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#WCChoops Positioning Heats Up In Week Five

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Two new teams in San Diego and BYU are receiving national attention after moving together to the top of the West Coast Conference standings (6-1 WCC) while previous unbeaten Gonzaga (5-2 WCC) hosts Saint Mary’s (5-2 WCC) in a Thursday night clash that will help determine which team keeps pace in the title race.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • BYU’s Kalani Purcell was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/1Q9MHXd 
  • Two West Coast Conference programs are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll: San Diego (3 points) and BYU (2 points). The Cougars are also receiving 9 points in the USA Today Coaches poll. It is San Diego’s first time receiving votes in either poll since January 6, 2014, while it marks the sixth week this season that the Cougars have received votes.
  • Two West Coast Conference programs were highlighted by Charlie Creme in his latest Bracketology projection (January 18). BYU was bumped up one spot from it’s first projection to a 10-seed, and San Diego makes its first appearance as an 11-seed.
  • Three 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 418 points. San Francisco’s Taylor Proctor is 14th with 370 points, and San Diego’s Malina Hood is 22nd with 348 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 ranks fifth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,155 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (127/4th), field goals (728/7th), field goal attempts (1,691/4th), free throws (516/2nd) and free throw attempts (681/2nd).
  • Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego and currently sits third in the league record book behind Gonzaga’s Heather Bowman (2,165). The league’s all-time scoring leader is Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13) with 2,219 points. 

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 21
Loyola Marymount at BYU - BYUtv  - 5 p.m.
Pepperdine at San Diego - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
Pacific at Portland - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 23
Saint Mary’s at Portland - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
Pepperdine at BYU - BYUtv - 1 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at San Diego - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
San Francisco at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Pacific at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.

All times Pacific