403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
Follow us:
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx

Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

March 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Mailbag: Gonzaga goes for five; Pac-12 final KeyArena attendance numbers; and Seattle University rakes in WAC awards

ZagsLogo

UPDATE: The Zags cliched a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament bid. Read all about the win here.

———————————————————————————–

Top seeded Gonzaga (26-5) faces No. 2 seed San Diego (21-8) in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game in Las Vegas on Monday. The game will air at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Zags are vying for a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament berth. The team was awarded an at-large bid last year, losing the WCC tourney title to BYU.

Gonzaga could play USD without PG Taelor Karr, the WCC Player of the Year. She fell hard on her back during Saturday’s tournament semifinal win over BYU. She took it easy at practice Sunday and is “really questionable” for the game, according to GU coach Kelly Graves.

“She’s a tough kid,” Graves told reporters of Karr. She hasn’t missed a start this season and is the team’s second-leading scorer at 10.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting.

“I know she’ll do the best she can to try to play,” Graves continued. “But the reality is she’s not in good shape right now.”

 

FINAL PAC-12 ATTENDANCE NUMBERS

The four-day total attendance for the inaugural Pac-12 conference tournament at KeyArena was announced at 26,465 spectators. There were 3,927 for the championship game alone on Sunday. The figure averages to 2,405 for the 11 games, which is still better than numbers reported in Los Angeles in 2012.

Seattle’s total is the event’s second-highest mark since the conference tournament’s debut in 2002 when it totaled 27,415 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore.

In the tournament’s final run in Los Angeles last year, the announced total attendance was 7,720, playing the early games at USC’s Galen Center and the final two rounds at Staples Center. Top-seeded Stanford defeated second-seeded California for the title before 1,845 spectators.

“This is a first for us where we’ve had full control of it (the tournament) and had television every single game,” said Danette Leighton, the Pac-12’s chief marketing officer. “I believe we’ve surpassed our expectations of what we thought we’d be in our first year (in Seattle).”

 

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT BEST LIST

Best Game: The confusion of second-seeded Cal’s futility mixed with third-seeded UCLA’s otherworldly performance made its semifinal match a spectacle. And top-seeded Stanford’s semifinal matchup with No. 4 seed Colorado was showtime between PGs Amber Orrange and Chucky Jeffery. But watching Orrange, a sophomore, turnaround and literally clinch the title for the Cardinal the following night makes the championship the best game of the Pac-12 tournament.

Best Dressed: I love a sparkle dress, so naturally my eye went to UCLA assistant coach Shannon Perry’s gunmetal sheath dress for the championship game as the final winning look for overall Best Dressed. She had more toned-down dresses for the early rounds. But, seriously, it’s not the club or a Pac-12 cocktail party. Cal assistant coach Kai Felton wins the award for her sideline appropriate wardrobe lineup. I almost darted from my seat to see where she got the sequined hounds-tooth skirt worn for the semifinal game. In the men’s division, there were a couple of guys with the Pac-12 staff wearing bow ties. You know who you are and you win the award, I apologize for not introducing myself.

Best Coaching: I’ve listened to Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer speak many times and don’t recall her dishing out as much credit as she did to her staff during the tournament. Tops of the work her crew did has to be assistant coach Kate Paye mentoring Orrange this season. Orrange is most improved to me after watching her get pulled many times in the past for blatant errors a PG on her team’s level can’t afford.

“First of all, she works really hard , that shot wasn’t a luck shot,” VanDerveer said of the sophomore’s game-winner against UCLA. “The second thing is I think she’s getting tremendous mentoring from our assistant coach, Kate Paye. Amber watches video with Kate and Kate has really helped Amber. (She’s) been a really special coach for Amber to work with.”

Best Halftime/Timeout Performance: This was a very tight race. Third place is Cal’s dance squad’s quarterfinal routine to O.C.A.D. “Muse.” But not as original choreography as I thought after checking out the racy video. Second was the Massives Monkees. The KeyArena crowd was awed by the synchronized break dancing moves. But the winner is the Storm Dance Troupe. The kids did repeat two routines, but the third performed during a championship-game time out was a winner.

Best Mascot Fight: My eyes popped when I saw Harry the Husky body slam Oregon’s Duck like it was the UFC. Doppler was supposedly reffing a playful fight. But that didn’t look playful. Definitely cage worthy.

 

 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SWEEPS WAC AWARDS

Seattle U departs for Las Vegas today as the No. 1 seed in its Western Athletic Conference tournament. In it’s first year in the WAC, the Redhawks won the regular-season title and swept the postseason awards. If SU clinches the automatic NCAA tournament bid by winning the conference tournament championship, it’s looking at being a No. 16 seeded. It would play No. 1 Stanford in the opening round in the Cardinal’s hometown.

The Redhawks are entering the WAC tourney touting heavy hardware. F Kacie Sowell was voted Player of the Year while coach Joan Bonvicini is the WAC coach of the year. F Sylvia Shephard is the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Here’s the full release from the WAC desk:

The 2012-13 All-WAC teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC’s 10 head coaches. Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell headlines the awards, earning WAC Player of the Year honors.

