WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS
Three West Coast Conference student-athletes rank within the top 10 in the country in total points scored this season. BYU’s Lexi Rydalch is fourth with 280 points. San Francisco’s Taylor Proctor is fifth with 275 points, and San Diego’s Malina Hood is 12th with 255 points.
Santa Clara owns an 11-game winning streak -- tied for the fourth longest current winning streak in the country for the 2015-16 season behind the current streaks of Baylor (13), Missouri (12) and South Carolina (12).
The West Coast Conference finished non-conference play with a 10-15 record against the Power 5 conferences, finishing with winning records against the ACC (1-0), Big Ten (1-0) and Big 12 (2-1) while also earning victories against the Pac-12 (5-11) and SEC (1-3).
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 to remain in the top two for the fourth straight week, followed by Saint Mary’s (4), San Diego (5), BYU (6) and San Francisco (24). Santa Clara is in the “Receiving Votes” category.
BYU senior All-American Lexi Rydalch ranks fifth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,017 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (121/5th), field goals (684/7th), field goal attempts (1,586/4th), free throws (478/3rd) and free throw attempts (622/2nd).
Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego. The league’s all-time scoring leader is Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13) with 2,219 points. Gonzaga All-American Courtney Vandersloot (2007-11) is third at 2,073 points.
Gonzaga senior Shelby Cheslek became the Zags all-time blocks leader when she recorded her 177th career block on Dec. 23.
WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 31
Saint Mary’s at BYU - BYU.tv - 11 a.m.
Santa Clara at Portland - TheW.tv - 4 p.m.
Pacific at San Diego - TheW.tv - 4 p.m.
San Francisco at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 5 p.m.
Saturday, January 2
Pacific at BYU - BYU.tv - 1 p.m.
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Diego - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
San Francisco at Portland - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Santa Clara at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
All times Pacific