Feb. 28, 2010
San Bruno, Calif. - With the conclusion of the women's basketball regular season, the final seedings and bracket have been announced for the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gonzaga clinched the top seed with an undefeated 14-0 record in conference play, becoming just the third team in league history to achieve the feat and for the second time in school history. This marks the sixth straight season the Zags have either shared or won the regular season title. Saint Mary's finished with the No. 2 seed, thanks to one of the best seasons in program history as the Gaels went 12-2 in WCC play for the first time since the 1989-90 season, tying the best conference finish in school history. Both teams earn a double-bye until the semifinals on March 7.
Pepperdine earned the No. 3 seed with a 9-5 record in conference play. Portland and San Diego were tied in the conference standings, but the Pilots got the No. 4 seed with a season split against Pepperdine. Loyola Marymount earned the No. 6 seed, while San Francisco and Santa Clara tied in the regular season standings, with the Dons getting the tie-breaker and the No. 7 seed via a higher RPI.
Last year marked the first time the conference tournament was played in a neutral site, selling out the Orleans Arena and setting numerous attendance records, including women's championship attendance (3,190).
2010 Zappos.com WCC Women's Basketball Championship Seeds
#2 Saint Mary's
#5 San Diego
#6 Loyola Marymount
#7 San Francisco
#8 Santa Clara
2010 Zappos.com WCC Women's Basketball Championship Matchups
First Round - Friday, March 5
#5 San Diego vs. #8 Santa Clara - 12:00 PM
#6 Loyola Marymount vs. #7 San Frnacisco - 30 mins. after conclusion of first game
Quarterfinal Round - Saturday, March 6
#5 USD/#8 SCU vs. #4 Portland - 12:00 PM
#6 LMU/#7 USF vs. #3 Pepperdine - 30 mins. after conclusion of first game
Semifinal Round - Sunday, March 7
#5 USD/#8 SCU/#4 POR vs. #1 Gonzaga - 11:30 AM
#6 LMU/#7 USF/#3 PEP vs. #2 Saint Mary's - 30 mins. after conclusion of first game
Championship Game - Monday, March 8
Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner - 12:00 PM (ESPNU)