Nov. 27, 2007
WCC Co-Players of the Week
Heather Bowman, Gonzaga & Dominique Carter, San Francisco
Gonzaga's Heather Bowman and USF's Dominique Carter share the WCC Player of the Week honor after leading their respective squads to 2-1 marks last week. Bowman averaged 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as Gonzaga knocked off Montana and Marquette before falling to Portland State. The sophomore dropped in 25 points and pulled down 11 boards in the win over the Lady Griz, and pitched in with 17 points against Marquette. Carter nearly averaged a double-double on the week, scoring 23.0 points and grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game as the Dons defeated Cal State Fullerton and UMKC before being edged by Villanova. Carter shot a remarkable .590 (28-for-47) from the field, and shot .910 (11-for-12) from the free throw line on the week.
Loyola Marymount at California - 11:30 AM
UCLA at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pacific - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Stanford - 7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
1 Gonzaga at Arizona State - 5:00 PM
Boise State at Portland - 7:00 PM
2 Saint Mary's at California - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Cal Poly - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
2 Saint Mary's vs. Vanderbilt - 4:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Northern Arizona - 1:00 PM
Oregon at Portland - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Oregon State - 2:00 PM
1 Gonzaga vs. Auburn/UC Riverside - TBA
1 Arizona State Classic (Tempe, AZ); 2 California Tournament (Berkeley, CA)
Around The WCC
WCC Teams Continue Strong Start
WCC women's basketball is off to one of its best starts in recent memory, as conference teams have combined to post a 28-17 (.622) overall record against teams from other leagues so far this season. The WCC has fared especially well against teams from other west region circuits, posting an outstanding 17-8 (.680) mark against squads from the Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and Western Athletic conferences.
Ranked Opponents Await WCC Squads
WCC teams will meet ranked opposition this week, as Gonzaga travels to No. 14 Arizona State and LMU is slated to play at No. 12 Cal. Saint Mary's will also meet the Golden Bears before taking on No. 18 Vanderbilt, and USF makes the short trip to face No. 5 ranked Stanford this week.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga closed out its season-opening home stand with wins over Montana and Marquette before falling on the road at Portland State on Sunday.
- Heather Bowman continued her outstanding play, averaging 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds through three games last week. Bowman enters the week averaging a WCC-best 21.0 points per game.
- Tiffanie Shives shot 6-for-14 from beyond the arc last week, including a 4-for-7 performance in Sunday's loss at Portland State. The transfer from Michigan State currently ranks third in the conference with a .455 (10-for-22) three-point field goal percentage.
- The Zags continue a five-game road stretch at the ASU Classic this week, where they will meet No. 14 ranked Arizona State (11/30) and either Auburn or UC Riverside (12/2).
Loyola Marymount Lions (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount rebounded from a loss to UC Santa Barbara to claim the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic title with victories over Jackson State and Indiana State.
- Amanda DeCoud took home Tournament MVP honors after leading the Lions to their first Thanksgiving Classic title since 2003. The senior averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.5 steals in the two wins.
- Lisa Helmers scored a career-high 16 points in the win over Indiana State, and was named to the All-Tournament Team after hitting eight treys in two games. The sophomore enters the week with a WCC-leading 16 three-pointers on the season.
- The Lions hit the road for games at No. 12 ranked California (11/28) and Northern Arizona (12/2) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves opened the Timeout For HIV/AIDS Classic with a 64-54 loss to Texas-Arlington on Friday. The consolation and championship contests scheduled for Saturday were cancelled due to fires in Malibu.
- Miranda Ayim recorded her second double-double of the season in the loss to the Mavericks, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Ayim ranks second on the team with 12.0 points per game, and leads the squad with 8.5 rebounds per contest.
- Teena Wickett scored 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor, while grabbing eight rebounds in Friday's loss. The sophomore has shot .619 (13-for-21) from the field so far this season, the second best clip in the conference.
- Pepperdine returns to action this week, hosting UCLA at Firestone Fieldhouse (11/28) before traveling to meet Washington (12/4).
Portland Pilots (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland suffered an 80-71 defeat to cross-town rival Portland State on Tuesday, but rebounded to knock off Cal State Northridge at home on Sunday, 86-65.
- Rachel Warren led the Pilots with 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Vikings. The senior enters the week shooting a league-best .641 (25-for-39) from the field so far this season.
- Laura Thomas made her first start of the season in Sunday's win over Cal State Northridge and was one of three Pilots to score in double-figures, dropping in a team-high 15 points on the afternoon.
- Portland continues a season-high seven-game home stretch against Boise State (11/30) and Oregon (12/2) this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's took home the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic title after posting wins over Yale and Boise State over the weekend.
- Maija Lahde took home Tournament MVP honors after averaging 19 points and nine rebounds in the two Saint Mary's wins. The senior recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards against Yale, and added a game-high 24 points against Boise State.
- Louella Tomlinson blocked five shots in each of Saint Mary's wins last week, bringing her WCC-high blocks total to 24 on the season.
- Lauren Shaughnessy scored a career-high 26 points in the win over Yale.
- The Gaels hit the road to face Pacific (11/28) before taking part in the California Tournament, where they will meet the No. 12 ranked Golden Bears (11/30) and No. 18 Vanderbilt (12/1).
San Diego Toreros (3-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros recorded a split at home, posting a 63-45 win over Southern Utah on Friday before being edged by Dayton on Sunday, 68-67.
- Amanda Rego was outstanding in the win over Southern Utah, scoring 11 points and pitching in with eight assists, seven steals, and seven rebounds on the night. Rego's seven swipes tied a single-game WCC high for the season, and the senior enters the week with a conference-leading 49 assists.
- Morgan Henderson has shot a perfect 19-for-19 from the charity stripe so far this season.
- Kiva Herman scored a game-high 14 points in Friday's win before dropping in a career-high 19 points in Sunday's loss to the Flyers.
- San Diego travels to Cal Poly (12/1) for a non-conference clash this week.
San Francisco Dons (3-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco recorded a 73-63 victory at Cal State Fullerton, before defeating UMKC and falling to Villanova in overtime at the odwalla Classic over the weekend.
- Dominique Carter notched her first two double-doubles of the season en route to WCC Player of the Week honors. The senior scored 24 points with 10 boards in the win over the Titans, and poured in 27 points with 10 rebounds in Friday's victory over UMKC.
- Lisa Olden posted her first double-double of the season, as the senior went for 13 points and 14 boards in Friday's win over the Kangaroos. The senior tied a single-game conference-high for the WCC with her rebound total.
- The Dons travel to take on a pair of Pac-10 schools this week, as USF meets No. 5 ranked Stanford (11/28) and Oregon State (12/2) on the road.
Santa Clara Broncos (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara split a pair of games at the Alaska Shootout before knocking off Long Beach State on Sunday, 70-55.
- Chandice Cronk and Jen Gottschalk were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Alaska Shootout. Cronk, a native of Wasilla, AK, scored a team-high 36 points in the two day event, including 20 points against Alaska-Anchorage.
- Tracey Walker notched her first double-double of the season, scoring 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Broncos' tournament-opening win over Bradley.
- Gottschalk poured in a game-high 26 points in Sunday's win over Long Beach State, marking the third time this season that the senior has paced the team in scoring.
- Santa Clara hosts UCSB (11/29) before traveling to Sacramento State (12/1) this week.