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    Penultimate WCC Hoops Week
    Women's Basketball
    2/19/2020 3:22:22 PM

    WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITSWEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS
    - Gonzaga has secured at least a share of its fourth-consecutive WCC regular season title, and the Zags have locked up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming WCC Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (due to potential tiebreakers).
    - Gonzaga Head Coach Lisa Fortier has been named a Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year Late Season Candidate, as announced Feb. 19 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Fortier is one of just 15 coaches in the nation to be nominated for the award.
    - Gonzaga moves to No. 13 in the AP and the USA Today Coaches Polls this week in the midst of the best start in program history at 25-2, surpassing the previous best start of 16-1 set in the 2018-19 season. The Zags were the first team in the country to hit the 20-win plateau this season.
    - The Zags saw its NCAA-leading 21-game winning streak end at Saint Mary’s (Feb. 8), but the Zags still hold the nation’s 6th-longest active home winning streak at 16 consecutive wins in McCarthey Athletic Center.
    - Two WCC head coaches crack the Top 12 for career winning percentage among all active Division 1 coaches: Portland’s Michael Meek (5th, .845) and Gonzaga’s Lisa Fortier (12th, .785). Full list of career records on Page 3.
    - Gonzaga comes in as a 4-seed in the latest ESPN Bracketology by Charlie Creme (Feb. 18). The Zags are the only non-Power 5 team to earn a coveted 1-4 seed, a distinction that comes with home court advantage in the opening rounds.
    - Gonzaga currently ranks 1st in the nation in percent attendance capacity and 14th nationally in overall average attendance. The Zags average 94.87 percent capacity; that’s an average of 5,692 fans that fill the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center every game. The Zags are the only non-Power 5 team (excluding UConn) to crack the national Top 15 in attendance. The team has posted seven sellouts this season.
    - Saint Mary’s sophomore Taycee Wedin has solidified her reputation as one of the best sharpshooters in the country. Wedin sits No. 2 on the active career 3-point field goal percentage list with a career percentage of .436 (129-of-296).
    - BYU junior Sara Hamson is No. 2 on the active Division I blocks per game career list with a 3.73 blocks per game average in her career. She also sits No. 3 on the active Division I total career blocks list at 300. Hamson is the only non-senior to crack the Top 5 of the active career total blocks list.
    - Portland won 57-48 at BYU on Jan. 4, snapping a 20-game winless streak in the series against the Cougars dating back to 1994. The Pilots are led by first-year head coach Michael Meek, who comes to Portland after a highly successful nine-year run at George Fox University where he led the Bruins to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and NCAA Division III national championship game appearances in 2012 and 2015.
    - Portland sophomore Haylee Andrews was named the WCC Player of the Week >> FULL RELEASE

    WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Thursday, February 20
    Portland at Pepperdine - WCC Network - 7 p.m.
    #13 Gonzaga at LMU - WCC Network - 7 p.m.
    BYU at Santa Clara - WCC Network - 7 p.m.
    San Diego at San Francisco - WCC Network - 7 p.m.

    Saturday, February 22
    BYU at San Francisco - WCC Network - 12 p.m.
    #13 Gonzaga at Pepperdine - WCC Network - 2 p.m.
    Portland at LMU - WCC Network - 2 p.m.
    San Diego at Santa Clara - WCC Network - 2 p.m.
    Saint Mary’s at Pacific - WCC Network - 4 p.m.
    Article Link: https://wccsports.com/news/2020/2/19...oops-week.aspx

    ZagDad

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    BYU and San Diego both lost today, Portland won. I think 2nd place is still up for grabs. Those 3 are either tied or within 1/2 game of each other.

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    The top four seeds in the WCC are all decided with GU, USD, BYU and Portland getting the nod.

    USD and BYU are tied at 11-5 in conference and both beat each other once. The WCC standings do not match the team sites for overall records, but it appears that USD has a half game lead over BYU for the 2nd seed having a better overall record 17-10 (16-9 according to the WCC) to BYUs 16-10 which I believe is the deciding tiebreaker. Lots to play for, for both BYU and USD as a bye to the semi-final is at stake. BYU needs to win out and have USD at least split, for the cougars to get the second seed. IF USD wins out, the cougars will be stuck with the #3 or #4 seed and will have to play in the quarterfinal game.

    Portland (11-6 in WCC play) split with BYU this year and lost both games to USD. For Portland to get the #2 seed, they would have to have USD lose twice (LMU & Pepperdine) and BYU lose at least once (to either LMU or Pepperdine) and then the Pilots would have to beat the lady zags. Not likely to have everything fall into place for the Pilots, so it looks like a bye into the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament for Portland.

    ZagDad

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