Redmon, Standish Named to WCC First Team

Zags Renew Rivalry With UW

Gonzaga University women’s basketball players Kayla Standish, Katelan Redmon, Haiden Palmer and Sunny Greinacher were honored as the West Coast Conference announced its All-WCC teams and individual award winners that were voted on by the league’s nine head coaches.

Standish and Redmon were named to the All-WCC while Palmer was honorable mention and the Co-Newcomer of the Year. Greinacher was named to the WCC All-Freshman team.

BYU’s Kristen Riley was named the WCC Player of the Year and Pepperdine University’s Jazmine Jackson was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. The University of San Diego’s Cindy Fisher was tabbed the conference Coach of the Year.

Standish, a senior forward from Ellensburg, Wash., earned her second straight All-WCC honor. She averaged 15.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game in WCC action, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. Her point average was the fourth highest in league; her rebounding average third and field goal percentage second. She also averaged 1.8 blocks per contest. Standish’s 1,467 career points rank 7 th in the all-time Bulldog record book; she owns the blocking record (170), is second in games played (133), fifth in field goals made (587) and fifth in rebounds (779).

Redmon, a senior guard/forward from Spokane, Wash., also earned her second straight All-WCC honor. She was in the top 15 in league game statistics in four categories; sixth in field goal percentage (46.0 percent), ninth in free throw percentage (80.4 percent), 10 th in points per game (13.0) and 13 th in rebounds per game (5.6). She was named WCC Player of the Week twice this season and tallied double-figure points in all but four WCC games. Her 1,349 career points rank 10 th on the all-time GU charts; and she owns the field goal percentage record (52.3 percent), and is eighth in field goals made (562).

Palmer suited up for her first year as a Bulldog in 2011-12 after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. Palmer played in all 29 regular season contests, starting 24 of them. She averaged 11.3 points per contest and was seventh in the WCC with 2.0 steals per game in WCC play. Palmer is the seventh Gonzaga player to earn Newcomer of the Year honors, and the fourth in six years, joining Heather Bowman in 2007, Courtney Vandersloot in 2008 and Redmon in 2010. She shares this year’s honor with Lexi Eaton of BYU.

Greinacher has been a consistent asset off the bench for Gonzaga. The forward from Essen, Germany played in all 29 regular season games for the Zags, getting the starting nod twice. Greinacher averaged 11.9 minutes per game, 4.5 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game and shot 54.5 percent overall from the field. Her coming out party was a 12 point, five rebound performance at Loyola Marymount University. One game later she dropped a career-high 14 points and had six boards – five offensive – in the Bulldogs win over San Francisco.  

Riley, the 2011 Mountain West Conference Sixth Player of the Year, led the WCC with 9.3 rebounds and was fifth in the conference with 14.4 points per game during WCC play. The senior forward shot .439 from beyond the arc, good for second in the WCC. Jackson is the WCC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She ranked fifth in the WCC with 2.1 steals per contest during WCC play. Fisher led the Toreros to 21 wins during the regular season, tying a program record. The award is the second for Fisher, as she was the Co-Coach of the Year following the 2006-07 season when the Toreros won 20+ games for the first time ever.

The complete 2011-12 West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference team follows.

Player of the Year
Kristen Riley, BYU

Defensive Player of the Year
Jazmine Jackson, PEP

Coach of the Year
Cindy Fisher, USD

Co-Newcomer of the Year
Lexi Eaton, BYU
Haiden Palmer, GON

All-Conference Team
Dominique Conners, USD
Alex Cowling, LMU
Natalie Day, POR
Jazmine Jackson, PEP
Katelan Redmon, GON
Kristen Riley, BYU
Jasmine Smith, SMC
Kayla Standish, GON
Haley Steed, BYU
Morgan Woodrow, USD

Honorable Mention
Rheina Ale, USF
Lauren Bell, PEP
Alex Carbonel, SMC
Amy Kame, USD
Lindsay Leo, SCU
Jackie Nared, SMC
Haiden Palmer, GON
Alyssa Shoji, SCU

All-Freshman Team
Lexi Eaton, BYU
Carli Rosenthal, SMC
Kari Luttinen, POR
Sunny Greinacher, GON
Taj Winston, USF