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WCC Announces February Players of the Month

March 12, 2008

Men's Basketball - Diamon Simpson, Saint Mary's College
Diamon Simpson averaged a double double with 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while helping SMC post a 7-1 record, including a perfect 7-0 record against WCC opponents, during the month of February. Simpson also averaged 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks per outing, while shooting 57.3 percent (43-75) from the floor. The 6-8 forward scored in double figures in all eight games and grabbed double-digit rebounds five times to post five double-doubles on the month. Simpson recorded a 25-point and 15-rebound game against Kent State, and averaged 17.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in the last three games of the month. The junior was also named the WCC Player of the Week on Feb. 26.

Women's Basketball - Heather Bowman, Gonzaga University
Heather Bowman led Gonzaga to a 6-1 mark during the month of February, as the Zags clinched the program's fourth straight WCC regular season title and the top seed in the WCC Tournament. The sophomore was the only conference player to rank among the league's top-four in both scoring and rebounding during the month, ranking second in the WCC with 21.1 points per game and fourth with 8.9 boards per contest. The Spokane, WA native also shot a blistering .527 (49-for-93) from the field to rank fourth in the conference. Bowman closed out the month with a 30-point performance against Santa Clara on February 28, shooting a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line in the win.

Men's Golf - Scott Travers, Santa Clara University
Scott Travers started the month of February at the Hilo Invitational in Hawaii where he posted rounds of 70, 69, and a final round 66 which tied for the low round of the day and helped move the Broncos up three spots in the final results. At the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational, Travers shot out to a four-stroke lead after the first two rounds, with two consecutive 68's, putting him at eight-under. In the final round of the tournament, Travers shot even par, tying him for first and sending him to playoffs where he drained a 30-footer on the third playoff hole to win the tournament. His win helped pace the Broncos to a first place finish of their own.

Women's Golf - Taylore Karle, Pepperdine University
Taylore Karle continued her very strong freshman season with two top five finishes in the first two tournaments of the spring. She had a season-best tie for second at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (3-over 216), and then tied for fifth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (7-over 220). Her stroke average over the six rounds was 72.67. She is currently ranked 13th nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin and 15th by Golfstat.

Men's Tennis - Andre Begemann, Pepperdine University
Andre Begemann posted a 4-1 singles record in February, mostly at the #1 singles position, and had a 3-1 record against players ranked in the top 100. His best victory came against sixth-ranked Greg Oullette of Florida on Feb. 25. Begemann is currently ranked #19 by the ITA.

Women's Tennis - Anamika Bhargava, Pepperdine
Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) finished the month of February with a record of 7-1, which included wins over two top 30 opponents. Bhargava is currently #48 in the ITA singles rankings after beginning the spring unranked.

Men's Tennis Doubles - Omar Altmann/Andre Begemann, Pepperdine University
The duo of Omar Altmann and Andre Begemann posted a record of 3-2 in the month of February at #1 doubles. They defeated the 29th-ranked team in the nation from Ohio State at the beginning of the month, and at the end of the month, they defeated an unranked doubles team from Florida, which helped the Waves to a win over the Gators (ranked 14th nationally as a team). Altmann and Begemann are currently ranked #26 by the ITA.

Women's Tennis Doubles - Sylvia Kosakowski/Bianca Dulgheru, Pepperdine University
The ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation of Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru finished the month of February unbeaten with an 8-0 record, including Baylor's fourth-ranked duo on Feb. 25. The 2007 doubles All-Americans began the spring unranked, but have climbed the ITA doubles charts.