West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
|WCC Women's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Awarded for||the most outstanding basketball player in the West Coast Conference|
|Currently held by||Lexi Rydalch, BYU|
The West Coast Conference (WCC) Women's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the most outstanding women's basketball player in the West Coast Conference. The award has been given ever since the conference first sponsored women's basketball in the 1985–86 season, when it was known as the West Coast Athletic Conference. There has been one tie in the history of the award, in 2006–07 between Stephanie Hawk of Gonzaga and Amanda Rego of Santa Clara (coincidentally, players from the same two schools were involved in a tie for the WCC Men's Player of the Year Award that season). There have also been a total of three repeat winners, but only one—Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga—has been Player of the Year three times.
No one WCC school has dominated the total awards distribution over time. The overall leader is Gonzaga, with seven awards; Saint Mary's and Santa Clara are next, each with five awards. However, Gonzaga and BYU have dominated in recent years; Gonzaga has earned all of its awards since 2005, and BYU, which only joined the WCC in 2011, has won four awards in its first five seasons in the league. Each current WCC member except for Pacific has at least one award. Pacific had been a charter member of what is now the WCC, but left in 1971, long before the conference sponsored women's sports, and did not return until 2013. The only former WCC women's basketball member that failed to produce an award winner was Nevada, which only participated in the conference's first two women's basketball seasons (1985–86 and 1986–87).
|†||Co-Players of the Year|
|*||Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year, the John R. Wooden Award, or Wade Trophy
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has received the Player of the Year award|
|1985–86||Carter, SonyaSonya Carter||U.S. International||Freshman|
|1986–87||Hunt, TeriTeri Hunt||San Francisco||Senior|
|1987–88||Lindstrom, DorindaDorinda Lindstrom||Santa Clara||Senior|
|1988–89||Bordt, AnjaAnja Bordt||Saint Mary's||Sophomore|
|1989–90||Bordt, AnjaAnja Bordt (2)||Saint Mary's||Junior|
|1990–91||King, MelissaMelissa King||Santa Clara||Sophomore|
|1991–92||Sheldon, MarthaMartha Sheldon||Portland||Senior|
|1992–93||King, MelissaMelissa King (2)||Santa Clara||Senior|
|1993–94||Silvernall, ChristineChristine Silvernall||Santa Clara||Senior|
|1994–95||Claboe, AmyAmy Claboe||Portland||Senior|
|1995–96||Sale, LauraLaura Sale||Portland||Senior|
|1996–97||Lansing, DeanaDeana Lansing||Portland||Senior|
|1997–98||Sacco, LisaLisa Sacco||Santa Clara||Senior|
|1998–99||Morris, TracyTracy Morris||Saint Mary's||Junior|
|1999–2000||Clark, RasheedaRasheeda Clark||Pepperdine||Junior|
|2000–01||Dosty, JermishaJermisha Dosty||Saint Mary's||Junior|
|2001–02||Dosty, JerkishaJerkisha Dosty||Saint Mary's||Senior|
|2002–03||McDonald, TamaraTamara McDonald||Pepperdine||Senior|
|2003–04||Murray, KateKate Murray||Loyola Marymount||Senior|
|2004–05||Matthews, ShannonShannon Matthews||Gonzaga||Senior|
|2005–06||Cozad, MichelleMichelle Cozad||Santa Clara||Senior|
|2006–07†||Hawk, StephanieStephanie Hawk||Gonzaga||Senior|
|2006–07†||Rego, AmandaAmanda Rego||San Diego||Junior|
|2007–08||Bowman, HeatherHeather Bowman||Gonzaga||Sophomore|
|2008–09||Vandersloot, CourtneyCourtney Vandersloot||Gonzaga||Point guard||Sophomore|
|2009–10||Vandersloot, CourtneyCourtney Vandersloot (2)||Gonzaga||Point guard||Junior|
|2010–11||Vandersloot, CourtneyCourtney Vandersloot (3)||Gonzaga||Point guard||Senior|
|2011–12||Riley, KristenKristen Riley||BYU||Forward||Senior|||
|2012–13||Karr, TaelorTaelor Karr||Gonzaga||Shooting guard||Senior|||
|2013–14||Hamson, JenniferJennifer Hamson||BYU||Center||Senior|||
|2014–15||Bailey, MorganMorgan Bailey||BYU||Forward||Senior|||
|2015–16||Rydalch, LexiLexi Rydalch||BYU||Guard||Senior|||
Winners by school
Note: Years of entry for each school are the actual calendar years they joined the WCC and first played women's basketball in the conference. Because the basketball season spans two calendar years, the award years reflect the years in which each season ended.
