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WCC Women's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 21, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson had 22 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket to lift Santa Clara past Pacific Thursday night at the Leavey Center, 52-47. Gipson made 7 of 11 shots Monday at Southern Utah, scoring 15 points and totaling 12 rebounds. She finished off the week by helping Santa Clara win its second-straight game, a 63-60 decision over Seattle on Sunday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Portland at UC Irvine Irvine, Calif.
1:00 PM
BYU at Gonzaga Spokane, Wash.
6:00 PM
Seattle at Saint Marys Moraga, Calif.
7:00 PM
Oregon at Santa Clara Santa Clara, Calif.
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

#8 Stanford at San Francisco San Francisco, Calif.
6:30 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23
Cal State Fullerton at Gonzaga Spokane, Wash.
12:00 PM
Idaho at Saint Mary's Moraga, Calif.
1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Lena Gipson, SCU
Redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson had 22 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket to lift Santa Clara past Pacific Thursday night at the Leavey Center, 52-47. Gipson made 7 of 11 shots Monday at Southern Utah, scoring 15 points and totaling 12 rebounds. She finished off the week by helping Santa Clara win its second-straight game, a 63-60 decision over Seattle on Sunday.

Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Lauren Bell, PEP; Morgan Woodrow, 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 4.9 blocks per contest this season, which is 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


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 8-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot registered her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 assists as Gonzaga defeated Idaho 93-62 on Friday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

  • Junior guard/forward Katelan Redmon added a game-high 23 points, hitting 11-of-20 from the floor in the win over Idaho. She leads the WCC and is 19th in the NCAA with 19.3 points per game.

  • Vandersloot leads the NCAA with 9.6 assists per contest. As a team, the Bulldogs are sixth in the nation with 20.3 assists per game. Gonzaga is also second in the nation with a 1.45 assist to turnover ratio, sixth with 20.3 assists per game, seventh with a 48.2 field-goal percentage and ninth in the NCAA 84.4 points per game.

  • Gonzaga will host future WCC-member Brigham Young University on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
  • Overall Record: 5-7
    WCC Record:0-0
  • Loyola Marymount couldn't hold a three-point halftime lead as they fell 60-39 at UC Irvine on Saturday afternoon. The Lions then travelled to Arkansas-Little Rock and lost 54-33 on Tuesday afternoon at the Jack Stephens Center.

  • Junior guard Candice Nichols reached double figures for the 11th straight game with a team-high 12 points in the loss at UC Irvine. She is eighth in the WCC with 13.6 points per game. Senior guard Renahy Young added nine points and nine rebounds to go along with five steals.

  • Nichols also led the Lions in scoring for the seventh consecutive game with 11 points in the loss at the Trojans.

  • LMU returns to the court on Wednesday, December 29th when they face Seattle at the State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic at the Key Arena in Seattle, Wash.
  • Overall Record: 7-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine shot a season-best 52.4 percent in an 80-52 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse. Junior guard Jazmine Jackson connected on her first six field goals of the game and led all players with 16 points as the Waves beat Cal Poly 80-45 on Monday afternoon.

  • Junior guard Lauren Bell made 4-of-6 3-point shots to lead all players with 14 points in the win over the Titans. The Waves are ranked 24th in the nation with 7.5 three-point fields per contest.

  • Redshirt junior guard Katie Menton had four steals and Bell had three for the Waves in the win over the Mustangs. Pepperdine is 14th in the NCAA with 14.1 steals per game, and Bell is tenth in the nation with 3.5 steals per contest.

  • The Waves return to action when they host Cal Poly on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Firestone Fieldhouse.


  • Overall Record: 9-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam scored a career-high 20 points as Portland defeated Pacific 86-73 on Sunday afternoon at the Spanos Center. She is 12th in the WCC with 11.7 points per game.

  • Teclemariam added five assists in the win at Pacific. She is now second in the WCC and 18th in the nation with 5.8 assists per contest. Junior guard/forward Natalie Day scored 16 points, while junior forward Alexis Gannis added 12 off the bench.

  • Portland finished 29 of 61 from the field and six of 13 on three-pointers in the win over the Tigers. The Pilots are ranked first in the Conference and 16th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage at 37.9 percent.

  • The Pilots will head south to face UC Irvine on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Bren Events Center.
  • Overall Record: 5-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped a 72-60 decision at Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday and also lost 100-71 to Oregon on Sunday afternoon at McKeon Pavillion.

  • Senior forward Louella Tomlinson scored 16 points and redshirt junior guard Jazmine Smith added ten in the loss. Tomlinson is ranked 10th in the WCC with 12 points per game.

  • Tomlinson also scored a season-high 19 points to go along with seven blocks and six rebounds against the Ducks on Sunday afternoon. Tomlinson is ranked first in the WCC and second in the NCAA with 5.1 blocks per game. As a team, the Gaels lead the West Coast Conference with 6.7 blocks per contest.

  • Saint Mary's is back in action on Tuesday night when it hosts Seattle at 7:00 p.m. at McKeon Pavillion.
  • Overall Record: 8-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Behind a 20-point effort from senior guard Morgan Woodrow, San Diego picked up its third straight win with a 72-61 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavillion.

  • Senior forward Emily Hatch recorded her fourth double-double of the season as she recorded 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while shooting 4-for-7 from the floor in the win over Eastern Washington. Hatch is ranked 30th in the NCAA and second in the WCC with 10.1 rebounds per game.

  • Senior guard Sam Child was the third of five Toreros to score in double figures with 14 points. Redshirt senior center Nya Mason and junior guard Dominique Conners each had 10 points.

  • San Diego returns to the court on Tuesday, December 28th when they host Hofstra at 6:00 p.m. in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.
  • Overall Record: 2-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco fell 80-55 at Cal Poly on Wednesday afternoon at Mott Gym, then travelled to Greeley, Colo. and lost 74-46 at Northern Colorado on Tuesday night.

  • Junior guard Vania Singleterry led the Dons with 13 points and senior forward Donnisha Taylor added ten in the loss at Cal Poly.

  • Senior guard Kelly Jo Mullaney scored all eight of her points in the final seven minutes in the loss at Northern Colorado. Freshman Savannah Erskine dished out seven assists for the Dons in the game. Mullaney is ranked 25th in the WCC with 8.9 points per game.

  • San Francisco returns to the hardwood when they host #8 Stanford on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. USF head coach Jennifer Azzi was a catalyst for Stanford's first national championship in 1990, leading her squad to a 32-1 record.
  • Overall Record: 2-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • WCC Player of the Week redshirt senior forward Lena Gipson had 22 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket with just over a minute left to lift Santa Clara past Pacific Thursday night at the Leavey Center, 52-47. Junior guard Alyssa Shoji made two free throws with 12.4 seconds left to give the Broncos the lead and a 63-60 victory over Seattle on Sunday afternoon at the Leavey Center.

  • Gipson's 22 rebounds was one shy of a Santa Clara school record. She is now first in the WCC and eighth in the NCAA with 11.7 rebounds per game.

  • Sophomore guard Meagan Fulps scored a season-high 21 points and Shoji finished with 14 for the Broncos in their 63-60 win over Seattle, their second consecutive victory. Fulps is 11th in the Conference with 11.9 points per contest.

  • Santa Clara returns to action when it hosts Oregon on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Leavey Center.