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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 12/17

Dec. 17, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Jen Gottschalk, Santa Clara

Santa Clara's Jen Gottschalk led the Broncos to a 79-72 road victory at Cal Poly in SCU's lone game last week. The senior scored a game-high 25 points in the win, while pulling down eight rebounds and collecting four steals as Santa Clara moved to the top of the WCC standings. Gottschalk shot .588 (10-for-17) from the field and was perfect from the charity stripe, hitting all five of her free throw attempts. The forward, who leads the Broncos in both scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), also pitched in with four assists and a blocked shot in the victory.

Upcoming Games

Dec. 17
Saint Mary's at UC Davis - 5:45 PM
Portland at Southern Utah - 6:00 PM
Pepperdine at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM

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

Dec. 19
Purdue at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Utah - 6:00 PM

Dec. 20
Loyola Marymount at Georgetown - 4:30 PM
UC Davis at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Dec. 21
Colorado State at Portland - 5:15 PM
Gonzaga at Montana State - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Cal State Fullerton - 7:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Dec. 22
Saint Mary's at Utah State - 12:00 PM

Around The WCC

WCC Ranked Ninth In The RPI
The West Coast Conference ranks 10th among Division I women's basketball conferences in the most recent Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) listing posted by Collegiate Basketball News. The WCC, which has posted an outstanding 51-31 (.622) record against non-conference opponents so far this season, is one of just three conferences to have all of its membership rank 183 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 51-31 (.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 40-18 (.690) mark against squads from the Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and Western Athletic conferences.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags dropped to 6-4 after falling to No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Tennessee on Sunday, 96-73.

- Playing against her younger sister Angie, Jami Bjorklund scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds in the loss at Tennessee. Angie Bjorklund, a freshman guard for the Lady Vols, scored a game-high 23 points on Sunday.

- Vivian Frieson scored a career-high 21 points on 9-for-11 (.886) shooting, and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds in her first career start on Sunday.

- Heather Bowman, the WCC's leader in both scoring and rebounding, suffered a spiral fracture in her hand last week and missed the Tennessee game.

- Gonzaga hosts Purdue (12/19) before traveling to Montana State (12/21) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (7-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount notched its fifth straight home win, knocking off UC Irvine at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday, 66-54.

- Amanda DeCoud led the Lions, scoring 18 points and shooting 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the win. The senior also collected four steals to bring her conference-leading swipes total to 33 on the season. DeCoud also moved into a tie for fifth place with former Lion Kate Murray (1999-04) on the LMU all-time steals list with 198.

- Valerie Ogoke enjoyed an outstanding game against the Anteaters, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds and collecting a career-high six steals. Ogoke also blocked four shots, bringing her team-leading blocks total to 20 on the season.

- The Lions hit the road for contests at George Washington (12/18) and Georgetown (12/20) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (5-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves fell to cross-town rival USC on the road on Saturday, 55-52, snapping a three-game winning streak.

- Teena Wickett led the Waves with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field on Saturday. Wickett and fellow sophomore Miranda Ayim enter the week as the two most accurate shooters in the WCC, as Wickett is shooting .641 (25-for-39) from the floor and Ayim ranks second in the conference with a .603 (41-for-68) field goal percentage.

- Shannon Johnson entered Saturday's game with just one three-point field goal on the year, but went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc against USC to finish with nine points. The senior has started all eight games for the Waves this season.

- Pepperdine continues its road stint this week, as the Waves travel to UC Santa Barbara (12/17) for a non-conference clash.

Portland Pilots (7-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland dropped a 91-87 decision at Utah Valley State on Saturday to fall to 7-4 on the season.

- Laiken Dollente tied for the team lead with 17 points against Utah Valley State. The sophomore enters the week shooting a conference-best .898 (53-for-59) from the charity stripe after going two-for-two in Saturday's loss to the Wolverines, and has sunk a league-high 53 free throws so far this season.

- Karlie Burris pitched in with 17 points in the loss to Utah Valley State, and collected a game-high five steals.

- The Pilots wrap up their two-game road trip at Southern Utah (12/17) before returning home to face Colorado State (12/21).

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's snapped a three-game skid by posting a 79-68 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday.

- Jontelle Smith dropped in a career-high 27 points in the win over the Bulldogs. The junior shot 11-for-21 from the field, including 5-for-10 from three-point range. She currently leads the conference with 33 three-pointers on the year.

- Louella Tomlinson blocked seven shots in the win to bring her season blocks total to a conference-best 57. The freshman, who leads the nation in blocked shots, has already set a Saint Mary's single-season record for blocks and needs just 13 more to crack the WCC single-season top-10 list.

- The Gaels enter a busy week, taking on UC Davis (12/17) on the road before traveling to Utah (12/19) and Utah State (12/22) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros improved to 6-4 on the season after knocking off Pacific at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, 68-53.

- Amber Sprague continued to lead San Diego, notching a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 13 boards in the win over the Tigers. It marked the fourth double-double of the season for the junior, who currently ranks second in the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game.

- Kiva Herman pitched in with 11 points to go along with four boards and one assist in Saturday's win over Pacific. The junior, who entered the season with just one career start, has started all 10 games for San Diego this season and ranks second on the team with 12.6 points per contest.

- San Diego hits the road for its lone game this week, as the Toreros travel to Cal State Fullerton (12/21).

San Francisco Dons (7-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco extended its winning streak to four games following a 77-67 triumph over Cal Poly at Memorial Gym on Saturday.

- The four-game winning streak marks the longest for a USF squad since the 2002-03 team also won four straight.

- Dominique Carter recorded her fourth double-double of the year against the Mustangs, scoring 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds in the win. Carter is one of three players to rank among the WCC's top-five in both scoring (20.5 ppg-2nd) and rebounding (7.5 rpg-5th).

- Heidi Heintz matched Carter's game-high with 17 points on Saturday. Heintz, who is averaging 10.0 points per game, is one of four Dons currently averaging double-figures in scoring.

- USF hosts Eastern Washington (12/18) and UC Davis (12/20) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (7-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara moved to the top of the WCC standings after notching a 79-72 win over Cal Poly to improve to 7-3 on the year.

- Jen Gottschalk led the Broncos, tossing in a game-high 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the win over the Mustangs. The senior leads the team in both scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), and has also collected a team-high 22 steals so far this season.

- Chandice Cronk pitched in with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including a perfect two-for-two from beyond the arc, in Wednesday's win. Cronk has sunk 23 three-pointers so far this season, moving her into second place on the Santa Clara all-time list with 211 career treys. She needs just 15 more to tie former teammate Quinn Thomas for the Bronco career lead.

- The Broncos return home for the first time since November to host cross-town rival San Jose State (12/21) this week.