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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes - 2/27

Feb. 27, 2007

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WCC Tournament Schedule

With the conclusion of the West Coast Conference women's basketball regular season, conference squads now turn their attention to the WCC Tournament, which begins on Thursday, March 1 at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.

Gonzaga captured its third straight league crown, and will be the top seed in the WCC women's tournament. San Diego earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a 10-4 mark in league play, while Loyola Marymount secured the No. 3 seed in the tournament for the second straight year. Saint Mary's received the No. 4 spot, and Pepperdine is seeded No. 5. Santa Clara and San Francisco are seeded No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, and host Portland rounds out the tournament field at No. 8.

Teams will be re-seeded following the first round, and the semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 3 following a day off on Friday. Sunday's WCC Tournament championship game is slated for a 1:30 pm start, and will be televised live on College Sports Television (CSTV).

March 1
No. 2 San Diego vs. No. 7 San Francisco - 12:00 PM
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8 Portland - 2:00 PM*
No. 3 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 6 Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
No. 4 Saint Mary's vs. No. 5 Pepperdine - 8:00 PM*

*Approx. 30 minutes after end of first game

March 3
First Semifinal - 12:00 PM
Second Semifinal - 30 min. after first

Teams Re-Seed After First Round

March 4
WCC Tournament Championship - 1:30 PM

All-WCC Honors

Gonzaga nearly swept the WCC yearly honors after capturing its third straight WCC regular season title. Senior Stephanie Hawk was named the conference's Co-Player of the Year along with San Diego junior Amanda Rego, while Kelly Graves shares WCC Coach of the Year honors with San Diego's Cindy Fisher. Bulldog freshman Heather Bowman was tabbed for Newcomer of the Year honors, and LMU junior Amanda DeCoud was named the conference's Defensive Player of the year.

Co-Coaches of the Year
Kelly Graves, Gonzaga
Cindy Fisher, San Diego

Co-Players of the Year
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga
Amanda Rego, San Diego

Defensive Player of the Year
Amanda DeCoud, LMU

Newcomer of the Year
Heather Bowman, Gonzaga

WCC Co-Players of the Week
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga & Amanda DeCoud, Loyola Marymount

Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk and Loyola Marymount's Amanda DeCoud share this week's WCC Player of the Week honor after each player led their respective squads to a pair of wins on the final weekend of the regular season. Hawk averaged a double-double as the Zags knocked off San Diego and San Francisco to claim the WCC title, averaging 13 points and 11.5 boards in the two wins. The senior also set the GU record with her 153rd career block against USF on Saturday. DeCoud led the Lions to road wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, averaging 14 points and 4.5 steals as the Lions sewed up the No. 3 seed in the WCC Tournament. The defensive standout also pitched in with seven assists and a block on the weekend.

Around The WCC

CSTV To Televise WCC Tournament Championship Game
The 2007 WCC women's basketball tournament championship game will be broadcast by College Sports Television (CSTV), WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced last week. The March 4 telecast, with Rich Cellini and Krista Blunk calling the action, will mark the first time in league history that the deciding contest for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be broadcast live to a national television audience. The WCC women's basketball tournament will run March 1-4, 2007 at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

Three-Point Records Fall
Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk snapped the Santa Clara single-season record and broke the WCC mark with her 94th three-pointer of the season in Saturday's loss to Pepperdine. Cronk broke the SCU record of 89 set by former Bronco standout Julie Lienert during the 1990-91 season, and snapped the conference record of 90 set by former Gonzaga three-point specialist Jessica Malone in 2001-02. Cronk has sunk 188 treys during her time on the Mission Campus, a total that ranks second in Santa Clara history and sixth in WCC annals. LMU's Amanda Patton broke a program record of her own earlier this year, as the senior sunk her 127th career trey on January 19 to snap the year-old program record set by former teammate Rachel Ziemann.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-9 / 13-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga knocked off San Diego to clinch the WCC regular season title on Thursday, 71-58, before notching a 57-37 win over San Francisco to close out the campaign on Saturday.

- Stephanie Hawk became the second Bulldog to earn WCC Player of the Year honors in the last three seasons, joining former teammate Shannon Mathews who earned the recognition in 2005. Hawk is the only WCC player to rank among the league's top three in scoring (14.8 ppg - 3rd) and rebounds (7.9 rpg - 2nd).

- Heather Bowman was tabbed for WCC Newcomer of the Year honors after averaging 12.9 points per game as a freshman.

- Gonzaga begins the quest for its first-ever WCC Tournament title on Thursday, as the top-seeded Zags take on No. 8 Portland at 2:00 PM (PT).

Loyola Marymount Lions (17-11 / 9-5 WCC)
- LMU claimed a pair of road victories to close out the regular season, knocking off Santa Clara, 65-56, and Saint Mary's, 76-61, to end the campaign on a four-game winning streak.

- Amanda DeCoud garnered WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors, becoming the first Lion since Adrianne Slaughter in 2002-03 to earn the award.

