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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 29, 2008

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GONZAGA HOSTS NO.8 TENNESSEE TUESDAY
Gonzaga will host No. 8 Tennessee live on FSN Northwest on 12/30 to highlight this weeks list of games. Gonzaga is currently receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and could move into a national ranking with a win. Loyola Marymount will finish the Courtyard by Marriot LA Westside Classic, while San Diego closes out the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic. Pepperdine will travel to Honolulu to compete in the Hawaii Tournament to close out tournament play.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Delaware at LMU Los Angeles, CA
Courtyard by Marriot LA Westside Classic
5:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Cal Berkeley, CA
7:00 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
No. 8 Tennessee at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
Long Island at San Diego San Diego, CA
8:00 PM
Maggie Dixon Surf & Slam Tournament
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Utah Valley at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM

Iona at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine at Hawaii Honolulu, HI
5:00 PM
Hawaii Tournament

Saint Joseph's at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
LMU at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
2:00 PM

BYU at Porland Portland, OR
2:00 PM

Pepperdine vs. Colorado Honolulu, HI
5:00 PM
Hawaii Tournament

San Francisco at Wyoming Laramie, WY
7:00 PM

Santa Clara at San Jose State San Jose, CA
8:00 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pacific at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Co-Player of the Week: San Diego's Kiva Herman and Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Earn Weekly Honor
Kiva Herman finished with a career-high 30 points to help the Toreros edge out Illinois-Chicago on 11-of-18 shooting. Louella Tomlinson erupted for the conference's first triple double of the season against Boise State, finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Tomlinson currently ranks first in the nation in blocks per game.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 11-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga won its only game of the week, easily defeating Wyoming at home.

  • Junior Heather Bowman led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, and also tied a game-high with seven rebounds.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot ran the show on offense once again, finishing with nine of the team's 13 assists. She now has 275 career assists to rank eighth in the GU career record book, after only a season and a half.

  • Sophomore Janelle Bekkering and junior Vivian Frieson both came off the bench to score 11 and 10 points, respectively, rounding out the Zags in double figures.

  • The Zags host a pair of teams this week, taking on No. 8 Tennessee (12/30) on FSN Northwest, before facing Saint Joseph's (1/2).
  • Overall Record: 9-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU defeated San Jose State in the opening game of the Courtyard by Marriott L.A. Westside Holiday Tournament in its sole game last week.

  • Freshman Alex Cowling continues to shoot well, finishing with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Cowling currently leads the league in field goal percentage at .627.

  • Sophomore Renahy Young finished with 15 points, while hitting 3-of-6 three-pointers. Young currently leads the team in scoring (16.1) and is ranked fifth in the conference.

  • Three other Lions finished in double figure scoring in senior Cassady Moore, who had 13 points, while junior Lisa Helmers and sophomore Aleyse Evans each contributed 11 points.

  • The Lions will host Delaware (12/29) in the final game of the Courtyard by Marriott L.A. Westside Holiday Tournament, before heading to Cal State Bakersfield (1/3).
  • Overall Record: 6-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine was defeated in its only game of the week, losing to Kansas at home.

  • Seniors Jessica Ross and Taylor Smith paced the Waves with 13 points each. Smith also added a team-high six rebounds. Ross netted in a game-high three treys. Sophomore Lelo Joy rounded out the Waves in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

  • Senior Nakeya Isabell had a team-high five assists and leads the team, while ranking second in the conference at 5.75 apg. She also ranks third in the league in steals, averaging 2.33 spg.

  • Even though the Waves were outrebounded by Kansas, they held the edge in second chance points, 18-6.

  • The Waves will travel to Honolulu to participate in the Hawaii Tournament, where they will take on host Hawaii (1/2), before facing Colorado (1/3).
  • Overall Record: 6-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots' game against Oregon was cancelled due to weather, before they were able to edge out Idaho last week for a three-game win streak.

  • Sophomore Jessica Clemens had a career-night, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting. She also contributed on the defensive end with two blocks and two steals.

  • Senior Carly Koebel was back in form, ending with three blocks on the night. Koebel is currently ranked second in the conference in blocks with 2.78 bpg.

  • Portland had a strong performance from the bench, getting 33 points. Idaho's reserves countered with 10.

  • Portland will host Utah Valley (12/31) and BYU (1/3) this week.
  • Overall Record: 3-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's lost its only game of the week, falling at Boise State.

  • Sophomore Louella Tomlinson had a monster game for the Gaels, ending up with the conference's first triple-double of the season, with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and a season-high 11 blocks. For her effort, she was awarded Co-WCC Player of the Week. Tomlinson currently ranks first in the nation in blocks per game, totaling 67 thus far for a 5.6 block per game average.

  • Freshman Ashlee Smith was the only other Gael in double figures, netting in 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while teammate Maija Lahde was the only other Gaels in double figure rebounding, with 11 boards. Smith is currently second in the league in field goal percentage, shooting at a .587 clip on the year.

  • Saint Mary's will travel to face Cal Berkeley (12/29), before returning home to take on Pacific (1/4).
  • Overall Record: 8-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego won its only game last week, defeating Illinois-Chicago in the first round of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic.

  • Senior Kiva Herman was unstoppable for the Toreros, finishing with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds en route to Co-WCC Player of the Week honors. Her performance bumped her up to second in the league in scoring at 18.5 ppg.

  • Three other Toreros finished in double figures in freshman Dominique Conners (13), senior Amber Sprague (11), and freshman Morgan Woodrow (10). Sprague also added a game-high five blocks and is ranked third in the conference with 2.69 bpg.

  • The Toreros held UIC to .368 shooting, while shooting .457.

  • San Diego will host Long Island (12/30) in the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic.
  • Overall Record: 4-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco split its games at the Caribbean Classic last week, 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 returned home after a long road trip and will had last week off, before returning to War Memorial to host Iona (12/31), before traveling to Wyoming (1/3).
  • Overall Record: 1-13
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos lost a pair of games last week, falling to West Virginia and UCSB.

  • Sophomore Kathy Willinsky led the Broncos with a career-high 13 points against a tough West Virginia team on 5-of-9 shooting. Senior Elizabeth Doran added 11 points with three three-pointers and senior Sara Majors once again dished out a career-high seven assists.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson continued her streak of double-doubles for her eighth straight against the Mountaineers, finishing with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. She continues to lead the league in rebounding (10.8), while averaging a double-double with 13.1 ppg.

  • Majors followed up her performance with a game-high 17 points at UCSB on 5-of-7 shooting, while hitting 2-of-3 from beyind the arc.

  • The Broncos have just one game this week at San Jose State (1/3).