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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 4, 2011

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After wrapping up non-conference play on Monday night, all eight teams begin West Coast Conference play this week. Gonzaga begins their WCC slate at Portland on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Santa Clara makes the short drive to San Francisco for a 2:00 p.m. contest.


WCC Player of the Week: Kayla Standish, GON; Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Kayla Standish averaged a double-double in the Bulldogs' two contests this past week. She scored a season-high 23 points and hit 9-of-14 from the field in the Bulldogs' win over Seattle.Louella Tomlinson led the Gaels to a win on the road at Boise State, 71-57 on December 29th. Tomlinson scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and added five blocks.

Also Nominated: Renahy Young, LMU; Lauren Bell, PEP; Ricki Radanovich, SCU

Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll

Gonzaga was chosen as the favorite to claim the West Coast Conference women's basketball title for the third straight year in the 2010-11 preseason coaches poll. The Bulldogs, who received the maximum seven first place votes for a total of 49 points, edged out Saint Mary's, who received the remaining first place vote and totaled 43 points to finish second. Pepperdine, which finished third in this year's poll with 36 points, returns four starters from last year's team that finished second in the 2010 WCC Zappos.com Championships and made an NIT appearance. Loyola Marymount, Portland and San Diego were separated by a total of three points for picks four, five, and six, respectively. LMU received a total of 27 points, while Portland received 26 and San Diego tallied 24 points. Santa Clara was selected to finish seventh this season, with 12 points. San Francisco rounds out this year's poll with eight points.

2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga 49 (7)
2. Saint Mary's 43 (1)
3. Pepperdine 36
4. LMU 27
5. Portland 25
6. San Diego 24
7. Santa Clara 12
8. San Francisco 8

2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Rheina Ale, USF
Janelle Bekkering, GON
Dominique Conners, USD
Alex Cowling, LMU
Laiken Dollente, POR
Lena Gipson, SCU
Jazmine Jackson, PEP
Katelan Redmon, GON
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Renahy Young, LMU

Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
This season, three WCC women's basketball games will appear on national TV on the CBS College Network as well as ESPNU. Two of the games will air on the CBS College Network, with the WCC Tournament championship game from Las Vegas airing on ESPNU.

WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule

Jan. 13Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 6:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Jan. 27Gonzaga at Saint Mary's - 6:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Mar. 7WCC Tournament Championship - 12:00 pm (PT) ESPNU

WCC Lives Returns to the "Airwaves"
The West Coast Conference is proud to announce the return of its weekly Internet radio show, WCC Live. The hour-long show is hosted by Jeff Lampe and features interviews with WCC coaches and student-athletes throughout the basketball season. WCC Live premieres with a new live stream every Wednesday at 8 p.m., with an archive available on-demand and for free download. Listeners can call in to the show as it airs live each week, and can also interact with guests through e-mail and Twitter. The show returns on Wednesday, January 5 and can be found at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/WCCsports.Fans can call in and chat live with the host and guests by calling (877) 779-6383 or by e-mailing their questions to radio@westcoast.org.

On this week's show:

  • LMU Head Coach Max Good

  • Portland Senior Forward Luke Sikma

  • Gonzaga Head Women's Coach Kelly Graves

  • Pepperdine Radio Broadcaster Al Epstein

    "The Road to Las Vegas" Returns

    The start of WCC play marks the retun of the WCC's "The Road to Las Vegas" weekly web video show, "The Road to Las Vegas." Each Wednesday, a new "Road to Las Vegas" show will premiere on WCCsports.com, leading up to the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships in March. Join host Ted Robinson and various WCC TV correspondents as they present WCC coaches and student-athletes up-close in a fun setting. New episodes can be found on WCCsports.com each week, and are available for viewing on-demand.

    On this week's show:

  • My Town with USD women's point guard Dominique Conners

  • 60 Seconds with Santa Clara's Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini

    WCC Women's Basketball Launches 2010-11 "Be A Part of It" Campaign
    After successfully increasing women's basketball attendance by 24% and season ticket sales by 11% across the league with the help of the NCAA Women's Basketball Grant last year, the West Coast Conference looks to improve on exposure and attendance during the 2010-11 season with the WCC "Be A Part of It" campaign.