- Amanda Patton was named to the All-WCC first team after an outstanding senior season in which she snapped the LMU career three-pointer mark with 148 treys.

- Three Lions were named All-WCC honorable mention, as DeCoud, Ashlee Dunlap, and Jennifer Hall earned recognition.

- LMU opens the WCC Tournament against No. 6 seed Santa Clara on Thursday.

Pepperdine Waves (13-16 / 6-8 WCC)
- Pepperdine split two games on the road last week, securing the No. 5 seed in the WCC Tournament with 77-69 win over Santa Clara on Saturday.

- Teena Wickett garnered first team All-WCC honors and WCC All-Freshman Team recognition after averaging 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during conference play to lead the team.

- With Wickett's selection to the All-Freshman Team, Pepperdine became the only WCC program to have placed a newcomer on the All-Freshman Team in each of the four years since the honor was reinstated in 2003-04.

- Pepperdine will open the WCC Tournament against No. 4 seed Saint Mary's at 8:00 PM (PT) on Thursday, marking the third straight year that the two programs have met in the first round.

Portland Pilots (10-19 / 2-12 WCC)
- Portland snapped a five-game skid with a 54-52 win over San Francisco before falling to San Diego in overtime on Saturday, 81-75.

- Laiken Dollente garnered first team All-WCC honors and was named to the All-Freshman Team following an outstanding rookie campaign. Dollente finished the regular season as the top scoring freshman in the conference, averaging 15.6 points per game. Her 451 points ranked second in the WCC.

- Carly Koebel finished the season with 36 blocked shots, and ranked fourth in the conference with 1.57 blocks per game. Koebel helped the Pilots lead the WCC with an average of 4.83 blocks per game as a team.

- The Pilots face a tall task to open WCC Tournament play, as UP will meet top-seed Gonzaga at 2:00 PM (PT) on Thursday.

Saint Mary's Gaels (14-13 / 8-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's closed out the season on a roll, reeling off four straight victories before suffering a 76-61 defeat against LMU to wrap up the regular season on Saturday.

- Jontelle Smith was named to the All-WCC first team after emerging as a top three-point threat during her sophomore season. Smith ranked third in the conference with a .380 (49-for-129) three-point field goal percentage during the regular season, and ranked second in WCC play after shooting at a .431 (28-for-65) clip from three-point land.

- The Gaels will enter the WCC Tournament as the No. 4 seed, marking the highest seed that an SMC squad has earned since the 2002 squad received the No. 3 seed.

- Saint Mary's will meet a familiar foe to begin WCC Tournament play on Thursday, as the Gaels will meet No. 4 seed Pepperdine in the first round for the third straight year.

San Diego Toreros (21-7 / 10-4 WCC)
- San Diego finished off its record setting 2006-07 regular season with an 81-75 overtime win at Portland on Saturday after falling to Gonzaga on Thursday, 71-58.

- Amanda Rego shared WCC Player of the Year honors with Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk, becoming the first Torero to earn the league's top honor. The guard led the conference in steals (2.75 spg) and assists (7.64 apg) for the second straight season, leading the nation in the latter.

- Amber Sprague, Rego's high school teammate, was tabbed for first team All-WCC honors after sitting out all of last season due to injury. Sprague averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game, and led the WCC with 8.1 boards per contest.

- USD begins tournament play against No. 7 seed San Francisco on Thursday.

San Francisco Dons (9-20 / 3-11 WCC)
- San Francisco was edged by Portland on Thursday, 54-52, before falling to Gonzaga to close out the regular season on Saturday, 57-37. The Dons finished the season with a 9-20 overall record, and a 3-11 mark in conference play.

- Dominique Carter earned All-WCC first team honors for the third straight season, becoming just the 18th player in conference history to earn All-Conference honors three times. USF alum Brittany Lindhe is the only player to have been named All-WCC four times.

- Heidi Heintz was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team, following in the footsteps of teammates Carter and Shay Rollins who were tabbed for All-Freshman recognition in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

- San Francisco is slated to take on No. 2 seed San Diego on Thursday at 12:00 PM (PT).

Santa Clara Broncos (13-16 / 5-9 WCC)
- The Broncos dropped a pair of games at home, falling 65-56 to LMU before dropping a 77-69 decision to Pepperdine on Saturday.

- Chandice Cronk was named to the All-Conference team after snapping the WCC single-season record for three-pointers with 94 on the season. Cronk became the second straight Bronco to lead the conference in scoring (16.5 ppg), and her 188 career three-pointers rank sixth on the WCC chart.

- Jen Gottschalk was named All-WCC honorable mention after sitting out the last two seasons. Gottschalk, who played for SCU as a freshman in 2002-03, returned to the squad this year and led the conference in field goal percentage after shooting at a .510 (122-for-239) clip.

- Santa Clara opens up WCC Tournament play against No. 3 seed Loyola Marymount at 6:00 PM (PT) on Thursday.