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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 15, 2011

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Gonzaga remains the last unbeaten team in WCC play.


WCC Player of the Week

Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Louella Tomlinson led the Gaels to two WCC victories last week with back-to-back double-doubles. For the week, Tomlinson averaged 17.5 points per game, 16.5 rebounds per game, 6.0 blocks per game and 4.5 assists per game. She shot 64.7 percent from the field and played in 73 of a possible 80 minutes in the two games. Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Natalie Day, POR; Morgan Woodrow, USD

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, January 27th, 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:

  • Portland junior guard/forward Natalie Day

  • San Diego senior guard Sam Child

    "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 six highlights

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the ESPNU telecast of Saint Mary's at Portland last month

    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 Two Midseason Awards Lists
    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. She was also named to the 2010-11 Naismith midseason top 30 list, announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Monday, February 14th.

    The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list 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.

    The midseason 30 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2010-11 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded on April 4, 2011 at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.

    The Kent, Wash. native leads the nation in assists per contest at 9.8, third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.04 and 16th in double-doubles with 12. She is also averaging 18.0 points and 2.8 steals per game.

    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   1      450

    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: 22-4
    WCC Record: 10-0
  • Gonzaga defeated Loyola Marymount 82-42 on Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs then beat Pepperdine 73-59 on Saturday afternoon.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list, announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club Monday. Vandersloot, who was the inaugural Bulldog to make the list in 2009-10, now becomes the first two-time midseason honoree.

  • Gonzaga leads the NCAA with 84.8 points and 20.2 assists per game. They also lead the nation with a 1.46 assist to turnover ratio.

  • The Bulldogs will hit the road for their final road trip of the season this week. Gonzaga will face Santa Clara on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and San Francisco on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 10-15
    WCC Record: 4-7
  • Loyola Marymount fell 82-42 to first-place Gonzaga on Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Lions then lost 78-69 at Portland on Saturday.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young led LMU with 15 points in the loss at Gonzaga on Thursday night. Young also paced LMU with 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and a pair of blocks in the loss at Portland. She is second in the WCC with 16 points per game.

  • Freshman forward Camille Buckley added 13 points and eight rebounds and redshirt-senior guard Jessica Vargas came off the bench for 12 points at Portland. Freshman guard Hazel Ramirez chipped in all 11 of her points in the second half.

  • LMU concludes its three-game road trip with a visit to local rivals Pepperdine at 2 p.m. next Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 15-10
    WCC Record: 6-5
  • Pepperdine was edged 78-73 by Portland in double overtime onThursday night at the Chiles Center. The Waves then lost 73-59 at Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson finished Thursday's game at Portland with a team-high 15 points, six assists and seven rebounds. Jackson is ninth in the WCC with 13.2 points per game.

  • Junior forward Skye Barnett chipped in 15 points and sophomore guard Shay Cooney-Williams scored 11 in the loss at Gonzaga, a game in which the Waves held a 26-25 lead at the half and led by nine at the 14:35 mark of the second half. The Waves tallied eight steals in that contest. Pepperdine is fifth in the NCAA with 13.4 steals per game.

  • Pepperdine hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at FirestoneFieldhouse.

  • Overall Record: 14-11
    WCC Record: 5-5
  • Portland outlasted Pepperdine 78-73 in double overtime on Thursday night at the Chiles Center. The Pilots then beat Loyola Marymount 78-69 on Saturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard/forward Natalie Day finished with 23 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the double-OT win over Pepperdine. Day followed that up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over LMU on Saturday. She is eighth in the WCC with 13.7 points per game.

  • The Pilots knocked down 12 three-point field goals in the win over LMU. Portland is first in the WCC and 27th in the NCAA with 7.3 three-pointers per game.

  • The Pilots next take their final road trip of the regular season as they visit the Bay Area next week. On Thursday, Portland is set to visit the San Francisco Dons at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's tip-off at Santa Clara is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 16-10
    WCC Record: 8-3
  • Saint Mary's defeated Santa Clara 75-70 on Thursday night in Moraga. The Gaels then took down San Francisco 73-57 on Saturday at McKeon Pavilion.

  • WCC Player of the Week senior forward Louella Tomlinson averaged 17.5 points per game, 16.5 rebounds per game, 6.0 blocks per game and 4.5 assists per game last week. She shot 64.7 percent from the field and played in 73 of a possible 80 minutes in the two games. Tomlinson leads the nation with 5.1 blocks per game.

  • Saint Mary's knocked down eight of the 17 three-points field goal attempts in the win over USF. The Gaels are eighth in the NCAA with a 37.9 three-point field goal percentage this season.

  • The Gaels are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host San Diego at 1:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 14-11
    WCC Record: 4-7
  • San Diego defeated San Francisco 74-65 on Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros won their second consecutive game on Saturday with a 66-57 victory over Santa Clara.

  • Junior forward Morgan Woodrow averaged 18.5 points per game last week, while shooting .565 from the field and .636 from beyond the arc. She paced USD with 21 points in the win over Santa Clara.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the win on Thursday. She is second in the WCC with 9.6 points per game.

  • The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they head up to the Bay area to take on Saint Mary's College in a 1 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 4-20
    WCC Record: 1-9
  • San Francisco fell 74-65 at San Diego on Thursday night. They followed that up with a 73-57 loss at Saint Mary's on Saturday.

  • Junior guards Rheina Ale and Vania Singleterry led San Francisco with 16 points each on Thursday night. Sophomore guard/forward Ashley Boggs added 15 for the Dons, falling one point shy of trying a career high.

  • Junior forward Katy Keating led the Dons with 14 points off the bench on Saturday at Saint Mary's, including a dozen off of baskets from beyond the arc. She is eighth in the WCC with a .341 three-point field goal percentage. Senior guard Brittany Brumfield added 11 points, tying a season-high for the senior, while adding four steals.

  • USF will host Portland on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The Dons will then welcome #25 Gonzaga to the Hilltop on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 8-16
    WCC Record: 4-6
  • Santa Clara fell 75-70 to Bay Area-rival Saint Mary's on Thursday. The Broncos then lost 66-57 at San Diego on Saturday.

  • Filling in for injured sophomore guard Meagan Fulps, who was held out of the game after an injury last week against San Francisco, her classmate, guard Ashley Armstrong, scored a career-high 20 points at Saint Mary's on Saturday. The Broncos shot 10 for 23 from beyond the arc, including three three-pointers from Armstrong.

  • Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson scored 22 points and pulled down five rebounds in the loss to San Diego on Saturday. Gipson leads the WCC and is 16th in the country with 10.7 rebounds per game.

  • The Broncos will host #25 Gonzaga on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara will then welcome Portland on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m..