    Be A Part of It, a conference-wide community service initiative, encourages WCC fans to come to basketball games and support their favorite WCC basketball teams both on and off the court. Over a series of four games determined by each school, fans will be invited to take part in various community service initiatives, such as WBCA's Pink Zone and Soles4Souls.

    The WCC was one of two conferences selected to receive a women's basketball grant by the NCAA as part of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant Program. This is the second consecutive year the WCC was granted funding by the NCAA to "increase awareness, exposure and attendance of women's basketball."

    Each WCC women's basketball program will launch unique websites during thenon-conference and conference season to promote its "Be A Part of It" series. In addition, fans who visit their team's website and invite 10 or more Facebook friends to "Be A Part of It" online will be entered to win a three-night hotel stay at the Orleans Hotel and two all-session passes to the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships. Also as part of the campaign, the WCC launched its official Facebook game "Shoot2Hoop", which invites all WCC fans to play for two all-session passes to the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships.

    Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Breaks NCAA Career Blocks Record
    Senior Louella Tomlinson set the NCAA career record for blocked shots with her 536th career blocked shot on Saturday, November 27th against Wisconsin. Tomlinson's rejection late in the game broke Division II's Saint Paul's LaKisha Phifer's previous mark.

    Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
    Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot was named to the preseason Women's John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are early frontrunners for the college basketball's most prestigious honor.

    Vandersloot becomes the second Bulldog in school history to be nominated for the award in back-to-back seasons as she also made the list in 2009. Former Zag Heather Bowman is the only other player to make the prestigious list twice, earning the nod in 2008 and 2009.

    She currently leads the NCAA and WCC with 9.6 assists per game.

    This list is composed of 31 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.

    The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.

    WCC Returning Record Setters
    The WCC returns seven players who are already in the the league's all-time season and career record books.

    Record     Player                 Place   TotalAssists (S) Courtney Vandersloot, GON  1      321Rebounds (S)Louella Tomlinson, SMC   2   343Rebounds (S)    Lena Gipson, SCU           6      319Blocks (S)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC   1      195Steals (S) Courtney Vandersloot   3      121FG Pct. (S) Ashlee Smith              22      60.9Blocks (C)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC   2      318

    S= Season, C= Career

    All-WCC Performers Highlight Squads
    Five All-WCC performers return to their respective squads this year, along with six players that earned honorable mention honors last season. Gonzaga returns 2-time WCC Player of the Year Courtney Vandersloot, who is also a two-time WCC Tournament MVP. LMU returns Alex Cowling, while Saint Mary's brings back Louella Tomlinson, who won Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row. Santa Clara's Lena Gipson rounds out the returning all-conference players.

    Player            YR  PPGDominique Conners, USD    JR  16.3Alex Cowling, LMU    JR  17.5Lena Gipson, SCU    RS-SR 12.6Louella Tomlinson, SMC    SR  16.9Courtney Vandersloot, GON   SR  14.1



    Overall Record: 13-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga won one game and lost another at the State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic hosted by Seattle University at the Key Arena last week. The Bulldogs fell 70-61 to #16 Notre Dame on Wednesday and beat Seattle 91-64 on Thursday. Gonzaga then wrapped up their non-conference schedule with a 102-61 victory over Southern Utah on Monday night.

  • Junior forward Kayla Standish contributed a game-high 23 points in the win over Seattle on Thursday. Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot added 14 points, eight assists and seven steals. Vandersloot leads the NCAA with 9.6 assists per game.

  • Vandersloot led the way with 20 points and 12 assists in the win over Southern Utah onMonday night.

  • The Bulldogs begin their Conference slate on Saturday at Portland. Game-time is set for 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 6-8
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Senior guard Renahy Young scored 22 points and LMU snapped a three-game losing streak with a 61-52 victory over Seattle on the first day of the Holiday Hoops Classic on Wednesday night at Key Arena in Seattle. The Lions then fell 91-47 to #16 Notre Dame on Thursday.

  • The Lions played a majority of their non-conference schedule without preseason All-WCC selection and leading scorer Alex Cowling, who is out for the year with a foot injury.

