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WCC Women's Basketball Rolls into Week Three of League Play

Jan. 8, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference is set to open week three of the league slate. Three WCC programs – BYU, Gonzaga and No. 24 San Diego – earned national top-25 votes this week. The Toreros continued to roll, improving to 15-0 and 4-0 in WCC play with home wins against Saint Mary’s and Pacific, sparked by NCAA National Player of the Week Amy Kame. USD cracked the top-25 in both national polls this week for the first time in program history. Pepperdine’s Bria Richardson turned in a 44-point performance in an overtime win against Santa Clara, the second-best tally in league history and just the fifth 40-point night by a WCC student-athlete. 


  • Through January 7, WCC teams own a 62.7% winning percentage vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for more.
  • WCC Teams rate in the top-25 among NCAA Division I leaders in numerous categories:  Assists - BYU (17th/18.2); Blocks - BYU (9th/5.9); Field Goal % - San Diego (21st/45.7); Free Throw % - Saint Mary’s (12th/77.3); 3P Field Goal % - Saint Mary’s (3rd/41.5); Scoring - Saint Mary’s (23rd/82.3); Steals - Gonzaga (12th/11.9); Scoring Defense - Gonzaga (9th/55.5), San Diego (23rd/56.5); Field Goal % defense - Gonzaga (15th/33.9); 3P FG% defense - Gonzaga (10th/25.3), San Diego (21st/26.2). Statistical data as of 1/5/14
  • BYU’s Jennifer Hamson is 3rd among Division I blocked shots leaders (3.9) and is 21st in field goal % (59.2); Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin (2nd/11) and BYU’s Jennifer Hamson (8th/10) and Pacific’s Kendall Kenyon (8th/10) rank in the top-10 in double-doubles; Gonzaga’s Jazmine Redmon is 5th in assist/turnover ratio (3.75) and BYU’s Kylie Maeda is 16th (2.88); Saint Mary’s Jackie Nared is 24th in scoring (21.3) and 3rd in 3-point field goal % (52.3); Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin is second in rebounds (13.9); Pacific’s Kendall Kenyon is 18th in rebounds (11.1);  Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer is 7th in steals (3.3), Pepperdine’s Bria Richardson is 24th (2.87), Pacific’s KiKi Moore is 25th (2.86); Saint Mary’s Lauren Nicholson in 4th in 3P FG% (49.2). Statistical data as of 1/5/14
  • Four WCC teams - San Diego (1), Gonzaga (2),  BYU (3) and Saint Mary’s (6)  - cracked this week’s mid-major top-25 poll as released by College Basketball Insiders.
  • Three WCC teams - Gonzaga (13), Saint Mary’s (15) and San Diego (22) are in this week’s RPI top-25.

WCC in National Trends
The WCC continues to rate in the top-six among Division I conferences in national trends as of Jan. 5.

Scoring: 6th (72.64 ppg)
Field Goal Percentage: 6th (41.93)
3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 6th (32.79)
Free Throw Percentage: 4th (70.02)
Rebounds: 6th (42.12 rpg)  

National Recognition
San Diego’s Amy Kame earned NCAA National Player of the Week (1/6) honors after leading the Toreros to a sweep against Saint Mary’s and Pacific. Kame is the second WCC student-athlete to earn national accolades in the last two weeks, joining Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin, who was named the ESPNW National Player of the Week (12/29) after leading the Gaels to an upset win against then-No. 24 Gonzaga. 

The West Coast Conference posted a strong non-conference resume.

  • The WCC posted winning records against three “power” conferences: the ACC (2-1), Big East (2-0), Big-10 (2-0).
  • The WCC went .500 (8-8) against the Pac-12 in 2013-14 and six schools collected at least one victory against a league member. BYU and Saint Mary’s each collected two victories vs. the Pac-12.
  • The WCC also turned in solid showings against the Mountain West (11-9), the Big West (14-11), the Big Sky (10-3) and the WAC (7-3).
    • The WCC did not post a losing record against a conference it played at least four games. 

Wednesday, January 8
San Diego at Portland - 7:00 p.m. 

Thursday, January 9              
BYU at Gonzaga – SWX - 6:00 p.m.
Pacific at San Francisco - 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s @ Santa Clara - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, January 11            
BYU at Portland - 2:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - 2:00 p.m.
Pacific at Santa Clara - 2:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Francisco - 2:00 p.m.
San Diego at Gonzaga - 2:00 p.m.

All times PST