Dec. 11, 2006
WCC Player of the Week
Laiken Dollente, Portland
Portland's Laiken Dollente enjoyed an outstanding week, leading the Pilots to victories over Montana State, Denver, and Portland State. The freshman dropped in 23 points in the victory over the Pioneers and scored 32 points in the win over Portland State, becoming the first UP player since 2002 to crack the 30-point barrier. Dollente shot .500 (18-for-36) from the field and was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc on the week, pitching in with six steals as the three victories helped the Pilots eclipse their entire win total from last season.
Cal State Bakersfield at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Pacific at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Kansas State - 5:00 PM
Gonzaga at Washington - 7:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Long Beach State at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Fresno State - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi^ - 6:30 PM
Santa Clara at Kansas - 11:00 AM
Gonzaga at Marquette - 2:00 PM
Portland at Sacramento State - 2:00 PMSaint Mary's vs. Cal Poly/Southern Mississippi^ - TBA
^ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tournament (Corpus Christi, TX)
Around The WCC
WCC In The Collegiate Basketball News RPI
The WCC checked in with the No. 9 conference Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) according to the most recent listing released by Collegiate Basketball News, which mimics the official NCAA RPI ratings. After finishing the 2005-06 season ranked No. 24 in terms of conference RPI, WCC squads have shown marked improvement this season by posting a 43-35 overall record against non-conference foes and knocking off a pair of nationally ranked teams. Pepperdine holds the highest RPI rank among WCC squads at No. 75, while San Diego is not far behind at No. 85. The ratings takes into account all games played through December 10, 2006.
Gonzaga edged local rival Eastern Washington in overtime on Saturday, 103-102, marking the second time this season that a WCC team has eclipsed the 100-point plateau. Saint Mary's scored 100 points in a win over Cal State Northridge on November 24, which was the first time a WCC squad had topped the century mark since San Diego scored 104 points against Portland on February 17, 2005. Loyola Marymount holds the all-time single-game WCC record, dropping in 130 points in a victory over Master's College on November 23, 1990.
San Diego's Amber Sprague Named WCC Player of the Month
Amber Sprague was tabbed for WCC Player of the Month honors after leading San Diego to the best start in program history, as the Toreros jumped out of the gate to a 5-0 record during the month of November. Sprague, who sat out all of last season due to injury, averaged 17.0 points per game during the first month of the season, and led the conference in rebounding with 8.8 boards per contest. The sophomore also averaged a WCC-best 3.0 steals per game in November, while pacing the circuit with an average of 2.6 blocks per game. Sprague started the campaign off with a bang, dropping in 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in USD's season-opening win over Cal State Northridge, and duplicated her 22-point scoring output in the Toreros' victory over UC Riverside on November 14. Sprague tied a conference single-game high with five blocks against the Highlanders and collected five steals on two occasions, setting a team-high with five swipes against both Cal State Northridge and Air Force.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga rebounded from an 81-66 loss to then-No. 13 ranked Arizona State to top Eastern Washington in overtime on Saturday, 103-102. It marked the third time in program history and the first time since the 1993-94 season that a Zag squad scored 100 points in a single game.
- Heather Bowman led the Zags with 32 points in the win over Eastern Washington, recording the first 30-point performance by a Bulldog since the 2003-04 season.
- Stephanie Hawk enjoyed an outstanding week, posting her first two double-doubles of the season. The senior dropped in 20 points with 13 rebounds against Arizona State before adding 18 points and 12 boards against Eastern Washington.
- Gonzaga hits the road this weekend for games at Washington (10/15) and No. 21 ranked Marquette (10/17).
Loyola Marymount Lions (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU notched a pair of victories last week, knocking off Hawai'i at home 79-69 before defeating UC Santa Barbara on the road, 63-58.
- Jennifer Hall recorded her third double-double of the season in LMU's win over Hawai'i, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Hall is one of just three players to rank among the top-10 in the WCC in both scoring (13.6 ppg-7th) and rebounding (7.5 rpg-3rd).
