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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 14, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Last week, WCC Player of the Week junior forward Kayla Standish helped Gonzaga defeat Washington State for the second time in 13 days. Standish hit 10-of-14 (71.4%) from the floor and sank both free throw attempts for a season-high 22 points. It was her second career 20-plus point game and three points off tying her career high. She also grabbed seven rebounds, blocked four shots, made two steals, dished out two assists and had no turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Saint Mary's at Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock, AK
5:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

San Francisco at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
4:30 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
Pacific at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Idaho at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Loyola Marymount at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
1:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Eastern Washington at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Portland at Pacific Stockton, CA
2:00 PM
Oregon at Saint Mary's Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Seattle at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Cal Poly at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock, AK
5:00 PM
San Francisco at Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
6:05 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Kayla Standish, GON
The junior helped Gonzaga defeatWashington State for the second time in 13 days. Standish hit 10-of-14 (71.4%) from the floor and sank both free throwattempts for a season-high 22 points. It was her second career 20-plus point game and three points off tying her career high. She also grabbed seven rebounds, blocked four shots, made two steals, dished out two assists and had no turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

Also Nominated: Natalie Day, POR; Emily Hatch, USD

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 5.2 blocks per contest this season, which is first 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: 7-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Junior classmates guard/forward Katelan Redmon and WCC Player of the Week forward Kayla Standish combined for 48 points to lead the Gonzaga to a 93-75 victory over Washington State Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

  • Standish, who scored 22 for the Bulldogs in the victory over the Cougars, also added seven boards, four blocks, two steals and two assists. She is eighth in the WCC with 13.9 points per game.

  • Gonzaga leads the WCC in ten different statistical categories, including scoring offense (85.3 points per game), scoring defense (62.7), scoring margin (+22.7), and assists (19.8 per game). They're also 11th in the NCAA in scoring offense.

  • Gonzaga returns to the hardwood on Friday when it welcomes the University of Idaho to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 5-5
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Loyola Marymount rallied for a 77-76 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions then fell 65-39 onSaturday at Portland State.

  • Junior guard Candice Nichols scored 20 points and added four rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the win over the Titans. Making her first appearance of the year after an off-season injury, senior guard Renahy Young had 13 points to move into fourth place on the LMU career scoring charts with 1,230 points.

  • Nichols paced the Lions for the fourth consecutive game in the loss at Portland State,registering 12 points. She is seventh in the WCC with 14 points per game.

  • LMU will continue their road-trip on Saturday at 1 p.m. at UC Irvine. The Lions will then travel to Arkansas-Little Rock on Monday, December 20th for their final game before winter break.
  • Overall Record: 4-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine lost 75-61 at San Diego State on Tuesday night. Junior guard Jazmine Jackson scored 13 points and junior guard Lauren Bell added 10 points in the loss.

  • Seven of Jackson's points came from the foul line from where she had a perfect night. She is seventh in the WCC with a .826 free-throw percentage.

  • Junior forward Skye Barnett led the Waves with 10 rebounds and fell one point shy of a double-double. Bell tallied four steals to improve her season-average to 3.5, which is ninth in the country. As a team, the Waves are averaging 14.5 steals per contest, which is ninth in the NCAA.

  • The Waves return to the court on Saturday when they welcome Cal State Fullerton to the Firestone Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.


  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Sophomore forward Sarah Kliewer scored a career-high 14 points to lead five Pilots in double figures as Portland raced to an 82-61 win over Montana State on Friday night at Worthington Arena. Natalie Day's game-high 21 points helped the Pilots defeat Montana 62-55 Sunday afternoon at Dahlberg Arena.

  • Junior guard Rezina TecleMariam scored 10 points and added eight assists and four steals in the win at Montana State on Friday. The Pilots lead the WCC and are sixth in the NCAA with 14.9 steals per game.

  • Day scored 16 points in the second half en route to her game-high 21 points in Portland's win at Montana on Sunday. Day is now fifth in the WCC with 16 points per game.

  • The Pilots return to the court on Sunday at Pacific. The game is set to tip-off at 2:00 p.m.
  • Overall Record: 5-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped a 75-59 decision to #10 UCLA on Sunday afternoon at McKeon Pavillion. The Gaels were led by freshman Danielle Mauldin who had career-highs of 12 points and 14 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson added eight points, eight blocks and nine rebounds.Tomlinson leads the nation with 5.2 blocks per game.

  • As a team, the Gaels are third in the NCAA with seven blocked shots per game. They also rank 12th in the nation with a 38.6% three-point field-goal percentage and 15th with a 76.9 free-throw percentage.

  • Saint Mary's is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Arkansas-Little Rock. Tip is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT).
  • Overall Record: 5-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego outscored Long Beach State 34-20 in the second half to claim a 68-53 win Wednesday evening at the Walter Pyramid. Junior guard Dominique Conners posted a game-high 23 points in the 78-63 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch led the Toreros offense as she recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win at Long Beach State. The Toreros are second in the WCC and 23rd in the NCAA with a 45.3 field-goal percentage this season.

  • San Diego returns to the court on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff with Eastern Washington at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
  • Overall Record: 2-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco dropped a 77-71 contest at Utah State on Wednesday, then dropped a 76-54 decision to Pacific on Saturday at War Memorial Gym.

  • Senior forward Donnisha Taylor paced the Dons with 12 points in the loss to Pacific. Sophomore guard/forward Ashley Boggs and junior guard Vania Singleterry led the USF reserves with eight points apiece. Singleterry also added six rebounds and an assist.

  • The Dons will return to action on Wednesday, December 22nd when they host #2 Stanford on the Hilltop. The game against the Cardinal will mark the annual "Pack The House" Challenge.
  • Overall Record: 0-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Senior forward Kathy Willinsky scored a career-high 18 points and Lena Gipson posted her fourth consecutive double-double but Santa Clara dropped an 80-67 decision at Southern Utah on Monday afternoon.

  • Gipson had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to move into second place on the university's all-time rebounding list with 714. She leads the WCC and is 17th in the nation with 10.9 rebounds per game.

  • Sophomore Ashley Armstrong finished with 11 points, her third consecutive game in double-figures.