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WCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND

March 3, 2009

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WCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND
With the conclusion of the 2008-09 regular season, all eight teams are set to participate in the WCC Tournament this weekend at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga won its fifth straight regular season title, while Portland finished second and both will receive a double bye into the semi-finals of the tournament. Finishing in third place is Pepperdine, while Loyola Marymount was tied for fourth but earned the tie-breaker getting the fourth seed and both will have a bye until the quarterfinals of the tournament. Playing in the first round will be #5 Saint Mary's against #8 Santa Clara and #6 San Diego against # 7 San Francisco.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FRIDAY, MARCH 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
# 5 Saint Mary's vs. #8 Santa Clara Las Vegas, NV
12:00 PM
#6 San Diego vs. #7 San Francisco Las Vegas, NV
30 min. after game 1 ends
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
#5/#8 Winner vs. #4 LMU Las Vegas, NV
12:00 PM
#6/#7 Winner vs. #7 Pepperdine 30 min. after game 3 ends
2:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
#4/#5/#8 Winner vs. #1 Gonzaga Las Vegas, NV
12:00 PM
#3/#6/#7 Winner vs. #2 Portland 30 min. after semifinal 1 ends
2:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Semi #1 winner vs. Semi #2 Winner Las Vegas, NV
12:00 PM
ESPNU

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams

2009 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

WBB Player of the Year
Courtney Vandersloot, GON

Defensive Player of the Year
Louella Tomlinson, SMC

Newcomer of the Year
Alex Cowling, LMU

Coach of the Year
Jim Sollars, POR

WBB All-WCC First Team
Miranda Ayim, PEP - SO - F
Heather Bowman, GON - JR - F
Laiken Dollente, POR - JR - G
Vivian Frieson, GON - JR - F
Kiva Herman, USD - SR - F
Shay Rollins, USF - SR - G
Amber Sprague, USD - SR - C
Louella Tomlinson, SMC - SO - F
Courtney Vandersloot, GON - SO - G
Renahy Young, LMU - SO - G

WBB All-Freshman Team
Kelly Bowen, GON - G
Dominque Connors, USD - G
Alex Cowling, LMU - F
Alexis Gannis, POR - F
Jazmine Jackson, PEP - G

WBB Honorable Mentions
Lauren Angel, POR
Karlie Burris, POR
Alex Cowling, LMU
Tara Cronin, POR
Lena Gipson, SCU
Nakeya Isabell, PEP
Jazmine Jackson, PEP
Cassady Moore, LMU

WCC Players of the Week: Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's sophomore Louella Tomlinson averaged a double-double in two games of action, as the Gaels won their final games of the regular season and tied for fourth in the WCC. She averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds, while shooting 100 percent from three (2-of-2), and 72.7 percent from the free throw line (8-of-11) and totaled 10 blocks and three steals. Tomlinson is tied for the most weekly honors this season.

Also Nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Sara Majors, SCU

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Considered Among Top Point Guards in the Country
Gonzaga University women's basketball sophomore point guard Courtney Vandersloot is one of 13 finalists for the 10th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award.

The award is a national project for the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.

Vandersloot is currently third in assists per game (7.3) in NCAA Division I, is the fourth leading scorer in the West Coast Conference (16.1 ppg) and is a leading candidate for Player of the Year in the WCC.

She currently holds the fourth spot in the Bulldog career record book for assists with 381; 13 shy of taking over third. Vandersloot has handed out double-figure assists in five contests this season, including a career-high 13 versus Montana State University on Nov. 21.

Sportswriters from across the country have determined the final nominee list. They will now select three finalists from the list and one winner at the beginning of April 2009. The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 5-7, 2009) and the winner will be invited to attend the April 22 award luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club.

San Diego's Amber Sprague is No. 1...Again
San Diego senior center Amber Sprague became the school's all-time leading scorer recently, and has 1,629 points for her career. The previous record was 1,510 by Susie Erpelding (`96-00). Sprague also captured the school's all-time rebounding mark in the last game of the season against Gonzaga, giving her 832 for her career, which surpasses the previous mark of 831 set by Chris Enger (`92-93). She now joins Mary Hile (USF `77-81) and Lorena Legarde (POR `81-85) as the only players in WCC history to be their program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Sophomore Louella Tomlinson has picked up right where she left off last year, when she broke the NCAA record for blocks in a season, with 156. This season, she is averaging 5.3 blocks a contest, and is ranked second in the country. She has a chance to own yet another NCAA record, average blocks per game in a season, which currently sits at 5.8. The second year Aussie has also registered two triple-doubles this season, both of which included 11 blocks in a game. She is the only player in the country to have multiple games with double digit blocks.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 24-6
WCC Record: 12-2
  • Gonzaga clinched its fifth straight regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament with a win over Santa Clara, before defeating San Diego last week.

  • Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot was named WCC Player of the Year after leading the league in assists (7.3) and ranking third in scoring (16.4). The reigning WCC Newcomer of the Year had an impressive week, combining for 41 points on 16-of-27 shooting.

