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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 22, 2008

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Loyola Marymount snapped its seven-game winning steak on its road trip last week, while Gonzaga, Portland, San Diego, and Saint Mary's all had winning weeks. The Zags snapped Montana's 21-game home winning streak, while Portland won back-to-back games for the first time this year. San Diego won its only game, while the Gaels went 2-1 in their three games. Loyola Marymount and San Diego hosts tournaments this week as the Lions will put on the Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside Classic, while the Toreros will put on the annual Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic.


All Times PST

West Virginia at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
5:00 PM
Wyoming at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM
Portland at Oregon Eugene, OR
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Boise State Boise, ID
7:00 PM
Kansas at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
Idaho at Portland Portland, OR
6:00 PM

Santa Clara at UCSB Santa Barbara, CA
2:00 PM

San Jose State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
3:00 PM

Illinois-Chicago at San Diego San Diego, CA
6:00 PM

WCC Player of the Week: Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Earns Weekly Honor
Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot scored a game-high 22 points in the Zags' win over Montana State to break the Grizzlies' 21-game home winning streak. She was 6-of-14 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line. She also added a game-high eight assists to go along with five rebounds. Vandersloot currently leads the conference in assists (6.82), while ranking seventh in the country, tops among sophomores. This is her second weekly award of the season and fourth overall for Gonzaga.

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



Overall Record: 10-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga won its only game of the week, winning at Montana. The Grizzlies were on a 21-game home winning streak, before falling to the Zags. Gonzaga has now beaten four Big Sky schools this year.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot was impressive again, going for a game-high 22 points, while handing out eight assists and getting five rebounds, en route to her second WCC Player of the Week award. She is fifth in the league in scoring (16.8), while leading the league in assists (6.82). Vandersloot hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

  • Junior Heather Bowman and freshman Kayla Standish rounded out the Zags in double figures with 13 and 11 points repsectively. Bowman currently leads the league in scoring (19.2) and is fourth in rebounding (8.8).

  • Gonzaga plays just one game this week, hosting Wyoming (12/22), in prerparation for its marquee matchup against Tenneessee next week (12/30) on FSN NW.
  • Overall Record: 8-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU lost both games on the road last week, falling at Fresno State and San Diego State.

  • Freshman Alex Cowling continues an impressive first season, as she led the team in scoring in both games. She had 12 points, on 6-of-11 shooting, with seven rebounds against Fresno State, before going off for 20 points, on 9-of-13 shots at San Diego State.

  • Senior Cassady Moore netted in 19 points against the Aztecs, while dishing out a team-high five assists.

  • The Lions will host the Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside Holiday Classic, where they will take on San Jose State (12/28), before facing Delaware/Stony Brook (12/29).

  • Overall Record: 6-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine split its games last week, fallling to Cal State Bakersfield, before defeating San Jose State.

  • Freshman Jazmine Jackson had her first career double-double in the loss, with 12 points and 10 boards. Senior Jessica Ross was the only other Wave in double figures, hitting three treys, finishing with 11 points.

  • Senior Nakeya Isabell had a career game against the Spartans, dishing out 12 assists. She is currently second in the league in assists (5.82). Ross and junior Miranda Ayim led the team in points (15). Ayim leads the team in scoring (12.5) and is third in the league in FG% (.550).

  • The Waves forced San Jose State into 38 turnovers, leading to 40 points. The 29 point victory was the largest margin for the Waves this year.

  • The Waves play one game this week, hosting Kansas (12/23).
  • Overall Record: 5-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went undefeated over the week, defeating Eastern Washington on the road, before beating Manhattan College and has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season

  • Junior Laiken Dollente is the team's leading scorer and paced the team in both games, netting in 26 points, on 7-14 shooting, before going for 25 against the Jaspers, while handing out nine assists. She is currently second in the league in scoring at 18.8 ppg.

  • Sophomore Tara Cronin had a game-high nine rebounds against Eastern Washington and leads the team in rebounding (7.2).

  • Portland will try to continue the streak when it host Idaho (12/28). The road game against Oregon (12/22) has been cancelled until further notice.
  • Overall Record: 3-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's went 2-1 last week, falling to Cal State Bakersfield, before getting back-to-back victories against Seattle and Idaho State.

  • Freshmen Ashlee Smith, Alex Carbonel, and Amber Coatney had career-highs in the loss, going for 21, 15, and 13 points repsectively. Smith's team-high came on 8-of-9 shooting.

  • Junior Kira Kojola had a career-high 18 points, on 6-of-8 shooting against Seattle. Sophmore Louella Tomlinson had a near triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks. Tomlinson now leads the country in blocks at 5.6 bpg.

  • Tomlinson and Kojola led the way for the Gaels against Idaho State, going for 22 points (9-16), and 19 points (7-9) respectively. Junior Sierra Chambers and freshman Alex Carbonel had career-highs as Chambers dished out nine assists, and Carbonel pulled down nine boards.

  • The Gaels will only have one game this week, when they head on the road to take on Boise State (12/22).
  • Overall Record: 7-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego took care of business in its only game of the week, defeating Cal State Fullerton.

  • The Toreros held the Titans scoreless over the last two minutes, while going on a 12-0 run, to earn the three-point victory.

  • Seniors Kiva Herman and Amber Sprague were outstanding for San Diego. Herman netted in a game-high 27 points, on 11-of-18 shooting, while Sprague had her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Sprague's 19 boards are the second most by a WCC player this year. Herman is fourth in the league in scoring at 17.6 ppg.

  • Sophomore Sam Childs was the only other Torero in double figures, netting in 12 points.

  • San Diego hosts the annual Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic, and will take on Illinois-Chicago (12/28) and Long Island/New Mexico State (12/30).
  • Overall Record: 4-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco split its games at the Caribbean Classic, falling to Tennessee-Chattanooga, before defeating Stephen F. Austin.

  • Senior Shay Rollins and freshman Rheina Ale paced the Dons offensively against the Lady Jacks, finishing with 21 and 16 points respectively. Rollins added four treys and leads the league with 3.25 per game, while ranking third in scoring (17.9). Ale scored on 8-of-13 shooting.

  • Senior Necolia Simmons tied a game-high with 11 rebounds in the win, and ranks second in the conference, averaging 10.0 rpg. She also averages 14.1 ppg and is only one of two players in the conference to average a double-double this season.

  • The Dons return home after a long road trip and will have this week off, before returning to War Memorial to host Iona (12/31).
  • Overall Record: 1-11
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos lost a pair of games against WAC opponents Nevada and Boise State.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson had game-highs of 19 points (8-10) and 11 rebounds against the Wolfpack. She followed that up with a 17 point (7-10), 13 rebound performance against Boise State. She leads the league in rebounding at 11.0 rpg, and also averages 13.9 ppg making her one of two players in the league to average a double-double this year.

  • Junior Maggie Goldenberger had a career and game-high 20 points against Boise State and added eight rebounds. She was almost perfect going 8-of-11 from the field.

  • The Broncos continue to control the paint, as they lead the league in rebounding defense, allowing opponents only an average of 32.0 boards a game.

  • The Broncos host West Virginia (12/22) before heading down to UCSB (12/28).