Nov. 17, 2009
San Bruno, Calif. - WCC Live will be back on the air on tonight beginning at 8pm to finish its four part series previewing the men's and women's basketball seasons as well as feature a recap of the men's soccer season that has just wrapped up last weekend. The series will feature coaches from across the league as well as prominent student-athletes.
Fans can participate to ask the guests questions by calling the listener line at 646-378-1311 or emailing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, which can also be done ahead of time. To listen to the show live, just go to www.blogtalkradio.com/wccsports. Fans can also listen to any previous episode from the Podcentral tab on WCCSports.com or at www.wccsports.com/wcclive.
Appearing on this week's episode will be San Diego Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden, whose team just clinched the WCC regular season title last weekend. From women's basketball, we will be joined by Loyola Marymount Head Coach Julie Wilhoit and junior guard Renahy Young, Gonzaga Head Coach Kelly Graves and senior forward Heather Bowman, and Portland Head Coach Jim Sollars and senior guard Laiken Dollente.
Coach McFadden just led his team to the WCC regular season title with a draw against Saint Mary's last week to clinch the regular season championship. His team will take on the winner of the match between Wofford and UCSB in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on November 22nd.
Coach Wilhoit returns four starters from a team that tied for fourth place last season and is the winningest coach in program history. Young is coming off an All-WCC first team selection last season and already ranks in seven LMU all-time career and single season lists.
Coach Graves is coming off a historic season in which the Zags reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a victory over 5th seeded Xavier and a narrow defeat to 4th seeded Pittsburgh. Bowman, the 2008 WCC Player of the Year, has led the league in scoring over the past three seasons and has a chance to become the league's all-time leading scorer this season.
Coach Sollars had a historic season himself, leading the Pilots to their best record since the 1996-97 season with a second place finish. Portland went on to the WNIT, getting edged out by Portland State in the first round. Dollente, a two-time All-WCC first team selection, ranks third on the Pilots' all-time career list for three-pointers and has led the team in scoring in each of her three years.