WCC salutes four Gonzaga women
Following the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team’s eighth straight West Coast Conference title victory, the individual accolades started flowing in.
Kayla Standish, Katelan Redmon, Haiden Palmer and Sunny Greinacher were honored Tuesday as the WCC announced its all-WCC teams and individual award winners, voted on by the conference’s nine head coaches.
Seniors Standish and Redmon, a Lewis and Clark High graduate, were named to the WCC all-conference team, Palmer was an honorable mention and co-newcomer of the year and Greinacher made the conference’s all-freshman team.
Kristen Riley of Brigham Young was named the WCC player of the year and Pepperdine’s Jazmine Jackson was voted the WCC defensive player of the year. San Diego’s Cindy Fisher earned coach of the year honors.
Standish, an Ellensburg native, and Redmon were both named to the all-conference team for the second straight season.
Standish averaged 15.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game in conference play, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. Standish’s 1,467 career points rank seventh all time for Gonzaga and she owns the blocks record (170), is second in games played (133), fifth in field goals made (587) and fifth in rebounds (779).
Redmon was in the top 15 in league game statistics in four categories – sixth in field-goal percentage (46.0), ninth in free-throw percentage (80.4), 10th in points per game (13.0) and 13th in rebounds per game (5.6). She scored in double figures in all but four WCC games.
Her 1,349 career points rank 10th on the all-time list at Gonzaga, and she owns the field-goal percentage record (52.3 percent).
Palmer averaged 11.3 points per game and was seventh in the WCC with 2.0 steals per game in WCC play. She is the seventh Zag to earn the newcomer of the year award, and the fourth in six years, joining Heather Bowman (2007), Courtney Vandersloot (2008) and Redmon (2010). She shares this year’s honor with BYU’s Lexi Eaton.
Greinacher played in all 29 regular-season games for the Zags and started twice this season. The Essen, Germany, native scored a career-high 14 points and had six rebounds against San Francisco.
The Bulldogs are at the WCC tournament this weekend in Las Vegas and will play in the semifinals at noon on Saturday, with their opponent to be determined.
Area teams finish
While the Bulldogs finished their regular season on Saturday, three other area teams will wrap up this week.
Washington State hosts UCLA and USC in its final pair of regular-season Pacific-12 Conference games on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The Pac-12 tournament, in Los Angeles for the fourth straight year, begins next Wednesday.
Also beginning next Wednesday, in Las Vegas, is the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Idaho will conclude its regular-season portion of the schedule with a pair of home games – Thursday against San Jose State and Saturday against Hawaii.
After three straight losses, Eastern Washington has one game remaining and could finish as high as second or as low as fifth.
The Eagles are on the road to take on Big Sky Conference champion Idaho State on Saturday.
“We have played three very good teams in a row and have not had the success we would like,” Eagles coach Wendy Schuller said. “Right now, everything is about us and what we can do to come together. We have to get ourselves back on track.”
One game separates the Big Sky teams in second, third, fourth and fifth, while Sacramento State and Portland State are still fighting for the sixth and final spot in the Big Sky tournament, which begins March 8 in Pocatello.
If EWU wins on Saturday and Northern Colorado loses, the Eagles would clinch the No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the tourney. Beyond that, there are numerous tiebreaker scenarios.