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Thread: Women's Basketball Selected Second in WCC Preseason Polls & MK All-WCC Preseason

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    Default Women's Basketball Selected Second in WCC Preseason Polls & MK All-WCC Preseason

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    Women's Basketball Selected Second in WCC Preseason Polls
    Senior Melody Kempton was named to the All-WCC Preseason Team
    Women's Basketball 10/13/2021

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The Gonzaga women's basketball team has been voted to finish second in the West Coast Conference in preseason polls. Senior Melody Kempton was also named to the Preseason All-WCC Team as the poll and preseason all-conference team were announced Wednesday afternoon by the West Coast Conference.

    The Zags, which have won 16 of the last 17 regular-season WCC titles, received two first-place votes for 72 points. The poll is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, and coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. BYU received eight first-place votes and was selected to finish first with 80 points, while San Diego was voted to finish third with 66 points.

    Gonzaga has amassed a conference record of 242-31 (.886) during the last 16 seasons, which includes 16 West Coast Conference regular-season titles and eight WCC Tournament championships.

    This is Kempton's first preseason nod at Gonzaga as she is the reigning WCC Sixth Woman of the Year. Last season, she saw action in 25 games with one start and ranked sixth on the team in scoring at 6.6 points per contest and fourth in rebounding with 3.6. She also led the Zags in field goal percentage at 60.7 and reached double figures six times on the season with a season-high 13 points against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 20. In that same game, she hauled in a season-high eight boards. Overall, she added 18 assists, 10 steals and five blocks on the season.

    Along with being named the WCC Sixth Woman of the Year, she was also given All-WCC Honorable Mention recognition last season.

    Fans will have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the 2021-22 squad this Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Numerica Fan Fest at 4 p.m. in McCarthey Athletic Center. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

    2021-22 WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
    Place Team First Place Points
    1. BYU 8 80
    2. Gonzaga 2 72
    3. San Diego 66
    4. San Francisco 53
    5. Portland 51
    6. Santa Clara 40
    7. Saint Mary's 32
    8. LMU 26
    9. Pepperdine 16
    10. Pacific 14

    2021-22 All-WCC Women's Basketball Preseason Team
    Name Yr. Pos. School
    Haylee Andrews Sr. G Portland
    Jordyn Edwards* Sr. G San Diego
    Alex Fowler Jr. F Portland
    Shaylee Gonzales Jr. G BYU
    Lauren Gustin Jr. F BYU
    Paisley Harding* Sr. G BYU
    Melody Kempton Sr. F Gonzaga
    Ioanna Krimili So. G San Francisco
    Myah Pace* Sr. G San Diego
    Merle Whiehl* Sr. F Santa Clara
    *"COVID Seniors"

    Just about what I expected. Really surprised to see the Lady Zags get 2 first place votes. I expected Judkins (who can't for his own team) would vote for us, but who was the 2nd first place vote?

    Congrats Melody, a honor that is well deserved.


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