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Thread: WCC Announces WBB Awards

  1. #1
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    Feb 2007
    Just north of I-80

    Lightbulb WCC Announces WBB Awards


    LAS VEGAS – Pepperdine senior forward Yasmine Robinson-Bacote was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year after a season that saw her lead the conference in scoring by the largest margin in three years while captaining the Waves to their best conference finish since the 2010-11 season. Pacific’s Valerie Higgins was named the Defensive Player of the Year, BYU’s Shaylee Gonzales was named the Newcomer of the Year and Gonzaga’s Lisa Fortier was named the Coach of the Year as announced Tuesday by the league office.

    All four individual awards - along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams and the All-Freshman Team - were voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.

    Robinson-Bacote ends a stellar career by becoming the first Wave to claim the conference’s top honor since Tamara McDonald earned the award in the 2002-03 season, and she becomes just the third Wave overall to be honored. The senior averaged 20.4 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game in conference play for a Waves team that finished third in the standings after being predicted ninth in the preseason poll. Her 35 points in a game at Pacific were the most by a student-athlete in conference play this season while her 47 points against Sacramento State on November 23 set a new program record. Robinson-Bacote led the league in scoring by over 2.0 points per game to the next student-athlete, the largest individual margin of scoring per game since Lexi Rydalch led the league by almost five points in the 2015-16 season.

    Higgins becomes the first Pacific Tiger to be named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year after the sophomore transfer lit the league as a stat-stuffer averaging 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and a league-best 3.2 steals per game in conference play. Her 57 total steals during the 18-game conference seasons are the third-most in conference play in WCC history behind only the 66 by Gabby Green of Loyola Marymount last season and the 59 by Melissa King of Santa Clara in 1991.

    Gonzales is the third BYU student-athlete to be named the WCC Newcomer of the Year since the Cougars joined the conference in 2012. The freshman immediately took the country by storm, averaging 16.3 points in all games and 15.8 points in conference-only games. She finished the regular season as the only freshman in the conference to crack the top 18 in either points per game (sixth) or rebounds per game (5.6, 17th) in league play. Through 29 games this season, Gonzales has scored in double figures in all but two contests. She also averaged 4.4 assists per game in league play.

    Lisa Fortier won her fourth conference crown in five years as head coach after guiding the Bulldogs to a 27-3 overall and 16-2 conference record. The Bulldogs have been ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Polls for 14 consecutive weeks, and Gonzaga was highlighted as a 4-seed in the NCAA Selection Committee’s early reveal.

    Of the 10-member All-WCC First Team, seven appeared on the 2018-19 preseason All-WCC squad. Robinson-Bacote of Pepperdine are making her third-consecutive First Team appearance while Brenna Chase of BYU and Megan McKay of Saint Mary’s are making their second-consecutive appearances.

    All 10 West Coast Conference teams head to Las Vegas to compete for the 2019 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Championship and subsequent automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tournament action tips off Thursday, March 7 at the Orleans Arena.

    Women’s Basketball All-WCC Honors

    Player of the Year: Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, Pepperdine
    Coach of the Year: Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga
    Defensive Player of the Year: Valerie Higgins, Pacific
    Newcomer of the Year: Shaylee Gonzales, Brigham Young


    Name School Year Position
    Brenna Chase BYU Jr. G
    Chelsey Gipson Loyola Marymount Soph. G
    Shaylee Gonzales BYU Fr. G
    Valerie Higgins Pacific R-Soph. G
    Megan McKay Saint Mary’s Sr. F
    Sydney Raggio Saint Mary’s Sr. F
    Zykera Rice Gonzaga Sr. F
    Yasmine Robinson-Bacote Pepperdine Sr. F
    Chandler Smith Gonzaga R-Sr. F
    Laura Stockton Gonzaga Sr. G


    Name School Year Position
    Tia Hay Santa Clara Jr. G
    Paisley Johnson BYU Soph. G
    Brooklyn McDavid Pacific Soph. F
    Shannon Powell San Francisco Sr. G
    Julie Spencer Portland Sr. F


    Bree Alford, Loyola Marymount; Jasmine Forcadilla, Saint Mary’s; Ashlyn Herlihy, Santa Clara; Ameela Li, Pacific; Barbara Sitanggan, Pepperdine; Jill Townsend, Gonzaga


    Name School Year Position
    Haylee Andrews Portland Fr. G
    Malia Bambrick Pepperdine Fr. G
    Shaylee Gonzales Brigham Young Fr. G
    Sam Simons Saint Mary’s Fr. G
    Lindsey VanAllen Santa Clara Fr. G
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  2. #2
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    Jan 2007


    Congratulations, Lisa!

    Kudos to Laura, Zee, Chandler.
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  3. #3
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    Well done by all.

    CLF is still working on potentially the best season ever by a Gonzaga Wbb team. Well done coach, a very deserved honor. Here is an interesting piece of Zag trivia to chew on. If you look at CLF's coaching record as head coach, and throw out the injury ridden year, she has reduced the number of losses by one in each of her years of coaching:

    - 2014-15 Overall Record 26-8, Conference Record 16-2
    - 2015-16 Overall Record 19-14, Conference Record 10-8 (injury riddled year)
    - 2016-17 Overall Record 26-7, Conference Record 14-4
    - 2017-18 Overall Record 27-6, Conference Record 17-1
    - 2018-19 Overall Record 27-3, Conference Record 16-2 (the worst number of loses the lady zags will have this year is 5 if they don't win another game).

    Overall record to date - 125-38 or 0.767 Conference Record to date 73-17 or 0.811 Not too bad coach, not bad at all. Now how about beating BYU.

    Congrats to our three (3) seniors who all, at various times during the year, stepped up and carried the team. They are all very deserving of the honor. Well done ladies, but the work is not yet done. On to Vegas for the 2nd part of the team goals.

    A special call-out to CG3Dad's daughter, Chelsey Gibson for making 1st team All-WCC as a sophomore. Hope she gets a chance to play this week in Vegas. In a sea of upper classmen, Gibson along with Gonsales and Higgens made the All-WCC as underclassmen, difficult to do. Well done ladies.

    I don't really have any complaints with the list (beyond why 10 players on a 1st team All-WCC and not 5). Take a look at the Honorable Mention All-WCC list, and that in itself is quite a team.

    Lots of very good players this year in the WCC.


  4. #4
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    Nov 2017


    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    A special call-out to CG3Dad's daughter, Chelsey Gibson for making 1st team All-WCC as a sophomore. Hope she gets a chance to play this week in Vegas. In a sea of upper classmen, Gibson along with Gonsales and Higgens made the All-WCC as underclassmen, difficult to do. Well done ladies.

    Lots of very good players this year in the WCC.

    Thank you ZagDad. It's been a fantastic year for Chelsey. Much better than we ever hoped for.

    I made my arrangements for Vegas today. She's got a sprained ankle...fortunately no break. She's playing in the tournament as far as I know.

    See you out there! I'd love to have the pleasure of meeting more of you Zags if we have a chance to bump into each other.

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    Jan 2016


    Congrats Coach, Laura, Z, Chandler and Jill!!! Thanks for a fantastic conference season, go get some post season accolades.

    Good to hear that Chelsey will be able to play, CG3Dad. Congrats to her as well.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2015


    I would have liked to see Jessie somewhere on the list. Looks like seniors get first nods. Jessie more than anyone else changes the pace of the game on both offense and defense.
    Without LS playing in front of her next year I think we will see her numbers off the charts.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2007
    Colville, Wa.


    Congrats CG3Dad.

    Quite an accomplishment for your YOUNG lady.

    But we don't play nobody.

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