Green Named WCC Newcomer Of The Year, Alford And Cast Earn WCC Honorable Mention

Feb. 27, 2018


SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference announced its women’s basketball All-WCC teams and specialty awards on Tuesday. Gabby Green represented Loyola Marymount on the First Team, and Bree Alford and Makenzie Cast received All-WCC Honorable Mention. Additionally, Green was named WCC Newcomer of the Year for her play as a redshirt junior after transferring from Cal.

Green is LMU’s 30th First-Team All-WCC selection and the seventh Lion to earn Newcomer of the Year honors. This marks the second straight year LMU has been given this award, as Jackie Johnson was selected as Newcomer of the Year following the 2016-17 campaign.

The 6-2 guard led the WCC in steals per game through the regular season with an average of 3.2 per game. She also ranked third in assists (4.2) and blocks (1.3) per game, and 13th overall in points (13.0) and rebounds (6.6) per game. The Oakland native racked up 11 games with 15+ points, four with 20+ and scored a career-high 32 points at Pacific on Feb. 24. She snagged 5+ steals in eight games on the year, including a career-high seven steals vs. Saint Mary’s on Dec. 28. Green earned WCC Player of the Week honors twice, on Jan. 1 and Feb. 26.

Alford averaged a team-high 8.8 boards per game this season, which ranked third overall in the WCC. The junior also posted averages of 7.8 points and 1.7 assists per game, which marked career-high averages along with her rebounding mark. She led the Lions in double-doubles on the season, tallying five, and she pulled down 10+ boards in a team-high 10 games in 2017-18.



Cast also had a career year in her final season with the Lions. She recorded career highs in points per game (6.3), field goals made (77), three-pointers made (60), three-point percentage (.364) and free-throw percentage (.818). Her 2.1 three-pointers made per game ranked second overall in the WCC on the season. She had 13 games with 3+ made three-pointers including a season-high six made at Gonzaga on Jan. 1. Her 60 three-pointers made during the regular season puts her in seventh all-time for most three-pointers made in a single season in LMU women’s basketball history.

All four individual awards – along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams – were voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches.

The Lions earned the fourth seed in the 2018 WCC Tournament and will open against the fifth-seeded San Francisco Dons on Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m.


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