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Top Three Teams Meet In #WCCHoops Week 4

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The fourth week of conference play will have a big impact at the top of the conference standings as unbeaten Gonzaga (5-0 WCC) travels to take on both teams currently sitting one-game behind with trips to BYU (4-1 WCC) on Thursday and San Diego (4-1 WCC) on Saturday.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • BYU’s Kalani Purcell was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/1JFMefX
  • Three West Coast Conference programs were highlighted by Charlie Creme in his first Bracketology projection of the season for ESPN. Gonzaga was projected as an 11-seed, BYU as a 12-seed and Saint Mary’s as one of the second four teams out.
  • Three West Coast Conference student-athletes rank within the top 20 in the country in total points scored this season. BYU’s Lexi Rydalch is third with 377 points. San Francisco’s Taylor Proctor is 10th with 340 points, and San Diego’s Malina Hood is 19th with 320 points.
  • The West Coast Conference finished non-conference play with a 10-16 record against the Power 5 conferences, finishing with winning or even records against the ACC (1-1), Big Ten (1-0) and Big 12 (2-1) while also earning victories against the Pac-12 (5-11) and SEC (1-3).
  • The week ending January 5 was a strong one for the conference with Gonzaga and BYU both earning national honors. The Gonzaga program was selected as an honorable mention for the NCAA.com National Team of the Week after the Zags earned wins against San Francisco and Santa Clara to climb atop the WCC standings. The same day, BYU senior Lexi Rydalch was named the College Sports Madness Player of the Week.
  • BYU senior All-American Lexi Rydalch ranks fifth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,114 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (125/4th), field goals (713/7th), field goal attempts (1,660/4th), free throws (506/2nd) and free throw attempts (665/2nd).
  • Five West Coast Conference programs earned a spot in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll and four cracked the top-10. Gonzaga takes the top spot again for the third straight week, followed by BYU (6), Saint Mary’s (7), San Diego (8) and Santa Clara (16).
  • Three WCC student-athletes have taken over the top spot in their school’s respective record books in different categories this season. Gonzaga senior center Shelby Cheslek became the program’s all-time blocks leader when she surpassed Kayla Standish (176, 2008-12) for the top spot on Dec. 23 in a win at LMU. Loyola Marymount junior Leslie Lopez-Wood became the program’s all-time three-point scorer when she surpassed Renayh Young (170, 2007-10) for the top spot on Jan. 2 in a win against Pepperdine. San Diego senior Malina Hood became the program’s all-time three-point scorer when she surpassed Kerri Nakamoto (200, 1999-03) for the top spot on Jan. 9 in a win at Santa Clara.

 

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 14
Portland at San Diego - TheW.tv - 6:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at BYU – BYUTV - 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, January 16
San Francisco at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 1:00 p.m.
Portland at BYU - BYUTV - 1:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at San Diego - TheW.tv - 2:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Pacific - TheW.tv - 3:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m. 

All times Pacific