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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 11, 2011

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All eight teams began West Coast Conference play last week. Loyola Marymount came out with a 2-0 record, while Gonzaga and Santa Clara won their only contests of the week.


WCC Player of the Week: Renahy Young, LMU
Senior Renahy Young had an historic week to help LMU to its first 2-0 start in conference play since 2005-06. She topped 20 points in both games, giving her a career-best four straight games scoring 20-or-more points while also becoming LMU's career leader in free throws made. For the week, Young averaged 23.0 points, 3.0 steals, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists whileshooting 45.5% from the floor, 35.7% from three, and 11-for-11 at the line.

Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Robie Mayberry, PEP; Lena Gipson, 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:

  • Collegerpi.com's Jerry Palm

  • Loyola Marymount Women's Senior Guard Renahy Young

    "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:

  • West Coast Conference Week One Highlights

  • 60 Seconds with LMU's Vernon Teel and Anthony Ireland

  • A sit-down interview with USF head women's coach Jennifer Azzi

    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 Midseason John R. Wooden Midseason Top 20Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Named to Midseason John R. Wooden Midseason Top 20
    Gonzaga University women's basketball senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot has been named one of the top 20 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball honor.

    The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 lost was announced on Tuesday, January 11th by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who will compete for this season's player of the year award and the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season.

    Vandersloot, who was the inaugural Bulldog to make the list in 2009-10, now becomes the first two-time midseason honoree and is one of an unprecedented nine players from the 2010 Wooden Award ballot to return to the midseason list in 2011.The Kent, Wash. native leads the nation in assists per contest at 9.4, fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.18 and 11th in double-doubles with eight. She is also averaging 17.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.

    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: 13-4
    WCC Record: 1-0
  • Gonzaga opened up their WCC slate with an 81-55 win at Portland on Saturday afternoon. The victory was the third straight for the Bulldogs.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot is ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in four major statistical categories, including first in assists with 9.4 per contest. As a team, Gonzaga is ranked first in the NCAA with 20.3 assists per game. They are also third in scoring offense (85.6 points per game).

  • Gonzaga next plays at Pepperdine on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. in a game that can be seen on CBS College Sports. The Bulldogs then play at Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 8-8
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Loyola Marymount is 2-0 in WCC play for the first time since 2005-06 following a 65-53 win over Saint Mary's on Thursday night at McKeon Pavilion and a 70-53 victory at San Diego on Saturday.

  • After missing the first eight games of the season with a broken foot, WCC Player of the Week senior guard Renahy Young averaged 23.0 points, 3.0 steals, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 45.5% from the floor, 35.7% from three, and 11-for-11 at the line last week.

  • The Lions held San Diego to 53 points on Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, which was the fourth opponent in the last five games that LMU kept under 54 points. They are holding their opponents to 62.2 points per game, which is second in the West Coast Conference.

  • The Lions return home this week to host Portland on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 10-6
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • Pepperdine split their first two West Coast Conference games last week, beating San Diego 69-52 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday and dropping a 72-68 contest at Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon.

  • Pepperdine will host Gonzaga on Thursday night in a game that can be seen on CBS College Sports at 6:00 p.m. The Waves will then welcome Portland on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 9-7
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • Portland dropped its first WCC contest in an 81-55 loss to Gonzaga on Saturday at the Chiles Center. The setback was the Pilots' fourth straight loss.

  • Senior center/forward Lauren Angel paced the Pilots with 18 points in the loss. Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam dished out a team-high six assists. She is averaging 5.6 assists per game this season, which is second in the WCC and 22nd in the NCAA.

  • The Pilots will hit the road this week when they travel to Southern California to face Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Pepperdine on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 9-8
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • Saint Mary's broke even in their first two West Coast Conference contests, falling 65-53 to Loyola Marymount on Thursday and defeating Pepperdine 72-68 on Saturday at McKeon Pavilion.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith scored a game-high 24 points and senior forward Louella Tomlinson added 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in the win over Pepperdine.

  • Tomlinson leads the NCAA with 5.2 blocked shots per game. She is also third in the WCC with nine rebounds per contest and eighth in scoring with 13.4 points per game. Her two triple-doubles this season also lead the NCAA.

  • The Gaels won't have to travel far this week as they play at San Francisco on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and Santa Clara on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 9-6
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • San Diego dropped its first two contests of Conference play, losing 69-52 to Pepperdine on Thursday night and 70-53 to Loyola Marymount on Saturday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

  • Senior guard Sam Child led all scorers with 17 points on 7-for-18 shooting from the field in the loss to Pepperdine, including hitting on three of four from beyond the arc. Senior forward Emily Hatch posted her seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Her seven double-doubles are the 20th most in the NCAA this season.

  • Overall Record: 3-12
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • San Francisco fell 69-50 to Santa Clara in their Conference-opener on Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.

  • Redshirt-senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney led the Dons with 10 points in the loss. It was the fifth straight game that Mullaney has led the Dons in scoring and her fourth consecutive contest with 10-plus points.

  • Sophomore forward Bailey Barbur added nine points for the Dons, while junior guard Rheina Ale posted eight. Ale ranks in the top 30 in the WCC with 7.4 points per game and she is also second with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.

  • San Francisco continues its six-game home stand when it welcomes Saint Mary's to War Memorial Gym on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The Dons will then take on San Diego on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 5-10
    WCC Record: 1-0
  • Santa Clara defeated San Francisco 69-50 on Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The win was the third straight for the Broncos and their fifth in seven tries.

  • Redshirt forward Lena Gipson shot a perfect eight for eight from the field and finished with a game-high 17 points. Gipson also pulled down five rebounds. She is 11th in the nation with 11 boards per contest.

  •  Senior forward Kathy Willinsky got her first start of the season and responded by scoring 12 points and clearing a team-best seven rebounds. Junior guard Alyssa Shoji chipped in eight points of her own, including two for two from three-point range.

  • Next up for Santa Clara is a pair of home games. The Broncos will host San Diego onThursday at 7 p.m. and Saint Mary's on Saturday at 2 p.m.