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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 22, 2011

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Gonzaga clinches seventh consecutive WCC regular-season title


WCC Player of the Week

Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Courtney Vandersloot helped Gonzaga clinch its seventh-straight West Coast Conference regular-season title with two victories this past week. She averaged a double-double of 26.0 points and 11.5 assists per contest in the two wins. She shot 60.0 percent (18-of-30) from the field and hit 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line, while also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. Also Nominated: Jazmine Jackson, PEP; Natalie Day, POR; Jasmine Smith, SMC

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:

  • Saint Mary's junior Rob Jones

  • San Diego senior Matt Dorr

  • ESPN commentator Mark Neely

  • Pepperdine head women's coach Julie Rousseau

    "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 seven highlights

  • "60 Seconds With" ReZina TecleMariam and Tara Cronin of Portland women's basketball

  • "My Dad was an NBA All Star"

    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: 24-4
    WCC Record: 12-0
  • Gonzaga clinched its seventh consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title with wins at Santa Clara and San Francisco last week.

  • WCC Player of the Week senior guard Courtney Vandersloot averaged a double-double of 26.0 points and 11.5 assists per contests over the two wins. She shot 60.0 percent (18-of-30) from the field and hit 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line, while also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.

  • Vandersloot leads the NCAA with 9.9 assists per contest and a 3.12 assist to turnover ratio. As a team, the Zags lead the nation with 85.7 points per game.

  • The Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season when they host second-place Saint Mary's on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and San Diego on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 10-16
    WCC Record: 4-8
  • Loyola Marymount fell 67-39 to Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon in their final regular season road contest. Redshirt freshman forward Camille Buckley had her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

  • Redshirt sophomore guard Monica DeAngelis came off the bench to match her season-high with eight points, all in the second half, and senior guard Renahy Young had six points.

  • The Lions are giving up 65.1 points per game this season, which is third in the West Coast Conference. LMU is also fourth in the WCC with 8.3 steals per contest. Young ripped off three steals in the loss in Malibu.

  • LMU wraps up the regular season at home next weekend, hosting Santa Clara on Thursday at 7 p.m. before sending out its four graduating seniors on Saturday at 2 p.m. against San Francisco.
  • Overall Record: 16-10
    WCC Record: 7-5
  • Pepperdine rolled to its largest margin of victory over rival LoyolaMarymount since 1995 in a 67-39 triumph on Saturday afternoon atFirestone Fieldhouse.

  • The 39 points were the fewest allowed by Pepperdine this season. The Waves held LMU to 30.2% shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers. Pepperdine is ranked first in the WCC and third in the country with a 8.50 turnover margin.

  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson led the Waves with 17 points, including a perfect 7 of 7 from the charity stripe. Jackson also tallied five steals. She is third in the WCC with 2.7 steals per game.

  • Pepperdine plays their final two regular-season games next week at home against San Francisco on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Santa Clara on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 15-12
    WCC Record: 6-6
  • Portland split their Bay Area road trip last week, winning 69-55 at San Francisco on Thursday night and losing 77-55 at Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard/forward Natalie Day registered two double-doubles last week. Day averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds, included a 27-point outburst in the win over the Dons on Thursday night.

  • The Pilots are knocking down 7.3 three-point field goals per game this season, which is first in the WCC and 24th in the country. Portland made ten three-pointers in the win over San Francisco, including four from Day.

  • The Pilots will finish the regular season at home when they host San Diego on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 17-10
    WCC Record: 9-3
  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith notched a career-high 31 points as Saint Mary's dropped San Diego 77-69 on Saturday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson notched her sixth straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Tomlinson also had four blocks. She leads the nation with five blocks per contest.

  • Saint Mary's knocked down four three-pointers and shot 36.4% from beyond the arc in the victory over San Diego. The Gaels are ninth in the nation 37.4 three-point field-goal percentage.

  • The Gaels are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host San Diego at 1:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 14-12
    WCC Record: 4-8
  • San Diego fell 77-69 to Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion in their lone contest of the week.

  • Three players scored in double figures for the Toreros on Saturday at Saint Mary's. Senior forward Emily Hatch led the Torero offense with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Sam Child added 18 points as well, and senior center Nya Mason chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds.

  • Hatch is second in the WCC with 9.7 rebounds per game this season. She also leads the team with nine double-doubles this season.

  • San Diego travels to Portland and Gonzaga this weekend to close out the regular season. The contest at Portland tips off at 7:00 p.m., while the Toreros face the #23 Bulldogs on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 4-22
    WCC Record: 1-11
  • San Francisco fell 69-55 to Portland on Thursday night at WarMemorial Gym. The Dons then lost 101-59 to first place Gonzaga onSaturday afternoon.

  • Junior guard Vania Singleterry and junior forward Katy Keating each scored a team-high 13 points in the loss to Portland. Redshirt senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney scored 11 points of her own.

  • Singleterry once again paced the Dons in the loss to Gonzaga, this time with 16 points, falling just one point shy of her career high. Sophomore forward Bailey Barbour added 10 points with two rebounds and two blocks.

  • USF will close out the regular season next week as it travels to the Los Angeles area to take on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Thursday, the Dons will tip in Malibu against the Waves at 7 p.m. before taking on the Lions Saturday in Los Angeles at 2 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 9-17
    WCC Record: 5-7
  • Santa Clara split their two home-contests last week, falling 93-65 to first-place Gonzaga before defeating Portland 77-55 on Saturday afternoon.

  • Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson contributed a team-high 21 points in the loss to Gonzaga. She also pulled down six boards. Gipson leads the WCC and is 20th in the nation with 10.6 rebounds per game.

  • Gipson also led the way for the Broncos in the win over the Pilots, her final home game as a Bronco. She notched her 50th career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Her 13 double-doubles this season rank 16th in the NCAA this year.

  • Santa Clara concludes its regular season in Southern California this weekend. The Broncos will face Loyola Marymount on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. before taking on Pepperdine on Saturday at 2:00 p.m..