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WCC Women's Basketball Set for Second Half of League Slate

Jan. 29, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference is set to open the second half of the league slate starting Thursday, Jan. 30 with four games on the docket. Three WCC programs –BYU, No. 22/17 Gonzaga and San Diego – earned national top-25 votes this week and four teams rated in the top-10 of the Mid-Major Top-25 poll as released by College Basketball Insiders. The Bulldogs sit atop the standings at 8-1, San Diego is 7-2, while BYU and Saint Mary’s are both 6-3.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ON THEW.TV: This week marks the third week of exclusive women’s basketball broadcasts on TheW.tv. Three games will be aired live, free of charge. To access, log onto TheW.tv and click on video and select the contest below the video player.

This Week’s Broadcast: Thursday, January 30: BYU at Saint Mary’s – 6:00 p.m.; San Diego at Pacific – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 1: BYU at Pacific – 2:00 p.m. (All times Pacific, PT)

APPLY FOR 2014 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP MEDIA CREDENTIAL: Members of the media should request credentials for the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships today. The 2014 event is in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Orleans Arena March 6-11 and will feature all 10 men’s and women’s basketball programs. Apply HERE .  **For information on hotel accommodations, log on to WCChoopsinVegas.com.


  • Through January 29, WCC teams own a 62.7% winning percentage vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for more.
  • Haiden Palmer is the WCC Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points in a pair of road wins as the Bulldogs improved to 8-1 in league play. RELEASE
  • BYU’s Jennifer Hamson ranks third among active NCAA Division I leaders in career blocked shots (272) and is 10th in career field goal percentage (55.3).
  • Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer ranks fourth among active NCAA Division I leaders in career steals per game (2.81).
  • Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin ranks fifth among active NCAA Division I leaders in career rebounds (1,130).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-20 among active Division I leaders in career scoring: Pacific’s KiKi Moore (17th/1,441/16.8 ppg) and Saint Mary’s Jackie Nared (20th/1,384/16.5 ppg).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career rebounding: Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin  (12th/1,130/9.6 rpg) and Pacific’s Kendall Kenyon (24th/699/8.5 rpg).
  • Two Gaels rank in the top-20 among active NCAA Division I leaders in career free throws: Danielle Mauldin (14th/447) and Jackie Nared (21st/409).
  • Four WCC teams - Gonzaga (1), San Diego (3), BYU (7) and Saint Mary’s (9) - cracked the top-10 of this week’s mid-major top-25 poll as released by College Basketball Insiders.
  • Three WCC teams - Gonzaga (14), San Diego (26) and Saint Mary’s (35) are in this week’s RPI top-35.
  • Saint Mary’s senior forward Danielle Mauldin seized the WCC career rebound record at Pacific (1/25/14), finishing with 1,130. Former teammate Louella Tomlinson (2007-11) held the record with 1,122.

WCC in National Trends
The WCC continues to rate in the top-six among Division I conferences in national trends as of Jan. 26.
Free Throw Percentage: 4th (70.79)
Rebounds: 6th (40.98 rpg)

National Recognition
San Diego’s Amy Kame earned NCAA National Player of the Week (1/6) honors after leading the Toreros to a sweep against Saint Mary’s and Pacific. Kame is the second WCC student-athlete to earn national accolades this season, joining Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin, who was named the ESPNW National Player of the Week (12/29) after leading the Gaels to an upset win against then-No. 24 Gonzaga.

TWO WCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALUMNI TO BE INDUCTED: Two WCC women’s basketball alumni will be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 8 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Ten individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored as part of the 2014 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships from March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena. Portland’s Laura Sale O’Connell and Saint Mary’s Tracy Morris Sanders will represent their respective institutions. Sale O’Connell was the WCC Player of the Year in 1996 and Morris Sanders collected WCC Player of the Year accolades in 1999. COMPLETE RELEASE .

The West Coast Conference posted a strong non-conference resume.

  • The WCC posted winning records against three “power” conferences: the ACC (2-1), Big East (2-0), Big-10 (2-0).
  • The WCC went .500 (8-8) against the Pac-12 in 2013-14 and six schools collected at least one victory against a league member. BYU and Saint Mary’s each collected two victories vs. the Pac-12.
  • The WCC also turned in solid showings against the Mountain West (11-9), the Big West (14-11), the Big Sky (10-3) and the WAC (7-3).
    • The WCC did not post a losing record against a conference it played at least four games.

Thursday, January 30
BYU at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 6:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Gonzaga - 6:00 p.m.
San Diego at Pacific - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Portland - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 1                        
San Diego at Saint Mary’s - 1:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Portland - 1:00 p.m.
BYU at Pacific - TheW.tv - 2:00 p.m.
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Gonzaga - 2:00 p.m.  

*All times PST