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BobZag
03-03-2008, 10:17 AM
The Gonzaga University women’s basketball team swept the West Coast Conference individual honors after claiming its fourth straight regular season title, and the top seed in the WCC Tournament. Sophomore Heather Bowman was named WCC Player of the Year, while junior Jami Bjorklund was tabbed for Defensive Player of the Year honors, and freshman Courtney Vandersloot was named as the conference’s top newcomer. Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves earned WCC Coach of the Year recognition for the fourth time in his career, as the Zags became the first conference program to sweep the individual awards since U.S. International did in 1985-86, the league’s inaugural season of women’s basketball.



Bowman becomes the third Bulldog in the last four years to earn WCC Player of the Year honors, following Shannon Matthews in 2004-05 and Stephanie Hawk last season. The sophomore, who was named WCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, finished the regular season averaging a conference-high 20.0 points per game, and ranked fourth in the WCC with 8.5 rebounds per contest. She is one of just two players to finish the campaign ranked among the WCC top-five in both scoring and rebounding. Bowman also earned WCC All-Conference for the second straight season.



Graves guided the Zags to a 13-1 record in conference play, and a 22-7 overall mark during the regular season, en route to his fourth Coach of the Year honors in the last six seasons. Bjorklund becomes the first Gonzaga player to earn Defensive Player of the Year recognition after helping the Bulldogs rank second in the WCC in scoring defense during conference play, as the Zags surrendered just 63.0 points per game to league opponents. Bjorklund also earned WCC honorable mention accolades.



Vandersloot follows Bowman as Gonzaga’s second straight WCC Newcomer of the Year award recipient, after the freshman ranked second in the WCC in assists (5.7 apg), fourth in steals (1.9 spg), and third among conference freshman in scoring (10.9 ppg). Vandersloot was garnered All-Conference and WCC All-Freshman accolades.



San Francisco senior Dominique Carter became just the second player in WCC history to earn first-team All-Conference honors four times during her career, following former Don Brittany Lindhe, who earned first team recognition from 1995-99. Six players received first team honors for the second time in their respective careers this season.



Coach of the Year: Kelly Graves, Gonzaga
Player of the Year: Heather Bowman, Gonzaga (6-2, Sophomore, Forward)
Defensive Player of the Year: Jami Bjorklund, Gonzaga (5-11, Junior, Guard)
Newcomer of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga (5-8, Freshman, Guard)



2008 All-Conference Team
Miranda Ayim, PEP - 6-3 - F/C - SO - London, Ont., Canada
Heather Bowman, GON* - 6-2 - F - SO - Spokane, WA
Dominique Carter, USF*** - 5-11 - F - SR - Tracy, CA
Chandice Cronk, SCU* - 5-8 - G - SR - Wasilla, AK
Jen Gottschalk, SCU - 6-0 - F - SR - Littleton, CO
Daphanie Kennedy, PEP* - 5-7 - G - SR - Oakland, CA
Amanda Rego, USD* - 5-10 - G - SR - San Diego, CA
Jontelle Smith, SMC* - 5-5 - G - JR - Pinole, CA
Amber Sprague, USD* - 6-5 - C - JR - San Diego, CA
Courtney Vandersloot, GON - 5-8 - G - FR - Kent, WA

*Previous times on All-WCC first team

Honorable Mention
GON: Jami Bjorklund
LMU: Amanda DeCoud, Renahy Young
POR: Karlie Burris, Laiken Dollente, Rachel Warren
USF: Necolia Simmons

2008 All-Freshman Team
Sam Child, USD - 6-0 - G - Portland, OR
Katie Menton, PEP - 5-10 - G - Yosemite, CA
Louella Tomlinson, SMC - 6-4 - F - Melbourne, Australia
Courtney Vandersloot, GON - 5-8 - G - Kent, WA
Renahy Young, LMU - 5-8 - G - Carson, CA

lothar98zag
03-03-2008, 12:05 PM
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Zagineer
03-04-2008, 12:06 AM
Coach of the Year: Kelly Graves, Gonzaga

Player of the Year: Heather Bowman, Gonzaga (6-2, Sophomore, Forward)

Defensive Player of the Year: Jami Bjorklund, Gonzaga (5-11, Junior, Guard)

Newcomer of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga (5-8, Freshman, Guard)

Simply awesome. A GU sweep!!

I keep telling you, Spokane. You've got something special going on over there. Go out and watch it in person...... But now you'll have to wait until next Fall.

Go Lady Zags in the Tourney!!! Nail it!!!!

BobZag
03-04-2008, 04:39 PM
They are just so much fun to watch. I couldn't be happier for them. Courtney adds a whole new dimension to the team. And Heather is simply awesome. Great things yet to come.

Spike94
03-06-2008, 05:38 AM
Saw the Lady Zags down here at UC Davis. They looked awesome then. Would love to see em again. Good luck Lady's