Jan. 18, 2010
History was made over the weekend as Gonzaga's Heather Bowman became the WCC's all-time leading scorer in the game against San Diego as the Zags won both games over the weekend. She shares Player of the Week honors with Pepperdine's Miranda Ayim. On the men's side, Gonzaga's Elias Harris and Pepperdine's Lorne Jackson shared the weekly honor as both teams went 2-0 in the second week of conference play.
Men's Players of the Week
Elias Harris, GON
Harris averaged 25.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, shot 63.6 percent from the field (13-20) and had 4 blocks as Gonzaga went on road and defeated Saint Mary's and San Diego to open WCC play 3-0 with three straight road victories...scored season-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for third double-double of year in 89-82 win at Saint Mary's, then came back with 20 points and 9 rebound at USD. The 31 points was first Gonzaga 30-point game since Adam Morrison scored 35 in 2006 NCAA Tournament first-round game against Xavier...went 13-for-20 from field against the Gaels, 8-for-13 at USD.
Lorne Jackson, PEP
Jackson averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as Pepperdine defeated both Santa Clara and San Francisco and improved to 3-0 in the WCC for the first time since 2002 (the last time Pepperdine won part of the WCC title). He was Pepperdine's high scorer in both games. He had a career-high 21 points, tied his career high with six rebounds and had three assists in the win against San Francisco. Two days earlier, he led Pepperdine with 15 points and five assists in a one-point win over Santa Clara. He also made a key defensive play at the end by stripping the Broncos' ball-handler as time expired. Over the two games, Jackson shot 60% from the field (9-for-15), 60% on three-pointers (6-for-10) and 92% on free throws (12-for-13). He played 71 of a possible 80 minutes. For the season, Jackson is averaging 8.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
Women's Players of the Week
Heather Bowman, GON
Bowman became the new all-time leading scorer in West Coast Conference history, surpassing Martha Sheldon, of the University of Portland's mark of 1,953 scored from 1987-92. Bowman has now scored 1,956 points. Bowman went into GU's contest against San Diego needing 19 points to top Sheldon and finished with 21 to increase her WCC leading total to 1,956 career points. Bowman claimed the title at the 9:49 mark of the second half when she received a pass from sophomore Katelan Redmon and scored a fast break layup. One minute later she added to her total with her final bucket of the game.
Miranda Ayim, PEP
Ayim averaged 23.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as Pepperdine won twice on the road at Santa Clara and San Francisco. She has helped Pepperdine to a 3-0 league start, its best in the WCC since 2003 (the last time Pepperdine won a regular-season title). The Waves have also won seven of their last eight games. Ayim scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Santa Clara for her fourth double-double of the season. She made 14 of 24 shots and connected on her only three-point attempt. Then, she just missed another double-double with a game-high 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds at San Francisco. She also had six blocks at USF, her third time this season with at least six blocks. That moved her up to #3 on Pepperdine career blocked shot list (134). Over the two games, she hit 58% of her shots from the field (23-for-40). She scored nearly a third of Pepperdine's points over the weekend (47/150). For the season, she is averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.