WBK | Gaels Seek Postseason Positioning In Final Week
The Saint Mary's women's basketball team wraps up its regular season on the road against Pepperdine and Santa Clara.
MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team will wrap up its regular season on the road against Pepperdine and Santa Clara on Thursday and Saturday before heading to the West Coast Conference Championships in Las Vegas from March 1-6.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. - Saint Mary's (18-9, 11-5 WCC) at Pepperdine (9-17, 5-11 WCC)
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. - Saint Mary's at Santa Clara (9-18, 5-11 WCC)
LAST TIME OUT
The Gaels blew past San Francisco and Portland last week, beating both teams by double-digits. Stella Beck guided Saint Mary's offense in both matchups with 26 points and 11 boards for her second double-double this season versus USF, then finishing her final regular season home game of her career pouring down 25 points versus Portland.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
The Gaels (18-9, 11-5 WCC) dominated USF, 72-64, and Portland, 77-49, at home moving their conference record to 11-5 and is second in WCC play. Saint Mary's took down Pepperdine, 75-62 and Santa Clara, 59-46 in the teams' first meetings this season.
Megan McKay leads the Gaels averaging 15.0 points per game while shooting a WCC-best 60.7 percent from the field. Beck brings versatility on the floor as she averages 14.8 ppg, shooting 59.7 percent from the field - 2nd in WCC play. Beck pulls down 5.8 rebounds per game, dishes out 2.8 assists per game and leads the Gaels with 37 steals. Sydney Raggio is the Gaels' top defender, grabbing a team-high 8.7 rpg and 6.6 defensive rpg - 2nd in the WCC. Raggio is third in the conference blocking 1.6 shots per game. Jasmine Forcadilla controls the floor dishing out 3.4 assists per game. Saint Mary's is top-3 in five different categories in the WCC: scoring offense (68.6), field goal percentage (47.4), 3-point shooting (33.2 percent), assists (15.5 per game), and defensive rebounds (27.8).
The Waves (9-17, 5-11 WCC) fell to BYU 78-43 on the road and Gonzaga, 68-47 at home. Pepperdine is 5-11 and is 2-12 on the road.The Waves will conclude their regular season against Portland on the road on Saturday.
Yasmine Robinson-Bacote is an all-around player for the Waves as she averages a team-best 18.1 ppg and grabs 7.6 rpg. Paige Fecske and Barbara Sitanggan control the team's offense as Fescke dishes out 2.9 assists per game and Sitanggan 2.7. Pepperdine is third in the conference with a 73.2 free-throw percentage. Fescke shoots a team-high 83.6 percent from the foul line, fifth in WCC play.
ABOUT SANTA CLARA
The Broncos (9-18, 5-11 WCC) earned two victories last week against Portland (67-57) and Pacific (57-55). The Broncos are 3-10 on the road after beating Portland, San Diego State and Illinois-Chicago. Santa Clara is tied with Pepperdine for eighth place in the WCC standings.
Morgan McGwire is the Broncos' top player, averaging a team-high 10.1 ppg as well as pulling down 9.9 rpg and blocking 2.1 shots per game - second in the WCC. Taylor Berry is second on the team grabbing 6.5 rpg while averaging 8.0 ppg. Kyla Martin dishes out a team-best 4.4 apg and averages 8.4 ppg.
Saint Mary's will travel to Las Vegas for the WCC Championships from March 1-6. Fans can find live coverage links for all games on SMCGaels.com.
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