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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 12/22

Dec. 22, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Jennifer Hall, Loyola Marymount

Loyola Marymount's Jennifer Hall led the Lions to a split last week, averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against Northern Arizona and Fresno State. The transfer from Vanderbilt scored 14 points with eight rebounds in Monday's loss to NAU, before scoring 11 points with nine boards in Thursday's win over the Bulldogs. The junior went 3-for-4 from the free throw line in the game's last 45 seconds to help the Lions snap Fresno State's 16-game home winning streak. Hall currently leads the Lions in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg).

Upcoming Games

Dec. 28
Toledo at Santa Clara - 2:00 PM
Holy Cross at San Diego^ - 6:00 PM
Rhode Island at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
Utah Valley State at Portland - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 7:00 PM

Dec. 29
Loyola Marymount vs. Colgate@ - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Hawai'i# - 9:00 PM

Dec. 30
Montana State at Gonzaga - 12:00 PM
Fresno State at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Iowa State@ - 5:30 PM
Oregon State/Texas at San Diego^ - 6:00 PM
Toledo at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Jose State - 7:00 PM
San Francisco vs. Columbia/Oklahoma State# - TBA

Dec. 31
Portland at Eastern Washington - 1:00 PM

^ Surf & Slam Tournament (San Diego, CA); @ Iowa State Tournament (Ames, IA); # Hawai'i Invitational (Honolulu, HI)

Around The WCC

WCC Wraps Up Non-Conference Play Next Week
WCC teams will enter the last week of non-conference action following Christmas, with all eight squads taking the court. A pair of final non-conference clashes on January 2 will precede the start of the 22nd year of WCC conference play, which begins on January 5.

WCC Squads Continue Strong Start To 2006-07
WCC teams have continued their strong start to the 2006-07 campaign, as the eight conference teams have combined to post a 51-49 overall record against non-conference opposition. Highlighting the early season wins are two victories over ranked opponents, as Pepperdine topped then-No. 12 ranked Rutgers on November 17, and Gonzaga knocked off then-No. 19 ranked UCLA on November 24. WCC squads have posted a 36-34 mark against teams from the Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and WAC conferences.

WCC Among The NCAA Leaders
Several WCC teams and individuals ranked among the nation's leaders as of December 17. 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 (7-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga returned home from a three-game road stretch and fell to Davidson at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Wednesday, 77-69.

- Stephanie Hawk tied a career-high with five blocked shots against Davidson, marking the second time this season that the senior has collected five blocks in game. Hawk, who leads the WCC with 33 blocks, currently ranks second on the Gonzaga career list with 123 blocks.

- Michelle Elliott paced the Zags with 16 points against Davidson. Along with Hawk, the junior is one of two GU players ranked in the top-10 in the conference in scoring (7th-13.0 ppg).

- The Zags currently lead the conference with 237 team assists, 42 more than the next closest league squad.

- Gonzaga returns to action at home against Montana State (12/30).

Loyola Marymount Lions (7-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount rebounded from a 74-58 loss to Northern Arizona to notch a 65-60 victory over Fresno State on the road on Thursday.

- Cassady Moore set a career-high in scoring for the second straight game, dropping in 14 points in LMU's loss to Northern Arizona.

- Amanda Patton scored a team-high 14 points in the win over Fresno State, and shot 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The senior brought her career total to 108 treys, putting her into third place on the LMU career chart ahead of former Lion standout Kate Murray (1999-04).

- Jennifer Hall ranks third in the conference with an average of 7.7 rebounds per game.

- The Lions will travel to the Cyclone Classic where they will meet Colgate (12/29) and host Iowa State (12/30).

Pepperdine Waves (7-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- A short-handed Pepperdine squad dropped a pair of games last week, falling to UC Santa Barbara at home, 78-67, before dropping a 64-53 road decision to San Diego State on Thursday.

- Miranda Ayim recorded her first career double-double in the loss to the Gauchos, scoring 10 points and pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds. The freshman also led the Waves in scoring in Thursday's loss at San Diego State with 15 points.

- Daphanie Kennedy poured in 19 points in the loss to UC Santa Barbara and added five against the Aztecs before suffering a head injury. The junior is currently leading the Waves with 11.9 points per contest.

- Pepperdine returns home for non-conference contests against Rhode Island (12/28) and Fresno State (12/30) next week.

Portland Pilots (7-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland dropped a 68-58 decision to Utah State on the road in its only contest of the week.

- Rachel Warren led all scorers with 18 points in the loss at Utah State, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. The junior also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds, and is averaging a team-high 7.8 boards per contest.

- Laiken Dollente dropped in 17 points, aided by a 10-for-11 performance from the free throw line. The freshman is the WCC's top shooter from the charity stripe, shooting at a phenomenal .882 (82-for-93) clip.

- The Pilots will return from the break with a home tilt against Utah Valley State (12/28) before traveling to Eastern Washington (12/31) for a New Year's Eve match up.

Saint Mary's Gaels (4-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels won their second straight game with a 74-66 triumph over Eastern Washington at McKeon Pavilion on Wednesday to improve to 4-7 on the season.

- Lauren Shaughnessy continued her tremendous play for the Gaels, scoring a career-high 17 points and collecting seven steals, just one short of the WCC single-game season-high. The junior has amassed a conference-high 32 steals so far this season, and is averaging 2.91 swipes per contest.

- Serena Benavente was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line en route to a team-high 20 points in the win over Eastern Washington.

- Saint Mary's makes the short trip to face Sacramento State (12/28) before returning home to take on Toledo (12/30).

San Diego Toreros (9-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego had the week off following wins over Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton to improve to 9-2 on the year. The Toreros are off to the best start in program history.

- Amanda Rego notched her third double-double of the season in the 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 the win over Cal State Fullerton. Amber Sprague led the way with a career-high 15 boards against the Titans.

- San Diego returns to action when it hosts the Surf & Slam Tournament. The Toreros will face Holy Cross (12/28) before meeting either Oregon State or Texas (12/30).

San Francisco Dons (4-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from a 72-69 loss to Cal State Fullerton by snapping a four-game skid with a 67-64 triumph over Florida State at Memorial Gym on Wednesday.

- Dominique Carter scored a game-high 21 points and dished out a career-high six assists in the loss at Cal State Fullerton. It marked the fourth 20-point game of the season for the junior, who ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 15.0 points per contest.

- Shay Rollins contributed a career-high seven assists against Florida State, and tied Carter for the team lead with 16 points in the win.

- The Dons travel to the Hawai'i Invitational next week and open tournament play against the host Rainbow Wahine (12/29). USF will then face either Columbia or Oklahoma State (12/30) to wrap up the event.

Santa Clara Broncos (6-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara dropped a 98-72 decision to Montana at the Leavey Center on Wednesday to fall to 6-7 on the season.

- Anna Martin scored a career-high 21 points in the loss, sinking seven three-pointers to tie the WCC single-game season-high established by teammate Chandice Cronk against Pacific just eight days earlier.

- Jen Gottschalk added 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field against Montana. The junior is currently shooting .519 (42-for-81) from the floor to rank third in the conference.

- Tracey Walker collected four steals to bring her team-high swipes total to 29.

- The Broncos host Toledo (12/28) to tip off the Cable Car Classic before making the short trip to face San Jose State (12/30).