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BYU Extends 2015-16 Commissioner’s Cup Standings Lead

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – At the conclusion of the 2015-16 West Coast Conference winter sports seasons, Brigham Young University owns a convincing 12 point lead against Santa Clara University in the race for the 2015-16 West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup - awarded annually to the WCC institution garnering the most success during Conference play. 

After winning outright championships in men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women's soccer and volleyball to go along with a shared title in women’s cross country, the Cougars have earned 57.5 Cup points. Santa Clara is second after the conclusion of fall play with 45.5 points after posting top-three finishes in women’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. 

Men’s basketball regular season co-champions Saint Mary’s College and Gonzaga University are in a close battle for the top spot in the men's all-sports trophy race. The Gaels own a one point lead with 23.5 points, while the Bulldogs are second with 22.5. The top three contenders for the men’s trophy are separated by just three and a half points. 

BYU leads the women's all-sports trophy race with a nearly perfect score of 39.5 points (out of 40 possible due to shared women’s cross country title), representing a sweep of the three fall championships and the program’s first regular season basketball championship. Santa Clara is second in the women's race for the cup with 27.0 points. 

Overall, the Cougars compiled 57.5 Commissioner's Cup points after the fall and winter seasons, which includes menʼs and womenʼs cross country, menʼs and womenʼs soccer, women's volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. Santa Clara (45.5) is second, University of San Francisco (43.5) is third and Gonzaga (43.0) is fourth. Loyola Marymount University (41.0) is fifth, one and a half points in front of Saint Mary’s (39.5) in sixth place. University of San Diego (37.5), University of Portland (32.5), Pepperdine University (23.0) and the University of the Pacific (16.0) round out the standings. 

The next update in the race for the Commissioner's Cup will come after the menʼs and womenʼs tennis seasons conclude at the 2016 West Coast Conference Tennis Championships, held April 28-30 at the Biszantz Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif. 

BYU captured the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup, snapping an unprecedented string of five consecutive won by San Diego and won its third consecutive cup in 2014-15. The Cougars rank No. 24 in the 2015-16 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Division I Winter Standings, updated March 23, 2016. 

2015-16 Commissioner's Cup Standings
(updated 3/30/16)

BYU

57.5

Santa Clara

45.5

San Francisco

43.5

Gonzaga

43

Loyola Marymount

41

Saint Mary’s

39.5

San Diego

37.5

Portland

32.5

Pepperdine

23

Pacific

16

Men's All-Sports

Saint Mary’s

23.5

Gonzaga

22.5

San Francisco

20

Santa Clara

18.5

BYU

18

Portland

16.5

Loyola Marymount

14.5

San Diego

12.5

Pepperdine

10

Pacific

3

Women's All-Sports

BYU

39.5

Santa Clara

27

Loyola Marymount

26.5

San Diego

25

San Francisco

23.5

Gonzaga

20.5

Saint Mary’s

16

Portland

16

Pepperdine

13

Pacific

13