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BYU and Gonzaga to compete in NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

Mar. 13, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- For the first time since 2002, the West Coast Conference will have two teams compete in the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, as BYU and Gonzaga will compete in the field of 64. Saint Mary's and San Diego were selected to compete in the 2012 Women's National Invitation Tournament. This is the sixth time ever that the WCC will have four teams compete in the postseason (2010, `02, `01, `00, 1999).

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  • For the first time since 2002, the West Coast Conference will have two teams compete in the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, as BYU and Gonzaga will compete in the field of 64.

  • Saint Mary's and San Diego were selected to compete in the 2012 Women's National Invitation Tournament. This is the sixth time ever that the WCC will have four teams compete in the postseason (2010, `02, `01, `00, 1999).

  • BYU defeated Gonzaga 78-66 in the Zappos.com WCCBasketball Championship game in Las Vegas on March 5 to win its first ever West Coast Conference tournament title.

  • The West Coast Conference announced its 2012 individual award winners and all-conference team as voted on by the league's nine head coaches.. BYU senior Kristen Riley is the Player of the Year and San Diego's Cindy Fisher is the Coach of the Year.

    WCC All-Tournament Team
    Jennifer Hamson, BYU
    Haiden Palmer, GON
    Dani Peterson, BYU
    Kayla Standish, GON

    WCC Tournament MVP
    Haley Steed, BYU

  • BYU senior guard Haley Steed was named the WCCTournament MVP after averaging 10.5 points and eight assists in two games for the Cougars in Las Vegas. Steed also had averaged two steals and had a 2.7 assist to turnover ratio.

  • BYU sophomore center Jennifer Hamson earned a spot on the all-tournament team after scoring 13.5 points per game and pulling down 8.5 rebounds per contest. Hamson also shot 60% from the field.

  • Gonzaga redshirt-sophomore Haiden Palmer was named to the all-tournament team after she scored 21 points per game and shot 58% from the field. Palmer also had seven steals in two games for the Bulldogs in Vegas.

  • BYU sophomore Dani Peterson scored a career-high 18 points along with 12 rebounds as BYU defeated San Diego in the semifinals of the WCC Basketball Championships. Peterson led the WCC with a .786 shooting-percentage in Vegas to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

  • Gonzaga senior Kayla Standish scored 24.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game in the WCC basketball championships to garner all-tournament honors. Standish's 31 points against Saint Mary's in the semifinals was the second highest point total in the tournament and just three points off of the WCC tournament record.