Dec. 15, 2009
|NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The West Coast Conference concluded a strong week of non-conference play last week, going a combined 11-4 against its competition. Among the notable victories were Pepperdine over San Diego State, Portland over Washington State, and Saint Mary's over Boise State. Overall the WCC is 48-38 over non-conference opponents. Individually, the WCC boasts national leaders in assists and blocks as Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot paces the country with 9.7 apg and Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson is the national leader in blocks with 7.7 bpg. Vandersloot is also second in the country in steals (4.5), while Tomlinson is fourth in field goal percentage (64.2).|
Gonzaga highlight's this week's slate of games as it heads down to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic to take on No. 6 Baylor and No. 13 Texas A&M.
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC November Player of the Month: Louella Tomlinson, SMC
Also nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Alex Cowling, LMU; Miranda Ayim, PEP; Dominique Conners, USD
WCC Player of the Week: Laiken Dollente, POR and 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.
Also Nominated: Sam Child, USD
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
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