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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Mar. 15, 2011

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THREE WCC TEAMS QUALIFY FOR POSTSEASON PLAY
Gonzaga will take a No. 11 seed into the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 6 Iowa of the Big Ten Conference Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT in the McCarthey Athletic Center on ESPN2 in one half of the Spokane Regional bracket.

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Tournament MVP

Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Gonzaga claimed its third straight West Coast Conference Tournament Championship and fourth in five years. Vandersloot averaged 17 points and 15 assists in Gonzaga's wins over Portland on Sunday and Saint Mary's on Monday in the Championship game of the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. This is Vandersloot's third straight Tournament MVP award.

2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga 49 (7)
2. Saint Mary's 43 (1)
3. Pepperdine 36
4. LMU 27
5. Portland 25
6. San Diego 24
7. Santa Clara 12
8. San Francisco 8

2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships All-Tournament Team
Sam Child, USD
Kayla Standish, GON
ReZina TecleMariam, POR
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Courtney Vandersloot, GON

Three WCC Teams See Postseason Action
Three West Coast Conference women's basketball teams have advanced to thepostseason following the 2011 WCC campaign. After capturing their fourth WCC title in five years, Gonzaga will take a No. 11 seed into the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 6 University of Iowa of the Big Ten Conference Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Pacific Time in the McCarthey Athletic Center on ESPN2 in one half of the Spokane Regional bracket.

Pepperdine earned a postseason trip for the second straight year with Monday night's announcement from the WNIT that the Waves will travel to Oklahoma State for a first-round game Wednesday. Saint Mary's will host an opening round WNIT game on Thursday, March 17 when it takes on Nevada at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels are making their second consecutive WNIT appearance, after hosting Utah in 2010.

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot on Wooden Award National Ballot
Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot was one of 20 student-athletes named to the official John R. Wooden Award National Ballot announced Monday. The ballot decides the Women's 2011 Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year, presented annually to the nation's top female basketball player. Vandersloot has now made the exclusive list for two consecutive seasons.

Vandersloot, the three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner, currently leads the nation in assists per game for the second-straight season at 10.2. She is also first in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.34), 12th in double-doubles (17), 17th in steals per game (3.0), and 26th in points per contest (18.6).

West Coast Conference Announces 2012 Zappos.com Tournament Bracket

West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich announced a new bracket format for the conference's annual basketball championships on Sunday. The 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will begin on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 and run through the championship games on Monday, March 5, 2012. The format change is a result of the addition of Brigham Young University to the WCC beginning in the fall of 2011. The tournament will begin with an opening round game between the eighth and ninth seed on both the men's and women's sides. Each winner will then play on Thursday, March 1, against the tournament's fifth seed. Also on Thursday, the sixth and seventh seedswill square off. Friday's action will see seeds No. 3 and No. 4 play for the first time, while the top two seeds in each bracket will advance all the way to the semifinals on Saturday, March 3. There will be no games played on Sunday, March 4, with both the men's and women's championship games on Monday.

Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Breaks NCAA Career Blocks Record
Senior Louella Tomlinson set the NCAA career record for blocked shots with her 536th career blocked shot on Saturday, November 27th against Wisconsin. Tomlinson's rejection late in the game broke Division II's Saint Paul's LaKisha Phifer's previous mark.

In the Gaels' 71-68 semifinals victory over San Diego at the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships, Tomlinson scored a game-high 21 points and became SMC's all-time scoring leader with 1,822 points.

WCC Returning Record Setters
The WCC returns seven players who are already in the the league's all-time season and career record books.

Record     Player                 Place   TotalAssists (S) Courtney Vandersloot, GON  1      321Rebounds (S)Louella Tomlinson, SMC   2   343Rebounds (S)    Lena Gipson, SCU           6      319Blocks (S)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC   1      195Steals (S) Courtney Vandersloot   3      121FG Pct. (S) Ashlee Smith              22      60.9Blocks (C)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC   1      450

S= Season, C= Career

All-WCC Performers Highlight Squads
Five All-WCC performers return to their respective squads this year, along with six players that earned honorable mention honors last season. Gonzaga returns 2-time WCC Player of the Year Courtney Vandersloot, who is also a two-time WCC Tournament MVP. LMU returns Alex Cowling, while Saint Mary's brings back Louella Tomlinson, who won Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row. Santa Clara's Lena Gipson rounds out the returning all-conference players.

Player            YR  PPGDominique Conners, USD    JR  16.3Alex Cowling, LMU    JR  17.5Lena Gipson, SCU    RS-SR 12.6Louella Tomlinson, SMC    SR  16.9Courtney Vandersloot, GON   SR  14.1


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 28-4
WCC Record: 14-0
  • Gonzaga will take a No. 11 seed into the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 6 Iowa of the Big Ten Conference Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT in the McCarthey Athletic Center on ESPN2 in one half of the Spokane Regional bracket.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot was one of 20 student-athletes named to the official John R. Wooden Award National Ballot announced Monday. The ballot decides the Women's 2011 Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year.

  • Heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs lead the nation with 85.6 points per game. Vandersloot, the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner, leads the nation with 10.2 assists per contest.

