April 7, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---With spring sports in action and basketball season complete, the West Coast Conference would like to honor its Players of the Month for the month of March.
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kevin Foster, Santa Clara, SO, Guard
Kevin Foster led Santa Clara to the CIT title with three straight road wins to end the season with a 24-14 record (most wins since 1968-69 and second most-ever), the school's first-ever post-season tourney title (doesn't include WCC tourney titles). Foster was named a CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-America and also was named the league's MVP by CollegeInsider.com (named McConnell POY). Foster averaged 20.2 ppg this season, including 25.4 ppg in the five games of the CIT and 4.6 threes per game. He led WCC in both WCC games and overall games.
Foster also averaged 23.3 ppg in the month of March, hitting 4.3 threes per game, 3.7 apg and 3.7 rpg. He also set the Santa Clara school record with nine threes versus Northern Arizona.
Also Nominated: Lorne Jackson, PEP
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga, SR, Guard
Courtney Vandersloot led Gonzaga to a 5-1 record during the month of March. She helped the Bulldogs to their third-straight West Coast Conference Tournament title and helped the Zags reach the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. She averaged a double-double of 25.2 points and 11.7 assists per game, and shot 50.6 percent from the field , 54.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc and was 89.1 percent at the free throw line. She became the first player, men's or women's, in NCAA Division I history to score 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, hitting the mark in GU's NCAA Tournament second round victory over UCLA. That same game she also tied the Bulldog single-game assist record with her 17. In Gonzaga's Sweet Sixteen contest she handed out seven assists which helped her brake the NCAA single-season assist record of 355 - she ended the season with 367.
Also Nominated: Katie Mention, PEP
MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Nikola Bubnic, San Diego, JR
Nikola Bubnic went 6-0 in singles play in the month of March, in the process establishing a new career-long 11-match winning streak. He is 22-5 between the fall and spring overall this season in singles play playing primarily at No. 2. Bubnic helped lead the Toreros (15-2) to a championship in the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic March 17th-19th and has been a key contributor to a team ranked 26th, the highest the USD men have been since 1993.
Also Nominated: Alex Wilton, LMU; Alex Llompart, PEP; Michael Hu Kwo, POR; Sherif Hamdy, SMC
MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Sebastian Fanselow/Jenson Turner, Pepperdine
The pairing of Jenson Turner and Sebastian Fanselow has been nearly infallible for the Waves this dual campaign. While doubles partners have shifted around some since January, Turner and Fanselow have played together in a team-high 15 of the 19 duals Pepperdine has competed in thus far. During the month of March, the duo went 9-2 overall and 6-1 in duals. The tandem won three in a row at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship to reach the quarterfinals. To get there, they defeated the #47-ranked UCLA pair of Amit Inbar and Alex Brigham. Counting only duals, Turner and Fanselow opened the dual campaign with 13 wins before finally suffering a loss against a pair from #4 Ohio State. They had two additional wins over ranked opponents during the month of March (Texas A&M's Junior Ore/Alexey Grigorov #63; Washington's Martin Kildahl/Tobi Obenaus #68) and recently re-entered the Campbell/ITA rankings at #54. Overall this season, Turner and Fanselow are a team-best 18-3 and 14-1 in dual play.
Also Nominated: Alex Wilton/Sebastian Bustamante, LMU; Nikola Bubnic/Nils Schive, USD
WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Alex Poorta, Saint Mary's, SR
Alex Poorta went 5-0 in singles play in the month of March, including a perfect 4-0 in conference play at the No. 1 spot, and did not drop a set the entire month. Poorta also received a No. 49 ranking in the ITA singles poll on March 29, her highest since she was No. 46 on February 14. Poorta opened up the month on March 5 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Julia Wartenburger of San Francisco, and then helped the Gaels sweep Loyola Marymount on March 11 with another 6-2, 6-0 win, this time over the Lion's April Bisharat. In SMC's upset win over then-No. 26 San Diego on March 13, Poorta easily defeated No. 96 Stephanie Hoffpauir 6-2, 6-1. Poorta topped Arianna Colffer of No. 30 Pepperdine 6-0, 6-3 on March 27, and then defeated No. 66 UC Santa Barbara's Jill Damion at the two spot 6-4, 6-0 on March 28 to close out the month.