 

Sowell leads the WAC with 14 double-doubles this season. In league games, she led the WAC in field goal percentage (56.3), ranked third in rebounding (9.9), fifth in scoring (16.0) and eighth in steals (2.0). A two-time WAC Player of the Week, Sowell ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage in the most recent NCAA statistics.

 

Seattle U’s Sylvia Shephard earned the WAC Defensive Player of the Year honor, which was added in 2008. In 18 WAC games, the junior guard nabbed five steals three times, four steals twice and had three steals five times. Shephard is the anchor of the Seattle U defense that led the league and ranks sixth nationally in steals per game.

 

New Mexico State’s Stefanie Gilbreath earned WAC Newcomer of the Year honors after scoring in double figures in all 18 WAC games. In WAC games, she ranked third in the conference in scoring (19.4) and three-pointers per game (2.44), fifth in free throw percentage (83.3), ninth in blocks (0.94) and 12th in rebounding (7.3).

 

Seattle U head coach Joan Bonvicini was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Redhawks to the regular-season title with a 15-3 mark. One of 30 finalists for the Naismith College Women’s Coach of the Year, this is her fifth conference coach of the year award, as she earned the honor at Long Beach State (1981, 1984, 1986) and at Arizona (1998). Bonvicini was named Independent Coach of the Year in 2011-12 and was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year in 1981.

 

Five different schools are represented on the first team. Joining Sowell are Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston, Utah State’s Devyn Christensen, San Jose State’s Ta’Rea Cunnigan and Texas State’s Diamond Ford.

 

The All-WAC second teamers are Gilbreath, Shephard, Whitney Frazier of Louisiana Tech, Utah State’s Jennifer Schlott and Emiko Smith of Denver.

 

The All-WAC third team consists of Stacey Barr of Idaho, San Jose State’s Riana Byrd, Jenna Johnson of Utah State, UTSA’s Kamra King and Brittany Lewis of Louisiana Tech.

 

Shephard headlines the All-Defensive team and is joined by Byrd, Johnson, Seattle U’s Daidra Brown and Denver’s Maiya Michel.

 

The All-Freshman team contains five players from five different teams, including Byrd, Kailey Edwards of Denver, Texas State’s Erin Peoples, Lulu Perry of Louisiana Tech and Idaho’s Christina Salvatore.

 

The complete WAC all-conference teams and additional honors follow.

First Team All-WAC

Alyssa Charlston Idaho

P

6-1

Jr.

Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake)
Devyn Christensen Utah State

G

5-6

Sr.

Caldwell, Idaho (Vallivue)
Ta’Rea Cunnigan San Jose State

G

5-9

So.

Winchester, Calif. (Chaparral)
Diamond Ford Texas State

G

5-9

Sr.

Houston, Texas (Hightower)
Kacie Sowell Seattle U

P

6-2

Jr.

Ventura, Calif. (Buena)

 

Second Team All-WAC

Whitney Frazier Louisiana Tech

F

6-1

So.

El Dorado, Ark. (El Dorado)
Stefanie Gilbreath New Mexico State

G

6-1

Sr.

Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch)
Jennifer Schlott Utah State

G

5-6

Jr.

Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View)
Sylvia Shephard Seattle U

G

5-10

Jr.

Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)
Emiko Smith Denver

G

5-5

Sr.

Los Angeles, Calif. (Windward School)

 

Third Team All-WAC

Stacey Barr Idaho

G

5-8

So.

Melbourne, Australia (Maribyrnong)
Riana Byrd San Jose State

F

6-1

Fr.

Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum)
Jenna Johnson Utah State

G

5-10

Sr.

Wasilla, Alaska (Wasilla)
Kamra King UTSA

G

5-6

So.

Norman, Okla. (Norman)
Brittany Lewis Louisiana Tech

F

6-2

Sr.

Orange Park, Fla. (Fleming Island)

 

All-Defensive Team

Daidra Brown Seattle U

G

5-6

Sr.

Seattle, Wash. (John F. Kennedy Catholic)
Riana Byrd San Jose State

F

6-1

Fr.

Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum)
Jenna Johnson Utah State

G

5-10

Sr.

Wasilla, Alaska (Wasilla)
Maiya Michel Denver

F

5-11

Jr.

Loma Linda, Calif. (Summit)
Sylvia Shephard Seattle U

G

5-10

Jr.

Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)

 

All-Freshman Team

Riana Byrd San Jose State

F

6-1

Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum)
Kailey Edwards Denver

G

5-9

Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy)
Erin Peoples Texas State

F

6-1

Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview)
Lulu Perry Louisiana Tech

G

5-6

Benton, La. (Benton)
Christina Salvatore Idaho

G

5-11

Anaheim, Calif. (Canyon)

 

Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U
Newcomer of the Year:
Stefanie Gilbreath, New Mexico State
Coach of the Year: Joan Bonvicini, Seattle U

Comments | More in Gonzaga, Pac-12, Seattle U | Topics: Cal, Joan Bonvicini, Kacie Sowell

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx