Santa Clara's Lena Gipson Named WCC Player of the Week

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior power forward Lena Gipson was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.

Gipson had 22 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket with just over one minute left to lift Santa Clara past Pacific Thursday night at the Leavey Center, 52-47. Her 22 rebounds was one shy of a Santa Clara school record.

The senior from Hanford, Calif. leads the WCC in rebounding and ranks among the nation's leaders. It was her third 20-rebound game of her Bronco career. She also had 11 points Thursday to record her fifth-straight double-double.

Gipson made 7 of 11 shots Monday at Southern Utah, scoring 15 points and totaling 12 rebounds. She finished off the week by helping Santa Clara win its second-straight game, a 63-60 decision over Seattle on Sunday. Gipson had seven rebounds in that contest and needs just two more rebounds to move into second all-time in that category in SCU's 47-year women's basketball history.

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Also Nominated: Courtney Vandersloot, GON; Lauren Bell, PEP; Morgan Woodrow, USD