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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 16, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The 2010-11 women's basketball season kicked off last weekend with all eight teams in action. Portland came away unbeaten, Saint Mary's senior forward Louella Tomlinson recorded two double-doubles, and Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists to earn WCC Player of the Week honors.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Santa Clara at Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
6:05 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Saint Mary's at Drake Des Moines, IA
5:05 PM
Washington State at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, CA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

San Diego at UNLV Las Vegas, NV
5:00 PM
Santa Clara at Colorado Boulder, CO
7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
7:00 PM
UC Davis at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Air Force at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Nebraska Lincoln, NE
12:05 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

#2 Stanford at #22 Gonzaga Spokane WA
2:00 PM
Seattle at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Katelan Redmon, GON
Junior guard Katelan Redmon averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists and shot a blistering 76.2 percent from the floor over the first two games for Gonzaga. Redmon scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals in GU's 79-73 setback to USC. She then turned around two days later and scored a game-high 22 points, had eight boards and four assists in 21 minutes of action in the Zags' 114-40 win over Whitman. The 74-point victory was the largest margin of victory in school history.

Also Nominated: Natalie Day, POR; Louella Tomlinson, SMC

Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll

Gonzaga was chosen as the favorite to claim the West Coast Conference women's basketball title for the third straight year in the 2010-11 preseason coaches poll. The Bulldogs, who received the maximum seven first place votes for a total of 49 points, edged out Saint Mary's, who received the remaining first place vote and totaled 43 points to finish second. Pepperdine, which finished third in this year's poll with 36 points, returns four starters from last year's team that finished second in the 2010 WCC Zappos.com Championships and made an NIT appearance. Loyola Marymount, Portland and San Diego were separated by a total of three points for picks four, five, and six, respectively. LMU received a total of 27 points, while Portland received 26 and San Diego tallied 24 points. Santa Clara was selected to finish seventh this season, with 12 points. San Francisco rounds out this year's poll with eight points.

2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga 49 (7)
2. Saint Mary's 43 (1)
3. Pepperdine 36
4. LMU 27
5. Portland 25
6. San Diego 24
7. Santa Clara 12
8. San Francisco 8

2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Rheina Ale, USF
Janelle Bekkering, GON
Dominique Conners, USD
Alex Cowling, LMU
Laiken Dollente, POR
Lena Gipson, SCU
Jazmine Jackson, PEP
Katelan Redmon, GON
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Renahy Young, LMU

Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
This season, three WCC women's basketball games will appear on national TV on the CBS College Network as well as ESPNU. Two of the games will air on the CBS College Network, with the WCC Tournament championship game from Las Vegas airing on ESPNU.

WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule

Jan. 13Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 6:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Jan. 27Gonzaga at Saint Mary's - 6:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Mar. 7WCC Tournament Championship - 12:00 pm (PT) ESPNU

WCC Women's Basketball Launches 2010-11 "Be A Part of It" Campaign
After successfully increasing women's basketball attendance by 24% and season ticket sales by 11% across the league with the help of the NCAA Women's Basketball Grant last year, the West Coast Conference looks to improve on exposure and attendance during the 2010-11 season with the WCC "Be A Part of It" campaign.

Be A Part of It, a conference-wide community service initiative, encourages WCC fans to come to basketball games and support their favorite WCC basketball teams both on and off the court. Over a series of four games determined by each school, fans will be invited to take part in various community service initiatives, such as WBCA's Pink Zone and Soles4Souls.

The WCC was one of two conferences selected to receive a women's basketball grant by the NCAA as part of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant Program. This is the second consecutive year the WCC was granted funding by the NCAA to "increase awareness, exposure and attendance of women's basketball."

Each WCC women's basketball program will launch unique websites during thenon-conference and conference season to promote its "Be A Part of It" series. In addition, fans who visit their team's website and invite 10 or more Facebook friends to "Be A Part of It" online will be entered to win a three-night hotel stay at the Orleans Hotel and two all-session passes to the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships. Also as part of the campaign, the WCC launched its official Facebook game "Shoot2Hoop", which invites all WCC fans to play for two all-session passes to the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships.

