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Second Half of #WCChoops Season Begins Thursday

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – A Thursday night meeting between a pair of teams that sit two games behind the league-leaders highlights the start of the second half of conference play as the West Coast Conference approaches the final nine games of the season. Gonzaga (6-3) visits Santa Clara (6-3) Thursday at 6 p.m. on TheW.tv as both teams look to remain in the hunt for the WCC title behind co-league leaders BYU (8-1) and San Diego (8-1), two teams currently receiving votes in the Associated Press poll.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • BYU’s Kalani Purcell was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/1PxLAgN 
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is open. CLICK HERE
  • Two West Coast Conference programs are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll: San Diego (9 points) and BYU (7 points). The Cougars are also receiving 17 points in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Toreros improved by six points and the Cougars by five points from last week.
  • Two West Coast Conference programs were highlighted by Charlie Creme in his latest Bracketology projection (January 25). BYU was bumped up one spot for the second straight projection to a 9-seed, and San Diego remains in its spot as an 11-seed.
  • Two West Coast Conference student-athletes rank within the top 25 in the country in total points scored this season. BYU’s Lexi Rydalch is third with 467 points. San Diego’s Malina Hood is 23rd with 393 points.
  • The West Coast Conference finished non-conference play with a 10-16 record against the Power 5 conferences, finishing with winning or even records against the ACC (1-1), Big Ten (1-0) and Big 12 (2-1) while also earning victories against the Pac-12 (5-11) and SEC (1-3).
  • BYU senior All-American Lexi Rydalch ranks fifth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,204 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (129/4th), field goals (743/7th), field goal attempts (1,732/4th), free throws (529/2nd) and free throw attempts (699/2nd).
  • Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego and currently sits second in the league record book by just 15 points (2,204) behind the league’s all-time scoring leader in Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13) with 2,219 points. 

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 28
Gonzaga at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
San Diego at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
Portland at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
BYU at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 30
BYU at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
Pacific at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
Portland at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Gonzaga at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
San Diego at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.

All times Pacific