Gonzaga Named WCC Women's Basketball Favorites

Oct. 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS – Gonzaga has been selected as the favorite to repeat as the 2018 West Coast Conference champions in the annual preseason poll of the WCC’s 10 head coaches. The Bulldogs claimed eight of 10 first place votes to earn the preseason favorite moniker. 

Gonzaga (26-7, 14-4) claimed 79 points to finish atop the preseason poll after claiming the double in 2017 with a WCC regular season and championship crown.

Saint Mary’s (20-13, 13-5) received the other two first place votes and was the preseason pick to finish second in the conference with 72 points. The Gaels were followed by BYU (20-12, 13-5) in third with 68 points.

San Diego (14-16, 7-11) and Loyola Marymount (14-16, 9-9) were picked fourth and fifth with 54 and 48 points respectively. The Toreros return heralded senior Maya Hood this season who missed a majority of the 2016-17 season after suffering a knee injury in December. The Lions welcome a heralded transfer for the second consecutive season with junior Gabby Green eligible to compete following two years as a starter for California.

Three points separated the sixth and seventh spots on the poll between a pair of teams with head coaches entering their second seasons with their respective programs. Santa Clara (14-16, 9-9) was selected sixth with 39 points while San Francisco (18-13, 11-7) was picked seventh with 36 points. Pacific claimed eighth overall with 28 points after going 10-21 (5-13) last season.


 

 

Pepperdine and Portland round out the preseason poll with the Waves, under first-year head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones, collecting 14 points for ninth and the Pilots. The Waves went 7-23 (5-13 WCC) last season, and the Pilots quadrupled their conference record from the previous season with a 6-24 (4-14) WCC) mark.

Eight programs placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s led all programs with two representatives each on the squad, Jill Barta and Laura Stockton from Gonzaga and the duo of Stella Beck and Sydney Raggio from Saint Mary’s. Also earning Preseason All-Conference honors are Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee of BYU, Maya Hood of San Diego, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers of Pacific, Yasmine Robinson-Bacote of Pepperdine, Anna Seilund of San Francisco and Cheyanne Wallace of Loyola Marymount.

The preseason poll and All-WCC team were selected solely by a vote of the conference's 10 head coaches.

West Coast Conference play begins on Thursday, December 28. 

2017-18 WCC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll

Team

(First Place Votes)

Pts.

1. Gonzaga

(8)

79

2. Saint Mary's

(2)

72

3. BYU

 

68

4. San Diego

 

54

5. Loyola Marymount

 

48

6. Santa Clara

 

39

7. San Francisco

 

36

8. Pacific

 

28

T9. Pepperdine

 

14

T9. Portland

 

12

 

2017-18 All-WCC Preseason Women's Basketball Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Jill Barta

Gonzaga

Jr.

F

Stella Beck

Saint Mary's

Sr.

G

Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee

BYU

Sr.

G

Maya Hood

San Diego

R-Sr.

F

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers

Pacific

Sr.

G

Sydney Raggio

Saint Mary's

Jr.

F

Yasmine Robinson-Bacote

Pepperdine

Jr.

F

Anna Seilund

San Francisco

Sr.

G

Laura Stockton

Gonzaga

Jr.

G

Cheyanne Wallace

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

G/F

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