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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 15, 2008

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Loyola Marymount continues to be the hottest team in the league, winners of seven straight, and has matched its best start to a season in program history. Gonzaga lost a pivotal game to South Dakota State, in a game where both teams were on the brink of receiving a national ranking. The Dons head down to Mexico to compete in the Caribbean Classic, and are the only team in tournament play this week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at E. Washington Cheney, WA
7:00 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's at Cal State Baskerfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at Fresno State Fresno, CA
6:00 PM

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

Seattle at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM

Nevada at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga Cancun, Mexico
1:00 PM

Gonzaga at Montana Missoula, MT
6:00 PM

Manahattan College at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco vs. Stephen F. Austin Cancun, Mexico
1:00 PM

Cal State Fullerton at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Boise State at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM

Saint Mary's at Idaho State Pocatello, ID
1:05 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Loyola Marymount's Alex Cowling Earns Weekly Honor
Freshman Alex Cowling was pivotal in helping the Lions to tie their best start in school history, by pouring in 25 points and pulling down 15 boards, off the bench, in the win over Boise State. With LMU down three at the half, Cowling scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half, to rally the Lions to victory. This is her first career weekly honor, and is the second consecutive Lion to receive the award. She has been consistent all season long as her .627 field goal percentage leads the conference and is ranked sixth in the country..

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
Necolia Simmons, USF               SR      C        24 pts (11-17), 17 rebounds vs. Cal State FullertonAmber Sprague, USD                 SR      C        20 points (8-15), 12 rebounds, 3 blocks at ArizonaHeather Bowman, GON                JR      F        29 pts, 13 rebounds vs. South Dakota StateShay Rollins, USF                  SR      G        22 pts, 4 3PG, 5 steals at Sacramento StateMiranda Ayim, PEP                  FR      F        18 points, 9-13 FG, 4 steals Cal State Fullerton


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 9-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga split its games this week, losing to South Dakota State, before defeating Portland State.

  • Junior Heather Bowman had back-to-back double-doubles last week, with a 29-point, 13-rebound effort against South Dakota State, followed by a 20-point, 14-rebound performance against Portland State.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot is seeing increased playing time as she gets back to 100 percent. She had a game-high eight assists against South Dakota State and 18 points and five assists against Portland State.

  • Sophomore Claire Raap had a career-high 12 points over Portland State, while the Zags held Vikings guard Calire Faucher, who led the country in assists last season, to one assist.

  • Gonzaga plays just one game this week at Montana (12/19).
  • Overall Record: 8-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU has equaled its best ever start at 8-1, with its win over Boise State, in its sole game last week.

  • Freshman Alex Cowling continues to be impressive for the Lions, as she led the way with 25 points on .500 shooting and 15 rebounds, in the win, en route to WCC Player of the Week honors. She has been hot all season, leading the league in field goal percentage (.627).

  • Sophomore Renahy Young was the second Lion to post at least 20 points, adding five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. She is currently third in the league in scoring (17.9).

  • The Lions have a chance to set a school record for best start to a season when they head on the road to take on Fresno State (12/18) and San Diego State (12/21).
  • Overall Record: 5-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine went undefeated over the week, defeating Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.

  • Junior Miranda Ayim had her third double-double of the year against the Titans, posting a game-high 18 points, on an impressive 9-of-13 shooting, and 11 rebounds. She also added four steals and two blocks. Ayim is third in the league in field goal percentage (.536).

  • Senior Nakeya Isabell had back-to-back game-highs in assists, with five against Fullerton, and nine versus UCSB. She is currently second in the league in assists (5.44).

  • Senior Taylor Smith had a career and game-high 19 points, on 8-of-13 shooting, in the win over UCSB. She also added a game-high three treys.

  • The Waves will look to add to their winning streak, when they head to Cal State Bakersfield (12/18), before hosting San Jose State (12/21).
  • Overall Record: 3-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots lost their only game of the week, when they traveled to Montana, who has won 21 straight at home.

  • Junior Laiken Dollente led the way offensively for the Pilots, netting 10 points. The 10 points are seven below her season average, as she is fourth in the league in scoring at 17.3 ppg.

  • Sophomore Jessica Clemens made her first appearance for the Pilots, after completing the 2008 season for the volleyball team. She tied for a game-high three steals in her debut.

  • Portland had an off-night from the free-throw line, only making 10 trips to the charity stripe, after averaging 17 trips for the season.

  • The Pilots head to Eastern Washington (12/15), before hosting Manhattan College (12/19)
  • 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.

  • Senior 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 freshman Alex Carbonel and 2-for-2 for junior Kira Kojola. The Gaels have been shooting well from three all year, ranking fourth in the country in three-point percentage (44.7).

  • Sophomore Louella Tomlinson added eight blocks last week to up her league-leading total to 51, which is currently second the country.

  • The Gaels had last week off, and are at Cal St. Bakersfield (12/16), before hosting Seattle (12/18), and heading to Idaho State (12/20).
  • Overall Record: 6-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego suffered a pair of setbacks on the road against Pac-10 foes, Arizona and UCLA.

  • Senior Amber Sprague kept the Toreros in the game against Arizona, as they were tied at the half, with game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. She also added a game-high three blocks and had three treys. For the season, she is seventh in the league in scoring (16.2) and sixth in rebounding (7.5).

  • Junior Morgan Henderson and senior Kiva Herman continue to shoot well for the Toreros. Henderson was 2-of-4 against Arizona, before fouling out in 17 minutes, and a perfect 4-of-4 against UCLA, going 3-for-3 beyond the arc. Herman was 5-for-9 against Arizona, and 8-of-14 versus UCLA. They are fourth (.530) and fifth (.514) in the league respectively.

  • The Toreros have only one game this week, when they stay home to face Cal State Fullerton (12/20).
  • Overall Record: 3-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco split its games last week, falling in a three point game to Cal State Fullerton, before defeating Sacramento State.

  • Senior Necolia Simmons was outstanding for the Dons in the loss, posting game and career-highs of 24 points, on 11-of-17 shooting, and 17 rebounds. She is averaging a double-double for the season, with 14.9 ppg and 10.3 rpg. Her 17 boards were the most for a USF player since the 2003 season. Simmons followed that performance up with another double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) against Sacramento State.

  • Senior Shay Rollins continues to be hot from beyond the arc, netting in four treys in both games last week. She leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.30) and is second in scoring (18.3).

  • The Dons head to sunny Cancun, Mexico, to compete in the Caribbean Classic, and will face Tennessee-Chattanooga (12/19) and Stephen F. Austin (12/20).
  • Overall Record: 1-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos lost their only game of the week, when they traveled to Utah.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson maintained her double-double average by scoring 12 points and bringing down 11 boards. She currently leads the conference in rebounding (10.8) and is only one of two players in the league to average a double-double so far.

  • Senior Elizabeth Doran and freshman Rhianna Faithfull had four three-pointers a piece in the loss. Doran is fourth in the league from beyond the arc (2.10) and Faithfull's four treys were a career-high.

  • The Broncos continue to control the paint, as they lead the league in rebounding defense, allowing opponentsonly an average of 30.8 boards a game.

  • The Broncos stay home to face Nevada (12/18) and Boise State (12/20).