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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 21, 2009

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The West Coast Conference finished last week going a combined 7-5 against its non-conference opponents and will play a limited number of games this week due to the holidays. Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, and Saint Mary's all enjoyed winning weeks as the Gaels (6) and the Pilots (5) have the longest current winning streaks in the conference.

San Francisco highlights this week's slate of games as the Dons host Head Coach Tanya Haave's alma mater, No. 3 Tennessee, on Tuesday.


Saint Mary's at UCLA Westwood, CA
12:00 PM
San Diego State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
6:00 PM
Montana State at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
UC Irvine at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
Cal Poly at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
5:00 PM
No. 3 Tennessee at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
UC Irvine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
2:00 PM


WCC November Player of the Month: Louella Tomlinson, SMC
In the month of November, Tomlinson led the West Coast Conference in scoring (17.2 avg/g), rebounding, (10.0 avg/g), and blocked shots (6.8 avg/g). She has recorded two triple-double's in six games, the first was on opening night in the victory over Idaho State (14 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocks), and the other in the win over Nevada on November 20 (18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks).

Also nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Alex Cowling, LMU; Miranda Ayim, PEP; Dominique Conners, USD

WCC Player of the Week: Renahy Young, LMU
Young posted an LMU season-high 26 points to lead the Lions to an 80-63 win over Cal Poly. Young carried the Lions at the beginning, scoring 11 of the team's first 13 points and finished with her second 20-plus scoring game of the season and 10th of her career. Her 26 points were the most by a Lion since December 6, 2008. Young connected on five of her first six shots from the floor, then closed it out with a steady 11-of-12 from the free throw line to move into sixth place on LMU's career free throws made list with 258.

Gonzaga Picked as the Favorite in WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been selected as the preseason favorite to win the WCC title this year, receiving seven out of the eight first place votes, for 49 points, as voted on by the league head coaches. The Zags edged out Loyola Marymount, who received the remaining first place vote and totaled 40 points. Coming in a close third to the Lions was Pepperdine with 34 points. In the middle of the pack were Portland, with 31 points for a fourth place finish, and Saint Mary's, who received 29 points for the fifth spot. San Diego finished just behind the Gaels, with 22 points for sixth place. Rounding out the poll are San Francisco and Santa Clara, who tied for seventh with 10 points each.

2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga - 49 (7)
2. Loyola Marymount - 39 (1)
3. Pepperdine - 34
4. Portland - 31
5. Saint Mary's - 29
6. San Diego - 22
7. San Francisco - 10
Santa Clara - 10

2009-10 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Miranda Ayim, PEP
Heather Bowman, GON
Dominique Conners, USD
Alex Cowling, LMU
Laiken Dollente, POR
Vivian Frieson, GON
Lena Gipson, SCU
Jontelle Smith, SMC
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

Feb. 18Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 8:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Feb. 27San Diego at Pepperdine - 7:00 pm (PT) CBS College Sports
Mar. 8WCC Tournament Championship - 12:00 pm (PT) ESPNU

WCC Extends Reach Overseas
Several WCC players and coaches decided not to take the summer off and instead took their games overseas. Gonzaga's Janelle Bekkering took the last spot on Canada's Senior Women's National Team, beating out 15 other players selected to tryout. This gave her a chance to play in the FIBA Americas Championships. Saint Mary's Louella Tomlinson played for Australia in this year's World University Games, where she helped her team win a Bronze Medal against the Czech Republic. Dons' Head Coach Tanya Haave took her team on a journey throughout Scandinavia, where it played a five-game tour, going 3-2 against top teams from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Pepperdine Head Coach Julie Rousseau got her first taste of Team USA as she was an assistant coach for the World University Team, who ended up winning the Gold Medal against Russia at the World University Games. Below is a list of all the international players competing in the WCC.

Multiple WCC Teams In The Postseason For 11th Straight Year
For the 11th straight season, and the 15th time in the past 16 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, while Portland was selected to play in the WNIT against Portland State. It marked the second appearance for both programs in their respective tournaments. Gonzaga pulled off the upset as the 12th seed, taking down fifth seeded Xavier, 74-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to give the program its first ever NCAA Tournament victory. In round two, the Zags went back and forth with No. 4 seed Pittsburgh, as the lead changed 16 times, before losing the lead for good with two minutes to go, losing 65-60. The Pilots had control of their game in the second half, leading by as many as nine, but were unable to hold on for the win.

WCC Basketball Championships Remain in Las Vegas Through 2012
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 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
Junior Louella Tomlinson followed up her record-setting freshman campaign, in which she set an NCAA and WCC single-season blocks (152) record, by setting a new WCC record with 161 in her sophomore season. The NCAA record for career blocks is 480, and if Tomlinson keeps up her pace, she will shatter that mark with 626 career blocks. Her single season total for one season was so high, that it also ranks No. 1 on the Gaels' all-time career list.

Gonzaga's Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot Named to Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
Gonzaga University women's basketball teammates Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot were named to the preseason Women's Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy announced by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman. Bowman, a senior, becomes the first Bulldog to be nominated for the award in back-to-back seasons as she also made the list last season. Vandersloot is the second-ever Zag player to make the 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
The WCC returns seven players who are already in the the league's all-time season and career record books.

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
Seven All-WCC performers return to their respective squads this year, along with five players that earned honorable mention honors last season. Gonzaga returns three all-WCC players in Courtney Vandersloot, who won Player of the Year, Heather Bowman, and Vivian Frieson. Pepperdine returns Miranda Ayim, while Saint Mary's brings back Louella Tomlinson, who won Defensive Player of the Year. LMU's Renahy Young and Portland's Laiken Dollente round out the returning all-conference players.

