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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 12/11

Dec. 11, 2007

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WCC Co-Players of the Week
Michelle Elliott, Gonzaga & Dominique Carter, San Francisco

Gonzaga's Michelle Elliott and USF's Dominique Carter share WCC Player of the Week honors after both set career-highs last week. Elliott averaged 25 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting a blistering .630 (17-for-27) from the field as GU topped UC Davis and Sacramento State on the road. Elliott scored a career-high 31 points in the win over the Hornets, sinking nine three-pointers to set a Gonzaga single-game record. Carter was outstanding in wins over Sacramento State and San Jose State, averaging 28 points and eight rebounds on the week, while shooting .575 (23-for-40) from the floor. Carter notched a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards against the Hornets, and poured in a career-high 32 points against the Spartans.

Upcoming Games

Dec. 12
Fresno State at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Cal Poly - 7:00 PM

Dec. 15
UC Irvine at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM
Portland at Utah Valley State - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at USC - 2:00 PM
Pacific at San Diego - 4:00 PM
Cal Poly at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Dec. 16
Gonzaga at Tennessee - 12:00 PM

Dec. 17
Portland at Southern Utah - 6:00 PM
Pepperdine at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Davis - 7:00 PM

Dec. 18
Loyola Marymount at George Washington - 12:00 PM
Eastern Washington at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Around The WCC

WCC Ranked Ninth In The RPI
The West Coast Conference ranks ninth among Division I women's basketball conferences in the most recent Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) listing posted by RPIratings.com. The WCC, which has posted an outstanding 46-28 (.622) record against non-conference opponents so far this season, is one of just four conferences to have all of its membership rank 184 or higher in the RPI rankings.

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 46-28 (.622) 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 35-17 (.673) mark against squads from the Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and Western Athletic conferences.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags posted their first two road victories of the season, handing UC Davis a 71-58 defeat before topping Sacramento State on Saturday, 75-63.

- Michelle Elliott set a program record with nine three-pointers en route to a career-high 31 points in the win over the Hornets. The senior snapped the previous GU single-game record of eight three-pointers set by former Zag Ivy Safranski in 1994.

- Heather Bowman continued to lead the Zags, notching her fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 boards against the Aggies before scoring 28 points against Sacramento State. The sophomore leads the WCC in both scoring (21.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg).

- Gonzaga faces a tough test this weekend, as the Bulldogs travel to take on No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Tennessee (12/16) this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount got back on the winning track at home, as the Lions topped Fresno State, 81-75, before knocking off Cal Poly at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday, 80-64.

- Renahy Young enjoyed an outstanding weekend, scoring 23 points including the go-ahead basket in the win over Fresno State, and adding 23 more points in the victory over the Mustangs. The freshman enters the week ranked second on the team with 9.2 points per game.

- Amanda DeCoud dropped in a career-high 21 points, and dished out a career-best eight assists in the win over the Mustangs. The senior is averaging a team-leading 10.2 points per game, and has collected 50 assists so far this season.

- The Lions look to extend their four-game home winning streak against UC Irvine (12/15) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (5-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves posted a 74-56 win at Washington before returning to Firestone Fieldhouse and notching a 68-64 victory over Cal State Fullerton to improve to 5-2 on the season.

- Daphanie Kennedy scored a career-high 33 points in the win at Washington, shooting 13-for-23 from the field. The senior enters the week ranked third in the conference with a team-high 20.7 points per game.

- Miranda Ayim continued her solid sophomore campaign, notching her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the win over the Huskies, and pitching in with a team-high 21 points in the win over Cal State Fullerton.

- Pepperdine opens an eight-game road stretch against cross-town rival USC (12/15) and UC Santa Barbara (12/17) this week.

Portland Pilots (7-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland rebounded from a 67-63 loss to Montana to knock off Eastern Washington at home on Saturday, 85-58.

- Rachel Warren posted her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to the Lady Griz. Warren also collected seven blocks on the weekend to bring her team-leading blocks total to 26, the second-highest total in the conference.

- Karlie Burris dished out seven assists and had just one turnover through two games last week. The junior enters the week with conference-leading 2.0 assist/turnover ratio.

- Portland has out-scored opponents by a WCC-best 10.7 points per game this season.

- The Pilots travel to Utah Valley State (12/15) and Southern Utah (12/19) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (5-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's traveled to Alabama on Sunday where they fell to the Crimson Tide, 66-56.

- Louella Tomlinson continued her dominating defensive play, breaking her own SMC single-game record with 10 blocked shots against Alabama. The freshman enters the week ranked first in the nation with 50 blocks so far this season, which is already tied for the top single-season total in Saint Mary's program history.

- Jontelle Smith tied for the team lead with 15 points in Sunday's loss, and shot 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. The junior is 28-for-80 (.350) from three-point land so far this season, and leads the conference with 2.80 treys per game.

- The Gaels aim to snap a three-game skid when they host Fresno State (12/12) before taking on UC Davis (12/17) on the road.

San Diego Toreros (5-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros rebounded from a 58-53 loss at cross-town rival San Diego State to knock off UCLA at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, 63-57.

- Amber Sprague enjoyed a dominating weekend, scoring 15 points with eight boards against the Aztecs, and dropping in a season-high 30 points with nine rebounds in the win over the Bruins. The junior is one of just two players to rank among the league's top-five in both scoring (16.1 ppg-5th) and rebounding (8.6 rpg-3rd).

- Amanda Rego dished out 12 assists against UCLA, setting a single-game conference-high for the season. Rego has collected a WCC-high 71 assists so far this season, and moved into 10th place on the conference's career assist chart with 458.

- San Diego remains at home for a non-conference match up with Pacific (12/15) in its lone game this week.

San Francisco Dons (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco extended its winning streak to three straight games after posting a 70-57 win over Sacramento State and a 74-51 victory over San Jose State at Memorial Gym.

- Dominique Carter recorded her third double-double of the year against the Hornets, scoring 24 points and pulling down 10 rebounds before pouring in a career-high 32 points in Saturday's victory over the Spartans. The senior moved up two spots into fourth place on the USF career points list with 1,470, and needs just 50 more points to crack the WCC career top-10 list.

- Necolia Simmons pitched in with 15 points and eight rebounds in the win over San Jose State. The junior enters the week ranked sixth in the WCC with 7.3 rebounds per game.

- San Francisco returns to action on Saturday, continuing its five-game home stand against Cal Poly (12/15) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara improved to 6-3 and notched its second straight road victory with a 71-64 win over Pacific on Saturday.

- Sara Majors tossed in a game-high 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the win over the Tigers. The junior set personal-highs for points (17), field goals (5), and free throws (5), while pulling down a team-high five rebounds in the victory.

- Elizabeth Doran added 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field in Saturday's victory. Doran also shot 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the win, and enters the week ranked second in the conference with a .500 (20-for-40) three-point field goal percentage. Doran is one of three Broncos to rank among the WCC's top-five in three-point field goal percentage.

- The Broncos close out a three-game road stretch with a non-conference clash at Cal Poly (12/12) this week.