SAN BRUNO, Calif. - After turning in a career season and leading the league in double-doubles, BYU senior forward Morgan Bailey seized West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors. San Diego's Sophia Ederaine led all of Division I in blocked shots and earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades, while Saint Mary's Stella Beck was tabbed the Crons Newcomer of the Year as announced Tuesday by the league office.
All four individual awards - along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams and the All-Freshman Team - were voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.
For the first time in league history, three head coaches shared WCC Coach of the Year honors: Gonzaga's Lisa Fortier, Pacific's Lynne Roberts and Saint Mary's Paul Thomas. It is the first Coach of the Year honor for all three mentors.
Morgan Bailey turned in finest season of career, averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Bailey shot a league-best 51.7 percent from the floor during WCC games, while averaging 35.5 minutes per contest. A key component of BYU's 2014 NCAA Sweet-16 squad, Bailey pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds vs. Utah State (12/22/14) and posted a league-high 15 double-doubles. Bailey is the second straight Cougar to capture Player of the Year honors, joining former teammate and All-American Jennifer Hamson, and the third overall in four seasons.
Sophia Ederaine turned in another remarkable season for San Diego and leads the nation in blocked shots (4.82). Ederaine turned in her first career triple-double - the first by a WCC student-athlete in five years - in a 21-point, 23-rebound, 11-block effort vs. Pacific (1/17/14).A model of consistency, Ederaine posted 14 double-doubles, averaging 12.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game. Ederaine is the first Torero to be tabbed Defensive Player of the Year.
Stella Beck led the league in field goal percentage as a true freshman, connecting on 56.8% from the floor, averaging 8.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Beck started all 28 games or Saint Mary's, averaging 28.6 minutes per contest. Beck converted on 88.9 percent from the field (8-for-9) vs. Howard (11/28/14). Beck is the first Gael to earn Newcomer of the Year honors.
Lisa Fortier took over the helm at Gonzaga and in her head coaching debut directed the Bulldogs to their 11th straight West Coast Conference Championship. Lynne Roberts lifted Pacific to a No. 3 seed in the WCC Championship and directed the Tigers to a road victory at Gonzaga, the first for a league foe since 2012. Paul Thomas guided Saint Mary's to a 20-9 season and registered career win No. 400 in a 76-71 overtime win against BYU.
Of the 10-member All-WCC First Team, seven appeared on the 2014-15 preseason All-WCC squad. Lexi Eaton of BYU, Sunny Greinacher of Gonzaga and Kendall Kenyon of Pacific make their second straight appearance on the All-WCC First Team. This season marks the first season the WCC has recognized a second team, comprised of five student-athletes.
All 10 West Coast Conference teams head to Las Vegas to compete for the 2015 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship and subsequent automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tournament action tips off Thursday, March 5 at the Orleans Arena.
Player of the Year: Morgan Bailey, BYU
Coach of the Year: Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga; Lynne Roberts, Pacific; Paul Thomas, Saint Mary's
Defensive Player of the Year: Sophia Ederaine, San Diego
Newcomer of the Year: Stella Beck, Saint Mary's
|2014-15 All-WCC Women's Basketball First Team|
|Sophia Ederaine||Sr.||C||San Diego|
|Nici Gilday||Sr.||G||Santa Clara|
|Malina Hood||Jr.||G||San Diego|
|Lauren Nicholson||Jr.||G||Saint Mary's|
|Taylor Proctor||Jr.||F||San Francisco|
|2014-15 All-WCC Women's Basketball Second Team|
|Shannon Mauldin||Jr.||G||Saint Mary's|
2014-15 WCC Women's Basketball Honorable Mention Selections
Emily Ben-Jumbo, Loyola Marymount; Zhane Dikes, San Francisco; Leslie Lopez-Wood; Madison Parrish, Pacific; Carli Rosenthal, Saint Mary's
|2014-15 WCC Women's Basketball All-Freshman Team|
|Stella Beck||G||Saint Mary's|
|Makenzie Cast||G||Loyola Marymount|