey Walker had an all-around performance for the Broncos with nine points, seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists.

SCU plowed to a nine-point advantage, 11-2, in the first three minutes of the game on points from Gottschalk, Walker, Majors and Elizabeth Doran. Long Beach State tried to close the gap on a layup from Courtney Jacob and free throws from Lindsey Beckner, 13-7. However, the Broncos continued to push ahead and earned a 12-point edge, 22-10, on a three-point goal from Majors with 7:15 remaining.

Four straight points from Gottschalk within 23 seconds made the score 26-13 for Santa Clara. Gottschalk went 6-for-7 from the field in the first half. With 1:03 remaining in the first half, freshman Nicole Gall sunk a trey to give SCU their largest lead of the first half, 34-18. However, Karina Figueroa tacked on three more points for Long Beach State to make the final score of the first half, 34-21.

The Broncos returned for the break full of energy and continued to widen their lead. A layup from Majors made the score, 40-25 and with 13:05 on the clock, Majors struck again with a three-point goal to give Santa Clara its largest lead of the game, 45-25. Yet, the 49ers posted a 10-2 run on points from Ally Wade, Lauren Sims and Jacob to make the score, 47-35.

Sophomore Maggie Goldenberger aided in the Broncos dominance of the second half as she received a quick pass from Gottschalk to score a layup and make the score 49-35. A little less than a minute later, Goldenberger made a huge offensive rebound and nailed a jumper to give the Broncos a 16-point advantage, 51-35. She went 3-for-4 from the field in just nine minutes of action in the second half.

Long Beach State was not quite ready to give up and brought the score within nine points, 59-50, with 3:21 remaining in regulation. But SCU produced a 13-5 run to end the game, 70-55.

For the 49ers, Wade led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Tyresha Calhoun tallied 12 points and Figueroa chipped in with 11 points.

The Broncos return to action on Thursday, Nov. 29 against the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center.

Portland State - 75
Gonzaga - 72

PORTLAND, Ore. - Despite having four players score in double-figure points, including Heather Bowman who had a game-high 23, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team dropped a 75-72 decision to Portland State University Sunday afternoon. It was the Bulldogs first loss of the season. The Zags now hold a 4-1 overall record, while the Vikings stayed undefeated on the year at 5-0.

Bowman led all scorers for the fifth-straight contest hitting 11-of-22 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line. The Zags finished the contest shooting 43.1% (31-72) from the floor, including 26.3% (5-19) from behind the three-point arc and was 55.6% (5-9) from the charity stripe.

Besides Bowman, sophomore Tiffanie Shives finished with 18 points and juniors Maria Hassett and Jami Bjorklund registered 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Kelsey Kahle led Portland State with 21 points and Claire Faucher added 17. The Vikings shot only 42.1% (27-63) from the field, including 27.3% (4-11) on three-pointers, but was 81.8% (18-22) from the free throw line.

Gonzaga held the 41-38 advantage in rebounds, dished out 20 assists as a team and forced Portland State to turn the ball over 12 times. Hassett posted a game-high eight rebounds while Bjorkund dished out six assists and had four steals; both team-highs.

Portland State jumped out to a quick eight-point lead, building a 14-6 advantage with 13:53 remaining in the opening half. Gonzaga would pull within two points at 22-20 with 8:07 left in the half, following a 14-8 run, capped off by back-to-back baskets by Bowman. A layup by PSU's Erin Yankus pushed the Vikings advantage back to four, but the Bulldogs started to heat up. Gonzaga scored 17 points over the final eight minutes, and limited Portland State to just four, to go into halftime with a nine-point lead. Three-straight buckets by Bjorklund closed out the Bulldogs run and gave them their largest lead of the half at 37-26. Portland State's Kelly Marchant hit a jumper in the final minute to cut Gonzaga's halftime lead to single-digits.

Gonzaga continued to hold the lead early in the second half, even pushing its lead back to double-figures at 46-36 after a jumper by Bowman with 15:18 remaining in the contest.

Portland State was able to cut the Zags lead to one at 58-57, but Gonzaga again had an answer pushing its lead back to eight with 4:50 left after a quick 9-2 spurt.

The Zags looked in control of the contest holding an eight-point advantage with 3:26 left in the game. Gonzaga could not hold onto its lead though as Portland State outscored GU 13-2 over the final three and a half minutes. With the Bulldogs leading 70-62, the Vikings scored the next 12 points to gain the 74-70 lead with 32 seconds remaining in the contest. Faucher came up big for Portland State, scoring seven of the Vikings 12 points. A jumper by Bjorklund sliced PSU's lead to two with 19 seconds left, but a free throw by Faucher gave Portland State the 75-72 lead with 10 ticks left on the clock.

The Bulldogs still had a chance but a missed three-pointer by senior Rachel Kane and two missed free throws by Bjorklund with two-seconds remaining sealed the three-point victory for the Vikings.

Gonzaga will return to action this weekend when it participates in the Arizona State University Classic on Friday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 2. The Bulldogs open the tournament will a game against Arizona State at 5 p.m. on Friday in Tempe, Ariz.

