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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 18, 2011

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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
Courtney Vandersloot helped Gonzaga to two WCC road victories last week. The point guard averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the charity stripe. Vandersloot nearly had a triple-double in the Zags six-point victory at Loyola Marymount, scoring a game-high 22 points, handed out nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds, along with two steals.

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
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:

  • WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich

  • Saint Mary's junior women's guard Jasmine Smith

  • "The Road to Las Vegas" Correspondent George Devine

    "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 Two Highlights

  • 60 Seconds With Pepperdine's Keion Bell and Joshua Lowery

  • A chat with the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots, SMC's Louella Tomlinson

    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 9.2, 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
    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


  • WCC TEAM NOTES

    SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

    Overall Record: 15-4
    WCC Record: 3-0
  • Gonzaga won their fifth game in a row with an 80-59 win at Pepperdine on Thursday night on CBS College Sports and a 65-59 victory at Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon, handing the Lions their first WCC loss.

  • Junior forward Kayla Standish poured in a career-high 27 points in the win at Pepperdine. Standish is fourth in the WCC with 16.1 points per contest. Gonzaga is fourth in the NCAA with 84.2 points per game.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot scored 22 points and dished out nine assists in the win at LMU on Saturday. Vandersloot leads the NCAA with 9.2 assists per game. As a team, the Bulldogs are first in the NCAA with 19.9 assists per contest.

  • The Bulldogs will be home for the first time in Conference play when they host Santa Clara on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. They will then welcome San Francisco on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 9-9
    WCC Record: 3-1
  • Loyola Marymount split their two WCC games last week, beatingPortland 78-70 on Thursday night and losing 65-59 to Gonzaga on Saturday in a battle of unbeatens.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young led all scorers with 22 points in the win over the Pilots. Junior guard Candice Nichols was right behind with 21 of her own. Nichols is sixth in the Conference with 13.9 points per game.

  • Nichols led the Lions with 16 points in the loss to Gonzaga. LMU overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to close within four points late, but the Bulldogs were able to hold off the Lions down the stretch.

  • LMU closes out its three-game homestand next Saturday at 2 p.m. against Pepperdine. The game will be the third in the "Be A Part of It" series and all fans will receive $3 off admission.
  • Overall Record: 11-7
    WCC Record: 2-2
  • Pepperdine couldn't slow Gonzaga in an 80-61 loss on Thursday night in a game televised on CBS College Sports. The Waves then rebounded for a 68-58 victory in overtime over Portland on Saturday.

  • Four different Waves reached double-figures in the loss to Gonzaga, including junior guard Jazmine Jackson with 18 points. Jackson is seventh in the WCC with 13.8 points per game. Junior forward Skye Barnett recorded the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Redshirt junior guard Katie Menton led all scorers with 17 points in the overtime-victory over the Pilots on Saturday. Menton was good on four of six three-point field-goal attempts as well. She leads the WCC with 2.5 three-point field-goals made per contest.

  • Pepperdine will travel to Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. matchup.


  • Overall Record: 9-9
    WCC Record: 0-3
  • Portland fell 78-70 at Loyola Marymount on Thursday night, then dropped a 68-58 overtime contest at Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon.

  • Senior guard Tara Cronin led the Pilots with 16 points and senior center/forward Lauren Angel was close behind with 13 points in the loss at LMU on Thursday.

  • Portland tallied 12 total steals in the overtime-loss at Pepperdine on Saturday. Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam recorded four steals. TecleMariam is third in the Conference with 2.7 steals per game. As a team, the Pilots are second in the WCC and 12th in the NCAA with 13 steals per contest this season.

  • Portland will host a pair of WCC-contests this week. They will first welcome San Francisco on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. matchup, followed by Santa Clara on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 11-8
    WCC Record: 3-1
  • Saint Mary's went 2-0 against their Bay Area rivals last week, winning 73-51 at San Francisco on Thursday night and 77-68 at Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jazmine Smith led the Gaels with 16 points in the win over the Dons. She is third in the WCC with 17.2 points per game.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson poured in 17 points along with eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Gaels in the win at Santa Clara. Tomlinson leads the NCAA with 5.1 blocks per contest. As a team, the Gales are fifth in the nation with 6.7 blocked shots per game. They are also 29th with a 74.5 free-throw percentage.

  • Saint Mary's will travel to San Diego for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday afternoon.
  • Overall Record: 10-7
    WCC Record: 1-3
  • San Diego went 1-1 in their road-trip to the Bay Area last week. The Toreros fell 62-57 at Santa Clara on Thursday night before rebounding for a 72-60 win at San Francisco on Saturday.

  • Senior guard Sam Child had a game-high 19 points for the Toreros in the loss at Santa Clara. Junior guard Dominique Conners added 17. Child is 10th in the Conference with 12.9 points per game.

  • Conners and Child once again led USD in scoring in the win at San Francisco. This time, Conners led the way with 26 points, while Child had 20. Conners is fifth in the WCC with 15.6 points per game.

  • San Diego will host Saint Mary's on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
  • Overall Record: 3-14
    WCC Record: 0-3
  • San Francisco fell to 0-3 in the WCC last week, losing 73-51 to Saint Mary's on Thursday night and 72-60 to San Diego on Saturday at War Memorial Gym.

  • Junior guard Vania Singleterry paced the Dons with 10 points in the loss to Saint Mary's. Redshirt senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney was right behind with nine points.

  • Junior forward Katy Keating led the Dons with 17 points and knocked down four three-pointers in the loss to the Toreros. Keating is third in the WC with 1.9 field-goals per game.

  • San Francisco will head to the Pacific Northwest this week. The Dons will first travel to Portland on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest, followed by a 2:00 p.m. matchup at Gonzaga on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 6-11
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • Santa Clara split their two WCC contests at home last week, defeating San Diego 62-57 on Thursday night and losing 77-68 to Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon.

  • Senior forward Lena Gipson eclipsed the 1,000-point and 800-rebound milestones for her career, scoring a team-high 19 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the win over the Toreros. Gipson leads the WCC and is 18th IN THE NCAA with 10.6 rebounds per game.

  • Sophomore guard Meagan Fulps scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss to the Gaels on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt sophomore forward Lindsay Leo added 14 points as the Broncos saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

  • The Broncos return to action on Thursday when they play at Portland at 7:00 p.m. Santa Clara will then travel to Gonzaga for a 2:00 p.m. matchup on Saturday afternoon..