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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 24, 2009

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The West Coast Conference went 12-9 against its non-conference opponents last week, including two wins over Pac-10 teams as Gonzaga took down USC and Washington en route to going 3-0 over the week. Saint Mary's came close as well, leading most of the way against No. 13 California, before falling in the last few minutes. Highlighting the performances last week was Louella Tomlinson who had her second triple-double of the season against Nevada with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks.

This week, three teams will play in tournaments as Loyola Marymount hosts the Courtyard by Marriott Thanksgiving Classic, Saint Mary's hosts the Hilton Tournament, and San Francisco heads to the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Classic. In other action Gonzaga will head down to face No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 29.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

UC Riverside at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Portland State at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at San Jose State San Jose, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Oregon Eugene, OR
7:00 PM
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

North Dakota at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Saint Louis at Loyola Marymount
Courtyard by Marriott LA Thanksgiving Classic
Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. Providence Northridge, CA
5:00 PM
San Francisco at Texas Tech
Basketball Travelers Tip Off Classic
Lubbock, TX
6:00 PM
Drake at Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's Hilton Tournament
Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Arizona at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Loyola Marymount vs. TBA
Courtyard by Marriot LA Thanksgiving Classic
Loa Angeles, CA
1:00/3:00 PM
San Francisco vs. Prarie View A&M
Basketball Travelers Tip Off Classic
Lubbock, TX
4:00 PM
Nebraska At Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's Hilton Tournament
Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

San Francisco vs. Texas-Arlington
Basketball Travelers Tip Off Classic
Lubbock, TX
10:00 AM
Gonzaga at No. 2 Stanford Palo Alto, CA
2:00 PM
Purdue at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Utah at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Vivian Frieson, GON
Frieson was instrumental in helping the Zags go undefeated en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She averaged 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.0 blocks and one steal per game. Her breakout game of the week came against the Trojans of USC as she drained 22 points, including 17 points in the opening half, brought down nine rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked three shots.

Also Nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Louella Tomlinson, SMC; Dominique Conners, USD;Donnisha Taylor, USF

Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been selected as the preseason favorite to win the WCC title this year, receiving seven out of the eight first place votes, for 49 points, as voted on by the league head coaches. The Zags edged out Loyola Marymount, who received the remaining first place vote and totaled 40 points. Coming in a close third to the Lions was Pepperdine with 34 points. In the middle of the pack were Portland, with 31 points for a fourth place finish, and Saint Mary's, who received 29 points for the fifth spot. San Diego finished just behind the Gaels, with 22 points for sixth place. Rounding out the poll are San Francisco and Santa Clara, who tied for seventh with 10 points each.

2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga - 49 (7)
2. Loyola Marymount - 39 (1)
3. Pepperdine - 34
4. Portland - 31
5. Saint Mary's - 29
6. San Diego - 22
7. San Francisco - 10
Santa Clara - 10

2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Miranda Ayim, PEP
Heather Bowman, GON
Dominique Conners, USD
Alex Cowling, LMU
Laiken Dollente, POR
Vivian Frieson, GON
Lena Gipson, SCU
Jontelle Smith, SMC
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

Feb. 18Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 8:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Feb. 27San Diego at Pepperdine - 7:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Mar. 8WCC Tournament Championship - 12:00 pm (PT) ESPNU

WCC Extends Reach Overseas
Several WCC players and coaches decided not to take the summer off and instead took their games overseas. Gonzaga's Janelle Bekkering took the last spot on Canada's Senior Women's National Team, beating out 15 other players selected to tryout. This gave her a chance to play in the FIBA Americas Championships. Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson played for Australia in this year's World University Games, where she helped her team win a Bronze Medal against the Czech Republic. Dons' Head Coach Tanya Haave took her team on a journey throughout Scandinavia, where it played a five-game tour, going 3-2 against top teams from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Pepperdine Head Coach Julie Rousseau got her first taste of Team USA as she was an assistant coach for the World University Team, who ended up winning the Gold Medal against Russia at the World University Games. Below is a list of all the international players competing in the WCC.

