May 22, 2002
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Bouyed by the success of its national championship women's soccer team and its first-ever women's cross country league title, Santa Clara University earned a share of the inaugural West Coast Conference Women's All-Sports Award and finished second in the overall Commissioner's Cup standings, the league announced today.
The recipient of the Commissioner's Cup is based on a point system reflecting the place finish of each team in conference play. The Men's and Women's All-Sports Awards are given to the schools that accumulate the most points within each particular gender. The institution with the highest point total after combining the men's and women's point totals will be honored with the Commissioner's Cup.
"We have a competitive group of coaches, student-athletes and administrators and we place a high priority on winning championships in the West Coast Conference as well as nationally," said Cheryl L. Levick, SCU's Director of Athletics and Recreation. "I think we have had an excellent year on the field and I am proud of our athletic and academic accomplishments. With such a strong commitment to excellence within our department, I have every faith that we will continue to contend for the award every year."
Bronco women's teams accounted for 40.5 total points in the award standings, which tied for first-place with Pepperdine and was 11.5 points higher than third-place Portland. Santa Clara highlighted the 2001-2002 season with the two women's league championships, a second-place finish in volleyball and a tie for second-place in women's basketball. The 40.5 points was the highest total ever for Santa Clara, three higher than the 37.5 in 1998-99.
In the overall Commissioner's Cup standings, which is awarded to the top performing athletic department based on league standings, the Broncos finished in second-place with 72 points. Pepperdine won the inaugural award with 76.5 points. Based on the award's current points structure, this season Santa Clara compiled its highest total in school history. The previous best was 69 points in both the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Pepperdine won the Commissioner's Cup with 76.5 points as well as the Men's All-Sports Award with 36 points. Santa Clara finished third in the men's race with 31.5 points, anchored by league title in men's soccer and a second-place finish in cross country.
WCC Commissioner's Cup
Women's All-Sports Award
Men's All-Sports Award