as full member
|Gonzaga||1979||1987||7||2005, 2007†, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013|
|Saint Mary's||1952||1987||5||1989, 1990, 1999, 2001, 2002|
|Santa Clara||1952||1985||5||1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2006|
|BYU||2011||2011||4||2012, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Portland||1976||1987||4||1992, 1995, 1996, 1997|
- a U.S. International joined the then-WCAC as an affiliate member in women's basketball when the conference began sponsoring the sport. It left the conference after the 1986–87 season. Within four years of its departure from the WCAC, the school went bankrupt and dropped intercollegiate athletics.
- b The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada), which had left the then-WCAC in 1979 for the Big Sky Conference, rejoined the WCAC as a women's sports affiliate in 1985. The Wolf Pack left after the 1986–87 season for the Mountain West Athletic Conference, a women's-only conference that was absorbed by the Big Sky Conference and is not to be confused with the Wolf Pack's current all-sports home, the Mountain West Conference.
- c The University of the Pacific was a founding member of the California Basketball Association, later the WCAC and now the WCC, in 1952. Pacific left the conference in 1971 to join its football team in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, now the Big West Conference. After dropping football in 1995, Pacific rejoined the WCC in 2013.
- Names of winners through 2010–11: "Awards and Honors: WCC Honors by Year" (PDF). 2010–11 Women's Basketball Year in Review. West Coast Conference. p. 62. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- Class years of winners through 2010–11: "Awards and Honors: All-Conference Teams" (PDF). 2010–11 Women's Basketball Year in Review. West Coast Conference. p. 63. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "WCC Individual Honors" (PDF). 2012–13 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Record Book. West Coast Conference. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- Players of the Year can be found in two different places in the referenced WCC record book—in the dedicated list on page 62, and designated in the list of All-Conference players on page 63. The 1993–94 season is the only one in which the two designations disagree. Silvernall is included in the dedicated list of Players of the Year; in addition, Santa Clara claims her as WCC Player of the Year in its official record book.
- "Honors and Awards: Athletic Honors" (PDF). Santa Clara Broncos Women's Basketball Records & History, 2012–13. Santa Clara University Sports Information. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "2011–12 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Weekly Release: March 27, 2012" (PDF) (Press release). West Coast Conference. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "West Coast Conference Announces 2013 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "WCC Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "WCC Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "WCC Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
- "2012–13 Gonzaga Women's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Gonzaga University Sports Information. Retrieved March 11, 2013. See "Gonzaga Year-by-Year" table on page 29 and full "Year-by-Year Results" on Page 42.
- "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2012–13 Saint Mary's Women's Basketball Records. Saint Mary's College Sports Information. p. 78. Retrieved March 13, 2013. Note: The content of Page 78 is duplicated on Page 79.
- "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2012–13 Santa Clara Women's Basketball Records. Santa Clara University Sports Information. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "BYU Becomes Ninth Member of West Coast Conference" (Press release). West Coast Conference. July 1, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Season Summaries" (PDF). 2012–13 Portland Pilots Women's Basketball History & Records. University of Portland Sports Information. p. 17. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "2012–13 Pepperdine Women's Basketball Records Book". Pepperdine University Sports Information. p. 3. Retrieved March 14, 2013. Click the thumbnail on the left side of the page to access the virtual book.
- "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2012–13 LMU Women's Basketball Record Book. Loyola Marymount University Sports Information. p. 68. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Team Records: Torero Women's Basketball Year-by-Year". 2012–13 San Diego Toreros Women's Basketball Media Guide. University of San Diego Sports Information. p. 113. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2010–11 San Francisco Dons Women's Basketball Almanac. University of San Francisco Sports Information. p. 49. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2012–13 Nevada Women's Basketball Information Guide. University of Nevada, Reno Sports Information. p. 55. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "University of the Pacific accepts invitation to join West Coast Conference in 2013-14 academic Year" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 28, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Dhillon, Jagdip (March 29, 2012). "Tigers back 'home'". The Record. Stockton, California. Retrieved March 31, 2012.