Portland - 86
Cal State Northridge - 65

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Laura Thomas earned her first start of the season and responded with a team-high 15 points to lead the Portland Pilots to an 86-65 victory over the Cal State Northridge Matadors Sunday afternoon at the Chiles Center. The Pilots improve to 4-2 on the season, while the Matadors drop to 0-6.

Portland jumped out to a 20-point first half lead with pressure defense and hot shooting. The Pilots led 50-27 at the break and finished the half at 50 percent shooting, while limiting the Matadors to 26 percent shooting. The lead would grow to as much as 36 points in the second period as the Pilots emptied their bench.

All 14 Pilots that saw action scored. Sophomore guard Laiken Dollente flirted with a triple-double despite playing just 23 minutes. The All-West Coast Conference Dollente finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. She had seven points, seven boards and seven assists in the first half alone.

Junior wing Meagan Bermingham added 10 points, all in the first half.

Cal State Northridge was led by Tonicia Tademy, who finished with 16 points. Whitney Ligon added 14, while Katie Holloway finished with 10.

Portland finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field, while the Matadors shot 33 percent. The Pilots held a 54-34 rebounding edge, and outscored Northridge 38-28 in the paint.

Portland continues its seven-game homestand against the Boise State Broncos on Friday at 7 p.m.

Dayton - 68
San Diego - 67

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-3) dropped their first home game of the season, 68-67, to the University of Dayton (4-3) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With eight seconds remaining, Dayton's Brittany Holterman hit a pair of free throws to put the Flyers up one, and USD couldn't get a basket on the other end to give the Flyers the win.

Kiva Herman led all players with her career-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Morgan Henderson was the second USD player in double figures as she had 17 points and added in nine rebounds. Amber Sprague was the final Torero in double figures as she recorded 15 points. As a team, USD shot 41 percent from the field and out rebounded the Flyers 32-31.

In the first half, the Flyers jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, but a Kiva Herman jumper ignited a 13-0 Toreros run that was capped off on a Herman jumper to give USD a 15-6 cushion with 9:14 remaining in the first half.

The Toreros would go on to build their lead up to as many as 11 at 22-11, thanks to a Morgan Henderson three-pointer with 6:05 remaining in the half. Dayton then responded with a 11-0 run sparked on a Kristin Daugherty three-pointer and capped on a Kelly Keil jumper to even the score at 22-22 with 4:05 remaining.

San Diego then went on a 6-2 run to regain the momentum and would hold onto the lead, going into the break with a 36-27 advantage.

In the second half, the Toreros and Flyers began trading basket-for-basket over the first several minutes, but the Toreros would build their lead back up to double-digits at 46-36, thanks to a Kaila Mangrum lay-up with 13:59 remaining. The Flyers in turn went on a 12-1 run to take back the lead with 10:52 remaining on a Holterman jumper.

The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit, with each taking their turn with the lead. Dayton would eventually build their lead up to six at 66-60 on a three-point basket by Kiki Lund with 3:01 remaining in the game.

San Diego would then close that gap and take back the lead with a pair of Herman free throws with just 18 second remaining. But the Toreros would commit a foul with just eight seconds left on the clock to set up Holterman's game-winning free throws. The Toreros then drove the length of the floor, and missed a jumper, and with three second remaining, the Toreros could not get a shot off to put the game at its final of 68-67.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they head to Cal Poly for a 2 p.m. game with the Mustangs.

Villanova - 73
San Francisco - 70

San Francisco, Calif. - A three-pointer by Maria Getty in overtime punched the ticket for Villanova's 73-70 win over San Francisco in the 2007 Odwalla Classic championship game Saturday evening. Senior Dominique Carter continued her recent tear for the Dons recording 18 points and nine rebounds, including a game tying basket as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

San Francisco falls to 3-3 in 2007-08, while Villanova bumps up to 4-1.

After leading 28-23 at half time, San Francisco continued to push back the Wildcats until the Big-12 school cut the Dons' lead to 54-49. Getty hit one of her four threes and then Laura Kurz scored a lay-up to tie the game at 54-54. Getty nailed a free throw with 11-seconds left on the clock giving Villanova a 60-58 cushion and set up Carter's heroics. Following her missed lay-up under the basket, Carter jumped high for the rebound, touched the glass with a soft shot and rolled two points home.

The Dons inched to within one of Villanova on three separate occasions in the extra frame, including a 71-70 score following two free throws by sophomore Katie Mihalco, but the Wildcats made four of six from the line in the final twenty seconds to hand USF it's third loss of the year.

Along with Carter, USF had three other players in double figures. Sophomore Heidi Heintz had 15 points and nine rebounds, junior Shay Rollins racked up 14 points, six rebounds and two steals, and Mihalco had 11 points.

Villanova's Laura Kurz made a big difference off the Wildcats' bench, scoring 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting while also grabbing nine rebounds. Getty had 17 points and Lisa Karcic added 13.

San Francisco plays at Stanford on Wednesday. Tip from Palo Alto, Calif., is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

DONS' NOTES - The 2007 Odwalla Classic team was named following the championship game.... Kurz was named MVP after amassing 45 points and 21 rebounds in two contests. Also joining her on the All-Tournament team were Karcic and Stacie Witman.... Heintz and Carter rounded out the five players selected for the team... USF has made all five championship games since the Odwalla Classic was started in 2003-04... San Francisco is now 1-4 in their home tournament title game.