Jan. 5, 2009
|CONFERENCE PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEK|
|After a demanding non-conference season, WCC teams turn their attention to conference play beginning this weekend. Conference play tips off on Friday as San Francisco hosts San Diego and Santa Clara travels to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's. On Saturday, Portland travels to Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount makes the short trip over to Malibu to take on rival Pepperdine. The first week of league action is capped on Sunday as Santa Clara hosts San Diego and Saint Mary's makes the trip across the Bay to take on San Francisco.
|MUST SEE TV|
|All seven WCC games this week will be televised. The week begins with a rematch of the Old Spice Classic championship game as Gonzaga travels to Tennessee on Wednesday in a contest televised on ESPN. Below is the complete upcoming schedule with TV networks listed in parenthesis.|
|GONZAGA BATTLES TENNESSEE|
|The Zags travel to Knoxville, TN to take on the Tennessee Volunteers this Wednesday. The game, televised on ESPN, is a rematch of the championship game of the Old Spice Classic. Gonzaga won the first meeting between the two teams, earning an 83-74 win at the Milk House in Lake Buena Vista, FL.|
|SAINT MARY'S CONTINUES WIN STREAK|
|Saint Mary's improved to 13-1 during its non-conference schedule, matching the best 14-game record in school history. The 13-1 record matches the start of the 1988-89 squad that posted a school record 16-1 start to open the year. With the win, Saint Mary's extended its winning streak to double-digits, winning its last 10 games. The 10-game win streak is the second longest in school history, and is three shy of the school record of 13 consecutive wins established by the 1958-59 team. What has been most impressive about the Gaels' winning streak is that eight of their 10 wins have come in neutral site or road games.|
|RECORD SETTING PERFORMANCES|
|The final week of non-conference play saw several record setting performances. San Diego's Gyno Pomare had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds in the Toreros' win at Mississippi State to become the program's all-time leading scorer. Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson became the Gaels' all-time leader in rebounds, surpassing Tom Meschery's mark, which stood since the end of 1960-61 season. Also, Loyola Marymount freshman Jarred Dubois turned in a magnificent performance in leading the Lions to their first win of the season; one filled with a tremendous amount of adversity.
Jarred DuBois, LMU
Gyno Pomare, USD
Diamon Simpson, SMC