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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 1, 2008

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Gonzaga continues to play well, losing a three-point game to a Marquette team that was undefeated at the time, before bouncing back with wins over Utah and No. 9 Virginia, to win the WBCA Classic. As a result, the Zags are close to receiving a national ranking as it has garnered 34 votes in the latest Associated Press Poll. Loyola Marymount also had a strong week, going undefeated in its Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic, defeating Idaho State and Georgetown, to hand the Hoyas their first loss of the season. San Diego will be the only team participating in a tournament this week, as it heads to the BYU-Hawaii Tournament later this week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Davis Davis, CA
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
5:00 PM
Oregon State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM
Washington at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at E. Washington Cheney, WA
7:05 PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego vs. BYU - Hawaii Laie, HI
5:00 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego vs. Utah Valley Laie, HI
11:00 AM

UNLV at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM

UC Davis at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM

Santa Clara at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at UCSB Goleta, CA
2:00 PM

Seattle at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM

San Francisco at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Gonzaga's Heather Bowman Earns Weekly Honor
Heather Bowman led the Bulldogs to a 2-1 weekend and the WBCA Classic title by averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor. Bowman finished the tournament on a strong note with a game-high 27 point, six rebound effort against Utah, and an 18 point, 10 rebound performance against No. 9 Virginia. The win over Virginia was the Zags' second-ever win against a ranked opponent. For her performances, she was named to the All-tournament team. This is also Bowman's second straight weekly honor and seventh overall.

Noteworthy Performances
There were several great performances from the second week of the season. Below are some of them that may have gone unnoticed.


NAME                              YR      POS      PERFORMANCE
Lena Gipson, SCU                  SO      F        17 pts (8-for-15), 20 rebounds vs. Sacramento StateLaiken Dollente, POR              JR      G        27 points (9-for-14), 7 assists, 4-5 3FG vs. BostonHeather Bowman, GON               JR      F        28 pts, 10 rebounds, 10-11 FT vs. WyomingLouella Tomlinson, SMC            SO      F        21 pts, 9 rebounds, 9 blocks vs. Nevada


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 7-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga went 2-1 over the week, losing a heartbreaker to Marquette, before bouncing back and defeating Utah, and No. 15 Virginia.

  • The victory against Virginia was the first over an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school in three tries and the second-ever over a ranked opponent. The win gave the Zags the WBCA Classic Title.

  • Heather Bowman had 18 points and 10 rebounds against Virgina, en route to All-Tournament honors as well as her second straight WCC Player of the Week award. She was joined by Vivian Frieson on the All-Tournament team.

  • Courtney Vandersloot continues to be impressive this season registering a career-high 32 points against Marquette to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.

  • The Zags are on the road at E. Washington (12/4), before heading down to UCSB (12/7).
  • Overall Record: 5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount went undefeated over the week, defeating Long Beach State, Idaho State, and Georgetown to win the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Renahy Young led the Lions offense over the week, including a 19 point performance on 4-of-8 shooting against the Hoyas to give them their first loss of the season, earning All-Tournament honors.

  • Cassady Moore joined Young on the All-Tournament team with her nine point, six rebound, six assist outing against Georgetown.

  • Lisa Helmers and Alex Cowling joined Young in scoring double-digits against Idaho State. Helmers scored 18 points, including 4 threes, while Cowling added 12 on 6-of-7 shooting.

  • The Lions are on the road at Cal Poly (12/3), before returning home to face UNLV (12/6).
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine split its games last week with a win over Coppin State, before losing to No. 5 Texas A&M.

  • The Waves went on a 27-2 second half run to defeat Coppin State in the opener of the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament to set them up for the championship game against Texas A&M.

  • Katie Menton had a team-high nine points and game-high five assists in the win. Teammate Jazmine Jackson had five assists as well, and added seven points.

  • Against Texas A&M, Menton and Miranda Ayim led the way offensively, combining for 25 of the team's 60 points, while Lauren Bell was active on defense with a game-high five steals.

  • Pepperdine will only have one game this week, when it hosts the University of Washington (12/3).
  • Overall Record: 3-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland split its games last week, losing to Portland State, before bouncing back to defeat Sacramento State.

  • Laiken Dollente made history against Portland State, becoming the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 points over her career.

  • Carly Koebel had a career night against Sacramento State, registering career-highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds, for her first-career double-double. Dollente had a game-high 22 points in the win.

  • The Pilots have several players among conference leaders: Dollente is 2nd in scoring, 5th in assists, and 4th in FT %. Tara Cronin is 3rd in steals, while Koebel is 2nd in blocked shots.

  • The Pilots have only one game this week, hosting Seattle University (12/7).
  • Overall Record: 1-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's split its games last week, defeating La Salle, before falling to Indiana in the Saint Mary's Hilton Tournament.

  • Louella Tomlinson guided the Gaels to their first win of the season, leading the team in points, rebounds, and blocks with 13, seven, and five respectively. Tomlinson added eight more blocks to her league leading total of 43 against Indiana.

  • Saint Mary's held the shooting advantage over La Salle, hitting on 41% of field goals and 45% from beyond the arc, compared to 31% and 11% for La Salle.

  • Ashlee Smith is having a great start to her freshman campaign, leading the league in field goal percentage at 61.9%.

  • The Gaels travel to play Minnesota (12/1), before hosting UC Davis (12/6).
  • Overall Record: 4-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego went 2-1 over the week, defeating San Diego State and Seton Hall, before falling to UC Irvine.

  • Amber Sprague had a good all-around game against San Diego State, netting in 17 points, to go along with nine rebounds and five steals. Kiva Herman led the team in scoring, going for 18 points on an outstanding 9-for-11 shooting.

  • Herman went on to score a career-high 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting versus Seton Hall, hitting all eight free throws. Dominique Conners added a game-high seven assists.

  • Morgan Henderson led the way for the Toreros in the loss to UC Irvine, with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, adding 12 boards and four treys.

  • San Diego will head to the BYU-Hawaii Tournament to face host BYU Hawaii (12/5) and Utah Valley State (12/6).
  • Overall Record: 2-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco went 1-2 over the week, falling to UC Davis, before defeating N. Colorado and losing to Washington State at their odwalla Classic.

  • Rheina Ale had a perfect game against N. Colorado, going nine for nine from the field and three for three from beyond the arc, for a career-high 21 points. Ale's 9-for-9 shooting, 3-for-3 from the beyond the arc, ties a program-best single game shooting percentage record.

  • Shay Rollins, Necolia Simmons, and Danesha Wright rounded out the Dons in double-digit scoring against N. Colorado with 18, 16, and 10 respectively.

  • Ale and Simmons were voted to the All-Tournament team. Ale totaled 39 points on 15-of-18 shooting, while Simmons totaled 34 points and 20 rebounds over the two game tournament.

  • The Dons host Oregon State (12/3), before heading to Cal Poly (12/7).
  • Overall Record: 1-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 1-3 over the week, losing to N. Arizona and Florida Gulf Coast, before defeating Chicago State and falling to Miami at the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Lena Gipson added three double-doubles over the week, adding to her league leading total of five in seven games. Gipson also leads the league in rebounding with 11.1 rpg and is averaging a double-double per game with 12.3 ppg.

  • Elizabeth Doran was the second leading scorer for Santa Clara against Miami, with 14 points, including four treys.

  • The Broncos currently lead the league in rebounding margin, averaging 7.9 more boards than their oppponents.

  • The Broncos are on the road taking on UC Davis (12/1) and Cal State Bakersfield (12/6).