Multiple WCC Teams In The Postseason For 12th Straight Year
For the 12th straight season, and the 16th time in the past 17 years, the West Coast Conference was represented by multiple teams in the postseason. Gonzaga captured the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the WCC Tournament. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's both earned a Women's NIT berth. Portland was selected to play in the inaugural 16-team Women's Basketball Invitiational. In advancing to the Sweet 16, Gonzaga upended No. 10 seeded North Carolina in the first round, 82-76, upset No. 2 Texas A&M, 72-71, in the second round, and nearly accomplished the same feat against No. 3 seeded Xavier, losing 74-56.

WCC Basketball Championships Remain in Las Vegas Through 2012
Last year, the West Coast Conference and Orleans Arena announced a three-year contract extension that will keep the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas through 2012.

The extension comes after the West Coast Conference sold out the Orleans Arena for the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships. The 2009 championship, which was the WCC's first-ever at a neutral site, set conference records for both total championship attendance (33,320) and single session championship attendance (7,845).

The agreement will bring the WCC Basketball Championships back to the Orleans Arena on March 4-7 of 2011 and March 2-5 of 2012.

The 2011 WCC Championships will feature the same format as the 2009 and 2010 event, with a combined total of 14 men's and women's games over four days. Tickets for the 2011 championship will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 12.

Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Re-Breaks WCC Blocks Record
Senior Louella Tomlinson followed up her record-setting junior campaign, in which she set a WCC single-season blocks (161) record, by setting a new WCC record with 195 in her junior season. Her 6.3 blocks per game average was good for second in the NCAA. Her single season total for one season also ranks number one on the Gaels' all-time list.

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot was named to the preseason Women's John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are early frontrunners for the college basketball's most prestigious honor.

Vandersloot becomes the second Bulldog in school history to be nominated for the award in back-to-back seasons as she also made the list in 2009. Former Zag Heather Bowman is the only other player to make the prestigious list twice, earning the nod in 2008 and 2009.

This list is composed of 31 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.

WCC Returning Record Setters
The WCC returns seven players who are already in the the league's all-time season and career record books.

Record     Player                 Place   TotalAssists (S) Courtney Vandersloot, GON  1      321Rebounds (S)Louella Tomlinson, SMC   2   343Rebounds (S)    Lena Gipson, SCU           6      319Blocks (S)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC   1      195Steals (S) Courtney Vandersloot   3      121FG Pct. (S) Ashlee Smith              22      60.9Blocks (C)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC   2      318

S= Season, C= Career

All-WCC Performers Highlight Squads
Five All-WCC performers return to their respective squads this year, along with six players that earned honorable mention honors last season. Gonzaga returns 2-time WCC Player of the Year Courtney Vandersloot, who is also a two-time WCC Tournament MVP. LMU returns Alex Cowling, while Saint Mary's brings back Louella Tomlinson, who won Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row. Santa Clara's Lena Gipson rounds out the returning all-conference players.

Player            YR  PPGDominique Conners, USD    JR  16.3Alex Cowling, LMU    JR  17.5Lena Gipson, SCU    RS-SR 12.6Louella Tomlinson, SMC    SR  16.9Courtney Vandersloot, GON   SR  14.1


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 0-0
WCC Record: 1-1
  • Gonzaga dropped its season opener to USC, 79-73, Friday afternoon at the Galen Center. WCC Player of the Week junior Katelan Redmon made 10 of 11 shots in the game to lead the Bulldogs to a 114-40 win over Whitman College on Sunday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot paced the Bulldogs with 19 points, five assists and four steals against USC, while Redmon added 17 points and five rebounds and junior forward Kayla Standish scored 15 points and also pulled down five boards against the Women of Troy.

  • Redmon scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and also handed out four assists in the 74-point win over Whitman, the largest margin of victory in Bulldog history.

  • Gonzaga will next host #2 Stanford on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Junior guard/forward Alex Cowling had 18 points but Loyola Marymount dropped its season opener 63-55 at Idaho State on Friday night at Reed Gymnasium in Pocatello, ID. A 26-0 run to start the game got LMU going and the Lions cruised to a 74-43 over Long Beach State in the home opener on Monday night at Gersten Pavilion.

