Feb. 24, 2009
|WCC TEAMS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK|
|The race for the top four seeds, and at least one bye week in the conference tournament, in the conference standings tightens up this week as all eight schools look to close out the regular season. With two games left, Gonzaga holds a one game lead on Portland, while Pepperdine is only two games back. Loyola Marymount is currently in fourth place, and is just two games back of second. The Zags would need at least one win coupled with at least one Portland loss to win the title outright as well as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Portland would need one win coupled with a Pepperdine loss to secure at least a No. 2 seed in the tournament.|
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WCC Players of the Week: San Diego's Amber Sprague Earns Weekly Honor
San Diego senior center Amber Sprague helped lead San Diego to its second largest margin of victory in program history, a 94-52 win over Saint Mary's last Saturday. Playing in her final home game, Sprague finished with a game-high 23 points, going 8-for-13 from the field, and four boards. She also had six assists and four blocks on the night. She is currently the program's all-time leading scorer and is only 11 rebounds away from being the top rebounder as well with two games left in the regular season.
Also Nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Sara Majors, SCU
Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Considered Among Top Point Guards in the Country
The award is a national project for the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.
Vandersloot is currently third in assists per game (7.3) in NCAA Division I, is the fourth leading scorer in the West Coast Conference (16.1 ppg) and is a leading candidate for Player of the Year in the WCC.
She currently holds the fourth spot in the Bulldog career record book for assists with 381; 13 shy of taking over third. Vandersloot has handed out double-figure assists in five contests this season, including a career-high 13 versus Montana State University on Nov. 21.
Sportswriters from across the country have determined the final nominee list. They will now select three finalists from the list and one winner at the beginning of April 2009. The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 5-7, 2009) and the winner will be invited to attend the April 22 award luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club.
San Diego's Amber Sprague is No. 1
Louella Tomlinson Leads Block Party at Saint Mary's
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