March 3, 2003
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Four starters for the Santa Clara University women's basketball team were named to the All-West Coast Conference teams, the league announced today. Senior forward Julie Butler and sophomore guard Kayla Huss were named first-team selections. Senior forward Kendra Rhea and sophomore guard Quinn Thomas, were honorable mention honorees.
Butler, of Tacoma, Wash., ranks tops in the league in field goal percent, hitting 51.7 percent from the floor. She's also ranked 11th in rebounding, with a 5.2 average, and 18th in scoring, as she is fourth on the team with a 9.8 points per game mark. During this past conference season, she scored a career-high 23 points against Portland and Pepperdine, while grabbing a personal best 10 rebounds against San Francisco.
Huss, of Everett, Wash., has been the Broncos' starting point guard and is ranked second in the conference in assists (5.29). She is accurate behind the arc, and is also ranked second in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 45 percent on the season. She is ranked third in the league in three-point field goals made (2.04), and is 10th in scoring (11.1). She closed the regular season on Saturday with a career-high 10 assists at Portland. In another WCC contest, at San Diego, Huss scored 20 of her career-high 24 points in the second half, including six threes in the second period.
Rhea, of Lakeside, also earned all-Academic honors from the conference. She has started all 27 contests for the Broncos and is ranked third in the WCC in rebounds, with 7.7 per game. Additionally, Rhea is the only post in the league's top 10 assist category, ranking sixth, with a 3.28 average. A defensive presence, she is ranked ninth in the conference in blocked shots and leads the team in charges taken.
Thomas, of Kent, Wash., has scored in double figures on 16 occasions. She is ranked first in the WCC in three-point field goals made (2.52), while also third in three-point field goal percentage (.429), ninth in steals (1.76) and 11th in scoring (11.1). Like Huss, Thomas also hit six three-pointers at San Diego and scored a career-high 24 points at Oregon.
Pepperdine senior guard Tamara McDonald was named the WCC Player of the Year. Loyola Marymount junior center Adrianne Slaughter was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year, while the University of San Francisco's Joy Hollingsworth was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year. Rounding out the individual conference awards was Gonzaga's Kelly Graves, who was named the Coach of the Year.
Santa Clara (18-9, 9-5) will return to action at the WCC Championship on Friday. The Broncos are the No. 3 seed and receive a first-round bye. They will play the winner of the LMU/Portland contest in the second round at noon.
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