Feb. 22, 2010
With the start of the 2010 baseball season and one more week left in the basketball regular season, the West Coast Conference announced its Players of the Week with Loyola Marymount's Vernon Teel winning the men's basketball award and Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot taking home the women's honor. In baseball, Pepperdine's Matt Bywater won the Rawlings Pitcher of the Week award, while San Diego's James Meador won the Rawlings Player of the Week honor.
Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Vernon Teel, LMU
Junior Vernon Teel led LMU to a pair of wins against two of the top teams in the WCC standings, including a 74-66 win over No. 13/9 Gonzaga on Thursday and a 77-68 overtime win over Portland. Teel averaged 16 points, 4.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds in the wins. In addition, the entered the weekend a 65 percent free throw shooter, but in the two wins he went 14-for-18 from the charity stripe (77.8 percent) Against Portland, he went for 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals; scoring eight of the Lions' 15 points in overtime. He played 42 of the 45 minutes, and finished 10-for-12 from the free throw line, 6-for-9 from the field, including hitting both of his three pointers. In the Lions' first win over a ranked opponent at Gersten Pavilion and first in 20 years, Teel delivered the assist with no time on the shot clock and up only four on the Zags with less than 30 seconds left in the contest. He finished with five assists against the Zags.
Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Vandersloot pushed the Bulldogs winning streak to 14 games with two home victories last week. With the two wins Gonzaga also closed out the year a perfect 15-0 at home. The point guard averaged 20.0 points, 8.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest and shot an impressive 61.9 percent (13-21) from the field and 90.9 percent (10-11) at the charity stripe. Vandersloot began the week hitting 6-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc, and a perfect 3-of-3 at the charity stripe to finish with a game-high 17 points in GU's win over Loyola Marymount. She also had eight assists, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. In the Zags victory over Pepperdine, which helped Gonzaga clinch at least a share of its sixth-straight West Coast Conference regular season title, Vandersloot hit 7-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-3 on 3-pointers, and sank 7-of-8 free throws to finish with another game-high of 23 points. She also contributed nine assists, four rebounds and nine steals.
Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Matt Bywater, PEP
Bywater pitched a four-hit complete game shutout in the Waves 6-0 upset at No. 4 Cal State Fullerton Saturday night ... This was the first complete game shutout of Bywater's collegiate career, although he had pitched as many as eight innings on three previous occasions ... He struck out 10 batters - two shy of his career high of 12 set last March against Washington State ... His performance also marked the fourth time in which he struck out 10 or more batters ... Extended his winning streak to five games and has not lost a decision since March 25, 2009 - a 7-2 loss vs. UCLA ... Has delivered seven quality starts since the beginning of last year.
Rawlings Player of the Week
James Meador, USD
Meador helped lead USD to a 3-1 record this past weekend as he went 8-for-14 with two doubles, one home run and a team-leading six RBI. In Saturday's game two of the double-header, Meador went 4-for-5 with one double, one home run, two single and fell just a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Meador is also boasting a .600 on base percentage, and slugging at a .929 clip.