Dec. 7, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the completion of the soccer season, only volleyball and men's and women's basketball players were nominated for the WCC Player of the Month honor. As a conference, volleyball put together a competitive end to its season, while men's and women's basketball had a strong month. All sports had stellar performances from individuals on teams all across the conference. Below are the four players that were selected as November's WCC Players of the Month:
MEN'S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYERS OF THE MONTH: T.J. Campbell, POR & Omar Samhan, SMC
Senior T.J. Campbell helped lead Portland to its first national ranking in 50 years during the month of November by averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds as Portland went 5-1 for the month against top competition and finished No. 25 in the AP Poll. Campbell reached double figures in all six games, despite not attempting more than 10 field goals in any one game.
Campbell was also twice named the WCC Co-Player of the Week and earned 76 Classic All-Tournament honors after helping the Pilots to the title game with wins over UCLA and then-No. 16 Minnesota. He scored a career-high 23 points against the Gophers. The Pilots lost to No. 8 West Virginia in the championship game. Campbell shot 59.1 percent from the field, 51.7 percent from the three-point line and 85.4 percent at the foul line. The Phoenix, Ariz. native also helped Portland to wins over Eastern Washington, Seattle and Oregon. Against Seattle, Campbell logged 21 points and a career-best 11 assists.
During the month of November, Saint Mary's posted a 5-1 overall record and senior center Omar Samhan paced the Gaels by averaging a double-double with 19.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. His 19.2 points per game are second best in the WCC while his 11.7 rebounds per outing is tops in the conference. Samhan also scored in double figures all six games with four games of 12 or more rebounds and recorded a WCC best double-doubles in the month.
Samhan shot 60.8 percent from the floor overall and had a conference best 14 blocks (2.3 bpg). He also tied his career-high with 16 rebounds, with 17 points, in an 80-58 win over San Diego State. Four nights later, he established a new career-high with 19 points against Vanderbilt and was named the WCC Player of the Week. Against Cal Poly, Samhan scored a career-high 33 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, to help lead the Gaels to an 82-57 win.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Louella Tomlinson, SMC
In the month of November, Tomlinson led the West Coast Conference in scoring (17.2 avg/g), rebounding, (10.0 avg/g), and blocked shots (6.8 avg/g). She has recorded two triple-double's in six games, the first was on opening night in the victory over Idaho State (14 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocks), and the other in the win over Nevada on November 20 (18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks).
VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Kim Hill, PEP
Sophomore Kim Hill had a team-high 4.22 kills along with a remarkable .519 hitting percentage (97-16-156) during the Waves' final five matches of the season (four of which were wins). She also averaged 0.78 blocks and 4.72 points in 23 sets. She had at least 14 kills in each match and had 20 or more in three of the five matches, including a career-high 23 in the finale at San Francisco. Her big finish helped her to a .425 hitting percentage for the year, which ranks fifth in the country.