SCU Women's Basketball: WCC Names Alyssa Shoji Among Best Players

Alyssa Shoji (Kyle Terada Photo)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Santa Clara University senior guard Alyssa Shoji was named a preseason All-West Coast Conference player as announced by the league office this afternoon. The WCC published its 2011-12 preseason poll and projected all-conference team.

Shoji, a final-year Bronco from Bellevue, Wash., is Santa Clara's lone senior and starting point guard who played more minutes per night (34.8) than any other player in the WCC last season. She enters her senior year needing just 60 more points to reach 1,000 for her career (only 19 players in SCU history have reached this milestone).

Additionally, Shoji is on pace to become Santa Clara's all-time leader in 3-point baskets made. She's undoubtedly been one of the best shooters in the WCC over the past three seasons, leading the league in 3-point shooting as sophomore (84 makes). She also set a new SCU school record for minutes played in a single-season (1,159), establishing that mark as a sophomore in 2009-10.

Despite tying for fourth last year, as a team Santa Clara is picked to finish eighth in the expanded nine-team league this season. The first chance SCU fans will have to watch the 2011-12 edition of Bronco women's basketball will be on Tuesday, Nov. 8 against Sonoma State. The exhibition is set for a 7 p.m. tip at SCU's Leavey Center.

For the complete 2011-12 schedule CLICK HERE.

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2011-12 Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team

Player School Yr. Pos.

Dominique Conners San Diego Sr. G
Alex Cowling Loyola Marymount RS-Jr. G/F
Natalie Day Portland Sr. G/F
Jazmine Jackson Pepperdine Sr. G
Katelan Redmon Gonzaga Sr. G/F
Kristen Riley BYU Sr.  F
Alyssa Shoji Santa Clara Sr. G

Jasmine Smith Saint Mary's RS-Sr. G
Kayla Standish Gonzaga Sr. F
ReZina TecleMariam Portland Sr. G

2011-12 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll
Team (First Place Votes)

Gonzaga (8) 64
BYU (1) 52
Pepperdine 50
Loyola Marymount 36
Saint Mary's 34
Portland 32
San Diego 26
Santa Clara 22

San Francisco 8