Dec. 7, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the basketball season in full swing, the West Coast Conference announced its WCC Players of the Week selections. On the men's side, Saint Mary's Omar Samhan and Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin shared the award, while Saint Mary's Jontelle Smith and Gonzaga's Heather Bowman split the women's honor.
Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Omar Samhan, SMC
Samhan averaged 17.0 points and 15.0 rebounds to help SMC post a 2-0 record with road wins at San Jose State (W, 78-71) and Utah State (W, 68-63). Samhan averaged 34.5 minutes, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists, and shot .500 (15-30) from the floor for the week. with the Gaels trailing 45-33 at halftime, Samhan sparked the SMC come back by scoring 10 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and added two blocks in the second half against the Spartans, helping the Gaels comeback from 15 points down in the final 20 minutes.
Against two-time WAC Champion Utah State, Samhan led all players with 22 points and 17 rebounds, as Saint Mary's snapped the nation's second longest home winning streak (37 games) with a 68-63 win over the Aggies. Samhan was 10-for-18 from the floor, added two assists and one blocked shot.
Matt Bouldin, GON
Bouldin posted a career-high 28 points versus Washington State to help fuel a second-half comeback. He hit seven 3-pointers against WSU for a career-high and also hit two against Wake Forest. On the week, Bouldin averaged 25.0 points, 4.5 threes, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game for the week, while shooting 51.9 percent.
Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Jontelle Smith, SMC
Smith led the Gaels in scoring in the wins over Washington State (80-70) and Idaho (74-67) over the weekend. In the game against Washington State, Smith was a perfect 6-for-6 from 3-point land and 2-for-2 from the charity strip, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Against Idaho, Smith had a team-high 16 points, knocking down 4-of-6 3-pointers. On the weekend, SMC went 2-0 while on the road, marking the first time the Gaels have won consecutive non-conference road games under Paul Thomas' reign. She scored 10 points with two threes against UC Davis with four steals. Averages were 16.7ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 spg, and 4.0 three-pointers
Heather Bowman, GON
Bowman paced Gonzaga to a 3-0 by averaging 19.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per contest, while shooting a blistering 67.9 percent from the field and 87.5 percent at the charity stripe. Bowman started the week off scoring a game-high 22 points, including 16 in the second half, by hitting 8-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line and added eight rebounds and two steals in the Zags win over visiting Eastern Washington University. Bowman then poured in a game-high 24 points, 15 in the first half, in GU's victory at Montana State University. She hit 7-of-10 from the floor, and 10-of-11 at the free throw line. The Gonzaga's final game of the week, she scored a team-high 13 points, on 4-of-6 accuracy from the floor, and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes of action.