Also Nominated: April Bisharat, LMU; Khunpak Issara, PEP; Valeska Hoath, POR; Laura Claus, USD
WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Maja Sujica/Anna Depenau, San Diego
The duo of Maja Sujica and Anna Depenau went 7-1 in doubles play during the month of March, including a current five-match winning streak. As a pair, they are second on the team with an 11-2 doubles record on the year.
Also Nominated: April Bisharat/Melissa Valenzuela, LMU; Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda, PEP; Clair Soper/Jenny Jullien, SMC
MEN'S GOLF - Josh Anderson, Pepperdine, JR
Josh Anderson posted two top-10 results during the month of March and he placed in the top 20 at all three of his tournaments. He tied for seventh at the Oregon Duck Invitational, tied for eighth at the USC Collegiate Invitational and tied for 19th at the General Hackler Championship. He averaged 72.38 strokes during eight rounds played in March. Four of those eight rounds were played below par. His excellent showing during March lifted him to #80 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin index.
Also Nominated: None
WOMEN'S GOLF - Danielle Kang, Pepperdine, SO
Danielle Kang took second place at the UNLV Spring Invitational and seventh place at the Bruin Wave Invitational during the two March tournaments that she completed. She tied for medalist honors at the UNLV Spring Invitational with a 10-under 206, but was beaten in a playoff. All three of her rounds were below-par and her score of 10-under was the third-best 54-hole score in school history. She helped Pepperdine to a team victory at the tournament as well. Kang was also entered at the Battle at the Rancho Bernardo Inn during March but withdrew after the first round due to injury. In her six rounds played during the month of March, she averaged 72.33 strokes. She ranked #12 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin at the end of the month.
Also Nominated: None
BASEBALL (PLAYER) - Matt Lowenstein, Loyola Marymount, SO
Wisdom was a big reason for the Gaels' 8-8 March, which included a win over No. 25 UC Irvine. Wisdom went 26-for-60 (.433) with 11 runs scored and six doubles, two home runs and 17 driven in. He posted a .633 slugging percentage, tallied 38 total bases, and went 3-for-5 in stolen bases. With runners in scoring position, Wisdom went 12-for-22 (.545). In the 16 games played, Wisdom had eight multi-hit games, including five two hit games, one three hit game and two four hit games. He also had six multiple RBI games One of his four hit games came against No. 11 Stanford when he went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Over the final six games of the month, Wisdom went 12-for-21 (.571) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and went a perfect 3-for-3 in SB/SBA.
Also Nominated: Matt Koch, LMU; Adam Clear, USF; Kyle DeMerritt, SCU
BASEBALL (PITCHER) - Mark Anderson, Saint Mary's, JR, RHP
Anderson had a historic month, going 4-1 in five starts with a miniscule 1.64 ERA. In three of his starts, he threw shutouts, including two complete game shutouts, the first nine inning complete game shutouts for SMC in five years. In 38.1 innings pitched, he has scattered 24 hits, nine runs, seven earned, with nine walks, while striking out 29. His WHIP (walks + hits/innings pitched) was an impressive 1.02, his k/9 was 6.81, while his k/bb ratio was 3.2.
Anderson began the month earning WCC Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete game shutout against No. 25 UC Irvine. In just 106 pitches he held the Anteaters to four hits, with one walk, while striking out six. UCI entered the game as one of the hottest hitting teams in college baseball, averaging 11.71 runs per game, and as a team were hitting .371 with seven starters hitting .340 or better. Anderson never let a player advance past second base.
In Anderson's second win of the month, he threw a combined shutout against UC Riverside, going 7.0 complete, allowing three hits, three walks, while striking out five, helping the Gaels hold on to the 2-0 win. Anderson got off to an impressive start, not allowing a hit until the bottom of the fourth.In his very next start, he needed just 107 pitches to throw his second consecutive shutout, and second complete game shutout of the month against New Orleans. In his fourth win of the month, Anderson scattered five hits over seven innings against Southern Utah. His three shutouts in March is now second all-time for shutouts in a season, one behind record holder Tom Candiotti.
Also Nominated: Alex Gillingham, LMU; Matt Maurer, PEP; Matt Hiserman, USF; J.R. Graham, SCU