Nov. 9, 2009
San Bruno, Calif. - WCC Live will be back on the air on Wednesday Nov. 11th beginning at 8pm to continue its four part series previewing the men's and women's basketball seasons as well as feature a recap of the women's soccer season that has just wrapped up last weekend. The series will feature coaches from across the league as well as prominent student-athletes.
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.blogtalkradio.com/wccsports. Fans can also listen to any previous episode from the Podcentral tab on WCCSports.com or at www.wccsports.com/wcclive.
Appearing on this week's episode will be Portland Women's Soccer Head Coach Garrett Smith, whose team just won the WCC regular season title last weekend. From women's basketball, we will be joined by Pepperdine Head Coach Julie Rousseau and senior center Miranda Ayim. On the men's side, WCC Live will welcome San Francisco Head Coach Rex Walters and senior forward Dior Lowhorn and Saint Mary's Head Coach Randy Bennett and senior center Omar Samhan.
Coach Smith just led his team to the WCC regular season title and a clean sweep in conference play for the third straight year. His team is currently ranked second in the nation and will participate in the NCAA tournament this weekend for the program's 17th appearance. The Pilots will look to improve upon their Elite 8 appearance last season.
Coach Rousseau is coming off a summer in which she spent time as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning USA women's basketball team from the World University Games. Her team was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll. Ayim enters the season as the team's leading scorer (11.5) and rebounder (5.4). She currently sits at sixth on the programs all-time career blocks list (97).
Coach Walters' team was picked tied for fourth in the preseason coaches poll and he returns five of his top six scorers from last season. Included among the returners is Lowhorn who has led the WCC in scoring in back-to-back years the last two seasons and became just the eighth player in WCC history to do so.
Coach Bennett's team was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll and returns two starters from a team he led to a school record 28 wins and also a quarterfinals appearance in the NIT last year. Samhan will return as team's leader in scoring (14.1), rebounding (9.4), and blocked shots (69). He will enter the season ranked ninth on the WCC's all-time career blocks (159) list.