  • The Lions got 14 points and five steals from junior guard Candice Nichols but could not overcome 23 turnovers nor capitalize on 20 offensive rebounds against the Bengals.

  • Cowling inched closer to 1,000 career points, leading all scorers with 19 points to give her 964 for her career on Monday night.

  • The Lions head out on the road for the next two games, visiting Cal Poly on Friday at 7 p.m. before journeying to Sacramento State on Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson recorded the second double-double of her career in a 68-56 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the season opener Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves dropped a road game on Sunday afternoon at Nevada, 66-61.

  • The Waves were paced by Jackson's 19 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double since her freshman season. Junior forward Skye Barnett pulled down a personal best 12rebounds, and the Waves' used a 14-2 run late in the second half to take down the Gauchos.

  • Jackson scored 19 points for the second time in as many games to lead the Waves, while classmate Lauren Bell chipped in 10. Pepperdine also forced 37 Nevada turnovers.

  • Pepperdine will return to action on Wednesday when they visit regional rival Cal StateNorthridge at the Matadome at 7 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Senior guard Tara Cronin scored 19 points as Portland opened the 2010-11 season with an 83-76 win over Boise State Friday in Boise, ID. Portland senior center Lauren Angel had a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pilots defeat Eastern Washington 77-58 on Sunday afternoon at Reese Court.

  • Portland had five players reach double figures in scoring against the Broncos, including Cronin (19), junior guard/forward Natalie Day (17), junior guard Nakeisha Brown (15), junior forward Alexis Gannis (14) and junior guard ReZina TecleMariam (12).

  • TecleMariam registered 12 points, seven rebounds and a game-high fives assists against the Eagles. Junior guard/forward Natalie Day finished with 13 points and nine boards off the bench.

  • The Pilots will return home for a Thursday night matchup against Washington State at 7:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's opened the 2010-11 campaign with a 73-69 victory over Washington State on Friday night at McKeon Pavilion. They then suffered their first loss of the season in an 89-63 defeat to California in Haas Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith scored a career-high 24 points and the Gaels converted 30-of-36 free-throws against the Cougars. Senior forward Louella Tomlinson continued where she left off last season, tallying a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds.

  • Freshman forward Danielle Mauldin led the way for the Gaels with 11 points against Cal, while Tomlinson recorded another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Saint Mary's is back in action when it travels to the Midwest next week to face Drake. Tipoff is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).
  • Overall Record: 1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego kicked off their season with a 72-61 win over Pacific on Monday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners led the way with 21 points for the Toreros on five for eleven from the field.

  • Senior guard Sam Child was the second of three USD players in double figures, as she scored 17 points on a 5-for-12 performance from the field, and junior guard Morgan Woodrow recorded 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor.

  • The Toreros will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 5 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco opened the 2010-11 season Friday by falling 69-45 to visiting UC Davis at War Memorial Gym. The Dons then posted a 71-59 victory over San Jose State on Monday night.

  • Redshirt junior Kelly Jo Mullaney paced the Dons with 12 points on Friday night. Seniorforward Donnisha Taylor set the tone for San Francisco defense, pulling down seven rebounds, along with six points, an assist and a steal.

  • Junior forward Katy Keating and Taylor each posted 20 points against the Spartans, marking the first time since 2008 two Dons have tallied 20-plus point outings in a contest. The win was the first of the career for first-year head coach Jennifer Azzi.

  • The Dons will head south to face Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped its season-opener to Fresno State, 74-54, Friday night at the Leavey Center.

  • Sophomore guard Meagun Fulps led the Broncocs with 12 points. Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson finished the night with 10 points and eight rebounds and redshrt sophomoreforward Lindsay Leo added eight points and six rebounds.

  • Santa Clara shot 35.6 percent, including 10.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Broncos also finished with 31 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

  • The Broncos are back in action Wednesday night when they travel to Northern Colorado for a 6:05 p.m. matchup.