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Voting Concluded for 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics Team powered by Zappos.com

Voting for the last spot on the 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics Team powered by Zappos.com. The first to the 24th spots were voted on by Senior Women's Administrators from each WCC member institution, conference staff, and select media, with the last spot to be determined by fan voting.

The remaining candidates are Kelley Cunningham (GON, Volleyball), Valerie Gillon (USF, Basketball), Lindsey Huie (POR, Soccer), Melissa King Fisher (SCU, Basketball), Angela Lawrence (PEP, Tennis), and Carolina Llano (PEP, Golf).

With a tradition that includes national championships, All-Americans and countless NCAA Tournament appearances, the West Coast Conference has established itself as a national force in collegiate women's athletics. The 2009-10 school year marks the 25th anniversary of when the WCC began sponsoring women's athletics. The Conference is celebrating the historic milestone with the WCC 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics campaign, powered by Zappos.com. The campaign is a season-long celebration of 25 years of WCC women's athletics excellence.

The WCC began sponsoring women's athletics in 1985 with volleyball, cross-country, basketball, and tennis entering their first years of conference competition. The WCC added women's soccer as a conference sport in 1992, followed by women's rowing and women's golf in 1997.

In 25 years, the WCC has established itself as one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, winning three national titles. In women's volleyball, the WCC is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, sending the highest percentage of teams from one conference into the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Women's basketball has been equally as impressive sending multiple teams into the postseason for 10 consecutive seasons. In women's tennis, San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova won the NCAA singles championship in 1999, while in women's golf, Pepperdine has established itself as a perennial national power with four top five finishes in the NCAA Championship. In women's rowing, Gonzaga has won 12 of the previous 13 WCC Championships, while Portland has dominated the WCC Cross Country Championships, winning 19 of the 25 conference titles.

Below are the candidates for the remaining spot on the WCC's 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics powered by Zappos.com


25th Anniversary Candidates

ATHLETE CAREER NOTES

KELLEY CUNNINGHAM, GON
VOLLEYBALL 1989-1992

  • Two-time All-WCC First Team

  • All-WCC Second Team

  • WCC Honorable Mention

  • All-time Gonzaga kills leader (1,964)

  • WCC Player of the Year (1992)

  • NCAA Tournament Team (1992)

  • GU Champion NCAA Women of the Year

  • AVCA All-Region; Honorable Mention All-America
  • VALERIE GILLON, USF
    BASKETBALL 1993-1996
  • Named USF "Legend of the Hilltop" (2006)

  • Two-time WCC Tournament MVP (1995, 96)

  • Powered USF to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (1995-96); propelled the Dons to the NCAA Sweet 16 (1996)--the furthest a WCC team has ever advanced

  • Inducted into USF Athletics Hall of Fame (2003)

  • WCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (1996)

  • Ranks in the USF career top-10 in six categories despite playing just three seasons
  • LINDSEY HUIE, POR
    SOCCER 2002-2005
  • Four-time All-American; Three-time First Team (2003, 04, 05)

  • NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team (2005)

  • Four-time All-WCC First Team honoree (2002, 03, 04, 05)

  • Fifth in WCC career assists (48) and 11th in career points (110)

  • Two-time NCAA Champion (2002, 05)

  • First Team Freshman All-America (2002)

  • WCC Freshman of the Year (2002)

  • Second in Portland history in assists and fifth in career points
  • MELISSA KING FISHER, SCU
    BASKETBALL 1990-1993
  • School-record 1,789 points

  • Two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year

  • Three-straight WCC regular-season titles, WNIT championship (1991) and first trip to the NCAA Tournament (1992)

  • Santa Clara's first women's basketball All-American

  • All-time records for points, scoring average, field goals, free throws and steals

  • Santa Clara University and its athletic department officially retired her jersey #21 (2009)
  • ANGELA LAWRENCE, PEP
    TENNIS 1995-1999
  • Pepperdine's 2nd four-time women's tennis All-American

  • Two-time All-WCC singles; Three-time All-WCC doubles

  • Final national doubles ranking in top 10 all 4 years (#5 in 1996)

  • Two-time NCAA doubles quarterfinalist (1996, 99)

  • #25 final singles rankings (1999), #30 final rankings (1998)

  • Won doubles title at Riviera (1997); Rolex Regional (1996)

  • Team won 4 WCC titles, made NCAA Round of 16 3 times

  • Four-time WCC All-Academic selection
  • CAROLINA LLANO, PEP
    GOLF 2002-2006
  • Three-time All-American (twice on 2nd team, once hon. men.)

  • Only person to be 3-time medalist at WCC Championships

  • Four-time All-WCC first team, WCC Freshman of the Year (2003)

  • Three top-20 individual finishes at NCAA Championships

  • Third in Pepperdine scoring average (73.95)

  • Team won 4 WCC titles, had 3 top 4 finishes at NCAAs

  • NGCA All-American Scholar (2006); 3-time WCC All-Academic

  • Member of the LPGA Tour since 2008