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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 25, 2011

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Gonzaga remains the last unbeaten team in WCC play.


WCC Co-Players of the Week

Courtney Vandersloot, GON; ReZina TecleMariam, POR
Senior Courtney Vandersloot helped Gonzaga stay perfect in West Coast Conference play by averaging 18.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds over the Zags' two victories while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 90.0 percent at the charity stripe. Vandersloot began the week, scoring a game-high 21 points - her eighth 20-plus performance of the season, and third in league action, along with dishing out nine assists, with just one turnover, and making five steals in GU's 89-53 victory over Santa Clara. She ended the week scoring 15 points, handing out nine assists again, making two steals and grabbing three rebounds - all in just 25 minutes of play - in Gonzaga's 97-60 win over San Francisco.

Portland junior ReZina Teclemariam averaged 17.5 points per game, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.0 steals to help lead the Pilots to home wins over San Francisco and Santa Clara. She shot 11-for-17 (.647) overall, hit six of nine (.667) on three-pointers and went7-for-8 at the foul line. During Thursday's 74-57 win over the Dons, she scored a game-high 16 points in just 25 minutes on 6-for-10 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds. On Saturday, TecleMariam tallied a game-high 19 points during a 70-62 win over the Broncos. She missed just two shots (5-for-7) overall against SCU and was 4-for-5 from behind the three-point arc. She led the team in rebounds with seven, and matched Thursday's performance with five more steals, while also handing out four assists. Also Nominated: Kelsey Patrick, PEP; Louella Tomlinson, SMC

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

West Coast Conference Student-Athletes REPRESENT

On Thursday night, all 16 men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate the first WCC "Represent" day as part of the conference-wide sportsmanship initiative launched by the eight WCC member institutions. Each team will wear its WCC "Represent" shirts in an effort to promote good sportsmanship and challenge WCC student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans to proudly represent the West Coast Conference, their school, their team, and their selves.

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:

  • Gonzaga junior guard/forward Katelan Redmon

    "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 Three Highlights

  • 60 Seconds With Santa Clara's Meagan Fulps and Lindsay Leo

  • A profile of Gonzaga senior guard Steven Gray

    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



    Overall Record: 17-4
    WCC Record: 5-0
  • Gonzaga is 5-0 in the WCC after defeating Santa Clara 89-53 on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center, followed by a 97-60 victory over San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.

  • WCC Co-Player of the Week senior guard Courtney Vandersloot averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds over the Bulldogs' two victories, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 90.0 percent at the charity stripe.

  • Gonzaga leads the NCAA in scoring offense, pouring in 85.0 points per game. As a team, they are second in the nation with 20.0 assists per contest. Vandersloot leads the country with 9.2 assists a game.

  • Gonzaga will travel to Moraga, Calif. to face off against second-place Saint Mary's. Tip off is set for 6:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
  • Overall Record: 9-10
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • Loyola Marymount fell to 3-2 in WCC play after a 66-61 defeat against Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavillion, the final game of a three-game homestand.

  • Junior guard Candice Nichols led all scorers with 19 points and redshirt-freshman forward Camille Buckley posted her third consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young added 14 points in the loss to Pepperdine. Through five Conference games, Young is third in the WCC with 18.6 points per contest. Nichols is sixth with 16 points a game.

  • LMU closes out the first half of WCC play on the road next week, visiting San Francisco on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Santa Clara on Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 12-7
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • Pepperdine improved to 3-2 in the WCC with a 66-61 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Gersten Pavillion, their second win in a row.

  • The Waves tallied nine steals in the contest, including two apiece for junior guard Jazmine Jackson and freshman forward Robie Mayberry. Pepperdine is 14th in the NCAA with 12.9 steals per game.

  • Redshirt junior guard Katie Menton led the Waves with 16 points and three three-pointers. She is averaging 2.6 three-point goals a game, which is second in the WCC.

  • The Waves remain on the road next weekend with games Thursday at Santa Clara at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at Santa Clara at 2:00 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 11-9
    WCC Record: 2-3
  • Portland won their first two WCC contests of the season last week. The Pilots downed San Francisco 74-57 on Thursday night, followed by a 70-62 win over Santa Clara on Saturday at the Chiles Center.

  • The Pilots tallied 14 steals in the win over San Francisco on Thursday, including five from TecleMariam. Portland is 13th in the NCAA with 13 steals per contest.

  • The Pilots will wrap up the first-half of WCC play on the road this week. They will travel to San Diego on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. contest, then finish off at Saint Mary's on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. matchup.
  • Overall Record: 12-8
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • Saint Mary's moved into sole possession of second place in the WCC with a 66-44 victory at San Diego on Saturday. The win was the fourth straight for the Gaels, their longest winning streak of the season.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith led the Gaels with 16 points on 6-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Gaels are shooting 37% from three-point land this season, which is 16th in the nation.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson added 14 points with nine rebounds and six blocks in the win. Tomlinson leads the country with 5.1 blocked shots per game.

  • Saint Mary's returns to the court on Thursday in a first-place showdown with Gonzaga at McKeon Pavillion at 6:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
  • Overall Record: 11-8
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • San Diego defeated Cal State Northridge 66-50 on Wednesday night at the Matadome. The Toreros then fell to 1-4 in the West Coast Conference after a 66-44 loss to Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners led the Toreros scoring effort with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field in the win over the Matadors. Conners is fifth in the WCC with 14.9 points per game.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss to Saint Mary's on Saturday. Hatch is second in the WCC and 27th in the NCAA with 10.1 boards per contest.

  • The Toreros will host Portland on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, followed by a visit from first-place Gonzaga on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 3-16
    WCC Record: 0-5
  • San Francisco dropped two road contests last week, losing 74-57 at Portland on Thursday and 97-60 at Gonzaga on Saturday.

  • San Francisco returns to the Hilltop on Thursday night when they host Loyola Marymount at 7:00 p.m. The Dons then welcome Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 6-13
    WCC Record: 2-3
  • 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..