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



Overall Record: 9-4
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga went winless at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, falling to No. 6 Baylor, 70-49, and No. 13 Texas A&M, 80-76.

  • SR Heather Bowman led the team against Baylor, going for a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, with five coming on the offensive end. She was named to the All-Tournament team.

  • Against Texas A&M, JR Courtney Vandersloot had a team-high 16 points and a game-high eight assists. Three other players posted double figures in scoring. The Zags were down 20 in the second half before going on a 14-3 run to help them have a shot at the end.

  • SO Katelon Redmon hit a season-high three three-pointers against Baylor. While coming off the bench, she is averaging 13.1 points per game.

  • The Zags have just one game this week, hosting UC Irvine (12/27)
  • Overall Record: 6-5
    WCC Record:0-0
  • LMU had just one game last week, defeating Cal Poly SLO, 80-63 at home.

  • JR Renahy Young topped 20 points for the 10th time in her career en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She finished with a game-high 26 points and added three assists and two steals, while going 11-of-12 from the line.

  • SO Candice Nichols added a career-high 22 points (7-of-12) and hit 3-of-4 from downtown. The Lions are now a perfect 5-0 when shooting better than 45 percent.

  • To date, Young has scored 943 points in her career and she is well on her way to joining the 1,000 point club and would be just the 11th player in school history to achieve the feat.

  • The Lions have just one game this week, hosting San Diego State (12/21).
  • Overall Record: 8-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine went undefeated last week, defeating Nevada, 70-64, and UC Santa Barbara, 56-49.

  • SO Katie Menton led the offense against Nevada, going for 18 points, including hitting four three-pointers. She now hit eight from downtown in her last three games.

  • SO Jazmine Jackson had a season-high six assists in the win over Nevada. For the weekend she also made 18-of-22 from the line.

  • SO Skye Barnett nearly had a double-double against the Gauchos, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. After averaging 4.9 rebounds, she is averaging 8.7 rebounds in her last three games.

  • Pepperdine has just one game this week, hosting UC Irvine (12/22).
  • Overall Record: 8-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland had just one game last week, defeating Montana, 66-58 at home, and has now won five in a row.

  • The Pilots hit double figures from beyond the arc for the second time this season, finishing with 11 in the contest. During the five game winning streak, they are shooting 43 percent from downtown.

  • SR Laiken Dollente and SO Natalie Day both had three threes in the game, while SO Rezina Teclemariam dished out five assists, who is now averaging five assists in her last three games.

  • Dollente now has 1,535 points in her career, ranking fifth on the school's all-time career list and is seven points away from the fourth spot.

  • Portland has just one game this week, hosting Montana State (12/21).
  • Overall Record: 9-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's went undefeated last week, beating Seattle, 63-56, Cal State Bakersfield, 94-81, and Northern Colorado, 74-69. The Gaels are now on a conference leading six game winning streak.

  • JR Louella Tomlinson had a big week to help the Gaels go undefeated. She averaged 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 5.0 blocks while shooting 57.0 percent from the field.

  • SR Jontelle Smith totaled 10 three-pointers over the week, including going 5-of-8 against Bakersfield. She leads the league in both threes made (33) and percentage (45.2).

  • The Gaels are one of the better shooting teams in the country, currently ranked eighth in field goal percentage (48.2)

  • The Gaels have just one game this week, playing at UCLA (12/21).
  • Overall Record: 6-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego was off last week after defeating Cal State Fullerton, 64-58, and Long Beach State, 67-60, and falling to Northern Arizona, 62-58.

  • JR Sam Child led the team in scoring all three games, averaging 16.0 points per contest. She has only failed to reach double-figures in three games this season and is second on the team in scoring at 12.5ppg.

  • SO Dominique Conners nabbed two steals in each game and now has at least two steals in all but one game this season. She ranks second in the league with 35 on the season.

  • JR Emily Hatch averaged 10.0 rebounds over the week and ranks fifth in the league with 7.5 rpg and third in field goal percentage (.571).

  • The Toreros are off this week and will return to host the annual Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Tournament against Nevada (12/28) and Cal/Boston College (12/30).
  • Overall Record: 4-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco had just one game last week, falling at Washington State, 74-57.

  • SO Rheina Ale led the offense for the fourth straight game, finishing with a game-high 19 points (7-of-11), including going 3-of-5 from downtown. She has now averaged 3.5 three-pointers over her last four games.

  • JR Donnisha Taylor chipped in with 15 points on 50 percent shooting and added five rebounds. She is just one of three players in the conference with over 100 rebounds so far this season with 102.

  • SO Vania Singleterry was the only other Don in double figures, tying her season-high with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

  • USF has just one game this week hosting No. 3 Tennessee (12/22).
  • Overall Record: 2-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went winless on the road last week, falling to Minnesota, 91-51, and Boise State, 75-67.

  • JR Lena Gipson averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two games and hit all nine of her free throws. She has now averaged 12.4 rebounds over her last five games and currently leads the league (9.9).

  • SO Alyssa Shoji hit seven threes over the week and leads the league with 2.8 threes per game. She has now hit at least three in each of her last seven games.

  • After only reaching double figures once in her first six games, FR Meagan Fulps has now done it in five straight, averaging 15.6 ppg.

  • Santa Clara has just one game this week, hosting Cal Poly (12/22).