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Seeding On The Line As #WCChoops Heats Up

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – For the second consecutive week, a team tied for third-place in the West Coast Conference women’s basketball standings get its shot at the top two teams in the league as Santa Clara (9-3) hits the road to face league leaders BYU (12-1) and second-place San Diego (11-2). A total of nine games are on tap as WCC play winds down to the final three weeks of the season.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • BYU’s Lexi Rydalch was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/20TTPvQ 
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is open. CLICK HERE
  • BYU is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll for the fourth consecutive week, sitting 29th with 20 points. The Cougars are also receiving 44 points in the USA Today Coaches poll, sitting 26th overall.
  • One West Coast Conference program is highlighted by Charlie Creme in his latest Bracketology projection (February 8). BYU was bumped up one spot for the fourth straight projection to a 7-seed. The Cougars have an RPI of 12 entering the week. 
  • 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 fourth with 593 points. San Diego’s Malina Hood is 24th with 453 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 remains fourth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,330 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (133/4th), field goals (787/7th), field goal attempts (1,817/4th), free throws (551/2nd) and free throw attempts (728/2nd).
  • Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego and surpassed Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13; 2,219 points) as the WCC women’s basketball all-time leading scorer.  With 2,330 career points, she is 161 shy of passing Hank Gathers (LMU) as the WCC all-time leader regardless of gender.
  • BYU senior guard Lexi Rydalch was named the WCC Player of the Week, marking the fifth consecutive week that a Cougar earned the honor after Kalani Purcell took the award three consecutive weeks before Rydalch also claimed the honor last week.

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 11
San Francisco at BYU – BYUtv - 5 p.m.
Santa Clara at San Diego - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
Pacific at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 13
Santa Clara at BYU - BYUtv - 11 a.m.
Pacific at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
San Francisco at San Diego - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Portland at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.