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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 1, 2011

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WCC ACTION CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Gonzaga remains the last unbeaten team in WCC play.

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week

Katelan Redmon, GON
Katelan Redmon helped the Bulldogs close out the first half of WCC play a perfect 7-0 with two victories this past week. Redmon averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steal and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 55.9 percent from the floor and a perfect 1.000 percent at the charity stripe. The Spokane native began the week scoring a game-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and hitting all four free throw attempts in GU's 106-77 victory at Saint Mary's College. Redmon also grabbed seven rebounds, six of which were offensive, and four of the offensive boards turned into eight points for Redmon. In the Bulldogs 70-49 win at the University of San Diego, Redmon again had the game-high in points, finishing the contest with 20 on 9-of-16 shooting and 2-of-2 accuracy at the charity stripe. She grabbed six rebounds this time, three of which were offensive, and had three steals and one assist. Redmon has now scored 20-plus points in 3-straight contests and has registered double-figure points in all but one game this season. Also Nominated: Candice Nichols, LMU; ReZina TecleMariam, POR; Lena Gipson, 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

West Coast Conference Student-Athletes REPRESENT

On Thursday night, all 16 men's and women's basketball teams celebrated the first WCC "Represent" day as part of the conference-wide sportsmanship initiative launched by the eight WCC member institutions. Each team wore 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:

  • ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi

  • Pepperdine junior guard Jazmine Jackson

    "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 Four Highlights

  • 60 Seconds With San Francisco's Ashley Boggs and Bailey Barbour

  • A conversation with Portland sharpshooters Jared Stohl and Nemanja Mitrovic

    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: 19-4
    WCC Record: 7-0
  • Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's 106-77 in a first-place showdown televised nationally on CBS College Sports on Thursday night in Moraga. They followed that up with a 70-49 win at San Diego on Saturday afternoon.

  • WCC Player of the Week junior guard Katelan Redmon averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steal and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 55.9 percent from the floor and a perfect 1.000 percent at the charity stripe last week. She leads the WCC in scoring with 17.9 points per game.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot leads the NCAA with 9.6 assists per contest. She also is second in the WCC with 17.6 points per game.

  • Gonzaga returns to action Friday when it welcomes Portland to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 10-11
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • Loyola Marymount split their Northern California road trip last weekend. The Lions topped San Francisco 83-57 on Thursday night before losing 77-73 at Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard Candice Nichols poured in a career-high 33 points in the loss at anta Clara on Saturday. Nichols is fifth in the WCC with 15.2 points per contest.

  • The Lions knocked down a season-high 12 three-pointers in the win at San Francisco on Thursday night. Senior guard Renahy Young led the Lions with 21 points in the victory. She is second in the Conference with 18.9 points per contest.

  • The Lions will host San Diego on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in the annual Pack the House Pink game to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. LMU will then welcome Saint Mary's on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.
  • Overall Record: 13-8
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • Pepperdine won one and lost one in their trip to the Bay Area lastweekend. The Waves dropped Santa Clara 69-49 on Thursday and lose 66-46 at San Francisco on Saturday.

  • Pepperdine held Santa Clara to 32% shooting from the field and notched 13 steals in the win on Thursday night. The Waves are first in the WCC and 10th in the NCAA with 13 steals per contest.

  • Junior guard Lauren Bell led all scorers with 18 points in the win over the Broncos. Bell also tallied three steals in the loss at San Francisco. She is averaging three steals per contest this season, which is 20th in the country.

  • The Waves will host Saint Mary's on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. contest in Malibu. Pepperdine will then host San Diego on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.


  • Overall Record: 12-10
    WCC Record: 3-4
  • Portland took down San Diego 65-60 on Thursday night, and then lost 78-76 at Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard/forward Natalie Day led the Pilots with 25 points in the win at San Diego. Portland closed the game on a 21-10 run.

  • Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam scored a career-high 23 points and shot 8-for-13 from the field in the loss at Saint Mary's. Freshman guard Alexis Byrd also registered a career-high in points, scoring 19 for the Pilots.

  • Portland will visit first-place Gonzaga on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m at theMcCarthey Athletic Center.
  • Overall Record: 13-9
    WCC Record: 5-2
  • Saint Mary's remains in second-place in the WCC after splitting their two games last week. The Gaels fell 106-77 to Gonzaga at McKeon Pavilion in a game televised nationally on CBS College Sports. Saint Mary's then defeated Portland 78-76 on Saturday afternoon.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson score15 points and four rebounds in the loss to Gonzaga. Tomlinson now has exactly 1,000 rebounds in her career.

  • Redshirt-junior guard Jasmine Smith scored a game-high 26 points in the win over Portland. Smith knocked down two free throws with six seconds left in the contest to lift the Gaels to a two-point win.

  • Saint Mary's will travel to Southern California this weekend to face Pepperdine on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 11-10
    WCC Record: 1-6
  • San Diego fell 65-60 to Portland on Thursday night the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros then dropped a 70-49 contest to first-place Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon.

  • Senior guard Sam Child scored a team-high 22 points in the loss to the Pilots on Thursday night. Child is 10th in the West Coast Conference with 12.3 points per contest.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners led the Toreros with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from he field. Senior forward Emily Hatch pulled down nine rebounds in the contest. Hatch is 28th in the NCAA with 10 rebounds per game.

  • San Diego will make the short trek to Loyola Marymount on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The Toreros will then face Pepperdine on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Malibu.
  • Overall Record: 4-17
    WCC Record: 1-6
  • Santa Clara fell 69-49 to Pepperdine on Thursday night at the Leavey Center. The Broncos then rebounded for a 77-73 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon.

  • Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson had a game-high 14 rebounds and scored 10 points in the loss to the Lions. Gipson is first in the WCC and 18th in the NCAA with 10.5 rebounds per game.

  • Gipson's came back on Saturday afternoon with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win over LMU for her 10th double-double of the season, which is 17th in the nation.

  • The Broncos will host Bay Area-rival San Francisco on Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 7-14
    WCC Record: 3-4
  • Santa Clara fell 69-49 to Pepperdine on Thursday night at the Leavey Center. The Broncos then rebounded for a 77-73 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon.

  • Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson had a game-high 14 rebounds and scored 10 points in the loss to the Lions. Gipson is first in the WCC and 18th in the NCAA with 10.5 rebounds per game.

  • Gipson's came back on Saturday afternoon with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win over LMU for her 10th double-double of the season, which is 17th in the nation.

  • The Broncos will host Bay Area-rival San Francisco on Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center at 2:00 p.m..