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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 8, 2011

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Gonzaga remains the last unbeaten team in WCC play.


WCC Player of the Week

Lena Gipson, SCU
Santa Clara senior forward Lena Gipson posted her fourth-straight double-double and her 11th of the year, scoring a season-high 21 points and totaling 16 rebounds to help SCU beat WCC rival USF and move into the top tier of the league standings. Gipson was 6 of 12 from the field and 9 of 10 from the line Saturday. She has led the WCC in rebounding all season. As of last week, she ranked among the NCAA's top 20 in both rebounds and double-doubles. Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Jazmine Jackson, PEP

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.

Tickets for 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships Going Fast
Tickets for the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships are on-sale, and are going fast. The 2011 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will once again be held March 4-7 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the third consecutive season. The previous two tournaments were sellouts. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to www.orleansarena.com or by calling 1-888-234-2334. All-session tickets are $135 - less than $10 per game for the 14-game tournament.

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:

  • Pepperdine senior forward Mychel Thompson

  • Saint Mary's women's head basketball coach Paul Thomas

  • The Voice of Saint Mary's men's basketball, Mike Bouve

  • Santa Clara junior forward Marc Trasolini

    "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 Five Highlights

  • A look back at the Saint Mary's run to the Sweet 16

  • A 1-on-1 interview with San Francisco sophomore guard Mikey Williams

    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: 20-4
    WCC Record: 8-0
  • Gonzaga defeated Northwest-rival Portland 87-67 on Friday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot scored a game-high 25 points and dished out 14 assists in the win.

  • Vandersloot was named the WCC Player of the Month for the month of January. She helped Gonzaga to a perfect 8-0 record in the month of January by averaging nearly a double-double of 19.1 points and 9.9 assists per contest.

  • The Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring offense with 85.4 points per contest. Vandersloot leads the NCAA with 9.8 assists per contest. As a team, Gonzaga is averaging 20.2 assists a game, which is second in the country.

  • This week, Gonzaga will host Loyola Marymount on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs will then welcome Pepperdine on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m contest.
  • Overall Record: 10-13
    WCC Record: 4-5
  • Loyola Marymount dropped its two WCC contests last week. The Lions fell 66-63 to San Diego on Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions then lost 58-51 to Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young registered her fifth 20-point game in WCC play with 24 points in the loss to the Toreros. Through nine Conference games, Young is second in the WCC with 19 points per game.

  • Redshirt sophomore guard Courtney Collishaw posted her second consecutive career-high with 18 points in the loss to the Gaels on Saturday. LMU held the Gaels to 34.5% shooting from the field. The Lions are third in the WCC in scoring defense, allowing 63.7 points per game.

  • LMU will travel to the Pacific Northwest this week for a 6:00 p.m. Thursday contest at Gonzaga and a 1:00 matchup at Portland on Saturday afternoon.
  • Overall Record: 15-8
    WCC Record: 5-3
  • Head Coach Julie Rousseau earned her 100th career victory atPepperdine in a 69-48 triumph over Saint Mary's on Thursday night. The Waves followed that up with a 61-55 win over San Diego on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also added seven assists. Jackson is eighth in the WCC with 13 points per game.

  • The Waves tallied 14 steals in the win over the Toreros on Saturday. Pepperdine is averaging 13.7 steals per game this season, which is first in the WCC and fourth in the NCAA.

  • The Waves will travel to Portland on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest. They will follow that up with a 2:00 p.m. contest at first-place Gonzaga on Saturday.

  • Overall Record: 12-11
    WCC Record: 3-5
  • Portland fell to their Pacific Northwest-rival Gonzaga on Friday night by a count of 87-67. Senior center/forward Lauren Angel registered a career-high 25 points in the loss.

  • Angel shot 10 of 17 en route to her career high on Saturday. She is 17th in the WCC with a .426 shooting percentage. Freshman guard Alexis Byrd and senior guard Tara Cronin contributed nine points in the loss to the Bulldogs.

  • Portland is averaging 70.0 points per game this season, which is second in the WCC. The Pilots are also second in the WCC with 12.1 steals per contest.

  • The Pilots will host Pepperdine on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Chiles Center. Portland will then welcome LMU on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 14-10
    WCC Record: 6-3
  • Saint Mary' fell 69-48 at Pepperdine on Thursday night. The Gaels bounced back for a 58-51 victory at Loyola Marymount on Saturdayafternoon.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson narrowly missed her third triple-double of the season with 16 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks against the Lions on Saturday. Tomlinson leads the NCAA with five blocks per game.

  • Sophomore guard Kate Gaze connected on five of her seven three-points attempts in the win at Loyola Marymount. As a team, the Gaels are 37.1% from behind the arc this season, good for 15th in the NCAA.

  • Saint Mary's will host Bay Area-rivals San Francisco and Santa Clara this week. The Broncos visit McKeon Pavilion on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The Gaels welcome USF on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 12-11
    WCC Record: 2-7
  • Junior guard Dominique Conners scored a game-high 25 points and set a new career mark with eight assists in a 66-63 win at Loyola Marymount on Thursday night. The Toreros then fell 61-55 at Pepperdine on Saturday.

  • Conners shot a solid 10 of 13 from the field in the win at LMU. She is fifth in the WCC with 14.8 points per game this season.

  • Senior guard Sam Child paced the Toreros with 15 points in the loss at Pepperdine. Child made all eight of her free throws. Child leads the WCC with a .903 free-throw percentage this season.

  • The Toreros will host San Francisco on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD will then welcome Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.
  • Overall Record: 4-18
    WCC Record: 1-7
  • San Francisco fell 70-62 at Bay Area-rival Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon in its lone game of the week. Trailing by 16 points midway through the second half, USF pulled within four in the final minutes.

  • Senior forward Donnisha Taylor led the Dons with 16 points - 14 of which came in the second half. She also pulled down eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Mel Khlok added 11 points, while junior forward Katy Keating scored 10. In all, the USF bench contributed 41 points on the day.

  • Keating shot three of seven from behind in the arc in the loss at the Broncos. Keating is ninth in the WCC with a .339 three-point field-goal percentage.

  • The Dons will travel to San Diego on Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. USF will then face Saint Mary's on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at McKeon Pavilion.
  • Overall Record: 8-14
    WCC Record: 4-4
  • WCC Player of the Week senior forward Lena Gipson scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in Santa Clara's 70-62 win over San Francisco on Saturday at the Leavey Center.

  • Junior guard Alyssa Shoji and freshman guard Ricki Radanovich made four three-pointers apiece. Radanovich is sixth in the WCC with a .350 three-point field-goal percentage. Shoji is fourth in the Conference with 1.9 three-point field goals made per game.

  • Gipson double-double in the win over USF was her 11th of the year, which tied her for 16th in the NCAA. She is also 16th in the nation with 10.7 rebounds per game.

  • Santa Clara will travel to the East Bay for a 7:00 p.m. contest at Saint Mary's on Thursday night. The Broncos will then travel to San Diego on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff..