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WCC Women's Basketball Final Release

May 27, 2011

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NO. 11 GONZAGA ADVANCED TO ELITE 8 FOR FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Three WCC teams advanced to postseason

AROUND THE WCC

2011 Women's Basketball Winter All-Academic Team
Ashley Armstrong SCU SO G 3.88 Anthropology
Janelle Bekkering * GON SR G/F 3.48 Civil Engineering
Tara Cronin * POR SR G 3.71 Mechanical Engineering
Meagan Fulps SCU SO G 3.59 Communication
Emily Hatch USD SR F 3.64 Psychology
Kelly Jo Mullaney USF RS-SR G 3.85 Graduate
Kelsey Patrick PEP SO F 3.75 Advertising
Claire Raap GON SR F 3.48 Physical Education
Vania Singleterry * USF JR G 3.56 Exercise Sports
Morgan Woodrow USD JR F 3.64 Communication Studies

Honorable Mention

Ashley Boggs, USF; Kate Gaze, SMC; Alex Jarrell, PEP; Sarah Kliewer, POR; Lindsay Leo, SCU; Tatriana Lorenzo, GON

Vandersloot First Ever to 2,000 points, 1,000 assists in NCAA D-1 History
Gonzaga senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot became the first NCAA Division 1 basketball player with at least 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in her career. Vandersloot already had 1,085 assists heading into Monday's game, but reached the 2,000-point mark with her 10th point in Monday night's NCAA second-round victory against no. 3 UCLA. Former Penn State star Suzie McConnell previously had the most points for any player with 1,000 assists after scoring 1,897 in her career. The most of any men's player with 1,000 assists was Bobby Hurley, who scored 1,731 points in his Duke career to go along with 1,076 assists.

The Records Keep Breaking
Vandersloot can add two more records to her list. Vandersloot dished out seven assists Saturday night against Louisville, bringing her season total to 358. That's an NCAA women's record, breaking Penn State's Suzie McConnell's 355 set in 1986-87. She also broke the West Coast Conference career steals mark in Saturday night's Elite Eight victory over the Cardinal. Vandersloot went into the game needing three steals to become the all-time leader and finished with seven. She broke San Francisco's Toni Russell's mark of 359 set during 2001-05. Vandersloot now has 364 career steals.

Vandersloot Receives National Recognition Gonzaga senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot became the first player in Bulldog and West Coast Conference history to be named Second Team AP All-America and was also named to the John R. Wooden Award All America Team. In addition, Vandersloot was named to the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball team and was selected as the 2011 Nancy Lieberman Award winner which recognizes the nation's top point guard in women's NCAA Division I basketball. Vandersloot also participated in the USA Women's National Team Training Camp from May 10th through 12th in Las Vegas, Nev. She was one of only three players in attendance that played college basketball last year.

Vandersloot Third Pick In 2011 WNBA Draft
Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Courtney Vandersloot became the first Bulldog player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA, as she was the third overall pick, taken by the Chicago Sky Monday during the Draft at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn. The Sky is a member of the Eastern Division.
Vandersloot is the second overall Zag to be drafted in the WNBA. Former Gonzaga star Vivian Frieson was taken 31st overall in the 2010 Draft by the Tulsa Shock.

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

West Coast Conference Announces 2012 Zappos.com Tournament Bracket

Player of the Year
Courtney Vandersloot, GON

Defensive Player of the Year
Jazmine Jackson, PEP

Coach of the Year
Kelly Graves, GON

Newcomer of the Year
Camille Buckley, LMU

ALL-Conference Team
Dominique Conners, USD
Natalie Day, POR
Lena Gipson, SCU
Jazmine Jackson, PEP
Katelan Redmon, GON
Jasmine Smith, SMC
Kayla Standish, GON
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Renahy Young, LMU

All-Freshman
Camille Buckley, LMU
Alexis Byrd, POR
Danielle Mauldin, SMC
Robie Mayberry, PEP
Ricki Radanovich, SCU

Honorable Mention
Janelle Bekkering, GON
Candice Nichols, LMU
ReZina TecleMariam, POR
Sam Child, USD
Kelly Jo Mullaney, USF
Meagan Fulps, SCU

Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Breaks WCC, SMC Career Rebounds Record
In the final game of her collegiate career in the first round of the WNIT, Saint Mary's senior forward became the WCC's/SMC's all-time career rebounding leader with rebound No. 1,122.

West Coast Conference Welcomes BYU in 2011-12
The West Coast Conference announced that Brigham Young University has formally acceptedan invitation to join the WCC with competition to begin in the 2011-12 academic year.BYU has been consistently recognized as one of the top-rated academic institutionsin the nation and is home to an athletic program that has enjoyed success at boththe conference and national levels. BYU, which will become an independent in FBSfootball, will compete in the West Coast Conference in baseball, men's and women'sbasketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women'ssoccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. This is the first time theWest Coast Conference has formally invited an institution as a full member since GonzagaUniversity and the University of San Diego began competing in the WCC in 1979.

