March 20, 2003
San Bruno, Calif. - With the winter season coming to a close, the West Coast Conference announced the second update of the WCC Commissioner's Cup and for the second-straight year Santa Clara leads the league following the men and women's basketball season.
The Commissioner's Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play. A Men's and Women's All-Sports Award, recognizing athletic achievement within each gender, will also be presented. Santa Clara currently sits in second-place in the women's standings, one-half point behind Pepperdine, and in third on the men's side.
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.
Santa Clara continues to lead the overall standings while Pepperdine moved ahead of SCU in the Women's All-Sports race heading into the spring season. The Broncos finished tied for second in women's hoops to help retain their overall lead. San Diego moved into a tie with Portland for the top spot in the Men's All-Sports standings. USD finished second in men's basketball and won its first-ever tournament championship last week. The Toreros stand just five points behind Santa Clara in the overall standings . Pepperdine moved past Santa Clara in the Women's All-Sports standings after a first place finish in women's basketball.
As a league, the WCC's basketball season was highlighted with four teams earning postseason bids. On the men's side, San Diego earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987 and regular season champs Gonzaga capped a 20+ win season with their fifth straight trip to the Big Dance. The Pepperdine women, winners of the women's basketball regular season and tournament titles, earned an invite to the NCAA tournament, while Santa Clara will participate in the WNIT.
2002-2003 Commissioner's Cup Standings
As of March, 2003
Santa Clara - 42
Pepperdine - 38.5
Portland - 38
San Diego - 37
Gonzaga - 28
Loyola Marymount - 26.5
San Francisco - 23.5
Saint Mary's - 17.5