Oct. 27, 2009
San Bruno, Calif. - WCC Live will be back on the air on Wednesday Oct. 28th beginning at 8pm to begin a four part series previewing the men's and women's basketball seasons. The series will feature coaches from across the league as well as prominent student-athletes.
Appearing on part I of the series will be Women's Head Coach Tanya Haave and sophomore guard Rheina Ale from San Francisco and Women's Head Coach Jennifer Mountain and junior forward Lena Gipson from Santa Clara. On the men's side, we will welcome Head Coach Max Good and sophomore guard Jarred DuBois of Loyola Marymount and Head Coach Tom Asbury and junior forward Mychel Thompson of Pepperdine.
Coach Haave returns a young squad from a team that had 36% of its scoring come from the freshmen last season, all of who return this year. She spent the summer with her team playing top teams from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Of the freshmen, Ale made the biggest impact as the team's second leading scorer and will return as the leader in scoring (10.1 ppg) and three-pointers (39).
Coach Mountain also fields a young team that features eight freshmen, but also returns three starters from last season. In her first season at the helm, she led the team to a second round appearance in last year's WCC Tournament. Gipson is one of the most dominating players in the league as she led the league in rebounding (9.9 rpg) and almost averaged a double-double for the season with her team-leading 13.6 ppg.
Coach Good fields a team that returns three starters and also the top four scorers from last year's squad in his second year as head coach. DuBois scored an LMU freshman record 417 points last season en route to All-WCC freshman team honors and returns as the team's leading scorer (13.5). His 39 points against Cal State Bakersfield set a new LMU freshman single-game scoring record and were the most by any WCC player last season.
Coach Asbury is also in his second year at the helm, although this is his second time around with the team. The Waves are tied with Portland for the most returning letterwinners in the WCC with 12, marking the most returning lettermen in program history. Thompson will serve as a team captain this year and was the second leading scorer (9.6) on the squad last season, while tying for the lead in three-pointers (35).
Fans can participate to ask the guests questions by calling the listener line at 646-378-1311 or emailing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, which can also be done ahead of time as well. To listen to the show live, just go to www.wccsports.com/wcclive. Fans can also listen to any previous episode from the Podcentral tab on WCCSports.com.