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BYU Hosts San Diego Thursday For Chance At WCC Title

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The race for the West Coast Conference regular season championship may come to an end Thursday night in Provo when league-leaders BYU (14-1) host second-place San Diego (11-4) in a game that airs live on BYUtv at 6 p.m. PT. With three games remaining and a three-game lead in the standings, BYU can claim its first ever WCC regular season title with a victory against the Toreros, a team that claimed a 78-65 win in the first week of the conference season to give BYU its lone league blemish. 

No matter the final score in Provo Thursday night, the 2015-16 WCC season is turning out to be one of the most exciting in history with four teams within one game of each other for the No. 2 seed and its subsequent first day bye at the upcoming WCC Tournament. San Diego, Santa Clara (10-4) and Saint Mary’s (10-4) all have four losses with Gonzaga (9-5) one game behind. The Gaels and Bulldogs also face each other Thursday night in a game that will be live on TheW.tv.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • San Francisco’s Taylor Proctor was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/1WnVmau 
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is open. CLICK HERE
  • BYU is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll for the fifth consecutive week, sitting 29th with 31 points. The Cougars are also receiving 69 points in the USA Today Coaches poll, sitting 26th overall. BYU enters the week with an RPI of 12.
  • One West Coast Conference program is highlighted by Charlie Creme in his latest Bracketology projection (February 16). BYU is in its fifth straight projection and holds steady as a 7-seed. The Cougars have an RPI of 12 entering the week. 
  • BYU holds a three-game lead in the WCC standings with three regular season games remaining. A home win Thursday night against San Diego (6 p.m. PT / BYUtv) will secure the first WCC regular season championship in Cougars history.
  • The West Coast Conference finished non-conference play with a 10-16 record against the Power 5 conferences, finishing with winning or even records against the ACC (1-1), Big Ten (1-0) and Big 12 (2-1) while also earning victories against the Pac-12 (5-11) and SEC (1-3).
  • BYU senior All-American Lexi Rydalch remains fourth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,369 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (135/4th), field goals (798/7th), field goal attempts (1,854/5th), free throws (564/2nd) and free throw attempts (747/2nd).
  • Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego and surpassed Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13; 2,219 points) as the WCC women’s basketball all-time leading scorer.  With 2,369 career points, she is 122 shy of passing Hank Gathers (LMU) as the WCC all-time leader regardless of gender.

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 18
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
San Diego at BYU - BYUtv - 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 6:30 p.m.
Portland at Pacific - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
Pepperdine at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 20
Portland at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 12 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Pepperdine at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Gonzaga at Pacific - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.

All times Pacific