West Coast Conference Announces 2012 Zappos.com Tournament Bracket

West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich announced a new bracketformat for the conference's annual basketball championships. 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 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 seeds will 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.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 31-5
WCC Record: 14-0
  • 11th-seeded Gonzaga advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history in the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championships. The Bulldogs upset no. 6 Iowa 92-86, upended no. 8 UCLA 89-75, and defeated no. 7 Louisville 76-69.

  • Senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot became the first player in Bulldog and West Coast Conference history to be named Second Team AP All-America and was also named to the John R. Wooden Award All America Team. In addition, she was drafted third overall by the WNBA's Chicago Sky.

  • Vandersloot was selected as the 2011 Nancy Lieberman Award winner, which recognizes the nation's top point guard in women's NCAA Division I basketball.

  • Junior forward Kayla Standish is one of 35 players who have accepted invitations to participate in the USA Women's World University Games Team Trials, which will take place May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 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.

  • Senior guard Renahy Young was named to the 2010-11 All-Jesuit All-American team on Friday, April 8th. Young was an Honorable Mention selection and one of just 18 players nationally to be recognized.

  • After posting a 4.00 grade-point-average in her Master's of Education graduate program, senior guard Jessica Vargas was been named to the 2010-11 National Jesuit All-Academic team on Tuesday, April 12th. She was one of just six players in the country to receive the honor.

  • 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 moved into fourth place on the LMU single-season rebounding list, finishing the season with 259.
  • Overall Record: 18-12
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • Making their second consecutive Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance, Pepperdine fell 81-74 to Oklahoma State in the first round of the WNIT in Stillwater, Okla. on Wednesday, March 16th. Junior guard Katie Menton scored a career-high 29 points in the loss.

  • The Waves tallied 12 steals in their WNIT first round contest, including five from junior guard Lauren Bell. Pepperdine finished first in the WCC and fourth in the NCAA with 12.8 steals a game.

  • Sophomore forward Kelsey Patrick and junior center Alex Jarrell earned West CoastConference All-Academic honors. Patrick received first-team honors, while Jarrell received honorable mention for the second consecutive season.

  • The Waves dropped a quarterfinal contest at the WCC Basketball Championships onSaturday, March 5th at the Orleans Arena, losing 77-68 to San Diego.


  • Overall Record: 16-15
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • Portland defeated Santa Clara 75-64 on Saturday, March 5th in the quarterfinals 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.

  • Senior Tara Cronin was named to the West Coast Conference Winter All-Academic Team, while sophomore Sarah Kliewer earned honorable mention. Cronin was also selected to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team.

  • 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 and were 19th in the NCAA with 7.3 three-point field goals made per contest.
  • Overall Record: 19-13
    WCC Record: 11-5
  • Saint Mary's was edged by Nevada in the first-round of the WNIT, losing to the Wolf Pack 65-62 on Thursday, March 17th in McKeon Pavilion. In the loss, senior forward Louella Tomlinson became SMC's all-time career rebounding leader with rebound 1,122. That number is a West Coast Conference record as well.

  • Tomlinson finished atop the NCAA leaderboard with 4.7 blocked shots this season.

  • Saint Mary's fell 72-46 to top-seeded Gonzaga in the Championship Game of the 2011Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championship on Monday, March 7th on ESPNU.

  • Sophomore guard Kate Gaze was named to the 2010-11 WCC Winter All-Academic Team. Gaze received honorable mention after maintaining a 3.208 GPA in the classroom. The sophomore guard led the WCC in three-point percentage, converting at a 42.4 percent clip.
  • Overall Record: 17-14
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • San Diego won two games in two days before falling 71-68 to Saint Mary's in the WCC Basketball Championships semifinals. The Toreros defeated LMU 73-43 on Friday, then upset third-seed Pepperdine 77-68.

  • 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.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch and junior guard Morgan Woodrow were both selected to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team. Hatch carried a 3.64 GPA as a psychology major. Woodrow, who also had a 3.64 GPA, is a communication studies major.

  • 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.

  • For the second consecutive year, San Francisco was named one of 33 winners in the NCAA Division I "Pack the House" Challenge, as announced by the NCAA national office. USF was named the West Coast Conference winner for the nation-wide contest in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance at women's basketball games.

  • Redshirt senior Kelly Jo Mullaney and junior Vania Singleterry were named to the WCC All-Academic team, while sophomore Ashley Boggs garnered honorable mention honors.
  • 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 Basketball Championships. 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.

  • Senior forward Lena Gipson led the WCC and finished seventh in the nation with 11.2rebounds per game. In a 52-47 victory over Pacific back in December, Gipson pulled down 22 boards, just one shy of an all-time school record.

  • Sophomores Ashley Armstrong, Meagan Fulps and Lindsay Leo were named to the 2011 West Coast Conference Winter All-Academic team..