  • The Lions open up West Coast Conference action on Thursday night at Saint Mary's at 7:00 p.m followed by a trip to San Diego on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 9-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine overcame a nine-point second half deficit to win 65-61 at UC Riverside on Tuesday. The Waves shot a season-best 54.5 percent from three-point range in a 66-43 victory at Colorado State on Sunday afternoon.

  • The Waves totaled 24 steals and scored 22 points off of 24 UC Riverside turnovers.Pepperdine is first in the WCC and eighth in the NCAA with 13.9 steals per game.

  • Redshirt junior guard Katie Menton scored all 17 of her points in the first half in the win at Colorado State on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Jazmine Jackson finished with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds.

  • The Waves open WCC play on Thursday night at San Diego in their lone game of the week. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 9-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Senior guard Tara Cronin led the Pilots with 14 points in a 64-62 loss at Portland State on Tuesday night. The Pilots then lost 71-66 against Idaho on Thursday night at the Chiles Center.

  • Portland shot 43.9 percent in the loss at Portland State. The Pilots are second in the WCC with 71.7 points per contest.

  • Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam led the Pilots with 13 points in the loss against Idaho, while freshman guard/forward Cassandra Brown registered a career high with 12 points. TecleMariam tallied four steals in the contest. As a team, the Pilots rank 10th in the NCAA with 13.7 steals per contest.

  • The Pilots open WCC play on Saturday against Gonzaga. The game is set to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. at the Chiles Center.
  • Overall Record: 8-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's defeated Boise State 71-57 on Wednesday night at the Taco Bell Arena. Senior forward Louella Tomlinson led four Gaels in double figures with 18 points, adding eight rebounds and five blocks.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith added 15 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Alex Carbonel added 14 points and sophomore guard Kate Gaze scored 13 in the win over Boise State. Smith is third in the WCC with 16.5 points per game.

  • Tomlinson sits atop the NCAA rankings in blocked shots per game. She is averaging 5.3 swats per contest. As a team, the Gaels are seventh in the nation with seven blocks per game.

  • Saint Mary's returns to action for their WCC opener when it hosts Loyola Marymount on Thursday at McKeon Pavillion. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 9-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Behind a career-high 20 points from redshirt-senior center Nya Mason and a game-high 25 points from junior guard Dominique Conners,San Diego defeated Hofstra 85-83 in overtime on Tuesday evening in the opening game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros then fell 81-57 to #23 Texas on Thursday.

  • Conners shot 10 of 15 from the floor in the win over Hofstra on Tuesday. She is fifth in the Conference with 15.5 points per game.

  • Senior guard Sam Child led all scorers with 19 points in the loss against #23 Texas on Thursday. Senior forward Emily Hatch recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds.

  • San Diego opens up its WCC slate when it host Pepperdine on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 3-11
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco took a 28-point lead into halftime en route to an 85-57 victory over the Academy of Art on Wednesday at War Memorial Gym. The Dons then fell 79-77 in overtime to Mount Saint Mary's on Friday afternoon.

  • Redshirt senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney led USF with 16 points, four assists, a steal and a block in the win over the Academy of Art. Junior guard Vania Singleterry added 10 points and seven rebounds.

  • The Dons sank 12 three-pointers in the loss against Mount Saint Mary's on Friday. Mullaney led the attack with five baskets from beyond the arc. She is now fourth in the WCC with a .417 three-point field goal percentage.

  • The Dons will open their West Coast Conference season on Saturday when Santa Clara visits the Hilltop. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at War Memorial Gym.
  • Overall Record: 4-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Sophomore guard Meagan Fulps scored 22 points and had a career-high eight rebounds in a 73-65 win at Cal Poly on Thursday. The Broncos then defeated San Jose State 44-37 on Sunday afternoon at the Event Center.

  • Junior guard Alyssa Shoji scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half in the win at Cal Poly. Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson pulled down 11 rebounds. She leads the WCC and is 10th in the NCAA with 11.4 rebounds per game.

  • Freshman guard Ricki Radanovich led all scorers with 19 points in the win at San Jose State on Sunday afternoon. The 37 points allowed by the Broncos was the lowest point total allowed by any WCC team this season.

  • The Broncos open up WCC play on Saturday at USF. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.