March 3, 2009
|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.|
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WCC Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams
2009 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
WBB Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Coach of the Year
WBB All-WCC First Team
WBB All-Freshman Team
WBB Honorable Mentions
WCC Players of the Week: Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Earns Weekly Honor
Also Nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Sara Majors, SCU
Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Considered Among Top Point Guards in the Country
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
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