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Danielle Mauldin, Kate Gaze and Jackie Nared earned All-WCC Honors on Monday.
Danielle Mauldin, Kate Gaze and Jackie Nared earned All-WCC Honors on Monday.
WBK | SMC Big Three Earn All-WCC Honors
Release: Wednesday 03/03/2014 
by SMC Athletics
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team had its three seniors named to the All-West Coast Conference team, it was announced by the conference office in a vote by the head coaches.

Jackie Nared and Danielle Mauldin were selected to the 10-member first-team, while Kate Gaze earned honorable mention status.

The WCC Coach of the Year went to Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves, the WCC Player and Defender of the Year went to Jennifer Hamson of BYU and the WCC Newcomer of the Year went to KiKi Moore of Pacific (transfer from Fresno State).

Nared is leading the WCC in scoring for the second consecutive year. She is averaging 21.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg. She just needs 11 more points this season to set the school record for points in a season. Nared enters the WCC Tournament with 582 points. She has eight double-doubles this year and three games of scoring at least 30 points.

In addition to being first in the WCC in scoring, she’s sixth in rebounds per game, eighth in field-goal percentage, fifth in free-throw percentage, first in three-point percentage and first in minutes played per game.

Mauldin not only leads the WCC in rebounding and double-doubles, she has been consistently ranked in the top five all year in rebounds per game (13.4) and double-doubles (22). Mauldin is third in the WCC with 18.1 ppg and first in rebounds per game. Earlier this season she set the SMC single season rebounding record, the SMC career record and WCC career record in total rebounds.

Mauldin also ranks fourth in free-throw percentage, amassing a WCC high 185 free-throws made and 221 free-throws attempted. She also ranks fourth in blocked shots per game at 1.4 and sixth in steals.

Gaze has had a successful senior year, averaging 12.8ppg along with 4.9 assists per game which ranks second in the WCC. She is the top free-throw shooter in the conference at 89.6 percent, which also ranks near the top-10 nationally. Gaze also ranks just out of the top-10 in both three-pointers made and attempted.

Gaze has scored at least 20 points, six times this season, including a career-high 26 points in a win over UC Santa Barbara. She had a streak of 37 consecutive made free-throws earlier this season. She has converted 44 of her last 45 free throws this season.

The WCC First-Team included Lexi Eaton (BYU), Sunny Greinacher (GON), Jennifer Hamson (BYU), Amy Kame (USD), Kendall Kenyon (PAC), Danielle Mauldin (SMC), Kiki Moore (PAC), Jackie Nared (SMC), Haiden Palmer (GON) and Hazel Ramirez (LMU).

Earning honorable mention honors included Morgan Bailey (BYU), Kim Beeston (BYU), Cassandra Brown (POR), Zhane Dikes (USF), Kate Gaze (SMC), Nici Gilday (SCU), Malina Hood (USD), Taylor Proctor (USF), Jazmine Redmon (GON), Felicia Wijenberg (USD) and Jasmine Wooton (POR).

The All-Freshman Team included Unique Coleman (PAC), Allie Green (PEP), Rachel Howard (USF), Leslie Lopez-Wood (LMU) and Jo Paine (SCU).

The Gaels take on the Toreros in the WCC Quarterfinals at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m.