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Women's Basketball to Face Two Ranked Opponents

Nov. 29, 2007

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This Week in Saint Mary's Basketball... The Gaels return to Moraga after a win on the road, as they defeated Pacific 82-68 on Wednesday night. Saint Mary's has won their last three games, including wins over Yale and Boise State, last weekend. The Gaels will stay local for thier next two games, traveling to Berkeley to participate in the Contra Costa Times Classic.

In the first game of the classic, Saint Mary's will take on the host school, No. 12 Cal, at 7:00 PM in Hass Pavilion. The Golden Bears are currently ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Women's Top 25 Coaches Poll. Cal holds a 5-1 record, with thier only loss coming to a ranked opponent in No. 11 Baylor. The Golden Bears' most recent game took place on Wednesday morning, as they stomped the LMU Lions in route to a 21-point win, 75-54

Saint Mary's will wrap-up the week's competition against #18 Vanderbilt on Saturday, December 1 at 4:00 PM. The Commodores hold a 6-1 record, with their only loss coming to Indiana State in overtime, 77-72. The Commodores are ranked No. 23 by the Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN Women's Top 25 Coaches Poll. Vanderbilt is coming off an upset win this week, as they defeated No. 10 Duke on Wednesday night, 68-55.

Scouting the Golden Bears California women's basketball is currenlty ranked No. 13 by the USA TODAY/ESPN Women's Basketball Top-25 Coaches Poll. The Golden Bears are 5-1 on the season, with their only loss coming to No. 11 Baylor.

Cal played Loyola Marymount in their last game, defeating the Lions 75-54. Ashley Walker recorded 25 points in the game, while also pulling down 10 rebounds. Walker, a 6-1 foward/center, averages a double-double for Cal, posting 21.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. The junior leads the team in scoring and rebounding, while also chipping in 16 assists, 12 blocks and six steals this season. Walker is shooting 60.8 percent from the floor (48-79), and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line (35-42).

Scouting the Commodores Vanderbilt is coming off their biggest win of the season, as they defeated No. 10 Duke on Wednesday night, 68-55. The Commodores are ranked No. 18 by the USA TODAY/ESPN Top-25 Coaches Poll, and have started off the 2007-08 season with a 6-1 record.

The Commodores defeated the Blue Devils in front of 6,022 fans on their home floor; Jessica Mooney and Christina Wirth led the way with 16 and 15 points respectively. Vanderbilt forced No. 10 Duke into 24 turnovers in the game, while only recording 14 of thier own. The Commodores went to the line 30 times against the Blue Devils, capitalizing on 22-of-30 free throws. Vanderbilt displayed a well balanced offense, as Lauren Lueders and Meredeth Marsh added nine, Risper totaled eight, and Sherwood chipped in six points.

Coming Up Next Following the weekend the Gaels will be more than halfway done with their preseason schedule. Saint Mary's will take a week off before they travel to Tuscaloosa, AL to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 9 at 1:00 pm CT.