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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 25, 2011

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WCC REGULAR REASON WRAPS UP TOMORROW
Seeds 1 and 8 for Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships decided, the rest up for grabs

AROUND THE WCC

Regular season finales to clarify seedings

It's the final day of the 2011 West Coast Conference regular season, and much has yet to be decided. Six of the WCC's eight tournament seeds are up for grabs on Saturday, and only two have been finalized.

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.

"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