Dec. 1, 2009
|NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The West Coast Conference concluded another week of non-conference play with Pepperdine and Portland coming away with winning weeks. The Waves defeated Providence and Purdue, while the Pilots avenged a WNIT loss from last year to Portland State. Individually several WCC players rank amongst the nation's elite as Gonzaga's Courtney Vanderlsoot leads the country in assists (10.2) and is eighth in steals (4.0). Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson is the nation's leading shot blocker (6.8) and is ranked seventh in field goal percentage (65.7). Additionally, San Francisco's Rheina Ale is one of only five players in the country to have not missed a single free throw this year.|
This week, Pepperdine and San Francisco will participate in tournaments as the Waves will play in the Arizona State Classic, while the Dons will take part in the Hukilau Tournament in Hawai'i.
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Player of the Week: Alex Cowling, LMU and Miranda Ayim, PEP
Ayim averaged 17.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 steals as the Waves won two of three this week, with both wins coming over major conference opponents (Providence and Purdue). She had 15 points against UC Riverside, a season-high 22 against Providence and her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Purdue.
Also Nominated: Katelon Redmon, GON; Ashlee Smith, SMC; Dominique Conners, USD; Alyssa Shoji, SCU
Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule
Feb. 18Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 8:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
WCC Extends Reach Overseas
Multiple WCC Teams In The Postseason For 11th Straight Year
WCC Basketball Championships Remain 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
Gonzaga's Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch 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
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
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|