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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 12/4

Dec. 4, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Teena Wickett, Pepperdine

Pepperdine's Teena Wickett posted a pair of big performances last week, leading the Waves to a 2-1 mark on the road. In Tuesday's win at Cal State Northridge, the freshman scored 17 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Waves to an 84-66 victory. The Oakland, CA native nearly duplicated that performance in Friday's 64-63 overtime win at Texas-Arlington, dropping in 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the week and her conference-leading third double-double of the season.

Upcoming Games

Dec. 4
Portland at Montana State - 7:00 PM

Dec. 6
Arizona State at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at UC Riverside - 7:00 PM
Long Beach State at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Dec. 7
Denver at Portland - 7:00 PM
Hawai'i at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

Dec. 9
Gonzaga at Eastern Washington - 2:00 PM
Portland at Portland State - 2:00 PM
Cal Poly at San Diego - 2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at UC Santa Barbara - 3:00 PM
Fresno State at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Dec. 10
Saint Mary's at San Diego State- 2:00 PM
Boise State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM

Around The WCC

WCC Women's Hoops All Access at WCCsports.com
The WCC, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will webcast select men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, and baseball games for the 2006-07 season. The WCC All Access video streaming package, which can only be viewed on the WCC's official website WCCsports.com, will be made available for free throughout the year. Women's basketball match ups will comprise a significant portion of the package, as 14 women's hoops games will be streamed live on the conference web site. All eight WCC women's basketball teams will be featured, with each squad making at least three appearances throughout the conference season. Conference action begins with Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount on January 5, and wraps up with a rematch of last year's WCC Tournament Championship Game as Pepperdine travels to take on Santa Clara on February 24. Below is a listing of the WCC women's basketball contests that are slated to be part of the WCC All Access video streaming package for the upcoming season.

January 5; Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
January 11; Loyola Marymount at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
January 13; Saint Mary's at Gonzaga - 2:00 PM
January 18; San Diego at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
January 25; Portland at San Diego - 7:00 PM
January 27; Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM
February 3; San Diego at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
February 8; San Francisco at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
February 10; Portland at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
February 15; Santa Clara at San Diego - 7:00 PM
February 17; Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - 5:00 PM
February 22; Pepperdine at Saint Mary's -7:00 PM
February 24; Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 2:00 PM

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags opened the week with a 74-58 win over Seattle Pacific at home before falling on the road to then-No. 9 ranked Purdue on Saturday, 69-44. It marked the third ranked opponent that Gonzaga has faced this year.

- Heather Bowman tied a career-high with 23 points in Thursday's win over Seattle Pacific. The freshman, who has started all 10 games for the Zags so far this season, also poured in 23 points in a loss to Montana on November 19.

- Rachel Kane, who missed all of last season due to injury, has jumped right back into the Gonzaga lineup with success this year. The junior has seen action in all 10 GU games with three starts, pacing the team and ranking seventh in the league with 31 assists (3.10 apg).

- Gonzaga returns home for a mid-week clash with No. 13 ranked Arizona State (12/6) before making the short trip to Eastern Washington (12/9) this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (4-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU split a pair of road games last week, edging Cal Poly, 64-62, before falling to UC Irvine, 79-59.

- Jennifer Hall continued to lead the Lions, scoring 18 points in the win over Cal Poly and recording her second double-double with 16 points and 10 boards against UC Irvine. The transfer from Vanderbilt currently leads the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).

- Amanda DeCoud had eight steals on the week for the Lions, bringing her conference-leading swipes total to 21 so far this season.

- Cassady Moore set a career-high with six steals against the Anteaters on Friday.

- The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion to take on Hawaii (12/7) before hitting the road again for a match up with UC Santa Barbara (12/9).

Pepperdine Waves (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine went 2-1 on the week, registering road wins over Cal State Northridge and Texas-Arlington before wrapping up the trip with a 74-56 loss at TCU on Sunday.

