March 5, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - LMU redshirt senior Alex Cowling was named to the 2012-13 All-West Coast Conference women's basketball team for the third time in her career while junior Hazel Ramirez earned her first career postseason honor, being named to the All-WCC Honorable Mention team, the league office announced Tuesday.
Cowling becomes just the second player in LMU history to earn All-WCC four times, including three first team honors. She follows in the footsteps of the LMU Hall of Famer whose program scoring record she broke - Bryn Britton. Britton, who held the Lions' all-time scoring record of 1,662 for nearly a decade, was an honorable mention selection in 1999 and was then named to the first team in 2000-02.
Cowling earned honorable mention honors as a freshman in 2009, along with being named the WCC Newcomer of the Year and to the WCC All-Freshman team, before being named to the first team in 2010, 2012 and 2013. She redshirted the 2010-11 season due to a foot injury.
The Benicia, Calif., native leads the Lions with 15.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg, while also contributing 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. She has led LMU in scoring 16 times, including six 20-plus point performances and seven double-doubles.
Cowling has made her final collegiate season a memorable one. On Jan. 17 she became LMU's all-time leading rebounder, surpassing Adrienne Slaughter's (2000-04) mark of 845. Then, in senior night in Gersten Pavilion, she added WCC all-time leading scorer to her list of accomplishments as her 21st and final point of the game bested the previous high of 2,165 held by Heather Bowman of Gonzaga (2006-10). To date, Cowling has 2,187 points and 924 rebounds.
Also earning All-WCC honors is Ramirez, the Lions junior point guard. The Huntington Park, Calif., native averages 12.8 ppg and 4.8 apg. She set an LMU all-time single-game record when she dished out 12 assists on Nov. 17 and then on to match that record on Nov. 20. The previous high of 11 had not been reached since 1994.
For the season, Ramirez has amassed 130 assists, which ranks third in LMU's single-season record book. She has led the team in scoring 10 times this year, including three 20-plus point games.
Gonzaga's Taelor Karr is the Player of the Year, Gonzaga junior Jazmine Redmon is the Defensive Player of the Year, and San Diego freshman Maya Hood is the Newcomer of the Year. Gonzaga's Kelly Graves is the Coach of the Year.
The complete 2012-13 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball All-Conference team follows:
2012-13 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
Taelor Karr, Sr., G, Gonzaga
2012-13 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Jazmine Redmon, Jr., G, Gonzaga
2012-13 West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year
Maya Hood, Fr., F, San Diego
2012-13 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Kelly Graves, Gonzaga
2012-13 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Player, Yr., Pos., School
Alex Cowling, RS-Sr., G/F, LMU
Jennifer Hamson, Jr., C, BYU
Amy Kame, Jr., G, San Diego
Taelor Karr, Sr., G, Gonzaga
Mel Khlok, Sr., G, San Francisco
Lindsay Leo, RS-Sr., F, San Francisco
Danielle Mauldin, Jr., F, Saint Mary's
Jackie Nared, Jr., G, Saint Mary's
Haiden Palmer, Jr., G, Gonzaga
Haley Steed, Gr., G, BYU
2012-13 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Shay Cooney-Williams (Pepperdine); Meagan Fulps (Santa Clara); Sunny Greinacher (Gonzaga); Annika Holopainen (Portland); Maya Hood (San Diego); Katelyn McDaniel (San Diego); Hazel Ramirez (LMU); Keilani Unga (BYU)
2012-13 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM
Player, Pos., School
Shelby Cheslek, F, Gonzaga
Zhane Dikes, G, San Francisco
Annika Hopopainen, F, Portland
Maya Hood, F, San Diego
Taylor Proctor, F, San Francisco