Feb. 1, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif --With the first half of conference play in the books, the West Coast Conference has announced its Players of the Week. San Francisco's Dior Lowhorn won the men's award, while Portland's Alexis Gannis and Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson shared the women's honor.
Men's Player of the Week
Dior Lowhorn, USF
Lowhorn powered USF to a thrilling overtime victory against No. 13/8 Gonzaga with a game-high 22 points - 17 coming after halftime. After a 2-for-6 start, the San Franciscan connected on his 6-of-12, including a four 3-pointers - two coming in the overtime session. The preseason All-American nailed a clutch 3-pointer to force overtime against Gonzaga and sealed it with two from deep in bonus basketball.
It was the 47th 20-plus point night of Lowhorn's distinguished career and the 11th of 2009-10. For the weekend, Lowhorn averaged 17 points on .480 (12-25) from the field to go along with nine rebounds per game.
Lowhorn became the eighth player to surpass 1,600 career points in the Green and Gold, finishing with 1,608. Lowhorn ranks eighth on the all-time scoring list 29 points from passing Naismith Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell (1953-56), who finished with 1,636.
Women's Players of the Week
Alexis Gannis, POR
Gannis shot 15-for-18 (.833) from the field and averaged 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds to help the Pilots pick up home wins over San Francisco and Santa ClaraDuring Thursday's 53-50 win over USF, she scored 20 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds, becoming the first Pilot to record that many boards since Rachel Warren in 2006; missed just two shots, going 7-for-9 from the field, while hitting six free throws and scoring Portland's final 11 points of the game; the double-double is her fifth of the season On Saturday, she missed just one shot (8-for-9) from the floor en route to 16 points during UP's 73-65 win over Santa Clara; she grabbed seven boards to help the Pilots win their fourth straight game Also averaged 2.5 steals per game during the weekend.
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Tomlinson led the Gaels with game-high's in points and rebounds in both victories over the weekend...Tomlinson posted back-to-back double-double's last weekend, 13th and 14th of the season, finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds against Pepperdine and 19 points and 12 rebounds versus Loyola Marymount...she recorded 13 blocks on the weekend, putting her 15 blocks away from breaking the NCAA D-I career record in blocks...on the weekend, Tomlinson averaged 24.0 ppg and 13.5 rpg, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (17-for-34) to bump her season averages to 17.8 ppg and 10.2 rpg...the Gaels are on a four-game winning streak and finished the first half of conference with a 6-1 record, a feat that has not been accomplished since the 1999-2000 season.