- Amanda Patton sunk a pair of 3-pointers in LMU's win over Hawai'i, giving her 19 treys on the season and 105 for her career. The senior needs just one more 3-pointer to move into a tie with former Lion standout Kate Murray (1999-04) for third place on the LMU career list.
- Amanda DeCoud matched a career-high with 18 points against UC Santa Barbara.
- The Lions have the week off before hosting Northern Arizona next Monday (12/18).
Pepperdine Waves (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine suffered a 65-51 defeat at UC Riverside on Wednesday to fall to 6-4 on the season.
- Jasmane Clarendon, a first team All-WCC performer last season, made her first appearance of the new campaign in the loss to the Highlanders.
- Daphanie Kennedy led the Waves with 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting on Wednesday. The junior currently ranks 10th in the conference with an average of 11.4 points per contest.
- Pepperdine was without the services of forwards Teiosha George and Teena Wickett in the loss to UC Riverside. Wickett (.527) and George (.519) currently rank second and third in the conference in field goal percentage, respectively.
- The Waves return to action at home against Long Beach State (12/16) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (7-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland put together an outstanding week, knocking off Montana State, Denver, and Portland State to improve to 7-4 and nearly double their entire win total from last season (4).
- Laiken Dollente continued to score at an alarming rate for the Pilots, dropping in 23 points against Denver and 32 more in the win over Portland State. The freshman ranks second in the WCC with an average of 16.3 points per contest.
- Anne Graner established career-highs with 14 points and nine rebounds against Denver.
- UP is shooting a WCC-best .412 (251-for-609) from the field as a team.
- The Pilots travel to Sacramento State (12/17) for their only contest this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (2-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped its fifth straight game with a 62-57 loss to San Diego State on the road on Sunday.
- Serena Benavente and Mattiana Thalley led the Gaels with nine points apiece in the loss to the Aztecs. The nine points marked a career-high for Thalley, a junior transfer from Compton Community College.
- Lauren Shaughnessy has dished out 39 assists so far this season, the third highest total in the WCC. The junior has committed just 14 turnovers through eight games, and leads the conference with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.79.
- The Gaels will look to end their five-game skid at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tournament this weekend. Saint Mary's will open the event against the host Islanders (12/16) before wrapping up the tournament against either Cal Poly or Southern Mississippi (12/17).
San Diego Toreros (7-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego rebounded from a 53-37 setback against Long Beach State to upend Cal Poly at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, 74-69.
- Sabine Loewe dropped in a season-high 20 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the win over the Mustangs. The senior is the WCC's most accurate shooter from the field, shooting at a .565 (35-for-62) clip.
- Amber Sprague and Amanda Rego each recorded three steals in the win over Cal Poly. Sprague and Rego currently rank first and second in the conference with averages of 2.75 and 2.33 steals per game, respectively.
- USD is limiting opponents to a league-low 58.4 points per game so far this season.
- The Toreros host Cal State Bakersfield (12/12) in their only game this week.
San Francisco Dons (3-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco fell to 3-6 on the season with an 80-58 loss to Boise State at Memorial Gym on Sunday.
- Lisa Olden turned in her team-leading third double-double of the season in the loss to the Broncos, scoring 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
- Heidi Heintz added a career-high 11 points and pulled down four rebounds in Sunday's game.
- The Dons currently rank third in the conference in scoring defense, limiting opposition to 63.6 points per contest.
- San Francisco hits the road for a non-conference tilt at Fresno State (12/16) this week.
Santa Clara Broncos (5-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara snapped a two-game skid with an 80-73 victory over Fresno State at home on Saturday.
- Five Broncos scored in double figures in the win over the Bulldogs, with Chandice Cronk matching a career-high with 25 points. Cronk is leading the conference in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per contest through nine games.
- Tracey Walker pitched in with 12 points and four steals in the win, bringing her season swipes total to a team-high 16 on the year.
- Santa Clara is averaging a WCC-best 71.7 points per game as a team.
- The Broncos enter a busy week, hosting Pacific (12/12) before heading out on the road for games at Kansas State (12/15) and Kansas (12/17).