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BYU Increases Lead in 2015-16 Commissioner’s Cup Standings

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – With just three spring sport championships left up for grabs on the 2015-16 athletic calendar, Brigham Young University owns a convincing 20-point lead against Gonzaga 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 golf, women's soccer and volleyball to go along with a shared title in women’s cross country, the Cougars have earned 90 Cup points. Gonzaga is second with 70 points after posting co-championships in men’s basketball and women’s cross country and top-three finishes in men’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis. 

BYU and men’s basketball regular season co-champions Saint Mary’s College and Gonzaga are in a close battle for the top spot in the men's all-sports trophy race currently separated by just 3.5 points. With just one men’s champion left to be crowned, the Cougars own a half-point lead with 35 points, while the Gaels are second with 34.5, just in front of the Bulldogs at 31.5. 

BYU leads the women's all-sports trophy race with a dominating score of 55 points (out of 60 possible), representing a sweep of the three fall championships, the program’s first regular season WCC basketball title and a WCC tournament triumph for women’s golf. University of San Francisco is second in the women's race for the cup with 42 points. 

Overall, the Cougars compiled 90.0 Commissioner's Cup points with just softball, women’s rowing and baseball remaining. The list of completed 2015-16 sports seasons includes: menʼs and womenʼs cross country, menʼs and womenʼs soccer, women's volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, beach volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis. 

Just three points separate second from sixth place. Gonzaga (70.0) currently occupies second place, Santa Clara University (68.5) is third, University of San Francisco (68.0) is fourth and Saint Mary’s (67.5) is fifth. Pepperdine University (67.0) is sixth. Loyola Marymount University (59.5), University of San Diego (58.5), University of Portland (46.0) and the University of the Pacific (31.0) round out the standings.

The final update in the race for the Commissioner's Cup will come after the 2016 Baseball Championship. At the conclusion of the 2015-16 competition calendar, the point tallies will be recalculated to reflect the top-12 program finishes for each West Coast Conference institution. The winner of the Commissioner’s Cup and the Men’s and Women’s All-Sport Trophies will be unveiled at the June WCC Executive Council Meetings in Berkeley, Calif.

BYU captured the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup, snapping an unprecedented string of five consecutive won by San Diego. The Cougars won their third consecutive cup in 2014-15 and ranks No. 24 in the 2015-16 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Division I Final Winter Standings (updated April 20, 2016). 

2015-16 Commissioner's Cup Standings
(updated 5/1/16)

BYU

90

Gonzaga

70

Santa Clara

68.5

San Francisco

68

Saint Mary’s

67.5

Pepperdine

67

Loyola Marymount

59.5

San Diego

58.5

Portland

46

Pacific

31

 

 

Men's All-Sports

BYU

35

Saint Mary’s

34.5

Gonzaga

31.5

San Diego

29.5

Santa Clara

27.5

San Francisco

26

Pepperdine

26

Portland

23.5

Loyola Marymount

22.5

Pacific

12

 

 

Women's All-Sports

BYU

55

San Francisco

42

Santa Clara

41

Pepperdine

41

Gonzaga

38.5

Loyola Marymount

37

Saint Mary’s

33

San Diego

29

Portland

22.5

Pacific

19