  • Junior Heather Bowman had her second 30-point performance of the year, going for 31 points, on 13-of-19 shooting, against San Diego. She was 19-of-28 over the week for 46 points and finished the season as the league's top scorer (19.8). Against Santa Clara, junior Vivian Frieson was impressive going for career-highs of 26 points and seven assists.

  • The Zags will take most of the week off as they earned a bye until the semi-finals of this year's WCC Tournament (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 17-11
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • LMU suffered a pair of setbacks on the road against San Francisco and Saint Mary's. The loss against the Gaels marked its fourth straight loss by four or less points.

  • The Lions end the season in fourth place and have earned a bye until the second round of the WCC Tournament with the fourth seed.

  • Freshman Alex Cowling was named WCC Newcomer of the Year after leading all freshmen in the league in scoring (13.7) and rebounding (6.1), and leading the league in field goal percentage (.569), ranking 12th in the country.

  • Cowling led the Lions in scoring in both games last week, going for 11 points against the Dons, before finishing with a game-high 16 against the Gaels.

  • The Lions will take on the winner of Saint Mary's/Santa Clara (3/7) in the second round.
  • Overall Record: 16-12
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • Pepperdine split its games on the road last week, falling to Saint Mary's, before defeating San Francisco.

  • The Waves finished the season in third place and have earned a bye until the second round of the WCC Tournament with the third seed.

  • Against the Gaels, junior Miranda Ayim finished with team highs of 17 points, on 7-of-13 shooting, and eight rebounds, while senior Nakeya Isabell nabbed a game-high five steals.

  • Isabell ends the season ranked first in the conference in steals (3.0) and second in assists (5.7). Her steals average ranks 12th nationally, while her assist-turnover ratio (2.0) leads the conference and ranks 17th nationally.

  • The Waves will take on the winner of the game between San Diego and San Francisco in the second round of the WCC Tournament (3/7).
  • Overall Record: 17-12
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • The Pilots split their games last week, falling to San Diego before defeating Santa Clara.

  • Portland finished the season in second place and has earned a bye until the semifinals of the WCC Tournament with the second seed.

  • Head Coach Jim Sollars was named WCC Coach of the Year after he led the Pilots to their best conference finish since he led them to an undefeated conference record in the 1996-97 season.

  • Junior Laiken Dollente tied the game-high against the Broncos with 20 points, hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. She also added five assists and three steals.

  • The Pilots will not take the court until the semi-finals of the WCC Tournament (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 11-18
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • Saint Mary's went undefeated last week, beating Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount and finished the season in sixth place.

  • Sophomore Louella Tomlinson was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year after consistenly being among the top two in the country in blocks (5.3) and is the only player in the nation with three games of double digit blocks.

  • Tomlinson had a monster game against the Waves, finishing with game-highs of 21 points (8-16), 13 rebounds, and seven blocks. Four other Gaels were in double figures, including freshman Amber Coatney, who had her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • Senior Maija Lahde ended her career at McKeon Pavilion in style, finishing with a team-high 15 points, including the game-winner with four seconds to go against the Lions.

  • The Gaels will take on Santa Clara (3/6) in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 16-12
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • San Diego split its games last week on the road, defeating Portland, before falling to Gonzaga.

  • Junior Morgan Henderson led four players in double figures against the Pilots, with a game-high 21 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, including hitting five of her eight three pointers. She also added 10 rebounds for her third double-double. Seniors Kiva Herman, Amber Sprague, and freshman Dominique Conners all finished with 14 points each.

  • Against the Zags, Sprague became the school's all-time leading rebounder with her seven boards and now has 832 for her career, surpassing the previous mark of 831, set by Chris Enger (`92-93). She now joins Mary Hile (USF `77-81) and Lorena Legarde (POR `81-85) as the only players in WCC history to be their program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She also finished with a team-high 21 points (9-15) and added three blocks.

  • San Diego will take on San Francisco (3/6) in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 7-21
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • San Francisco split its games last week, defeating Loyola Marymount before falling to Pepperdine.

  • The win over the Lions marked the first season sweep for the Dons over Loyola Marymount since the 2002-03 season.

  • Senior Shay Rollins tied her career-high with a game-high 23 points (7-13) against the Lions, including going 4-for-7 from downtown. She ends the regular season first in the league in three pointers (74) and fourth in scoring (16.4).

  • Freshman Vania Singleterry had her career-high against the Lions, finishing with 18 points, on 7-of-9 shooting. She followed that up with her third double-double of the season against the Waves with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

  • San Francisco will take on San Diego (3/6) in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 3-26
    WCC Record: 1-13
  • The Broncos suffered a pair of setbacks on the road last week, falling to Gonzaga and Portland.

  • Sophomore Lena Gipson led the way offensively against the Zags with a team-high 21 points (9-17) and a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman Alyssa Shoji added 14 points to round out the Broncos in double figures.

  • Gipson had her league-leading 18th double-double of the season against Portland, tying the game-high with 20 points (8-15) and grabbing a team-high 15 rebounds.

  • Gipson ends the season leading the league in rebounding (10.0) and is the only player in the conference to average a double-double for the season as she averages 13.6 points per game.

  • The Broncos will take on Saint Mary's (3/6) in the first round of the WCC Tournament.