Feb. 9, 2010
|CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|With just three weeks remaining in conference play, all eight teams will play a couple of games this week. Last week Saint Mary's and San Diego swept both their games, while Gonzaga and Pepperdine won their sole matchups. With their win, the Zags moved up to No. 22 in the AP Poll and are ranked for the first time in the ESPN Coaches poll at No. 23.|
This week's slate of games is highlighted by the matchup between Gonzaga and Saint Mary's as the Gaels trail the Zags by just a half game for first place. Another milestone can be achieved this week as well, as Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson is just three blocks away from breaking the NCAA's all-time career mark.
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC January Players of the Month: Courtney Vandersloot, GON/Louella Tomlinson, SMC
In the month of January, Tomlinson averaged 20.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 6.3 blocks, and 3.3 assists. She posted a 51.1 percent field goal percentage, knocking down 48-of-94 from the field. Tomlinson finished the month leading the conference in four major categories: scoring (17.8), rebounding (10.2), blocked shots (149), and defensive rebounds (190) while leading the nation in blocked shots and triple-double's (3) and is second in the nation in double-double's (14) and No. 17 in field goal percentage (45.9) going into February.
In January, the team posted a 6-1 record, the best start to conference since the 1999-2000 season. In each of those six wins, Tomlinson posted double-double's, including a string of four in a row, to bump her season total to 14. Against USF, Tomlinson had a big night from the field and the free throw line, going 8-for-12 from the field and a record-tying 19-for-20 from the charity stripe to finish with a career-high 35 points. The 19 made free throws tied an SMC and WCC single-game record in free throws made. Tomlinson fell two blocks shy of a triple-double in that game as well. Tomlinson scored in double-figures in every game in January as her streak grows to 20 straight games with double-digit points. At San Diego, Tomlinson contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the Gaels clinch the overtime victory.
With Tomlinson's 44 blocks in January, her career total climbs to 466 and her season total stands at 149. Going into the final conference stretch, she is 15 blocks shy of the NCAA D-I career blocks record set in 2002-05 by TCU's Sandora Irvin (480) and 17 blocks shy of the NCAA D-I single-season record, which was set last season by Brittany Pittman (164).
Also nominated: Miranda Ayim , PEP; Dominique Conners, USD
WCC Player of the Week: Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Also nominated: Miranda Ayim, PEP; Morgan Henderson, USD
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
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