Dec. 7, 2010
|NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|Last week, senior guard Courtney Vandersloot led Gonzaga to a 2-0 week averaging 30.0 points, 7.5 assists and 3.5 steals while hitting 56.8 from the field and sinking all 13 free throw attempts to earn WCC Player of the Week honors.|
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Player of the Week: Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Also Nominated: Candice Nichols, LMU; Lauren Bell, PEP; 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
2010-11 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Three Conference Games Slated For National TV Broadcasts
WCC Women's Hoops Television Schedule
Jan. 13Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 6:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
WCC Women's Basketball Launches 2010-11 "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
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 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
Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
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
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
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|