Jan. 5, 2007
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Brandon Johnson, University of San Diego
University of San Diego sophomore guard Brandon Johnson is the WCC's December Player of the Month after leading the Toreros to a 7-1 record during the final month of 2006. Johnson, who hails from Houston, TX, averaged 13.6 points per game, while handing out a league best 6.4 assists per game. In addition, Johnson hauled in 3.9 rebounds per game and swiped 2.6 steals per game. The 6-0 point guard shot the ball very well during the month, knocking down 49.4 percent of his attempts from the floor (39-79) and 71.8 percent from the free throw line (28-39). He scored in double figures in six of the eight games, including 23 points in the team's 72-67 road win over Cal in the championship game of the Golden Bear Classic. For his efforts, Johnson was tabbed the MVP of the tournament. He matched his career high of 24 points in the team's 81-70 home win over Furman, and twice dished out personal bests of 10 assists (Eastern Michigan & Campbell).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Amanda Rego, University of San Diego
Amanda Rego helped San Diego continue its best start in program history, as the Toreros went 5-3 during the month of December to improve to 10-3 on season. Rego did a little bit of everything for USD, setting conference-highs with 6.88 assists per game and 3.5 steals per contests. The junior also averaged 8.4 points per game for the Toreros, and pulled down 7.0 boards per game to rank sixth in the league. The San Diego native had an impressive performance in a win over Holy Cross on December 28, dishing out 13 assists and collecting a program-record 10 steals, just one short of the WCC single-game mark. Rego also notched a double-double in a win over Cal State Bakersfield, scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists on December 12.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Jennifer Hall, Loyola Marymount University
Jennifer Hall emerged as one of the WCC's top newcomers during December, leading LMU to a 4-3 record against a challenging schedule that included four opponents that competed in the 2006 postseason. The junior led the Lions and ranked fourth in the conference with 14.6 points per game, while pulling down a WCC-high 8.9 rebounds per contest through seven games. Hall scored in double-digits in six of the Lions' seven tilts during the month, including a 24-point effort against Hawai'i on December 7 in which she tied LMU's single-game program record by going a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe. The transfer from Vanderbilt was named WCC Player of the Week on December 22 after helping the Lions snap Fresno State's 16-game home winning streak, and recorded a conference-high three double-doubles during the month.