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Gonzaga Lands Three On Women's All-WCC

Feb. 27, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team had two players selected to the All-West Coast Conference first team and one player named to the All-WCC Freshmen team as the league released the All-Conference team on Monday. Stephanie Hawk and Ashley Anderson both earned first-team All-WCC honors while Jami Bjorklund was named to the All-Freshmen team. Gonzaga finished the regular-season with an 11-3 WCC record and tied with Santa Clara for the WCC regular-season title, the second straight crown for the Bulldogs. GU hosts the WCC Tournament at the McCarthey Athletic Center starting this Thursday afternoon.

"This is a great honor for all three players," mentioned Gonzaga head coach Kelly Graves. "We have truly played under a team concept this season and it's great to see those players get recognized for their hard work. All three have been instrumental to our success in league play this year."

Ashley Anderson

Anderson earns her second All-WCC nod this season with a first-team selection. She was an honorable mention honoree as a sophomore before missing most of her junior season with an injury. Anderson was one of the most dominant players in the WCC opening with five double-doubles in the first seven league games to win WCC Player of the Month honors for January. She finished the season with six doubles and ranked fourth in the WCC in scoring with 14.6 points per game and second in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds in WCC games.

Hawk lands on the All-WCC team for the first time earning first-team honors. She has been Gonzaga's leading scorer and rebounder throughout the season finishing with a team-best 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. In WCC action Hawk ranked sixth in scoring and fourth in rebounding for WCC games while her 1.45 blocks per game ranked second best among WCC players. She was named the WCC Player of the Week following the Bulldogs season ending wins at San Diego and San Francisco which helped the Bulldogs secure the WCC title.

Bjorklund becomes the first Gonzaga player to earn All-WCC Freshmen team honors since Benibel Carrion in 1993. Bjorklund ranks third among West Coast Conference freshmen in scoring during WCC contests with 8.3 points per game. She is the only freshmen on this year's team to have appeared in all 29 games hitting for double figures in 10 games. She was the Bulldogs leading 3-point shooting hitting 46 percent of her shots (23-for-50). She did not qualify to rank among the WCC leaders based on not hitting at least one 3-pointer for each game played.

Stephanie Hawk

Santa Clara head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson was named the WCC Coach of the Year while Broncos senior guard Michelle Cozad was the Player of the Year. Loyola Marymount junior forward Ashlee Dunlap was the WCC Newcomer of the Year and Pepperdine senior forward Kelsey Ball was tabbed the WCC Defender of the Year.

2006 Women's All-West Coast Conference Team
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