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WCC Announces 2009 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team

Pilots' Head Coach Jim Sollars won his fifth WCC Coach of the Year honor, more than any women's coach in WCC history
 
Pilots' Head Coach Jim Sollars won his fifth WCC Coach of the Year honor, more than any women's coach in WCC history
 
 

March 2, 2009

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SAN BRUNO, CA -- Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot was named the WCC Player of the Year after her Bulldogs captured their fifth straight WCC regular season title. Saint Mary's sophomore Louella Tomlinson was tabbed the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Loyola Marymount's Alex Cowling won the WCC Newcomer of the Year award, while Portland Head Coach Jim Sollars won the WCC's Coach of the Year honor for an unprecedented fifth time on the women's side after he led his team to its best finish in 12 years.

Vandersloot becomes the third straight Zag to win the conference's top honor and the fourth in the last five years. She was also named the WCC's Newcomer of the Year last season. This year she led the league in assists (7.3), while finishing the year ranked third in scoring (16.4). Vandersloot was consistently among the top point guards in the country, finishing the year ranked No. 3 in the latest NCAA statistics report. Among her notable achievements this season were being named the WCC's Player of the Month for February and being named one of 13 finalists for the 10th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the top point guard in the country.

Tomlinson proved to be a dominant force in the paint all year as she was among the top two players in the country in blocks the entire season. She is also on pace to break her own NCAA record for blocks in a season, which she set last year, and is the only player in the country with three games with double digit blocks. Tomlinson has also had two triple-doubles this year.

Cowling provided an immediate impact for the Lions as she was second on the team in scoring (13.7), while leading all freshmen in the conference in scoring and rebounding (6.1). She was consistent all year as she led the league in field goal percentage (.569), ranking in the top 15 nationally and tops among freshmen in the country.

Sollars led his team to its best conference finish since the 1996-97 season, in which he led the Pilots to an undefeated conference season. Portland ended the season 17-12 overall, which were the most wins for the program since 1997-98, when it went 19-9, and is the first winning season for the Pilots since the 1998-99 season.

2009 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

WBB Player of the Year
Courtney Vandersloot, GON

Defensive Player of the Year
Louella Tomlinson, SMC

Newcomer of the Year
Alex Cowling, LMU

Coach of the Year
Jim Sollars, POR

WBB All-WCC First Team
Miranda Ayim, PEP - SO - F
Heather Bowman, GON - JR - F
Laiken Dollente, POR - JR - G
Vivian Frieson, GON - JR - F
Kiva Herman, USD - SR - F
Shay Rollins, USF - SR - G
Amber Sprague, USD - SR - C
Louella Tomlinson, SMC - SO - F
Courtney Vandersloot, GON - SO - G
Renahy Young, LMU - SO - G

WBB All-Freshman Team
Kelly Bowen, GON - G
Dominque Connors, USD - G
Alex Cowling, LMU - F
Alexis Gannis, POR - F
Jazmine Jackson, PEP - G

WBB Honorable Mentions
Lauren Angel, POR
Karlie Burris, POR
Alex Cowling, LMU
Tara Cronin, POR
Lena Gipson, SCU
Nakeya Isabell, PEP
Jazmine Jackson, PEP
Cassady Moore, LMU