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WCC Women's Basketball Concludes Regular Season

Feb. 26, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference kicks off the final week of the 2013-14 regular season. With just 10 games remaining, five teams - Gonzaga (14-2), BYU (13-4), Pacific (11-5), San Diego (11-6) and Saint Mary's (10-6) have secured a top-six berth in the conference standings, which ensures an opening round bye and a spot in the quarterfinals. Three teams - Portland (7-9), Santa Clara (5-11) and Loyola Marymount (5-11) - are still in the mix for the sixth and final spot. With two games remaining, two teams have a possibility of claiming a portion of the league title. No. 22/20 Gonzaga already owns at least a share of its unprecedented 10th straight regular season championship and would claim it outright with one more victory. 

TOURNAMENT SEEDING: The seeding and brackets for the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will be unveiled on Sunday, March 2. Entering Thursday's play, the only known seed is Pepperdine (10).

BREAKING THE TIE: Should there be a tie in the final regular season standings, the following will be used to break the tie for tournament seeding purposes:
1) Head-to-head results
2) Results vs. other teams in descending order of finish
3) RPI (Collegiate Basketball News RPI)
*In the case of multiple ties, the one which can be resolved

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

  • Pacific's Kendall Kenyon is the WCC Player of the Week for the second time this season. Kenyon led the Tigers to a weekend sweep of San Francisco and Santa Clara. RELEASE .
  • BYU's Jennifer Hamson ranks second among active NCAA Division I leaders in career blocked shots (311), sixth in blocks per game (2.70) and is 15th in career field goal percentage (55.3).
  • Pacific's Kiki Moore leads NCAA Division I in career steals (357), is third in average (2.90); Gonzaga's Haiden Palmer is fourth (2.83).
  • Saint Mary's Danielle Mauldin ranks fifth among active NCAA Division I leaders in career rebounds (1,220).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career points: Pacific's KiKi Moore (20th/1,910/15.5 ppg) and scoring Saint Mary's Jackie Nared (24th/1,517/16.7 ppg).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career rebounding: Saint Mary's Danielle Mauldin  (fifth/1,220/9.8 rpg) and Pacific's Kendall Kenyon (24th/773/8.7 rpg).
  • Two Gaels rank in the top-20 among active NCAA Division I leaders in career free throws: Danielle Mauldin (14th/485) and Jackie Nared (17th/471).
  • Four WCC teams - Gonzaga (1), BYU (8), San Diego (11) and Saint Mary's (13)  - cracked the top-15 of this week's mid-major top-25 poll as released by College Basketball Insiders.
  • Three WCC teams - Gonzaga (20), BYU (43) and San Diego (46) are in this week's RPI top-50. Saint Mary's (65) is in the top-65.
  • Saint Mary's senior forward Danielle Mauldin seized the WCC career rebound record at Pacific (1/25/14), and now has 1,220 . 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. 23.
Scoring: 5th (71.38)
Field Goal Percentage: 6th (41.59)
Free Throw Percentage: 3rd (71.78)
Rebounds: 6th (40.03)

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 .