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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 7, 2010

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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.



Cal State Fullerton at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
5:00 PM
San Diego State at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM

San Francisco at Utah State Logan, UT
6:00 PM
San Diego at Long Beach State Long Beach, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at Montana State Bozeman, MT
5:00 PM

Washington State at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Portland State Portland, OR
2:00 PM
Northern Arizona at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Pacific at San Francisco Moraga, CA
2:00 PM

#10 UCLA at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
2:00 PM
Portland at Montana Missoula, MT
2:00 PM

Santa Clara at Southern Utah Missoula, MT
11:00 AM


WCC Player of the Week: Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Gonzaga senior guard Courtney Vandersloot led Gonzaga to a 2-0 weekaveraging 30.0 points, 7.5 assists and 3.5 steals while hitting 56.8 from the field and sinking all 13 free throw attempts. Vandersloot began the weekscoring a career-high 33 points at EasternWashington. She hit 12-of-17 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc and sank 6-of-6 free throws to finish with a career-high 33 points. Vandersloot followed that up by with 27 points in the Zags 80-62 win at Montana. She hit 9-of-20 from the floor, 2-of-4 three-pointers and hit 7-of-7 at the free throw line. She also dished out seven assists, made four steals and blocked two shots.

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
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 4.9 blocks per contest this season, which is first in the WCC and second 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



Overall Record: 6-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • WCC Player of the Week Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot scored a career-high 33 points and junior guard/forward Katelan Redmon added 21 points to lead Gonzaga to a 101-74 victory over Eastern Washington Friday evening at Reese Court. The Bulldogs then closed out a six-game road trip by defeating Montana 80-62 on Sunday afternoon.

  • Vandersloot scored a game-high 27 points and added seven assists to lead Gonzaga in the win over Montana on Sunday. Her 9.1 assists per contest lead the WCC and the NCAA.

  • Overall Record: 4-4
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Junior guard Candice Nichols registered her first career double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and freshman guard Hazel Ramirez added 20 points to help LMU to a 69-52 victory at Cal State Northridge Tuesday night. The Lions then fell 67-43 to #12 UCLA on Friday night at Gersten Pavilion.

  • LMU used an early 17-0 run and 22 offensive rebounds to take down the Matadors on Tuesday night. They also held CSUN to 37% shooting from the field while outrebounding them 47-24. The Lions lead the WCC in scoring defense, allowing 61.4 points per game.

  • Nichols led the Lions in scoring for the second game in a row, totaling 14 points against the undefeated Bruins.

  • Overall Record: 4-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine fell 81-75 on Wednesday night at UC Irvine then rebounded with a 57-54 victory Friday night at Oregon State.

  • Junior guard Jazmine Jackson scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while junior guard Lauren Bell added 18 points with a career-high seven steals. Jackson and Bell lead the WCC in steals with 3.6 and 3.4 steals per contest, respectively. Pepperdine ranks 5th in the NCAA with 14.9 steals per game.

  • Redshirt junior guard Katie Menton, Bell and Jackson led the Waves with nine points apiece in the win at Oregon State. Bell's go-ahead three-pointer with 1:38 remaining put the Waves up 57-54, a lead they wouldn't relinquish as Pepperdine held the Beavers without a point during the final two minutes of play.

  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland fell 61-58 to Seattle on Wednesday night at the Chiles Center. Senior guard Tara Cronin scored a game-high 17 points as the Pilotsrebounded for a 66-61 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night.

  • Senior center/forward Lauren Angel led the Pilots with 14 points in the loss to the Redhawks. Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam added a career-high ten assists. She is now averaging 5.9 assists per game, which is second in the WCC and 15th in the NCAA.

  • Portland is ranked second in the WCC in scoring offense (73.6 points per game), scoring margin (+6.3), three-point field goal percentage (.349), three-point field defense (.277), blocked shots (4.2), assists (15.7) and steals (14.4).

  • Portland will embark on a five-game road trip, beginning at Montana State on Friday night at 6:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 5-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Last week, Saint Mary's fell 71-62 at UC Davis on Wednesday night, then defeated UC Santa Barbara 77-53 on Friday night and Pacific 79-63 on Sunday afternoon at McKeon Pavillion.

  • Jasmine Smith poured in a career-high 27 points in the win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday. Smith is averaging 18.8 points per game, which is third in the WCC.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson recorded a triple-double in the win over Pacific on Sunday afternoon with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 14 blocks. Tomlinson is one of seven players in the NCAA to record a triple-double this season. She is also second in the nation with 4.9 blocks per game and her 14 blocks on Sunday is two blocks shy of the single-game NCAA record.

  • Saint Mary's is back in action after finals week with a home game against #10 UCLA on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 5-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Last week, San Diego lost 72-63 to cross-town rival San Diego State in overtime. The Toreros then travelled to Laie, HI for the Hakilau Invitational, where they defeated BYU-Hawaii 84-71 on Thursday and lost to BYU 70-44 on Saturday.

  • Junior guard Dominique Conners scored a game-high 23 points in the overtime loss to the Aztecs. Conners is averaging 15.6 points per game this season, which is 6th in the Conference.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch and junior forward Morgan Woodrow paced the Toreros with 16 points apiece in the win over BYU-Hawaii. Hatch also pulled down 13 rebounds en route to her second double-double of the season. Her 9.9 rebounds per-game average is second in the WCC.

  • The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Long Beach State to take on the 49ers at 7 p.m. inside the Walter Pyramid.
  • Overall Record: 2-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Senior forward Donnisha Taylor posted her first double-double of the season in a 106-88 loss at Sacramento State on Wednesday night. The Dons then fell 71-38 to UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.

  • Junior guard Rheina Ale paced the Dons with 18 points and five assists on Wednesday night at Sacramento State. Ale is fifth in the WCC with 3.1 assists per contest.

  • Four Dons joined Taylor's double-digit effort on Wednesday night, led by Ale's 18 points. Sophomore guard/forward Ashley Boggs added 16, junior forward Katy Keating posted 14 and freshman guard Savannah Erskine contributed a dozen.

  • The Dons will travel to Utah State for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
  • Overall Record: 0-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Redshirt senior Lena Gipson led Santa Clara with 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Broncos fell 70-53 on Tuesday night at South Dakota. The Broncos also lost 64-49 at Wichita State on Thursday night and 78-65 to Sacramento State on Sunday afternoon at the Leavey Center.

  • Gipson recorded her third double-double in a row with 16 points and 15 rebounds in the loss to Sacramento State. She leads the WCC and is 18th in the NCAA with 10.9 rebounds per contest.

  • Junior guard Alyssa Shoji knocked down three three-pointers and added five assists on Sunday afternoon. Shoji is fifth in the WCC with 1.9 three-point field goals per contest and ninth with 2.9 assists per game.

  • Santa Clara will have the week off for academic finals before returning to action next Monday, December 13th at Southern Utah.