March 4, 2014
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
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