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Top Three Teams Meet To Kickoff Final Month

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Third-place Saint Mary’s (8-2 WCC) hosts the two teams tied atop the West Coast Conference standings this week when co-league leaders BYU (10-1) and San Diego (10-1) visit Moraga to kick off the final month of the regular season. Thursday has the Toreros visiting McKeon Pavilion at 6:30 pm PT with the Cougars making the trip on Saturday at 1 pm PT. Both games will be broadcast live on TheW.tv. 

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • BYU’s Lexi Rydalch was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/1PSltBj 
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is open. CLICK HERE
  • Two West Coast Conference programs are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll: San Diego (14 points) and BYU (7 points). The Cougars are also receiving 30 points in the USA Today Coaches poll with the Toreros receiving one. 
  • Two West Coast Conference programs were highlighted by Charlie Creme in his latest Bracketology projection (February 2). BYU was bumped up one spot for the third straight projection to an 8-seed, and San Diego is selected as a 12-seed in the projections.
  • Two West Coast Conference student-athletes rank within the top 25 in the country in total points scored this season. BYU’s Lexi Rydalch is third with 535 points. San Diego’s Malina Hood is 21st with 430 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).
  • BYU senior All-American Lexi Rydalch moved up one spot to fourth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,272 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (131/4th), field goals (765/7th), field goal attempts (1,771/5th), free throws (545/2nd) and free throw attempts (722/2nd).
  • Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego and last week surpassed Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13; 2,219 points) as the WCC all-time leading scorer. 
  • BYU senior guard Lexi Rydalch was named the WCC Player of the Week, marking the fourth consecutive week that a Cougar earned the honor after Kalani Purcell took the award each of the last three weeks.

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 4
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
San Diego at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 6:30 p.m.
Pepperdine at Portland - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
Santa Clara at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
BYU at Pacific - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 6
BYU at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at Portland - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Pepperdine at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
San Diego at Pacific - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.

All times Pacific