Dec. 14, 2009
After another winning week on both the men's and women's side, the West Coast Conference announced its Players of the Week. For the men, the award is shared by Loyola Marymount's Vernon Teel and Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova. On the women's side, Portland's Laiken Dollente and Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson split the weekly honor.
Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Vernon Teel, LMU
Teel scored 24 points, while adding 11 rebounds, six assists, just two turnovers and a steal to lead LMU to an 87-85 win at Notre Dame on Saturday. It was the first non-conference home loss for the Irish since 2005 and LMU's first win over a current member of the Big East since 1988. Teel went 10-for-17 (.588) from the field to record his second career double-double, the first on the season. For the week, Teel averaged 15.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals while shooting 13-for-23 from the field (.565).
Matthew Dellavedova, SMC
Dellavedova scored a career/season high 21 points, while playing all 40 minutes in an 81-76 win at Oregon on Saturday, and scored 14 points in the second half after SMC trailed 34-33 at halftime. With SMC leading 68-67 with 3:22 left to play, Dellavedova came up big for the Gaels in the final three minutes, scoring nine of the Gaels' final 13 points. After Oregon cut SMC's second half lead to one, Dellavedova hit his third 3-pointer of the game on SMC's next possession to give the Gaels a 4-point advantage with 2:55 remaining. He was 6-for-6 from the free throw line, to improve to 21-of-21 from the free throw line this season and also added a game-high four assists and had one steal.
Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Laiken Dollente, POR
Dollente averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as the Pilots went 2-0 on the road with wins at Idaho (12/11) and at Washington State (12/13); she was also 6-for-9 (.667) on three-pointers and went 12-for-13 (.923) from the free throw line. On Friday night at Idaho, she hit four of seven from the field, four of six from the three-point line and went 8-for-8 at the charity stripe to help coach Jim Sollars record his 500th career win, a 67-56 victory against the Vandals; she also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and handed out four assists during the win, while scoring at least 20 points for the third time in four games. On Sunday, she played all 40 minutes, grabbed eight more rebounds, dished six assists and hit two of three three-pointers en route to 14 points as the Pilots defeated the Cougars 79-53 for their fourth straight win and seventh out of their last eight games; it's her fifth straight game scoring in double figures She currently ranks third in the WCC in scoring (15.6 ppg) and is second in assists (4.9 apg).
Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Tomlinson was one rebound shy of her fourth triple-double this season, settling for her third double-double after recording 17 points, 15 blocks, and nine rebounds in the 83-72 win over Boise State on Saturday. She was 7-for-11 from the field to boost her overall field goal percentage to .642 (68-for-106), second in the WCC behind teammate Ashlee Smith. The junior's 15 blocks ties a West Coast Conference record of blocks in a game, previously held by Amy Lundquist from LMU (vs. W. Illinois, 12/20/92). Tomlinson was one shy of breaking the NCAA record of blocks in a game, still held by Sandora Irvin of TCU (16 vs. UAB, 1/16/05). Boise State lost only its third game of the season (8-3) and the Gaels improved to 6-4.