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WCC Women's Basketball Heads Into Final Fortnight of the Regular Season

Feb. 18, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference kicks off week nine of the league slate Wednesday, Feb. 19 with one game on the docket. Two WCC programs –No. 24/20 Gonzaga and BYU – earned national top-25 votes this week and four teams rated in the top-15 of the Mid-Major Top-25 poll as released by College Basketball Insiders. The Bulldogs sit atop the standings at 13-2, followed by BYU at 11-4. Pacific and Saint Mary’s check in at 9-5.

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

This Week’s Broadcast: Thursday, February 20: Santa Clara at Pacific, 7:00 p.m. (PT); Saturday, February 22: San Francisco at Pacific, 2:00 p.m. (PT)

ALL 2014 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES TELEVISED: BYUtv will produce and televise a record 12 games from the 2014 WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. BYUtv will broadcast the men’s and women’s first round on Thursday, March 6, the women’s quarterfinals on Friday, March 7, a pair of men’s quarterfinals on Saturday, March 8, and the women’s semifinals on Monday, March 10. In addition, all 12 games produced by BYUtv will be streamed live on the WCC’s new platform, TheW.tv. The women’s title game on Tuesday will be carried live on ESPNU.

Through February 19, WCC teams own a 62.7% winning percentage vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for more.

  • BYU’s Jennifer Hamson ranks second among active NCAA Division I leaders in career blocked shots (304), sixth in blocks per game (2.69) and is 11th in career field goal percentage (55.5).
  • Pacific’s Kiki Moore leads NCAA Division I in career steals (355), is second in average (2.93); Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer is fourth (2.85).
  • Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin ranks fifth among active NCAA Division I leaders in career rebounds (1,192).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career points: Pacific’s KiKi Moore (19th/1,882/16.8 ppg) and scoring Saint Mary’s Jackie Nared (24th/1,473/16.6 ppg).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career rebounding: Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin  (11th/1,192/9.7 rpg) and Pacific’s Kendall Kenyon (22nd/751/8.6 rpg).
  • Two Gaels rank in the top-20 among active NCAA Division I leaders in career free throws: Danielle Mauldin (16th/462) and Jackie Nared (18th/455).
  • Four WCC teams - Gonzaga (1), BYU (8), Saint Mary’s (11), San Diego (13)  - cracked the top-15 of this week’s mid-major top-25 poll as released by College Basketball Insiders.
  • Four WCC teams - Gonzaga (19), BYU (39), Saint Mary’s (43) and San Diego (45) are in this week’s RPI top-45.
  • Saint Mary’s senior forward Danielle Mauldin seized the WCC career rebound record at Pacific (1/25/14), and now has 1,192. 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 Feb. 16.
Scoring: 6th (71.27)
Free Throw Percentage: 3rd (71.60)
Rebounds: 6th (40.23)

National Recognition
BYU’s Jennifer Hamson became the third WCC student-athlete honored as NCAA national Player of the Week (2/18) after leading the Cougars to wins against No. 20/15 Gonzaga and Portland. 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. Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin was named the ESPNW National Player of the Week (12/29) after leading the Gaels to an upset win against then-No. 24 Gonzaga in Moraga.

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.