WBK | Gaels Host Final Home Games of Regular Season
The saint mary's women's basketball team hosts San Francisco and Portland on Thursday and Saturday for its final home stand of the regular season.
MORAGA, Calif. -- The final home stand of the regular season is here for the Saint Mary's women's basketball team, and that means important games with West Coast Conference Tournament seeding on the line, as well as Senior Day festivities. The Gaels host rival San Francisco on Thursday and Portland on Saturday.
Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. - San Francisco (13-12, 8-6 WCC) at Saint Mary's (16-9, 9-5 WCC)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. - Portland (6-19, 2-12 WCC) at Saint Mary's
LAST TIME OUT
The Gaels fell to Loyola Marymount, 75-65, at home but made an impressive turnaround on Saturday, snapping conference-leader Gonzaga's 15-game winning streak and dominating the Bulldogs, 72-56, on their home floor. Megan McKay posted her fourth double-double of the year on Thursday versus LMU with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sydney Raggio and McKay both led the Gaels Saturday in Spokane, each notching double-doubles to bring the Gaels home with a victory. Raggio poured in a team-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead three Gaels in double figures. McKay also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for her third straight double-double.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
The Gaels (16-9, 9-5 WCC) fell to LMU but took down the first-place Bulldogs last week, pulling back into a tie for second place with BYU. Saint Mary's will take on San Francisco after cruising to a 73-59 victory at War Memorial Gym on Feb. 1. SMC dropped its first meeting with Portland on Jan. 27, losing 68-65 on the road.
Saint Mary's leads the conference in field goal percentage (47.8), rebounding defense (28.6) and assists per game (15.6). McKay leads the WCC with a 60.5 field goal percentage and right behind her is Stella Beck shooting 60.5. Raggio is the Gaels' top defender as one of the WCC's best rebounders and shot-blockers. She leads SMC and is second in the WCC grabbing 6.6 defensive rebounds, third in blocked shots per game (1.6) and overall rebounding (8.6). McKay averages a team-high 15.3 points per game. Beck averages 14.0 ppg and has a team-best 34 steals. Madeline Holland leads the conference with a 48.0 3-point field goal percentage.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons (13-12, 8-6 WCC) took down its conference opponents last week beating Portland and BYU. San Francisco is on a three-game winning streak after beating Santa Clara by double-digit points, 64-47, on Feb. 3. The Dons are 4-6 on the road.
San Francisco leads the conference in rebounding offense (40.4) and is third in the WCC in scoring offense (68.6). Michaela Rakova leads the WCC grabbing 10.8 rpg - including 8.1 on the defensive end. Rakova shoots 87.8 percent from the free-throw line - 2nd in the WCC. Anna Seilund controls the Dons' offense by averaging a team-high 15.5 ppg and dishing out 4.2 assists per game. Rakova averages 13.4 ppg while grabbing a team-best 9.8 rpg. Shannon Powell averages 11.0 ppg. Two other players grab over five rebounds a game: Lundqvist (6.5) and Powell (5.2).
The Pilots (6-19, 2-12 WCC) fell to USF, 76-63, but beat Pacific by double-digits, 89-67, last week. Portland has beaten two opponents in conference play, Saint Mary's being one of them along with Pacific. Portland has not won a single road game (0-9).
Portland's offense is centered around two players, with Darian Slaga averaging a team-best 12.2 ppg and Julie Spencer averaging 11.6 ppg with a team-best 7.1 rpg. Rachelle Owens dishes out a team-high 3.9 apg. The Pilots spread out their rebounding with five players grabbing three or more rebounds a game: Kate Anderson (3.6), Maddie Muhlheim (3.4), Ashley Gray (3.4), Josie Matz (3.3) and Sara Zaragoza (3.5).
Saint Mary's wraps up the regular season on the road next week when it travels to Pepperdine and Santa Clara. Then comes the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas on March 1-6.
Tickets for this week's Gaels home games are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx. Fans can find live coverage links for all games on SMCGaels.com.
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