Multiple WCC Teams In The Postseason For 11th Straight Year
For the 11th straight season, and the 15th time in the past 16 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, while Portland was selected to play in the WNIT against Portland State. It marked the second appearance for both programs in their respective tournaments. Gonzaga pulled off the upset as the 12th seed, taking down fifth seeded Xavier, 74-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to give the program its first ever NCAA Tournament victory. In round two, the Zags went back and forth with No. 4 seed Pittsburgh, as the lead changed 16 times, before losing the lead for good with two minutes to go, losing 65-60. The Pilots had control of their game in the second half, leading by as many as nine, but were unable to hold on for the win.

WCC Basketball Championships Remain in Las Vegas Through 2012
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 to the Orleans Arena on March 5-8 of 2010, March 4-7 of 2011, and March 2-5 of 2012.

The 2010 WCC Championships will feature the same format as the 2009 event, with a combined total of 14 men's and women's games over four days. Tickets for the 2010 championship will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 13.

Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson Re-Breaks WCC Blocks Record
Junior Louella Tomlinson followed up her record-setting freshman campaign, in which she set an NCAA and WCC single-season blocks (152) record, by setting a new WCC record with 161 in her sophomore season. The NCAA record for career blocks is 480, and if Tomlinson keeps up her pace, she will shatter that mark with 626 career blocks. Her single season total for one season was so high, that it also ranks No. 1 on the Gaels' all-time career list.

Gonzaga's Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
Gonzaga University women's basketball teammates Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot were named to the preseason Women's Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy announced by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman. Bowman, a senior, becomes the first Bulldog to be nominated for the award in back-to-back seasons as she also made the list last season. Vandersloot is the second-ever Zag player to make the list.

Gonzaga is one of only four schools with two preseason candidates. The others are the University of Connecticut (Maya Moore, Tina Charles), Ohio State University (Jantel Lavender, Samantha Prahalis) and Stanford University (Jayne Appel, Jeanette Pohlen).

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.

In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. The presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.

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   TotalPoints (S) Heather Bowman, GON  (4)     641Points (C)Heather Bowman, GON  (9)  1,666Assists (S) Courtney Vandersloot, GON (3)     239Rebounds (S) Lena Gipson, SCU  (5)     307Blocks (S)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC  (1)     161FG Pct. (S) Ashlee Smith, SMC  (10)    56.93FG Pct. (S) Morgan Henderson, USD     (9)     44.9Blocks (C)  Louella Tomlinson, SMC  (2)     317FT Pct. (C) Laiken Dollente, POR  (3)     87.0FT Pct. (S)Laiken Dollente, POR  (3)  91.4

S= Season, C= Career

All-WCC Performers Highlight Squads
Seven All-WCC performers return to their respective squads this year, along with five players that earned honorable mention honors last season. Gonzaga returns three all-WCC players in Courtney Vandersloot, who won Player of the Year, Heather Bowman, and Vivian Frieson. Pepperdine returns Miranda Ayim, while Saint Mary's brings back Louella Tomlinson, who won Defensive Player of the Year. LMU's Renahy Young and Portland's Laiken Dollente round out the returning all-conference players.

Player                    YRPPGMiranda Ayim, PEP    SR11.5Heather Bowman, GON    SR19.4Laiken Dollente, POR    SR15.3Vivian Frieson, GON    SR10.0Louella Tomlinson, SMC    JR15.2Courtney Vandersloot, GON   JR16.4Renahy Young, LMU    JR14.7


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 3-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga went undefeated last week, defeating Idaho 80-57, USC 70-58, and Washington 81-52.

  • SR Vivian Frieson was instrumental in helping the Zags go undefeated en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She averaged 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.0 blocks and one steal per game.

  • SR Heather Bowman paced the team with 20 points and nine rebounds against Idaho, while SR Tiffanie Shives hit three from beyond the arc, and already has 10 on the season.

  • Against the Huskies, JR Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points, 11 assists, and four steals. SO Katelan Redmon match that total with 18 of her own on an impressive 9-of-12 shooting.

  • Gonzaga hosts North Dakota (11/25) before traveling to play No. 2 Stanford (11/29).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Loyola Marymount went 2-1 last week, defeating Long Beach State 75-70 and UCSB 65-40, while falling to UC Irvine 65-62.

  • SO Alex Cowling scored double figures in all three games, and had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds against LBSU.

  • JR Renahy Young also scored in double figures in all three games. Her best game came against UC Irvine, where she totaled 16 points and a career-high eight steals, just one off the school's single game record.

