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West Coast Conference Announces 2014-15 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll, All-WCC Team

Oct. 27, 2014

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - With the 2014-15 basketball campaign just over two weeks away, Gonzaga University is the preseason favorite to win the West Coast Conference regular season title in the annual poll of the WCC's 10 head coaches. The Bulldogs received seven first place votes and 78 points. The poll and the all-conference team were announced Monday at Time Warner Cable Sports studios as part of the Fourth Annual West Coast Conference Basketball Tip-Off event streamed live on TheW.tv.

Gonzaga has won at least a share of the last 10 WCC regular season championships. The Bulldogs rolled to their sixth straight NCAA Tournament in 2014 after posting a 29-5 overall record to go along with a 16-2 league slate. Senior forward Sunny Greinacher (11.8 ppg), a two-time All-WCC selection, earned preseason All-WCC honors for Gonzaga.

Brigham Young University received two first place votes and was picked second in the WCC preseason poll with 71 points. The Cougars earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and marched to the Sweet-16 round where they fell to eventual national champion UConn. BYU went 28-7, 14-4 last season. Two Cougars made the preseason squad. Senior forward Morgan Bailey (10.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and All-WCC junior guard Lexi Eaton (16.8 ppg) ranked sixth among league-leaders in scoring.

The University of San Diego was picked third with the remaining first place vote and 65 points. The Toreros advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 WNIT postseason to finish the season with a 24-9 overall record. Junior forward Malina Hood (12.7 ppg) earned a spot on the preseason squad. University of the Pacific also advanced to the WNIT a year ago and posted a 18-13 record, 12-6 in its WCC debut season. The Tigers were picked for a fourth-place finish with 60 points. An All-WCC selection, senior forward Kendall Kenyon (15.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg), earned a spot on the preseason squad after ranking eighth in scoring, third in rebounding as a junior.

WCC coaches tabbed Saint Mary's College to finish fifth with 48 points after going 23-10, 11-7 in the WCC last year. The Gaels qualified for their fifth straight postseason berth and marched to the second round of the 2014 WNIT. San Francisco was picked sixth with 37 points and placed a pair on the preseason squad. Junior guard Zhané Dikes (11.8 ppg, 2.6 assists) made the preseason list for the second straight year while junior forward Taylor Proctor (14.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg) qualifies for the first time.

The University of Portland was picked seventh with 32 points, while Loyola Marymount University was selected eighth with 27 points. Senior guard Jasmine Wooton (13.1 ppg, 4.3 assists) earned a spot on the preseason squad for the Pilots and junior guard Deanna Johnson (14.2 ppg) captured a place on the 10-member team for the Lions.

Pepperdine University (17 points) and the Santa Clara University (15 points) round out the preseason poll. Senior guard Nici Gilday (17.1 ppg) rated fifth in the WCC in scoring as a junior and earned a spot on the preseason team for the Broncos.

West Coast Conference play begins on Saturday, December 27th. For the most up-to-date schedule with game times and broadcast listings, visit WCCsports.com and follow @WCChoops and @TheWtv on Twitter.

The complete preseason poll and all-conference team follows.

2014-15 WCC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)   Pts.
1. Gonzaga (7) 78
2. BYU (2) 71
3. San Diego (1) 65
4. Pacific   60
5. Saint Mary's   48
6. San Francisco   37
7. Portland   32
8. Loyola Marymount   27
9. Pepperdine   17
10. Santa Clara   15

2014-15 All-WCC Preseason Women's Basketball Team

Name Institution Yr. Pos.
Morgan Bailey BYU Sr. F
Zhané Dikes San Francisco Jr. G
Lexi Eaton BYU Jr. G
Nici Gilday Santa Clara Sr. G
Sunny Greinacher Gonzaga Sr. F
Malina Hood San Diego Jr. F
Deanna Johnson Loyola Marymount Jr. G
Kendall Kenyon Pacific Sr. F
Taylor Proctor San Francisco Jr. F
Jasmine Wooton Portland Sr. G

About the West Coast ConferenceThe 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 14 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, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit WCCsports.com or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports.