March 17, 2010
|FOUR TEAMS BEGIN POSTSEASON PLAY THIS WEEK|
|For the first time since the 2002 season, the West Coast Conference will send four women's basketball teams into the postseason. Gonzaga will play in the NCAA Tournament, Saint Mary's will be hosting Utah in the first round of the WNIT, while Pepperdine will travel to BYU. In the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitation, Portland will take on the University of Washington. This also marks the first time since 2004 the WCC will have multiple teams in the WNIT.|
Gonzaga will be making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament after finishing the conference season undefeated and winning the WCC Tournament title. The Zags will also be making their second consecutive appearance at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle, WA, where they played the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament last year. Last season, as the 12th seed, Gonzaga upset No. 5 Xavier in the first round, before nearly upsetting No. 4 Pittsburgh in the second. This year, Gonzaga is the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 North Carolina. It will mark the second meetingbetween the two teams.
Pepperdine will be making its first postseason appearance since the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will be playing in its first WNIT since 2004 as the the Waves head on the road to take on BYU. The Cougars finished second in the regular season in the Mountain West Conference. This will mark the third meeting between the two schools as they split the first two matchups.
Saint Mary's will be playing in its third WNIT as the Gaels will host Utah. The Gaels earned the automatic bid after finising second in the WCC regular season. Saint Mary's has hosted one other time, in 2000, when it beat Hawaii in the first round, before losing to Long Beach State in the second. This will mark the fifth overall meeting between the two teams, with the most recent coming in 2007.
Portland will play in the postseason for the seventh time in the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational at No. 3 seed Washington, marking the ninth meeting between the two teams. This is also the Pilots' second consecutive postseason appearance as they played in the WNIT last season.
|AROUND THE WCC|
2010 All-Conference Teams Announced
Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
ALL-WCC First Team
WCC February Player of the Month: Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Also nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Miranda Ayim , PEP; Louella tomlinson, SMC; Dominique Conners, USD
WCC Player of the Week: Dominique Conners, USD
Also nominated: Vivian Frieson, GON; Jontelle Smith, SMC
Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule
Feb. 18Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 8:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
WCC Extends Reach Overseas
Multiple WCC Teams In The Postseason For 11th Straight Year
WCC Basketball Championships Remain in Las Vegas Through 2012
The extension comes after the West Coast Conference sold out the Orleans Arena for the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships. The 2009 championship, which was the WCC's first-ever at a neutral site, set conference records for both total championship attendance (33,320) and single session championship attendance (7,845).
The agreement will bring the WCC Basketball Championships to the Orleans Arena on March 5-8 of 2010, March 4-7 of 2011, and March 2-5 of 2012.
The 2010 WCC Championships will feature the same format as the 2009 event, with a combined total of 14 men's and women's games over four days. Tickets for the 2010 championship will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 13.
Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Sets Two NCAA Blocks Records
Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Makes the List
WCC Returning Record Setters
Record Player Place TotalPoints (S) Heather Bowman, GON (4) 641Points (C)Heather Bowman, GON (9) 1,666Assists (S) Courtney Vandersloot, GON (3) 239Rebounds (S) Lena Gipson, SCU (5) 307Blocks (S) Louella Tomlinson, SMC (1) 161FG Pct. (S) Ashlee Smith, SMC (10) 56.93FG Pct. (S) Morgan Henderson, USD (9) 44.9Blocks (C) Louella Tomlinson, SMC (2) 317FT Pct. (C) Laiken Dollente, POR (3) 87.0FT Pct. (S)Laiken Dollente, POR (3) 91.4
S= Season, C= Career
All-WCC Performers Highlight Squads
Player YRPPGMiranda Ayim, PEP SR11.5Heather Bowman, GON SR19.4Laiken Dollente, POR SR15.3Vivian Frieson, GON SR10.0Louella Tomlinson, SMC JR15.2Courtney Vandersloot, GON JR16.4Renahy Young, LMU JR14.7
|WCC TEAM NOTES|