- Teena Wickett was instrumental in Pepperdine's wins over the Matadors and Mavericks, recording double-doubles in both victories. The freshman scored 17 points with 11 rebounds against Cal State Northridge before adding 17 points and 10 boards against UT-Arlington. Wickett has recorded a conference-high three double-doubles so far this season.

- Sherriel Boyd matched Wickett's output, scoring 17 points against Cal State Northridge and adding 17 more in her first career start against UT-Arlington.

- The Waves head back to Southern California for a tilt at UC Riverside (12/6) in their lone contest this week.

Portland Pilots (4-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland suffered a pair of losses on the road last week, dropping a 79-53 decision at Oregon before falling to Montana on Saturday, 73-46.

- Laiken Dollente led the Pilots with 10 points in the loss to the Ducks, marking the fourth time in eight games that the freshman has paced the team in scoring. Dollente is the top scoring freshman in the WCC, averaging 14.8 points per contest.

- The Pilots' defense is one of the toughest in the WCC, as Portland ranks second in the conference with 35 blocks (4.38 bpg) and has held opponents to a league-low .371 (170-for-458) field goal percentage so far this season.

- Portland heads into a busy week, beginning at Montana State (12/4). UP returns home to play Denver (12/7), before facing Portland State (12/9) on the road.

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's endured a tough week, dropping games at home to Utah State and Pacific, and losing to Oregon in a road contest to fall to 2-5 on the season.

- Eghosa Obaiza blocked six shots on the week, recording a pair of blocks in each of SMC's three games. Obaiza leads the team with 14 blocks so far this season, and the Gaels are currently pacing the conference with 4.42 blocks per game as a team.

- Serena Benavente and Lauren Shaughnessy both rank among the conference leaders in assists. Shaughnessy is dishing out 4.86 assists per game to rank second in the WCC, while Benavente ranks fourth with 3.29 assists per contest.

- The Gaels look to snap a four-game skid when they travel to San Diego State (12/10) in their only game this week.

San Diego Toreros (6-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego extended its season-opening winning streak to six games with a 72-67 win over Pacific, but had the stretch snapped with a 47-29 loss at Boise State on Sunday.

- Amber Sprague set a WCC single-game season-high with 27 points against Pacific, while Kelly Winther added a career-high 18 points in the win. Sprague currently ranks second in the conference with 14.8 points per game.

- Sabine Loewe scored a team-high eight points in Sunday's loss on 4-for-8 shooting. The senior is currently leading the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at a .571 (28-for-49) clip from the floor.

- San Diego looks to remain undefeated at home this week, as the Toreros host Long Beach State (12/6) and Cal Poly (12/9).

San Francisco Dons (3-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco edged San Jose State in overtime, 53-48, before falling to Cal Poly, 60-38, on the road last week.

- Dominique Carter propelled the Dons to the win over the Spartans, scoring 10 of her game-high 18 points in the overtime period. Carter enters the week ranked third in the WCC in scoring (15.2 ppg).

- Nickie Warren pulled down eight rebounds in the win at San Jose State, and added eight more boards against Cal Poly to bring her conference-leading total to 65 caroms so far this season.

- Shay Rollins scored a career-high 18 points in Saturday's loss at Cal Poly.

- San Francisco hosts Boise State (12/10) in its only contest this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (4-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara suffered a pair of defeats on the road last week, falling 88-56 to then-No. 15 ranked Stanford before dropping a 79-67 decision at Cal State Northridge on Saturday.

- Chandice Cronk and Ashley Graham have combined to average 6.38 3-point field goals per game. The duo accounts for nearly two thirds of Santa Clara's team average of 9.6 threes per contests, which currently ranks second in the nation.

- Jen Gottschalk has emerged as a key contributor for Santa Clara after not playing basketball for the last two seasons. The junior is one of three Broncos to have started all eight games and ranks third on the team in scoring (9.6 ppg), while pacing the squad in rebounding (6.5 rpg).

- The Broncos look to get back on the winning track as they welcome Fresno State (12/9) to the Leavey Center for their only game this week.