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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 12/18

Dec. 18, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Amber Sprague, San Diego

San Diego's Amber Sprague was instrumental in leading the Toreros to a pair of victories last week. The sophomore started the week with 14 points and seven rebounds in San Diego's 66-63 win over Cal State Bakersfield, before leading the Toreros to a 47-36 victory over Cal State Fullerton with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on Saturday. The performance marked her second double-double of the season, and helped USD improve to 9-2. Sprague averaged 16 points and 11 boards with five blocks as USD continued its best start in program history.

Upcoming Games

Dec. 18
Northern Arizona at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Cal State Fullerton - 7:00 PM

Dec. 20
Davidson at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
Portland at Utah State - 7:00 PM
Eastern Washington at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
Florida State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Montana at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Dec. 21
Loyola Marymount at Fresno State - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Diego State - 7:00 PM

Around The WCC

WCC Among The NCAA Leaders
Several WCC teams and individuals currently rank among the nation's statistical leaders. San Diego's Amanda Rego is putting together an outstanding season, ranking third in Division I with an average of 7.5 assists per game and leading the No. 40 ranked defense in the nation, which surrenders just 56.8 points per contest. Santa Clara traditionally ranks among the country's best from beyond the arc, and this season is no different as the Broncos are second in the nation with 9.3 treys per game and rank seventh with a 41.3 team three-point field goal percentage. Chandice Cronk currently ranks second in the country in three-pointers per game (3.8) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (51.1).

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga dropped to 7-7 on the season after suffering a pair of losses last week. The Zags fell to Washington, 75-61, before dropping a 70-65 decision at then No. 21 ranked Marquette on Sunday.

- Stephanie Hawk continued to lead the Zags, dropping in 12 points in the loss to the Huskies before netting a team-high 15 points in the loss at Marquette. The senior currently paces the team with 13.9 points per contest.

- Rachel Kane came off the bench to score 11 points and dish out a game-high seven assists against Marquette. The guard ranks fourth in the WCC in assist/turnover ratio at 1.62, while helping GU lead the conference with a 0.88 team assist/turnover ratio.

- Gonzaga returns to the McCarthey Athletic Center to host Davidson (12/20) before breaking for the holidays.

Loyola Marymount Lions (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount had the week off after defeating Hawai'i and UC Santa Barbara to improve to 6-4 on the season.

- 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 four players to rank among the top-10 in the WCC in both scoring (13.6 ppg-6th) 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 host Northern Arizona (12/18) before heading to Fresno State (12/21) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (7-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine handed Long Beach State a 69-42 defeat in their only contest of the week on Saturday.

- The Waves played without forwards Teiosha George and Teena Wickett for the second straight game, but were able to out-score the 49ers in the paint, 24-16.

- Daphanie Kennedy led three players in double figures against Long Beach State, dropping in a team-high 17 points to lead the Waves in scoring for the second straight game.

- Pepperdine shot 9-for-11 from the charity stripe in the win, led by Miranda Ayim's 4-for-4 performance. The Waves are the WCC's top free throw shooting squad with a .758 (135-for-178) team percentage.

- Pepperdine hosts UCSB (12/18) before travelling to San Diego State (12/21) this week.

Portland Pilots (7-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland suffered a setback in its only game of the week, falling 63-55 to Sacramento State on the road on Sunday.

- Rachel Warren set a career-high with 17 rebounds, and matched a career-best with five blocks in the loss to the Hornets. The junior also scored 17 points to notch her league-leading fourth double-double of the season.

- Laiken Dollente continued her torrid scoring pace, netting a game-high 24 points in Sunday's loss. The freshman is averaging 26.3 points over her last three games.

- UP has blocked a WCC-high 61 shots this season, 12 more than the closest WCC team.

- The Pilots wrap up their road trip at Utah State (12/20) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (3-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's went 1-1 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tournament, falling to the host Islanders before snapping a six-game skid with a 77-64 win over Cal Poly on Sunday.

- Sheridan Arredondo registered career-highs with 18 points and 14 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season in Sunday's win over the Mustangs.

- Lauren Shaughnessy collected seven steals on the weekend, including four swipes in Sunday's win to move into the conference lead with 2.50 steals per game. Eghosa Obaiza (1.80 spg-8th) and Maija Lahde (1.50 spg-12th) also rank among the league's leaders in steals, and the Gaels pace the conference with an average of 11.0 steals per game as a team.

- Saint Mary's returns to Moraga to host Eastern Washington (12/20) before taking a week off for the holidays.

San Diego Toreros (9-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego continued the best start in program history, knocking off Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton at the Jenny Craig Pavilion last week to improve to 9-2 on the year.

- Amanda Rego notched her third double-double of the season in Tuesday's win over Cal State Bakersfield, scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists. The junior has already eclipsed her personal single-season high with 83 assists this year and has dished out 240 career assists, just five short of cracking the USD career top-10 list.

- The Toreros set the WCC single-game high with 55 team rebounds in Saturday's win over Cal State Fullerton. Amber Sprague led the way with a career-high 15 boards in the win.

- San Diego has the week off and returns to action when it hosts the Surf & Slam Tournament (12/28-12/30).

San Francisco Dons (3-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped its only game of the week, falling 55-48 on the road at Fresno State on Saturday.

- Heidi Heintz made her first career start against the Bulldogs and responded by recording her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday.

- Dominique Carter paced the team in scoring for the sixth time this season, dropping in a team-high 14 points against Fresno State. The junior ranks fourth in the WCC with an average of 14.3 points per contest.

- Nykia Peace dished out four assists on Saturday, bringing her team-high assist total to 29.

- The Dons wrap up their road trip at Cal State Fullerton (12/18) before returning to Memorial Gym to host Florida State (12/20) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (6-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara picked up a mid-week win over Pacific before dropping a pair of road games at Kansas State and Kansas over the weekend.

- Chandice Cronk sunk a career-high seven three-pointers and scored 24 points in the Broncos' 74-67 win over Pacific on Tuesday. The Junior leads the WCC with 17.5 points per game.

- SCU fell to Kansas State 76-52, marking its lowest scoring output of the season. The Broncos, who lead the WCC in scoring with an average of 69.9 points per contest, have been held under 60 points just twice this season.

- Ashley Gonnerman blocked a career-high five shots in the loss at Kansas, and moved into fifth place in the WCC with 15 blocks so far this season.

- The Broncos host Montana (12/20) in their lone game this week.