MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team (18-8, 10-4 West Coast Conference) wraps up WCC action this week with two games. On Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., the Gaels will host Santa Clara (14-13, 6-8 WCC) in a Senior Night match-up. The Gaels will hit the road on Saturday to face the Waves (4-21, 1-13 WCC) in Malibu at 2:00 p.m.
If the standings hold, with SMC in a three-way tie for second-place, the Gaels would end up as a #4-seed in the WCC Tournament. If the Gaels win both and San Diego loses its final remaining conference game, the Gaels would move up to the #2-seed, no matter what BYU does.
Last week the Gaels split their two games, falling to the Toreros for the second time this season, then returning home to beat Loyola Marymount.
Jackie Nared continues to lead the WCC in scoring with 17.0 ppg (all games). She is also second in rebounding with 9.0 rpg. Teammate Danielle Mauldin leads the WCC in rebounding with 10.4 rpg. Mauldin is also fifth in the WCC in scoring with 13.2 ppg.
There is a good race going on to see who will be crowned the WCC scoring champ (WCC games only) entering the final weekend. USD's Amy Kame leads the way with 15.7 ppg, while Alex Cowling of LMU is at 15.4. Nared is a close third at 15.3 with all three in action during the final weekend.
The Gaels will honor four student-athletes on Senior Night. Andrea Bailey, Mia Greco, Morgan Hatten and Ashlee Smith will be honored in a brief ceremony shortly before opening tip on Thursday night.
Santa Clara enters the week having lost seven of its last nine contests, but split last week, losing to Gonzaga and defeating Pepperdine. SCU will host San Diego on Saturday afternoon after making the trip to Moraga on Thursday night.
Pepperdine enters the week having lost 12 consecutive games. Last week the Waves lost at home to Loyola Marymount by just two points and then suffered an eight point loss at Santa Clara.