  • In the win over the LBSU, the Lions hit a school-record 13 three-pointers, led by Young and SO Candice Nichols, who had four each.

  • The Lions host the Courtyard by Marriott LA Thanksgiving Classic and will play Saint Louis (11/27) and South Florida/Montana (11/28).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine went 1-2 last week, defeating San Jose State 83-66, before losing to Stanford, 99-50, and Cal Poly, 62-59.

  • SR Miranda Ayim and SO Jazmine Jackson led the offense against the Spartans with 15 points each, while Ayim added three steals and two blocks.

  • SO Katie Menton had her best game of the season, finishing with 20 points behind four three-pointers, while grabbing five boards against Cal Poly.

  • Ayim has put together a strong start to the season, scoring in double figures in all four games, while shooting 52 percent. She has also had at least two steals in each game.

  • Pepperdine hosts UC Riverside (11/24) and plays a neutral site game against Providence (11/27), before returning home to play Purdue (11/29).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland went 2-1 last week, falling to Utah State, 63-57, before bouncing back to beat Air Force, 73-65, and Sacramento State, 98-63.

  • JR Lauren Angel posted her first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Utah State.

  • SO Natalie Day paced the team against Air Force with 19 points on five threes. SO Alexis Gannis had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while SO Rezina Teclemariam dished out eight assists.

  • SR Laiken Dollente had a solid all-around game with 19 points, six assists, and four steals to lead five Pilots in double figures against Sacramento State and a league game-high 98 points.

  • Portland has just one game this week, hosting Portland State (11/24).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's went 1-2 last week, defeating Nevada, 65-52, and falling to Cal, 68-65, and Fresno State, 94-81.

  • JR Louella Tomlinson posted her second triple-double in three games in the win over Nevada. She went for 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Over the week, she totaled 51 points, 26 boards, and 18 blocks, while shooting 66 percent.

  • In the win over Nevada, SO Ashlee Smith finished with 12 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with four steals. Over the week, she shot an impressive 66.7 percent from the field.

  • Against Fresno State, SO Jasmine Smith finished with a career-high 15 points

  • The Gaels host the Saint Mary's Hilton Tournament this week and will face Drake (11/27) and Nebraska (11/28).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego went 1-2 last week, falling to San Diego State, 79-52, before splitting at the Maggie Dixon Surf N' Slam Classic, beating Tennessee State, 79-45, and losing to DePaul 84-64, in the championship game.

  • In the win over Tennessee State, JR Emily Hatch paced the offense with 19 points, going 4-for-5 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the line, which tied her for fourth on the school's all-time single game list. JR Sara VanderHorst set a career-high with 12 points.

  • SO Dominique Conners finished the week with 41 points and six steals. She has now scored in double figures in every game this season, while shooting 52 percent, and has also added five three-pointers in her last three games.

  • The Toreros are at home this week and will face Cal State Northridge (11/24), Arizona (11/27), and UC Santa Barbara (11/29).
  • Overall Record: 2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco went 2-1 last week, falling at UC Davis, 69-47, before defeating Cal State Fullerton, 71-63, and Utah State, 57-48.

  • JR Donnisha Taylor had a career night in the win over Cal State Fullerton, with a career-high 23 points, and added 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. She then followed that up with another double-double of 12 points and 14 boards over Utah State.

  • FR Mel Khlok had a solid game against Utah State, ending up with 12 points, hitting both of her three-point attempts, five rebounds, and two blocks.

  • Against Cal State Fullerton, SO Rheina Ale tied her career-high with six assists.

  • USF plays at San Jose State (11/24), before participating at the Basketball Travelers Tip Off Classic to play Texas Tech (11/27), Prarie View A&M (11/28), and Texas-Arlington (11/29).
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara had last week off after playing three games to open the season with a win over Sonoma State and losses to Iowa and UCLA.

  • SO Alyssa Shoji paced the team against host Iowa with 16 points, including three from beyond the arc. FR Ashley Armstrong pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.

  • JR Lena Gipson was named to the All-Tournament team, following her 18 point (7-of-11), 10 rebound performance against UCLA.

  • Shoji continued her impessive three-point shooting against UCLA, with two along with FR Meagan Fulps. Shoji ended with 10 points as the only other Bronco in double figures.

  • Santa Clara will head on the road to play Oregon (11/24), before returning home to host Utah (11/29).