Jan. 6, 2010
With the start of the conference season just around the corner, the West Coast Conference has announced its December Players of the Month. On the men's side, Saint Mary's Omar Samhan and Loyola Marymount's Vernon Teel shared the men's honor, while Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson took home the women's honor.
Men's Players of the Month
Vernon Teel, LMU
Junior Vernon Teel led the Lions to a 6-2 record on the month, including a road win at Notre Dame and an overtime win over Long Beach State. On the month, Teel averaged 16.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.88 steals per game. He finished hitting 53.4 percent from the field in the eight games and posted an assist/turnover ratio of 1.96 (51 assists vs. 26 turnovers). He earned his second double-double of his career and first of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Notre Dame. It was the Fighting Irish's first home loss since 2005. That win started a five-game winning streak that ended the month. He had his second double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win at Sacramento State. He then had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists in the win over Seattle to end 2009.
Omar Samhan, SMC
During the month of December, Omar Samhan averaged 21.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, while helping Saint Mary's post an 8-1 record, that included road wins at Utah State (snapping a 37-game home winnings streak for the Aggies) and Oregon. He also averaged 2.7 blocks per game while shooting 55.6 percent (75-135) from the floor and 79.7 percent (47-59) from the free throw line, while making 45 of his last 52 free throws (86.5 percent). Samhan was named the WCC Player of the Week twice during the month of December, the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 19.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 7.5 blocks in wins over Binghamton and Howard, and was named to the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in all nine games during the month, and had four double-doubles as he had four 10-rebound games. He tied a school record and set the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic when he had nine blocks against Howard, and SMC set a school record and a WCC record with 17 blocks against the Bison. For the season, he leads the WCC in scoring (20.8 ppg), rebounds (11.0) and blocks (2.5 bpg), while ranking 18th, sixth, and 17th in the country, respectively and leads the WCC with eight double-doubles this season. For his career, he now has 1,434 points, 900 rebounds, and 197 blocks and is 10 rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 in WCC history, and his 197 blocks currently rank fifth all-time in the WCC.
Women's Player of the Month
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Tomlinson led the Gaels to a 6-3 record in December, including a 6-game winning streak with four out of the six games on the road. In December, Tomlinson shot 59.6 percent from the field (53-89), averaged 16.2 points per game and 7.1 blocks per game, keeping her atop the WCC leader board in all three categories going into January's conference action. She is second in the WCC in rebounds (9.7 rpg), maintaining that in the month of December by averaging 9.4 rpg in nine games.
On December 3 in the win over Washington State, Tomlinson surpassed USD's Chris Enger (372) to become the new WCC leader in career blocks, recording 12 blocks to give her 373. In the win over Boise State on December 12, Tomlinson recorded 15 blocks, tying a WCC record of blocks in a game (Amy Lundquist, LMU vs. W. Illinois, 12/20/92). The junior was one shy of breaking the NCAA record of blocks in a game, still held by Sandora Irvin of TCU (16 vs. UAB, 1/16/05). The 12 blocks against the Cougars marked a new career high for Tomlinson, but it only lasted a few games before she broke it again with 15 blocks versus Boise State.
Tomlinson posted one triple-double and four double-double's in nine games. Her triple-double came in the 80-70 victory over Washington State, finishing with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 blocks. Going into January, Tomlinson leads the nation in triple-double's (3) and blocks (7.0 bpg). She is also seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (62.3).
Tomlinson was named WCC Co-Player of the Week for the week of December 7-13 for her outstanding efforts against Boise State.