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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 9, 2008

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Loyola Marymount and San Diego were the only teams to come away with winning records last week, as the Lions went undefeated, and are on their longest winning streak (six games), since the 2006-07 season. The Toreros also went undefeated to capture the BYU-Hawaii tournament title. Gonzaga split its games over the week, and is still in the running for a national ranking, receiving 10 votes in the latest AP Poll.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Cal State Fullerton at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego at Arizona Tucson, AZ
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
South Dakota at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM

Pepperdine at Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, CA
7:00 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at Utah Salt Lake City, UT
2:00 PM

Portland at Montana Missoula, MT
6:00 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Boise State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM

Portland State at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
2:00 PM

UCSB at Pepperdine Moraga, CA
2:00 PM

San Diego at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM

San Francisco at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Loyola Marymount's Cassady Moore Earns Weekly Honor
Cassady Moore was outstanding in LMU's two games last week, averaging 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 56.5% from the floor. She had a career night against UNLV, scoring LMU's first nine points of the game and finishing one assist and one rebound shy of the program's first-ever triple-double, ending with 20 points, two off her career-high, plus career-highs of nine rebounds and nine assists to go along with four steals. She has reached double figures in six of eight games, averaging 11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and team-highs of 3.6 apg and 2.8 spg.

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


NAME                               YR      POS      PERFORMANCE
Lisa Helmers, LMU                  JR      G        22 pts, 6 3FG at Cal PolyMaija Lahde, SMC                   SR      F        19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists vs. UC DavisShay Rollins, USF                  SR      G        20 pts, 6-10 3FG, at Cal PolyLena Gipson, SCU                   SO      F        22 pts, 12 rebounds, 8-8 FT vs. Cal State BakersfieldAlex Cowling, LMU                  FR      G        26 points, 11-12 FG vs. UNLV


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 8-2
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga split its games this week, beating Eastern Washington, before losing to UC Santa Barbara.

  • Against Eastern Washington, Heather Bowman and Tiffanie Shives led the Bulldogs with 23 and 19 points, respectively.

  • Gonzaga kept Eastern Washington scoreless for the first 7:30 of the game, while the Zags built a 12-0 lead.

  • The Bulldogs played a rough away game against UC Santa Barbara, only shooting 32.1 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from the free throw line. The Zags also finished with 23 turnovers. Bowman led the way with a game-high 16 points, adding eight boards.

  • Gonzaga looks to get back on track with two home games against South Dakota State (12/12) and Portland State (12/14).
  • Overall Record: 7-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU is on its longest win streak (at six games) since the 2006-07 season, finishing the week with victories over Cal Poly and UNLV.

  • The Lions tied the school record for three-pointers (12) in their game against Cal Poly.

  • Four Lions posted double-digit scores against Cal Poly, including Cassady Moore, Lisa Helmers, Kavita Goss, and Renahy Young. Helmers led the team with 22 points, 18 of which came from the three-point line, tying her career best.

  • Against UNLV, Moore finished one rebound and one assist shy of the program's first ever triple-double as she led the Lions with 20 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

  • Alex Cowling had a career-high against UNLV, tallying 26 points on 11-for-12 shooting.

  • The Lions stay at home this week to compete against Boise State (12/14).
  • Overall Record: 3-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine dropped its lone game of the week, falling on the road to Washington.

  • Miranda Ayim continues to lead the Waves, posting a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Taylor Smith added 11 points on the night, after going four-for-five from the field and one-for-two from three-point territory. Smith also recorded seven rebounds and two assists.

  • Ayim had a good shooting night against Washington, going 7-for-11, and hitting her only three-point attempt of the game. She has been consistent all season long, ranked eighth in the league in field goal percentage (.507).

  • The Waves will travel to Cal State Fullerton (12/12) before hosting UC Santa Barbara (12/14) on their home court.
  • Overall Record: 3-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland lost in a close one to Seattle University, in its sole game of the week.

  • Both teams struggled from the field as Portland went 19-of-60 while Seattle was 19-for-55.

  • Three Pilots still finished with double-digit figures, in Lauren Angel (12), Laiken Dollente (11), and Allyson Sievers (10). Dollente is currently third in the league in scoring (18.2).

  • Sievers also recorded a team-high eight rebounds on the night as Portland out-rebounded Seattle (43-41). Teammate Carly Koebel added a game-high three blocks and is second in the league in blocks per game (2.83).

  • The Pilots will be on the road this week as they travel to Montana (12/13).
  • Overall Record: 1-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling to Minnesota, before losing to UC Davis.

  • Maija Lahde led the Gaels in points (19), rebounds (11), and assists (4) in the loss against UC Davis.

  • Saint Mary's was almost perfect from beyond the arc against Minnesota, going 7-for-8, including performances of 4-for-4 for Alex Carbonel and 2-for-2 for Kira Kojola. The Gaels have been shooting well from three all year, ranked fourth in the country in three-point percentage (44.7).

  • Louella Tomlinson added eight blocks over the week to her league leading total of 51 and is currently leading the country in total blocks.

  • The Gaels will have this week off, before going to Cal State Bakersfield (12/16).
  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego went undefeated over the week to take the BYU-Hawaii Tournament title, beating host BYU-Hawaii and Utah Valley State.

  • The Toreros had four players score in double-digits against Utah Valley State, led by Kiva Herman, who had a game-high 25 points on 50% shooting, including going 7-for-7 from the line. Her performance was preceded by a 22-point outing against BYU-Hawaii, also on 50% shooting. Herman leads the team in scoring (17.3) and is shooting 50.4 %.

  • San Diego shot 52.2 % against BYU-Hawaii, led by a 7-for-9 performance by Sam Child, on her way to a season-high 21 points. The 93 points scored was a team season-high.

  • Morgan Henderson went 5-of-11 from the three-point line over the week and continues to stay hot, leading the team in three-point percentage at 44.4.

  • San Diego takes on a couple of Pac-10 opponents at Arizona (12/11) and UCLA (12/14).
  • Overall Record: 2-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco went winless last week, falling to Oregon State, before losing at the buzzer at Cal Poly.

  • The Dons were impressive beyond the arc against Cal Poly, going 13-of-20, led by Shay Rollins (6-of-10), Rheina Ale (4-of-6), and Danesha Wright (3-of-3). The 13 threes are a league-high.

  • The Dons had three players score at least 20 points against the Mustangs in Ale (23), Necolia Simmons (22), and Rollins (20). The three combined to go 23-of-37 from the field.

  • Rollins and Simmons also had impressive performances against Oregon State, with Rollins netting a game-high 20 points, and Simmons scoring 19 points along with 9 rebounds. Rollins is currently second in the league in scoring (18.4), while Simmons is third in rebounding (9.2).

  • The Dons host Cal State Fullerton (12/10), before playing at Sacramento State (12/14).
  • Overall Record: 1-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara had a pair of setbacks last week, losing to UC Davis, before falling to Cal State Bakersfield.

  • Lena Gipson had her league-leading sixth double-double of the season against Cal State Bakersfield, netting in 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go along with 12 boards. She was also a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

  • Elizabeth Doran hit seven treys over the week, and leads the team with 17 on the season. She ranks sixth in the WCC, with 1.9 threes per game.

  • The Broncos continue to control the paint, as they lead the league in rebounding margin, out-rebounding their opponents by 7.2 boards per game.

  • The Broncos play only one game this week, heading on the road to take on the University of Utah (12/13).