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WCC Announces 2010-11 Women's Basketball Conference Schedule

Aug. 17, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The WCC released its 2010-11 women's basketball schedule today as the conference looks to duplicate a record setting 2009-10 season. A year ago, Gonzaga reached the NCAA Women's "Sweet 16" for the first time in school history and four programs earned trips to the postseason to tie the conference record in that category. Saint Mary's and Pepperdine participated in the WNIT, while Portland qualified for the inaugural WBI.

"It was quite an achievement for half of our eight women's basketball programs to reach the postseason last year," West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "We're looking forward to another exciting conference season, culminating with the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships in March."

Gonzaga opens defense of its regular season championship when it visits Portland on Saturday, January 8 at the Chiles Center. The Bulldogs play their first three WCC games on the road before hosting Santa Clara on Thursday, January 20. In addition to going 14-0 in conference play and capturing the tournament championship last year, Gonzaga defeated North Carolina and Texas A&M to reach the NCAA Sweet 16.

Saint Mary's, which finished second in the conference a year ago, opens the conference season at home against Loyola Marymount on Thursday, January 6. The Gaels then host Pepperdine on January 8 in a matchup of teams that advanced to the WNIT a year ago.

The one new coaching face to the WCC in 2010-11 is no stranger to women's basketball. Jennifer Azzi, who is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame for her accomplishments with Stanford University, USA Basketball and the ABL/WNBA, is entering her first season at the University of San Francisco. The Dons open conference play at home against Santa Clara on Saturday, January 8.

The season concludes with the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Championship Game on Monday, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. on ESPNU at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Additional women's basketball television exposures will be announced as they become available.

About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership - only two conferences have been together longer - and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

2010-11 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Schedule
(Dates and times subject to change)
(As of August 12, 2010)

Thursday, January 6
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's
Pepperdine at San Diego

Saturday, January 8
Gonzaga at Portland
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's
Loyola Marymount at San Diego
Santa Clara at San Francisco

Thursday, January 13
Portland at Loyola Marymount
Gonzaga at Pepperdine
Saint Mary's at San Francisco
San Diego at Santa Clara

Saturday, January 15
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Portland at Pepperdine
San Diego at San Francisco
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara

Thursday, January 20
Santa Clara at Gonzaga
San Francisco at Portland

Saturday, January 22
San Francisco at Gonzaga
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount
Santa Clara at Portland
Saint Mary's at San Diego

Thursday, January 27
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's
Portland at San Diego
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
Pepperdine at Santa Clara

Saturday, January 29
Portland at Saint Mary's
Gonzaga at San Diego
Pepperdine at San Francisco
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara

Thursday, February 3
San Diego at Loyola Marymount
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine

Friday, February 4
Portland at Gonzaga

Saturday, February 5
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount
San Diego at Pepperdine
San Francisco at Santa Clara

Thursday, February 10
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Pepperdine at Portland
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at San Diego

Saturday, February 12
Pepperdine at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at Portland
San Francisco at Saint Mary's
Santa Clara at San Diego

Thursday, February 17
Portland at San Francisco
Gonzaga at Santa Clara

Saturday, February 19
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
San Diego at Saint Mary's
Gonzaga at San Francisco
Portland at Santa Clara

Thursday, February 24
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount
San Francisco at Pepperdine
San Diego at Portland

Saturday, February 26
San Diego at Gonzaga
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount
Santa Clara at Pepperdine
Saint Mary's at Portland

Friday, March 4
Zappos.com WCC Championships Opening Round Game #1, 12:00 p.m.
Zappos.com WCC Championships Opening Round Game #2, 30 minutes after game 1

Saturday, March 5
Zappos.com WCC Championships Quarterfinal #1, 12:00 p.m.
Zappos.com WCC Championships Quarterfinal #2, 30 minutes after game 1

Sunday, March 6
Zappos.com WCC Championships Semifinal #1, 11:00 a.m.
Zappos.com WCC Championships Semifinal #2, 30 minutes after game 1

Monday, March 7
Zappos.com WCC Championship Game, 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU)