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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 11/27

Nov. 27, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Michelle Elliott, Gonzaga

Gonzaga's Michelle Elliott continued to lead the Zags last week, as the junior propelled GU to a 2-2 mark including an upset victory over then-No. 19 ranked UCLA at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The transfer from San Diego State scored nine points with seven boards in a victory over Portland State on Tuesday before dropping in 20 points with four rebounds and three assists in the win over the Bruins. After a 10 point, five assist effort against No. 2 ranked North Carolina, the junior racked up 19 points with three steals against host Hawai'i on Sunday.

Upcoming Games

Nov. 27
Utah State at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Nov. 28
Loyola Marymount at Cal Poly - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Northridge - 7:00 PM
Portland at Oregon - 7:00 PM

Nov. 29
San Francisco at San Jose State - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Stanford - 7:00 PM

Nov. 30
Saint Mary's at Oregon - 7:00 PM
Seattle Pacific at Gonzaga - 8:00 PM

Dec. 1
Pepperdine at Texas-Arlington - 5:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at UC Irvine - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Pacific - 7:00 PM

Dec. 2
San Francisco at Cal Poly - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Cal State Northridge - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Purdue - 4:00 PM
Portland at Montana - 7:00 PM

Dec. 3
Pepperdine at TCU - 12:00 PM
Pacific at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Boise State - 2:00 PM

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 14-7 record against non-conference opposition last week. Highlighting the week was Gonzaga's 62-57 win over then-No. 19 ranked UCLA, marking the second win for a conference team against a ranked foe this season. WCC teams have posted a 29-18 overall mark so far this season, with seven of the 18 losses coming against ranked opponents.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga defeated Portland State, 64-52, before finishing the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a 1-2 record including a 62-57 win over then-No. 19 ranked UCLA and losses to No. 2 ranked North Carolina and Hawaii.

- Michelle Elliott continued to lead the Zags, scoring in double figures in three of Gonzaga's four games last week. The junior dropped in 20 points in the win over the Bruins, and added 19 in Sunday's loss to Hawai'i to bring her season scoring average to a team-best 13.9 ppg.

- Stephanie Hawk blocked 11 shots in four games last week, giving the senior a WCC-high 21 blocks so far this season. Hawk, who also tied a career-high with five blocks against UCLA, moved ahead of Kelli Howell (1991-92) into third place on the GU career blocks list with 111.

- The Zags return home to take on Seattle Pacific (11/30) before hitting the road this weekend for a game at Purdue (12/2).

Loyola Marymount Lions (3-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU topped Long Beach State before splitting a pair of games at the Ayres Hotel Classic at Gersten Pavilion last week. The Lions knocked off American, 67-62, before falling to then-No. 12 ranked Texas A&M in the title game, 77-52.

- Jennifer Hall recorded her first double-double in an LMU uniform, scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in Tuesday's win at Long Beach State. Hall also scored in double figures with 14 points against American, and ranks second on the team with 12.0 ppg.

- Amanda Patton and Valerie Ogoke were tabbed for Ayres Hotel Classic All-Tournament honors. Patton scored 17 points in LMU's win over American on Friday, while Ogoke narrowly missed a double-double against the Eagles with 11 points and nine rebounds.

- The Lions face a pair of Big West Conference foes this week, as LMU travels to take on Cal Poly (11/30) and UC Irvine (12/1).

Pepperdine Waves (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine improved to 4-2 on the season after capturing the Thanksgiving Tournament title in Malibu over the weekend. The Waves defeated Tennessee Tech, 91-62, before handing Iowa State its first defeat on Saturday, 52-46. The four wins mark the most for a Wave squad during Head Coach Julie Rousseau's tenure in Malibu.

- Miranda Ayim scored a career-high 20 points in Friday's win over the Golden Eagles. The freshman also grabbed 10 rebounds in Saturday's victory over Iowa State, and was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts.

- Daphanie Kennedy was tabbed for tournament MVP honors after scoring 17 points with six assists and a pair of steals in two games.

- The Waves hit the road for games at Cal State Northridge (11/28), Texas-Arlington (12/1), and TCU (12/3) this week.

Portland Pilots (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland had a busy week at the Chiles Center, knocking off Southern Utah and Washington State before falling to Cal Poly in overtime on Sunday. The 4-2 Pilots are off to the program's best start since 2001-02, when UP opened the season with five straight wins.

- Laiken Dollente continued to provide the scoring punch for the Pilots, tallying double figures in all three UP games last week, including a 19 point effort against Southern Utah. The freshman currently leads the team in scoring (16.2 ppg), assists (3.7 apg), and steals (3.1 spg).

- Rachel Warren notched her second double-double of the season, scoring 12 points to go along with 10 boards in Sunday's loss to Cal Poly.

- UP travels to Oregon (11/28) and Montana (12/2) for non-conference clashes this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's split a pair of games at the Hilton Thanksgiving Classic, defeating Cal State Northridge, 100-91, before falling to Missouri, 79-64.

- The 100 points scored against the Matadors marked the most points for an SMC squad since a 103-88 win over Providence during the 1994 season.

- Monica Mertle (22), Maija Lahde (21), and Sheridan Arredondo (18) all recorded career-high scoring totals in the win over Cal State Northridge.

- Lauren Shaughnessy dished out eight assists against the Matadors, and seven more in Saturday's loss to Missouri. The senior ranks second in the WCC with 5.3 assists per game.

- The Gaels travel to face Oregon (11/30) before returning to McKeon Pavilion to host Pacific (12/3) this week.

San Diego Toreros (5-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego continued its best start in program history, defeating Georgia Tech and Air Force at the Jenny Craig Pavilion to improve to 5-0 on the season.

- Amber Sprague enjoyed an outstanding weekend, scoring a game-high 23 points in the win over the Yellow Jackets and tying a career-high by dishing out five assists against Air Force. Sprague enters the week leading the Toreros in scoring (17.0 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg), steals (15), and blocks (13).

- Four Toreros are averaging double figures in scoring, with Amanda Rego (10.4), Sabine Loewe (10.2), and Kelly Winther (10.0) joining Sprague with double-digit scoring averages.

- San Diego hits the road this weekend for non-conference contests at Pacific (12/1) and Boise State (12/3).

San Francisco Dons (2-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco split a pair of games at the odwalla Classic over the weekend, knocking off Southern Illinois, 67-60, before falling to Delaware in the championship game, 71-47.

- Dominique Carter was named to the All-Tournament after scoring 37 points in two games, including 24 in USF's win over Southern Illinois. Carter surpassed the 900 career points mark over the weekend, and the junior enters the week with 914 career points in 62 career games (14.7 ppg) for the Dons.

- Nickie Warren produced another strong weekend for USF, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds at the odwalla Classic. Warren leads the Dons in rebounding with 8.3 boards per game, and ranks second on the team with 11.8 points per contest.

- San Francisco travels to take on San Jose State (11/29) and Cal Poly (12/2) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara victories over Boise State and Washington State sandwiched a 77-63 loss to then-No. 22 ranked BYU on the road for the Broncos last week.

- Jen Gottschalk enjoyed an outstanding week, posting a pair of double-doubles and averaging 14.3 points with 10.3 rebounds in three games. The junior scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in SCU's win at Boise State, and capped off the week with 16 points, 12 boards, and a career-high five assists and four steals in the victory over Washington State.

- Chandice Cronk scored a team-high 21 points in Saturday's win over the Cougars, marking the fourth time in the season's first six games that the junior has scored 20 or more points.

- The Broncos make the short trip up the peninsula to take on No. 15 ranked Stanford (11/29) before traveling to face Cal State Northridge (12/2) this week.