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Women's Basketball Starts 2014 WCC Championship Play Thursday in Las Vegas

March 4, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The 2014 West Coast Conference Championships begin Thursday, March 6 and will continue through the men’s championship game Tuesday, March 11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. All nine games of the women’s championship will be televised live nationwide and all will be streamed online.

Gonzaga posted a 16-2 conference mark, capturing its 10th straight WCC regular season crown. With a 14-4 WCC record, BYU finished in second place, two games ahead of third place Pacific – which used a late surge to climb the standings.  Saint Mary’s and San Diego tied for fourth place, and the Gaels earn the 4-seed because of their win over top-seed Gonzaga.  As the six seed, Portland is the other WCC women’s squad to earn a first round bye into Friday’s quarterfinals. 

Santa Clara (seven), San Francisco (eight), Loyola Marymount (nine), and Pepperdine (10) round out the women’s bracket, and will start tournament play on Thursday afternoon in the opening round.  The Broncos, Dons and Lions all finished seventh in the standings, and Santa Clara gets the highest seed due to its record against the other two.  San Francisco swept LMU, making the Dons the 8-seed.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • The West Coast Conference unveiled its 2013-14 All-WCC Teams and Individual Award Winners Tuesday. Senior center Jennifer Hamson (BYU) was named Player of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year, senior guard KiKi Moore (Pacific) was named Crons Newcomer of the Year and Kelly Graves (Gonzaga) captured Coach of the Year honors. COMPLETE RELEASE .
  • Santa Clara’s Nici Gilday is the WCC Player of the Week. The junior guard led the Broncos to a weekend sweep of Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. RELEASE .
  • BYU’s Jennifer Hamson ranks second among active NCAA Division I leaders in career blocked shots (315), sixth in blocks per game (2.72) and is 14th in career field goal percentage (55.5).
  • Pacific’s Kiki Moore leads NCAA Division I in career steals (364), is third in average (2.91); Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer is fourth (2.82).
  • Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin ranks fifth among active NCAA Division I leaders in career rebounds (1,245).
  • Pacific’s KiKi Moore ranks in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career points (20th/1,954/16.3 ppg).
  • BYU’s Kim Beeston ranks in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career 3-pointers (23rd/236).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career rebounding: Saint Mary’s Danielle Mauldin  (fifth/1,245/9.8 rpg) and Pacific’s Kendall Kenyon (25th/788/8.7 rpg).
  • Two Gaels rank in the top-20 among active NCAA Division I leaders in career free throws: Danielle Mauldin (13th/502) and Jackie Nared (17th/480).
  • Four WCC teams: Gonzaga (1), BYU (6), San Diego (12) and Saint Mary’s (13)  - cracked the College Basketball Insiders top-15.
  • Three WCC teams - Gonzaga (14), BYU (39) and San Diego (49) are in this week’s RPI top-50. Saint Mary’s (55) is in the top-55.
  • Saint Mary’s senior forward Danielle Mauldin seized the WCC career rebound record at Pacific (1/25/14), and now has 1,245 . Former teammate Louella Tomlinson (2007-11) held the record with 1,122. 

  TWO WCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALUMNI TO BE INDUCTED: Two WCC women’s basketball alumni will be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 8 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Ten individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored as part of the 2014 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships from March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena. Portland’s Laura Sale O’Connell and Saint Mary’s Tracy Morris Sanders will represent their respective institutions. Sale O’Connell was the WCC Player of the Year in 1996 and Morris Sanders collected WCC Player of the Year accolades in 1999. COMPLETE RELEASE .

WCC WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 6
Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara – BYUtv - 12:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount vs. San Francisco – BYUtv - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 7
Portland vs. Pacific – BYUtv - 12:00 p.m.
BYU vs. TBD – BYUtv - 2:00 p.m.
Gonzaga vs. TBD – BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
San Diego vs. Saint Mary’s – BYUtv - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 10                           
WCC Semifinals – BYUtv - 12:00 p.m.
WCC Semifinals – BYUtv - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11                            
WCC Championship – ESPNU - 1:00 p.m.

*All times PST