Mar. 15, 2011
|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
2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships All-Tournament Team
Three WCC Teams See Postseason Action
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
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
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
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
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
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