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WBK | Gaels Look For Deep Run At WCC Tourney

Jasmine Forcadilla hopes to help lead the Gaels to the No. 1 spot at this week's WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Jasmine Forcadilla hopes to help lead the Gaels to the No. 1 spot at this week's WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Feb. 28, 2018

MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team heads to the 2018 West Coast Conference at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas this week, kicking off play Friday as the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals against the winner of No. 7 Pacific and No. 10 Portland.

Friday, March 2, 2 p.m., Quarterfinals - No. 7 Pacific/No. 10 Portland vs. No .2 Saint Mary's
Monday, March 5, 2 p.m., Semifinals - TBA
Tuesday, March 6, 1 p.m., Championship - TBA

The Gaels concluded their regular season on the road last week beating Pepperdine, 82-75, and Santa Clara, 72-51. Megan McKay scored a career-high 30 points against the Waves to join Stella Beck and Sydney Raggio in the 1,000 career points club. Saint Mary's took charge in the second half in its matchup against the Broncos, as Stella Beck led the game with 24 points and eight rebounds.

The Gaels clinched the No. 2 seed after beating Santa Clara in their final matchup of the regular season. In the 2016-17 season, Saint Mary's made it all the way to the WCC championships after beating Santa Clara and BYU, but could not pull away with the victory over Gonzaga falling, 86-75. This year the Gaels will take on the winner of No. 7 Pacific and No. 10 Portland on Friday in the quarterfinals, with the game presented by Diablo Valley Insurance.

Saint Mary's enters the WCC Tournament as one of the top field-goal shooting teams in the nation at 48.0 percent (sixth in the NCAA). The Gaels also average 16.1 assists per game, another top-50 mark in the country. Megan McKay (60.9) and Stella Beck (60.2) lead the conference with their individual shooting percentages. Sydney Raggio's aggressiveness on the defensive glass pulls down a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. Raggio is fourth in blocking 1.2 shots per game. Jasmine Forcadilla controls the Gaels offense dishing out 3.5 apg. Madeline Holland is second in the conference with a 46.4 shooting percentage.

No. 1 seed and regular season champion Gonzaga will face the first-round winner of No. 8 Pepperdine or No. 9 Santa Clara in the quarterfinals. WCC Player of the Year Jill Barta is an all-around threat for Gonzaga as she averages 18.1 ppg and grabs 8.5 rpg while Laura Stockton dishes out a team-high 3.6 apg. The Bulldogs lead the conference with a 72.8 percentage in scoring offense.

Seeded behind Saint Mary's is No. 3 BYU, who faces No. 6 San Diego in the first quarterfinal on Thursday. No. 4 Loyola Marymount will take on No. 5 San Francisco in Thursday's second quarterfinal. Thursday's first-round games include the No. 7 Pacific versus No. 10 Portland game, as well as the No. 8 Pepperdine versus No. 9 Santa Clara game.

Saint Mary's season will continue in the postseason, either in the 2018 NCAA Tournament or in the 2018 WNIT. The NCAA Tournament first and second rounds will be held on March 16-19. The WNIT holds its first round on March 14-16. Fans can find live coverage links for all games on



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