West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

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West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport College basketball
Conference West Coast Conference
Number of teams 10
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Orleans Arena
Current location Las Vegas, Nevada
Played 1992-present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Gonzaga
Most championships Gonzaga (6)
TV partner(s) BYUtv, ESPNU
Official website WCCSports.com Women's Basketball

The West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the West Coast Conference. The winner receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The championship is broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Games were at campus sites from 1992-1994, then were played at the same location as the men's tournament, beginning in 1995.

Beginning in 2012, the WCC adopted a new format to incorporate a ninth team (BYU). In 2012 and 2013, the tournament started on Wednesday instead of Friday, and a first round 8 vs. 9 game was added. The winner of the 8/9 game played the 5 seed on Day 2 of the Tournament (Thursday). The 6 vs. 7 match took place that same day. Day 3, or the Quarterfinals (Friday), featured the winner of the 5/8/9 game playing the 4 seed and the winner of the 6/7 game playing the 3 seed. The top two seeds entered in the semifinals on Saturday. All teams were off on Sunday (all WCC members are private, faith-based schools, and BYU has a strict policy against Sunday play), and the championship game was played Monday on ESPNU. BYUtv Sports showed all games on the women's side except for the championship.

The format changed to a traditional 10-team tournament with the addition of Pacific for the 2013–14 season.

At the end of each tournament, an all-tournament team is named, with one individual selected as Most Valuable Player. Two players have earned MVP honors more than once—Valere Gillom of San Francisco twice, and Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga three times.

Past WCC Women's Basketball Tournament results[edit]

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot, the only three-time tournament MVP, is also the WCC's only three-time Player of the Year.
Year Champion Runner-Up Site MVP[1]
1992 Santa Clara San Francisco SCU Campus Melissa King, Santa Clara
1993 San Diego Santa Clara SCU Campus Jill Shaver, San Diego
1994 Portland Gonzaga Toso Pavilion, Santa Clara, California Amy Claboe, Portland
1995 San Francisco Portland Toso Pavilion, Santa Clara, California Valerie Gillon, San Francisco
1996 San Francisco Portland Toso Pavilion, Santa Clara, California Valerie Gillon, San Francisco
1997 San Francisco Portland Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, California Brittany Lindhe, San Francisco
1998 Santa Clara St. Mary's Toso Pavilion, Santa Clara, California Lisa Sacco, Santa Clara
1999 Saint Mary's Pepperdine Toso Pavilion, Santa Clara, California Tracy Morris, Saint Mary's
2000 San Diego Pepperdine Toso Pavilion, Santa Clara, California Jessica Gray, San Diego
2001 Saint Mary's Loyola Marymount Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, California Jermisha Dosty, Saint Mary's
2002 Pepperdine Santa Clara Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, California Damaris Hinojosa, Pepperdine
2003 Pepperdine Santa Clara Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, California Kendra Rhea, Santa Clara
2004 Loyola Marymount Gonzaga Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California Adrianne Slaughter, Loyola Marymount
2005 Santa Clara Gonzaga Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California Michelle Cozad, Santa Clara
2006 Pepperdine Santa Clara McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington Daphanie Kennedy, Pepperdine
2007 Gonzaga Loyola Marymount Chiles Center, Portland, Oregon Heather Bowman, Gonzaga
2008 San Diego Gonzaga Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, California Amanda Rego, San Diego
2009 Gonzaga San Diego Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga
2010 Gonzaga Pepperdine Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga
2011 Gonzaga Saint Mary's Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga[2]
2012 BYU Gonzaga Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Haley Steed, BYU
2013 Gonzaga San Diego Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga[3]
2014 Gonzaga BYU Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Sunny Greinacher, Gonzaga
2015 BYU San Francisco Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada Lexi Eaton, BYU

Performance by school[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
Gonzaga
6
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
San Diego
3
1993, 2000, 2008
Pepperdine
3
2002, 2003, 2006
Santa Clara
3
1992, 1998, 2005
San Francisco
3
1995, 1996, 1997
BYU
2
2012, 2015
Saint Mary's
2
1999, 2001
Loyola Marymount
1
2004
Portland
1
1994
Pacific
0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCC Tournament Recaps" (PDF). 2010–11 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Media Guide. West Coast Conference. pp. 71–73. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 WCC Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team Announced" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 7, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (March 11, 2013). "Gonzaga Heads to Post Season Defeating San Diego". West Coast Conference. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 

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