March 24, 2010
|GONZAGA ADVANCES TO THE SWEET 16|
|After making history last year by advancing to the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament, Gonzaga has improved upon that by advancing to the Sweet 16 this year, becoming just the second team in WCC history to do so. In the first round, Gonzaga battled back and forth, but ended up with the win over North Carolina. In the second round, Gonzaga built an early lead, but Texas A&M came back to tie late, and Gonzaga's Vivian Frieson hit the eventual game winner with 18 seconds left. The Zags will now face No. 3 seed Xavier, a team they upset in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament. With the Saint Mary's men also advancing to the Sweet 16, it marks the first time in conference history that a men's and a women's team have advanced that far in the same year.|
Pepperdine made its first postseason appearance since the 2006 NCAA Tournament and took on BYU with an at-large bid in the WNIT. The Waves overcame a double-digit deficit in the first-half to take a one-point lead twice in the second half, but fell just short in the end.
Saint Mary's played in its third WNIT as the Gaels hosted Utah. The Gaels earned the automatic bid after finising second in the WCC regular season. The Gaels took a one point lead into the half, before the second half went back and forth with five ties. Utah eventually went on a 15-0 run to close the game and earn the win.
Portland played in the postseason for the seventh time in the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational at No. 3 seed Washington. It also marked the Pilots' second consecutive postseason appearance as they played in the WNIT last season. The Huskies led at the half and kept the lead in the second as they controlled most of the game to secure the win.
|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|