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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 12/4

Dec. 4, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Daphanie Kennedy, Pepperdine

Pepperdine's Daphanie Kennedy propelled the Waves to a 91-79 victory over UCLA on Wednesday. The senior scored a game-high 27 points on the evening, shooting 8-for-17 (.471) from the field and 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Kennedy also shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, and pitched in with seven assists and a pair of rebounds as Pepperdine topped the Bruins for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The Oakland, CA native also became just the 16th player in Pepperdine history to eclipse the 1,000 career point total during the win.

Upcoming Games

Dec. 4
Pepperdine at Washington - 7:00 PM

Dec. 5
Sacramento State at San Francisco - 6:00 PM
Fresno State at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
Montana at Portland - 7:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State - 7:00 PM

Dec. 6
Gonzaga at UC Davis - 7:00 PM

Dec. 7
Cal State Fullerton at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

Dec. 8
Gonzaga at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
Cal Poly at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM
Eastern Washington at Portland - 2:00 PM
UCLA at San Diego - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pacific - 5:00 PM

Dec. 9
Saint Mary's at Alabama - 11:00 AM
San Jose State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM

Around The WCC

Records & Firsts
Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson set a program record with eight blocks in the Gaels' win over Pacific last week. Earlier this season, San Francisco earned a 101-96 win over Colorado State in the first triple-overtime contest in program history. It marked just the second triple-overtime game in WCC history, as Portland and Santa Clara battled through three extra periods during the 1987-88 season.

WCC Teams Continue Strong Start
WCC women's basketball is off to one of its best starts in recent years, as conference teams have combined to post a 35-25 (.583) 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 24-15 (.615) mark against squads from the Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and Western Athletic conferences.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga dropped a pair of contests at the ASU Classic, falling 78-60 to then-No. 14 Arizona State before dropping an overtime decision to UC Riverside on Sunday, 75-65.

- Heather Bowman dropped in a team-high 20 points against the Sun Devils, and added 15 points against the Highlanders on Sunday. Bowman, who notched double-doubles in both games over the weekend, currently leads the WCC in scoring (20.0 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg).

- Courtney Vandersloot dished out a game-high six assists in the loss to Arizona State, and pitched in with 13 points against UC Riverside. The freshman is enjoying a solid start to her collegiate career, ranking third in the conference with 5.0 assists per game.

- The Zags look to snap a three-game slide on the road, as Gonzaga travels to UC Davis (12/6) and Sacramento State (12/8) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (4-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount suffered a pair of setbacks on the road over the weekend, dropping a 75-54 decision at No. 12 California before falling at Northern Arizona, 71-59.

- Kavita Goss scored a career-high 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Golden Bears.

- Jenna Sybesma dropped in a career-high 19 points in Sunday's loss to Northern Arizona, and grabbed six rebounds to rank second on the squad.

- Freshman Melanie Ysaguirre provided a lift off the bench, scoring 10 points on Sunday to set a new career standard.

- The Lions return home to take on Fresno State (12/5) and Cal Poly (12/8) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (3-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves improved to 3-2 on the year with a 91-79 win over UCLA at Firestone Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

- Daphanie Kennedy scored a season-high 27 points in the win over the Bruins, shooting 8-for-17 from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. The senior also became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark in the win.

- Miranda Ayim recorded her third double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds on Wednesday. Ayim enters the week ranked second in the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game.

- Pepperdine travels to meet Washington (12/4) before returning home to face Cal State Fullerton (12/7) this week. Friday's contest with the Titans will mark the last home game for the Waves until January 17, as Pepperdine will play eight straight games on the road.

Portland Pilots (6-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland continued its hot start to the season, posting a pair of victories at home over the weekend. The Pilots knocked off Boise State, 84-80, before notching a 78-74 victory over Oregon on Sunday.

- Laiken Dollente led the Pilots with 21 points in each of Portland's wins over the weekend. The sophomore, who has led the team in scoring in five of UP's eight games so far this season, enters the week ranked sixth in the conference with 14.9 points per game.

- Rachel Warren blocked three shots against Boise State and added two more against the Ducks to bring her team-high blocks total to 19 so far this season.

- Portland wraps up its seven-game home stand this week, as UP welcomes Montana (12/5) and Eastern Washington (12/8) to the Chiles Center.

Saint Mary's Gaels (5-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's had a busy week, posting an 82-68 win at Pacific before dropping a pair of contests to ranked opponents at the California Tournament. The Gaels fell 77-61 to then-No. 12 ranked Cal before suffering a 90-69 defeat against then-No. 18 ranked Vanderbilt.

- Louella Tomlinson scored 22 points and blocked eight shots in the win over Pacific, setting a Saint Mary's single-game record for blocks. The freshman has blocked a league-high 40 shots so far this season, and the Gaels lead the conference with 54 blocks as a team.

- Saint Mary's sunk 11 three-pointers in the loss to California to tie a single-game WCC season-high. Jontelle Smith led the way with five three-pointers en route to a team-high 22 points, while Serena Benavente pitched in with three treys.

- The Gaels remain on the road, traveling to Alabama (12/9) for their lone game this week.

San Diego Toreros (4-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros improved to 4-3 on the year after recording a 62-53 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday.

- Amber Sprague led the way against the Mustangs, notching her third double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in the win.

- Amanda Rego dished out a game-high six assists on Saturday, bringing her season assist total to a conference-leading 55. Rego looks to become just the third player, and the first since Santa Clara's Becki Ashbaugh (2000-02), to lead the WCC in assists for three straight years.

- Kiva Herman pitched in with 17 points in the win, and currently ranks second on the team with 13.9 points per game.

- USD meets cross-town rival San Diego State (12/5) before hosting UCLA (12/8) this week.

San Francisco Dons (4-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from a 96-61 loss at then-No. 5 ranked Stanford, topping Oregon State on the road on Sunday, 64-62.

- Dominique Carter followed up a 12-point performance against the Cardinal with a 28-point, five-rebound effort in Sunday's win over Oregon State. The senior, who enters the week ranked second in the league with 19.0 points per game, moved ahead of former Don Joy Boyenga (1988-91) into sixth place on USF's' career points list with 1,414.

- Lisa Olden narrowly missed recording her second double-double of the season, scoring nine points and pulling down eight rebounds in the win over the Beavers. Olden is currently tied for second on the squad with 6.6 boards per contest.

- The Dons open a five-game home stand against Sacramento State (12/5) and San Jose State (12/9) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (5-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara improved to 5-3 on the season, bouncing back from a 95-82 defeat against UC Santa Barbara to knock off Sacramento State on the road on Saturday, 67-60.

- Chandice Cronk scored a career-high 33 points in the win over the Hornets, the top scoring output for a WCC player so far this season. The senior shot 10-for-24 from the field, and sunk five three-pointers in the win.

- Tracey Walker enjoyed an outstanding weekend, averaging 12 points through two games to go along with 13 assists and nine steals. The senior, who set a career-high with seven steals in the loss to the Gauchos, leads the WCC with 2.83 swipes per game.

- The Broncos return to action on the road, continuing a three-game road stretch at Pacific (12/8) this week.