  • The winner of the Bulldogs-Hawkeyes first round matchup will move on to face the winner of No. 3 UCLA and No. 14 Montana at 6:30 p.m. PT on Monday night in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
  • Overall Record: 11-18
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • Loyola Marymount fell 73-43 to San Diego in the opening round of the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, March 4th at the Orleans Arena.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young closed out her career with the Lions by posting her 10th 20-point game of the season with 20 points, four rebounds, and four steals.

  • LMU finished the season with the third-best scoring defense in the WCC, allowing 64.9 points per game.

  • WCC Newcomer of the Year freshman Camille Buckley contributed five points and five boards in the loss to the Toreros. Buckley moved into fourth place on the LMU single-seasonrebounding list, finishing the season with 259.
  • Overall Record: 18-11
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • Pepperdine earned a postseason trip for the second straight year with Monday night's announcement from the WNIT that the Waves will travel to Oklahoma State for a first-round game Wednesday.

  • The Waves enter the WNIT's field of 64 with an overall record of 18-11 and third-place WCC mark of 9-5. The host Cowgirls are 16-14.

  • The Waves dropped a quarterfinal contest at the WCC Basketball Championships onSaturday, March 5th at the Orleans Arena, losing 77-68 to San Diego. Junior guard Lauren Bell led Pepperdine with a career-high 22 points.


  • Overall Record: 16-15
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • Portland defeated Santa Clara 75-64 on Saturday, March 5th in thequarterfinals at the Orleans Arena. The Pilots then fell 96-71 in the semifinals to top-seeded Gonzaga.

  • Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam was named to the 2011 WCC All-Tournament team. TecleMariam averaged 21 points in two days for the Pilots, including a career-high 28 points in the second round win over Santa Clara.

  • Junior guard/forward Natalie Day registered her sixth double-double in her past seven games with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Broncos.

  • TecleMariam finished the season ranked second in the WCC and 28th in the NCAA with 5.2 assists per game. As a team, the Pilots led the WCC with 7.3 three-point field-goals made per contest and were second with 69.9 points per game.
  • Overall Record: 19-12
    WCC Record: 11-5
  • Saint Mary's will host an opening round WNIT game on Thursday, March 17 when it takes on Nevada at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels are making their second consecutive WNIT appearance, after hosting Utah in 2010.

  • Saint Mary's got the WCC's automatic berth with its second place finish during theconference season. Saint Mary's recorded a 10-4 record during conference play and earned the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament.

  • The Gaels defeated San Diego 71-68 in the WCC Semifinals on Sunday, March 6th at the Orleans Arena. Senior forward Louella Tomlinson scored a game-high 21 points and became SMC's all-time scoring leader with 1,822 points.

  • Tomlinson was named to the WCC All-Tournament team after averaging 14 points and nine rebounds in two days for the Gaels.
  • Overall Record: 17-14
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • San Diego won two games in two days before falling 71-68 to Saint Mary's on Sunday, March 6th in the WCC Basketball Championships semifinals. The Toreros defeated LMU 73-43 on Friday, then upset third-seedPepperdine 77-68 on Saturday.

  • Senior guard Sam Child was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 18.3 points in a three-game stretch for the Toreros. With 55 points over the weekend, Child ended her four-year career with 1,393 points, which is the third most in program history.

  • In addition to Child's 21 points, junior guard Dominique Conners scored 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting, while pulling down 10 rebounds in the win over the Waves.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch pulled down 37 rebounds in three games, which is a new WCC Tournament record, surpassing former Torero Amber Sprague's previous mark of 35 set it in 2009.
  • Overall Record: 4-25
    WCC Record: 1-13
  • San Francisco fell 62-58 in the first round of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

  • Junior guard Rheina Ale led the Dons with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. Redshirt senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney added nine points with three steals, while junior guard Vania Singleterry tallied seven. All but one member of the Green and Gold scored during the contest.

  • Playing her final game for the Dons, senior forward Donnisha Taylor led the reboundingefforts with 10 boards while adding six points. For the contest, USF out-rebounded SCU 45-43.

  • In a game that came down to the final seconds, no team had a lead larger than 11 points throughout the contest. The Dons pulled down 15 offensive rebounds, which led to 14 second-chance points.
  • Overall Record: 11-19
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • Junior guard Alyssa Shoji scored a season-high 18 points and redshirt-senior forward Lena Gipson had 14 points and 14 rebounds as Santa Clara defeated USF 62-58 in the opening game of the 2011 Zappos.com WCC BasketballChampionships. The Broncos then fell 75-64 to Portland in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5th.

  • Shoji made five 3-pointers in the win over the Dons. For the year, Shoji knocked down 2.1 three-point field-goals per game, which was third in the West Coast Conference.

  • Gipson ended her Santa Clara career with 10 points and 16 boards in the loss to Portland. Shoji repeated her Friday performance with 18 points and also knocked down five three-pointers.

  • Gipson was named the WCC Player of the Month for her efforts throughout February. She averaged 19.4 points and 12.3 rebounds..