Jan. 4, 2010
With the conclusion of the last week of non-conference play, the West Coast Conference announced its weekly Players of the Week. On the men's side, Gonzaga's Elias Harris and Loyola Marymount's Vernon Teel shared the award, while San Diego's Dominique Conners won the women's award.
Men's Player of the Week
Elias Harris, GON
Harris capped a 3-game week by collecting second double-double of the season with 19 points and 16 rebounds and hit game-winning shot with :12 to go in overtime as Gonzaga downed Illinois 85-83 at the United Center in Chicago...went 7-for-11 from field, 1-for-2 from 3-point range against Illini...began week with 22 points 22 points in 27 minutes against Eastern Washington University, going 9-for-11 from the field, hitting his only trey and grabbing 7 rebounds...against Oklahoma in final collegiate men's basketball game of the decade in the country scored 15 points and grabbed 9 boards in win over Oklahoma, going 5-for-6 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range...for week scored 56 points for 18.7 ppg, grabbed 24 rebounds for 10.7 rpg, went 21-for-28 from the field for 75.0 percent, 5-for-7 from 3-point range for 71.4 percent, 9-for-14 from the line for 64.3 percent, had 4 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals.
Vernon Teel, LMU
Teel led the Lions to another perfect week, going 2-0 with wins against Seattle and Cal State Bakersfield, extending the Lions' win streak to six games. Teel averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 4.0 steals in the wins. He led the Lions to their first 100-point game since 1998 with 24 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and four steals in the 104-89 win over Seattle on Wednesday at Gersten Pavilion. Then on Sunday at Bakersfield, he went for 17 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals in the 81-73 win over the Roadrunners. He finished the week hitting 11-for-25 from the field (44 percent) and 19-for-27 (70 percent) from the charity stripe. The wins extended the Lions streak to its longest since 1995-96 and moved their road winning streak to three games, the longest since the beginning of that same season.
Women's Player of the Week
Dominique Conners, USDConners helped lead USD to a 2-0 record and led the Toreros to their second consecutive Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic championship. Dominique Conners was named the MVP of the Tournament after pacing the Toreros with a 19.5 ppg average, while hitting on 50% of her shots (15-for-30), had six steals, one block anf averages 5.5 rebounds per game. Conners scored 19 points in the first round win over Nevada, then followed that up with a game-high 20 points in the win over Boston College in the championship game. In the championship game, Conners was the fuel for the Toreros fire, as she attacked the basket all game, and was sent to the free-throw line several times. Conners was 4-for-6 (.667)from beyond the arc for the week. On the season, Conners pases USD's offense with her 13.9 ppg average. Conners has now scored in double figures in four of the last five games.