Jan. 19, 2010
|CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The second week of conference play concluded last week with Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, and Pepperdine all recording clean sweeps. The Zags are now receiving their most votes in the AP Poll with 26. Last week, history was made as Gonzaga's Heather Bowman became the WCC's all-time leading scorer and is on pace to become the only player to have scored 2,000 points.|
This week, the top two teams in the conference, Gonzaga and Pepperdine at both 3-0, will square off for sole possession of first place in the conference standings on Thursday.
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC December Player of the Month: Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Also nominated: Heather Bowman, GON; Renahy Young, LMU; Sam Child, USD
WCC Players of the Week: Heather Bowman, GON and Miranda Ayim, PEP
Ayim averaged 23.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as Pepperdine won twice on the road at Santa Clara and San Francisco. She has helped Pepperdine to a 3-0 league start, its best in the WCC since 2003 (the last time Pepperdine won a regular-season title). The Waves have also won seven of their last eight games. Ayim scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at Santa Clara for her fourth double-double of the season. She made 14 of 24 shots and connected on her only three-point attempt. Then, she just missed another double-double with a game-high 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds at San Francisco. She also had six blocks at USF, her third time this season with at least six blocks. That moved her up to #3 on Pepperdine career blocked shot list (134). Over the two games, she hit 58% of her shots from the field (23-for-40). She scored nearly a third of Pepperdine's points over the weekend (47/150). For the season, she is averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.Also nominated: Renahy Young, LMU; Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule
Feb. 18Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 8:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
WCC Extends Reach Overseas
Multiple WCC Teams In The Postseason For 11th Straight Year
WCC Basketball Championships Remain in Las Vegas Through 2012
The extension comes after the West Coast Conference sold out the Orleans Arena for the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships. The 2009 championship, which was the WCC's first-ever at a neutral site, set conference records for both total championship attendance (33,320) and single session championship attendance (7,845).
The agreement will bring the WCC Basketball Championships to the Orleans Arena on March 5-8 of 2010, March 4-7 of 2011, and March 2-5 of 2012.
The 2010 WCC Championships will feature the same format as the 2009 event, with a combined total of 14 men's and women's games over four days. Tickets for the 2010 championship will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 13.
Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Re-Breaks WCC Blocks Record
Gonzaga's Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
Gonzaga is one of only four schools with two preseason candidates. The others are the University of Connecticut (Maya Moore, Tina Charles), Ohio State University (Jantel Lavender, Samantha Prahalis) and Stanford University (Jayne Appel, Jeanette Pohlen).
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.
In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. The presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.
WCC Returning Record Setters
Record Player Place TotalPoints (S) Heather Bowman, GON (4) 641Points (C)Heather Bowman, GON (9) 1,666Assists (S) Courtney Vandersloot, GON (3) 239Rebounds (S) Lena Gipson, SCU (5) 307Blocks (S) Louella Tomlinson, SMC (1) 161FG Pct. (S) Ashlee Smith, SMC (10) 56.93FG Pct. (S) Morgan Henderson, USD (9) 44.9Blocks (C) Louella Tomlinson, SMC (2) 317FT Pct. (C) Laiken Dollente, POR (3) 87.0FT Pct. (S)Laiken Dollente, POR (3) 91.4
S= Season, C= Career
All-WCC Performers Highlight Squads
Player YRPPGMiranda Ayim, PEP SR11.5Heather Bowman, GON SR19.4Laiken Dollente, POR SR15.3Vivian Frieson, GON SR10.0Louella Tomlinson, SMC JR15.2Courtney Vandersloot, GON JR16.4Renahy Young, LMU JR14.7
|WCC TEAM NOTES|