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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 30, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The 2010-11 women's basketball season is in full swing. Last week, San Diego's Sam Child averaged 23.5 points per game to earn WCC Player of the Week honors.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Pepperdine at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
7:00 PM
Seattle at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Davis Davis, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Sacramento State Sacramento State, CA
7:05 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
Santa Clara at Wichita State Wichita, KS
5:00 PM
San Diego at BYU-Hawaii Laie, HI
8:00 PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Gonzaga at Eastern Washington Cheney, WA
7:00 PM
UCLA at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Oregon State Corvalis, OR
7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

San Diego vs. BYU Laie, HI
6:00 PM
Hawaii at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Gonzaga at Montana Missoula, MT
1:00 PM
Pacific at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
2:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM
Sacramento State at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Sam Child, USD
San Diego guard Sam Child helped pace theToreros to a 2-0 record with wins over Cal StateFullerton and Columbia to run USD's winning streak to three games. Child averaged a team-leading 23.5 ppg, averaged 8.0 rebounds per game, whileshooting .594 from the field. Child recorded her first career double-double in Wednesday's win over Cal State Fullerton, as she had 21 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. She thenfollowed that up with a 26-point performance in Saturday's win overColumbia, falling just two points shy of tying her career-high..

Also Nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Katie Menton, PEP; Kelly Jo Mullaney, USF; Katelan Redmon, GON; Jasmine Smith, 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 Breaks NCAA Career Blocks Record
Senior Louella Tomlinson set the NCAA career record for blocked shots with her 536th career blocked shot on Saturday, November 27th against Wisconsin. Tomlinson's rejection late in the game broke Division II's Saint Paul's LaKisha Phifer's previous mark. Tomlinson is averaging four blocks per contest this season, which is first in the WCC and fourth in the NCAA.

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: 4-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Last weekend, Gonzaga participated in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, HI, finishing with a 2-1 record. After losing their first game of the tournament 53-52 to Ole Miss on Friday, the Bulldogs beat North Carolina Central 94-52 on Saturday and Washington State 67-65 on Sunday.

  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot dished out 13 assists in the win over North Carolina Central. Her 9.6 assists per game average is ranked first in the nation.

  • Junior guard/forward Katelan Redmon's two free-throws with 5.7 seconds remaining liftedGonzaga to a 67-65 victory over Washington State on Sunday. Redmon finished with a game-high 22 points. She is now ranked second in the WCC in scoring with an 18.3 points per game average.

  • The Bulldogs return to the hardwood when they travel to Eastern Washington on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Loyola Marymount hosted the Courtyard L.A. Westside Thanksgiving Classic last week. They defeated Stephen F. Austin 94-62 on Friday and lost to #17 Georgia 76-45 in the championship game of the tournament.

  • The Lions used a 21-0 run in the second half and shot a season-high 56% from the floor to defeat Stephen F. Austin on Friday. Junior guard/forward Alex Cowling scored 27 points.Cowling's 22.5 points per game average is ranked first in the WCC and 12th in the NCAA.

  • Freshman guard Hazel Ramirez contributed a career-high 22 points in the win over the Ladyjacks. Junior guard Candice Nichols added 14 points and sophomore guard Courtney Collishaw scored a career-high 10 points.
  • Overall Record: 4-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine went 2-1 last week with a 82-65 win over Boise State on Tuesday, a 73-69 win over Temple on Friday, and a 78-65 loss at Fresno State on Sunday.

  • Redshirt junior guard Katie Menton tied a career high with six 3-pointers and led all players with 18 points in Pepperdine's 82-65 win over Boise State Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. Menton is first in the WCC with 2.9 three-point field goals per game.

  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to help the Waves hold off Temple 73-69 on Friday. Jackson also added two steals. She is now averaging 3.7 steals per contest, which is ranked first in the WCC and ninth in the NCAA.

  • Pepperdine will travel to UC Irvine on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
  • Overall Record: 5-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland went 1-1 at the Houston Baptist Tournament last weekend. The Pilots dropped the first game of tournament 67-66 to Lamar on Friday and rebounded with an 80-59 win over Houston Baptist on Sunday.

  • Junior guard Nakeisha Brown and senior center Lauren Angel led the Pilots with 15 points and junior guard Rezina TecleMariam added seven assists and six rebounds in the loss to Lamar. TecleMariam is now second in the WCC with 5.4 assists per game.

  • Junior guard Natalie Day scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Pilots in double figures in the 80-59 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday. Day now sits at fifth in the WCC with 16.4 points per game.

  • The Pilots will host Seattle on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Hawaii on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's hosted the Hilton Tournament last weekend in Moraga. They fell 78-57 to Northwestern on Friday. Senior forward Louella Tomlinson set the NCAA career blocks record with her 536th career rejection late in the game on Saturday in the Gaels' 56-50 win over Wisconsin.

  • Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Smith led all scorers with 24 points, scoring six of the Gaels final seven points in the win over the Badgers. Smith is now fourth in the Conference with 16.7 points per contest.

  • Tomlinson's 536th career block broke Division II's Saint Paul's LaKisha Phifer's previous mark. She leads the WCC with four blocks per game, which also ranks fourth in the NCAA.

  • The Gaels will travel to UC Davis on Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
  • Overall Record: 4-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego went 2-0 at home last week with a 71-60 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday and a 91-87 win over Columbia on Saturday.

  • WCC Player of the Week senior guard Sam Child paced the Toreros with 26 points in the win over Columbia, which was the team's third consecutive victory. Child is averaging 14 points per game, which is eighth in the WCC.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners scored 22 points and Childs added 21 points and 11rebounds in the 71-60 win over Cal State Fullerton. Conners is third in the WCC with 17 points per game.

  • The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday when they host cross-town rival San Diego State in at 7:00 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
  • Overall Record: 2-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco went 1-1 at the University of New Mexico Tournament last week. The Dons dropped their first game of the tournament, 73-38 to New Mexico on Friday, then rebounded for an 87-76 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday.

  • Junior forward Katy Keating scored 19 points and redshirt senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney added a career-high 18 points in the win over the Rams. Mullaney is averaging 10.2 points per contest, which is in the top 25 in the WCC.

  • Junior guard Rheina Ale scored 11 points and dished out a career-high seven assists. Ale is ranked fifth in the WCC with 3.4 assists per contest.

  • San Francisco will travel to Sacramento State on Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest before hosting UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 0-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara lost to Cal State Bakersfield 66-53 on Tuesday night in their only game of the week.

  • Sophomore guard Meagan Fulps and junior guard Alyssa Shoji led the Broncos with 13 and 12 points apiece. Shoji is 15th in the Conference with 11.5 points per game and also ranks second in the WCC with 2.5 three-point field-goals made per contest.

  • Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson grabbed 15 rebounds to move into sixth place on Santa Clara's all-time rebounding list. She also leads the WCC with 9.5 rebounds per game and is eighth with a .522 field goal percentage.

  • The Broncos will travel to South Dakota on Tuesday night for a 5:00 p.m. matchup. They will continue their road trip when they visit Wichita State on Thursday for a 5:00 p.m. contest.