Jan. 18, 2011
|WCC ACTION KICKS OFF THIS WEEK|
|All eight teams competed in West Coast Conference play last week. Gonzaga remains the last unbeaten team in WCC play.
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Player of the Week: Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Also Nominated: Camille Buckley, LMU; Skye Barnett, PEP; Jasmine Smith, SMC; Sam Child, USD; Meagan Fulps, 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
2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule
Jan. 13Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 6:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
WCC Lives Returns to the "Airwaves"
On this week's show:
"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:
WCC Women's Basketball Launches 2010-11 "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
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
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 9.2, ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.82 and 20th in double-doubles with eight. She is also averaging 17.5 points and 2.9 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
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
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
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