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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 23, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The 2010-11 women's basketball season is in full swing. Last week, LMU's Alex Cowling averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and shot 53.3% to earn WCC Player of the Week honors.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Gonzaga at North Dakota Grank Forks, ND
4:00 PM
Boise State at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Cal State Fullerton at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Loyola Marymount vs. Stephen F. Austin Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
Temple at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Portland vs. Lamar Houston, TX
3:30 PM
Gonzaga vs. Ole Miss Honolulu, HI
6:30 PM
Northwestern at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco vs. New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
6:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Columbia at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Portland vs. Houston Baptist Houston, TX
3:00 PM
Wisconsin at Saint Mary's = Moraga, CA
8:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. TBD Honolulu, HI
TBA
Loyola Marymount vs. TBD Los Angeles, CA
TBA
San Francisco vs. TBD Albuquerque, NM
TBA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Pepperdine at Fresno State Fresno, CA
2:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. TBD Honolulu, HI
TBA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Santa Clara at South Dakota Vermillion, SD
5:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Alex Cowling, LMU
Junior Alex Cowling led LMU to its first two victories of the season last week. On Monday against Long Beach State, Cowling had a team-high 19 points to go along with nine rebounds in a 74-43 victory. She followed that up with her 11th career double-double, scoring 22 points in the second half to match hercareer-high with 31 points, adding 11 rebounds, to turn a three-pointhalftime lead into a 77-58 win. For the week, Cowling averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds on 53.3% (16-for-30) shooting from the floor, 50% (1-for-2) from three-point range, and 94.4% (17-for-18) from the line.

Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Robie Mayberry, PEP; ReZine TecleMariam, POR; Jasmine Smith, SMC; Emily Hatch, USD; Donnisha Taylor, USF; Alyssa Shoji, SCU

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. This season, Tomlinson is averaging 4.3 blocks per game in just under two weeks.

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: 1-2
  • Gonzaga fell 84-78 to #3 Stanford on Sunday afternoon in a sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot led the Bulldogs with 24 points. Senior guard/forward Janelle Bekkering was close behind Vandersloot with 16 points. The Bulldogs lead the WCC with 88.3 points per game in this young season.

  • Vandersloot scored five points during a 9-2 run that cut Stanford's lead to 58-55 with 11:30. The Cardinal ran away with the game with a 9-0 run after Gonzaga had tied the score at 68 with 5:23 left. Vandersloot is now ranked second in the Conference with a 20.0 points per game average.

  • Gonzaga returns to the court on Tuesday night when they travel to North Dakota for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off.
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record:0-0
  • WCC Player of the Week junior guard/forward Alex Cowling posted 31 points and 11 rebounds to pace Loyola Marymount to a 77-58 victory over Cal Poly on Friday evening at Mott Gymnasium. The Lions then dropped a Monday night road game at Sacramento State, 73-69.

  • Cowling was joined in double figures against the Mustangs by freshman Hazel Ramirez with15 points and junior Candice Nichols, who added 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

  • On Monday night against the Hornets, Cowling became the 12th player in LMU history to reach 1,000 career points, recording a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. She now leads the WCC in scoring with 24.0 points per game.

  • The Lions return to the hardwood on Friday when they host the Courtyard L.A. Westside Thanksgiving Classic. Their first game is at 1:00 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin.
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine improved to 23-3 all-time vs. neighbor Cal State Northridge following a 108-74 victory at The Matadome Wednesday night. The Waves then dropped a Friday night contest to UC Davis, 70-62.

  • Six Waves scored in double figures led by freshman forward Robie Mayberry's team season-high 24 points in a win over the Matadors. Junior guard Jazmine Jackson scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes. She rankes seventh in the WCC with 14.5 points per contest.

  • Junior guard Lauren Bell paced the Waves with 18 points against the Aggies. Mayberry hit three consecutive three-pointers during a two-minute stretch in the second half, the last of which cut the Aggie lead to 45-42 at the 13:18 mark.

  • Pepperdine returns to the court at Firestone Fieldhouse Tuesday at 7 p.m. vs. Boise State for game two of its three-game homestand.
  • Overall Record: 4-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Junior guard/forward Natalie Day scored 25 points and junior guard Nakeisha Brown added 22 as the Pilots rolled to a 91-80 win over the Washington State on Thursday night at the Chiles Center. The Pilots then dropped their first game of the season in an 83-79 loss to Oregon.

  • Junior guard Rezina TecleMariam registered her first career double-double in the win over the Cougars. She also paced the Pilots with 16 points in the win over Air Force on Friday. TecleMariam is ranked 11th in the WCC with 13.2 points per game and second with 5.4 assists per game.

  • Day finished with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double in the loss to the Ducks.

  • The Pilots will head south for the Houston Baptist Tournament later this week, where they will face Lamar on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Houston Baptist on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's shot 60.7 percent in the second-half en route to a 70-46 win over Drake on Thursday night at the Knapp Center. The Gaels then fell to #21 Nebraska 64-63 on Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Center.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith led three Gaels in double-figures with 23 points. Senior forward Louella Tomlinson added 13 points, six rebounds and seven blocks in the win over the Bulldogs. Tomlinson is averaging a double-double so far this season, registering 10.8 points per game a league-leading 10 rebounds per game.

  • Sophomore guard Kate Gaze led the Gaels with 18 points, including four three-pointers in the loss at Nebraska. Gaze is third in the WCC with 2.5 three-point field goals per game.

  • Saint Mary's is back in action when they host the Hilton-Concord Thankgiving Classic on Nov. 26th and 27th. The Gaels will first face Northwestern on Friday at 7:00 p.m.(PT).
  • Overall Record: 2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego suffered its first set-back of the season, a 66-48 loss, to UNLV Friday evening at Cox Pavilion. The Toreros then rebounded for a 78-56 victory over Seattle on Sunday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners led the Toreros with 14 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the floor against the Rebels. Senior center Nya Mason recorded a career-high 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field in the loss. Conners is now ranked in the Conference with 16.3 points per game.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch led the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds on 11 for 15 shooting from the field against the Redhawks As a team, the Toreros shot .556 from the field. San Diego leads the WCC with a .467 shooting percentage this season.

  • The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday when they host Cal State Fullerton at 7:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco fell 69-66 to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night at Titan Gym.

  • Junior guard Rheina Ale finished the game with 11 points, including two three-pointers, two rebounds and five assists. Ale is now tied for fifth in the WCC with 3.3assists per contest.

  • Senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney and junior forward Katy Keating also contributed 11 points each. Senior forward Donnisha Taylor led the Dons in the second half, scoring all nine of her points in the final 20 minutes.

  • San Francisco will spend the Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque for the University of New Mexico Holiday Tournament. The Dons will face the Lobos Friday, Nov. 26th at, before taking on either Oklahoma State or Rhode Island on Saturday, Nov. 27th.
  • Overall Record: 0-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped a road match at Northern Colorado, 65-57, on Wednesday night. The Broncos then dropped a 71-57 decision on Friday night at Colorado at the Coors Event Center.

  • The Broncos came out hot in the second half against the Bears, making nine of their first twelve shots to the game at 43 with 12 minutes remaining. Junior guard Alyssa Shoji scored 16 points, 12 from beyond the arc while redshirt senor forward Lena Gipson and redshirt sophomore forward Lindsay Leo combined to score 25 points in the paint.

  • Shoji scored a team-high 15 points for the Broncos in the loss to Buffaloes, making all three of her 3s following the break. Senior forward Kathy Willinsky kept the Broncos close by scoring 11 of her 14 points in the first half.

  • Santa Clara will next make a trip to Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff.