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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Mar. 1 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Year

Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Vandersloot is the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third year in a row and she is a big part of why Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring offense at 86.2 points per game. Vandersloot led the NCAA in assists for the second year in a row, dishing out 9.9 assists per game this season. Vandersloot also led the West Coast Conference with 18.7 points per contest, which was 27th in the country.

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.

BYUtv/ESPN3.com to Air First Two Days of 2011 Zappos.com WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships
The West Coast Conference announced that the first two rounds of both the 2011Zappos.com West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will be produced and televised live by BYUtv on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. In addition, all eight of these early round games will be simulcast on both ESPN3.com and/or ESPN Full Court.

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 Live to Re-broadcast on Location

Don't miss the West Coast Conference's weekly Internet radio show, WCC Live. The hour-long show is hosted by Jeff Lampe and features live interviews with WCC coaches and student-athletes throughout the basketball season. WCC Live will broadcast on-site at the Orleans Arena with a show each day leading up to the first men's semifinal game, An archive of each show is available on-demand 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 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 at any time to radio@westcoast.org.

WCC Live Show Times

  • Friday, March 4, 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 5, 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m.

  • Monday, March 7, 5 p.m.

    "The Road to Las Vegas" Season Finale

    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 all-conference team and individual award winners

  • Leaving Her Legacy: Three-time WCC Women's Player of the Year Courtney Vandersloot


    WCC Offers Enhanced Fan Experience at This Year's Tournament
    The West Coast Conference will offer fans an enhanced experience at this year's Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships. Fans can access live, real-time box scores of in-progress games and completed tournament games on their smartphones. By visiting WCCstats.com on their mobile device, fans can access stats and more. Powered by StatBroadcast Systems, the service is available free of charge. Also new this year, the WCC has partnered with SmartBug to offer fans the ability to listen to their home team broadcast from anywhere inside Orleans Arena with the SmartBug device. Starting at $12, the SmartBug offers both home and away audio feeds of every tournament game, plus the option to hear the national network broadcasts. Smaller than most cell phones, the SmartBugs will be available for purchase inside the arena, and the device includes batteries and a headset.

    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


  • WCC TEAM NOTES

    SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

    Overall Record: 26-4
    WCC Record: 14-0
  • Gonzaga clinched their second straight perfect season in Conference play with a 102-66 win over second-place Saint Mary's on Thursday night and an 80-58 triumph over San Diego on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have won 30 straight WCC regular-season contests.

  • This week, Senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot was named the Conference's 2011 Player of the Year for the third straight year and Head Coach Kelly Graves took home the WCC Coach of the Year honor for the second year in a row. Vandersloot led the nation in assists with 9.9 per contest.

  • Junior guard/forward Katelan Redmon and junior forward Kayla Standish join Vandersloot on the All-Conference team. Senior guard/forward Janelle Bekkering earned honorable mention.

  • Overall Record: 11-17
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • Loyola Marymount enters this weekend's basketball championship as the #6 seed. The Lions fell 56-49 to Santa Clara on Thursday night and rebounded for an 87-60 victory over San Francisco.

  • LMU's freshman Camille Buckley was named the WCC Freshman of the Year. Buckley started 19 out of 28 games in her first season, and she ranked fourth in the WCC with 9.1 rebounds per contest. In Conference play, her 10.6 rebounds per contest, including 4.1 offensive rebounds, led the WCC.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young was named to the 2011 All-Conference team. Young is averaging a team-high 18.1 points per game, which is third in the WCC.

  • The Lions will open play at the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships on Friday at 2:30 p.m. against San Diego.
  • Overall Record: 18-10
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • Pepperdine earned the #3 seed for the basketball tournament with a 72-56 win over San Francisco on Thursday and a 91-75 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday.

  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Jackson averaged 2.6 steals per contest this season. As a team, the Waves are ranked fifth in the NCAA with 13.1 steals per game.

  • Pepperdine forward Robie Mayberry earned a spot on the 2011 WCC All-Freshman team. Mayberry knocked down 45% of her shots from the field this season, which ranked in the top 10 in the Conference.

  • The Waves will open up the tournament on Saturday at 2:30 against the winner of Loyola Marymount-San Diego on Friday.


  • Overall Record: 15-14
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • Portland earned a bye into the second round of the basketball championships this weekend. The Pilots fell 78-77 against San Diego on Thursday and 62-52 to second-place Saint Mary's on Saturday.

  • Junior guard/forward Natalie Day earned a spot on the 2011 All-WCC team. Day paced the Pilots with 14.6 points per game, which was sixth in the WCC. She also averaged 8.6 rebounds per game during Conference play, which was fifth in the Conference.

  • Senior guard Tara Cronin and junior guard ReZina TecleMariam both earned All-WCC honorable mention honors. Guard Alexis Byrd was named to the All-Freshman team.

  • Portland received a first round bye and will face the winner of Santa Clara/San Francisco on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Overall Record: 18-11
    WCC Record: 11-5
  • Saint Mary's fell 102-66 to #23 Gonzaga on Thursday and defeated Portland 62-52 on Saturday afternoon. The Gaels earned the #2 seed for the tournament and received a double-bye.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson and redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith earned spots on the All-Conference team. Tomlinson leads the nation with five blocks per contest. Smith is third in the WCC with 17.4 points per game.

  • Freshman Danielle Mauldin was named to the All-Freshman team. Mauldin pulled down 6.8 rebounds per game this season, which is seventh in the WCC.

  • The Gaels will play their first game at the 2011 Zappos.com Basketball Championships on Sunday afternoon.
  • Overall Record: 15-12
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • San Diego defeated Portland 78-77 on Thursday night at the Chiles Center. The Toreros then fell 80-58 to first-place Gonzaga on Saturday. USD will be the #7 seed in Las Vegas.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners was named to the All-WCC team. Conners averaged 13.9 points per game this season as well as 3.7 assists. Senior guard Sam Child earned honorable mention.

  • Child scored a career-high 29 points on Thursday in the win at Portland, including 10 for 11 from the free-throw line. She leads the WCC with a .896 free-throw percentage.

  • San Diego will open the tournament against Loyola Marymount on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The winner will go on to face Pepperdine on Saturday at 2:30 at the Orleans Arena.
  • Overall Record: 4-24
    WCC Record: 1-13
  • San Francisco fell 72-56 to Pepperdine on Thursday and lost 87-60 to Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

  • Junior forward Katy Keating paced the Dons with 17 points in the season finale at Loyola Marymount, including five three-pointers. Keating shot .344 from beyond the arc during the regular season, which ranks her seventh in the WCC.

  • The Dons will face Santa Clara on Friday at 12:00 p.m. on the first day of the tournament.
  • Overall Record: 10-18
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • Santa Clara defeated Loyola Marymount 56-49 on Thursday night and fell 91-75 to Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos earned the #5 seed for the tournament.

  • Redshirt-senior forward Lena Gipson was named to the 2011 All-Conference team. Gipson is averaging 10.9 rebounds per game, which leads the WCC and is 11th in the NCAA. Gipson was also third with a .520 field-goal percentage this season.

  • Sophomore guard Meagan Fulps earned All-WCC honorable mention and freshman guard Ricki Radanovich was named to the All-Freshman team. Radanovich knocked down 1.8 three-point field-goals per game this season, which was sixth in the WCC.

  • The Broncos will face San Francisco on Friday at 12:00 p.m. in the first round of the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas..