Jan. 10, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With the 2010-11 men's and women's basketball season in action, the West Coast Conference is pleased to announce its WCC Players of the Week selections.
Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Mickey McConnell, Saint Mary's, Senior, Guard
McConnell was instrumental in helping the Gaels improve to 14-2 and open West Coast Conference play 2-0 with two 20 point wins on the road. For the week, McConnell averaged 16.0 points per game, shooting 12-for-16 from the floor (.750) and 6-for-10from 3-point range (.600) for 32 total points, while grabbing eight rebounds and 23 assists to just four turnovers. Against LMU, McConnell led all scorers with 21 points, going 8-for-9 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc, adding 8 assists. The 23 point win over the Lions was the largest win on the road to start WCC play in program history. He followed that up with a career defining night, notching a double-double with 11 points and a career-best 15 assists, one shy of the SMC single game record. The 15 assists came against just two turnovers. His 3-1 assist to turnover ratio is currently one of the best in the nation.
Also Nominated: Lorne Jackson, PEP; Peris Blackwell, USF
Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Renahy Young, Loyola Marymount, Senior, Guard
Senior Renahy Young had an historic week to help LMU to its first 2-0 start in conference play since 2005-06. She topped 20 points in both games, giving her a career-best four straight games scoring 20-or-more points while also becoming LMU's career leader in free throws made. For the week, Young averaged 23.0 points, 3.0 steals, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists whileshooting 45.5% from the floor, 35.7% from three, and 11-for-11 at the line. In Thursday's 65-53 at Saint Mary's, Young led all scorers with 21 points to help LMU snap a two-game losing streak in conference openers. She was 8-for-15 from the floor, 2-for-6 from three-point range, and tied the LMU career free throws made record by going a perfect 3-for-3 from the line. Two days later, Youngovercame an 0-for-6 start from the floor and two points at the half to score 23 second-half points, finishing with a game-high 25 in a 70-53 win at San Diego. Young sank six of her 11 attempts in the second half and went 8-for-8 from the line to record a new season-high for points. It was her fourth straight game with 20-or-more points and her 16th career 20-point outing. Her foul shot with 54.5 seconds left also put her atop LMU's career free throws made list, moving past current LMU Associate Head Coach Lynn Flanagan's record of 337, which had stood since 1991.
Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Robie Mayberry, PEP; Lena Gipson, SCU