BYU Maintains Lead in Race for WCC Commissioner’s Cup

(Photo by West Coast Conference)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After the conclusion of the 2011-12 West Coast Conference basketball season, WCC newcomer BYU maintains its lead in the race for the 2011-12 West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup – awarded annually to the WCC institution garnering the most success during conference play. After finishing in a second-place tie in women’s basketball and earning seven points for a third-place finish on the men’s side, the Cougars maintain a 3.5-point edge over  San Diego, while Saint Mary’s has climbed into third place.

On the strength of its men’s basketball title, Saint Mary’s now sits atop the men’s all-sports trophy race with 21 points. Portland is second with 16.5 points, while three teams are trailing the Pilots by just a half of a point. BYU, Loyola Marymount, and San Francisco all have 16 points on the men’s side.

BYU and San Diego are tied in the women’s all-sports trophy race with 28.0 points each.  Both the Cougars and the Toreros – winners of the last four Commissioner’s Cups – tied for second place in the women’s basketball regular season.  Pepperdine is third with 24.5 points on the women’s side.

Overall, the Cougars have 44.0 Commissioner’s Cup points after the basketball season.  The Cougars lead San Diego, which has 40.5 points.  Saint Mary’s sits third with 37.0 points, followed by San Francisco with 35.5 points.  Portland is fifth with 33.0 points, followed by Santa Clara University with 32.0 points and Gonzaga University with 31.5points.  Loyola Marymount University (30.0) and Pepperdine (28.0) round out the standings.

The next update in the race for the Commissioner's Cup will come following the 2012 WCC Golf Championships, held April 16-18 at San Juan Oaks Golf Course in Hollister, Calif.

2011-12 West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup Standings

(as of 3/14/2012)

Overall

1.  BYU 44.0
2.  San Diego 40.5
3.  Saint Mary’s 37.0
4.  San Francisco 35.5
5.  Portland 33.0
6.  Santa Clara 32.0
7.  Gonzaga 31.5
8.  Loyola Marymount 30.0
9.  Pepperdine 28.0

Men’s All-Sports

1.  Saint Mary’s 21.0
2.  Portland 16.5
3t. BYU 16.0
3t. Loyola Marymount 16.0
3t. San Francisco 16.0
6t. Gonzaga 15.0
6t. Santa Clara 15.0
8.  San Diego 12.5
9.  Pepperdine 4.0

Women’s All-Sports

1t. BYU 28.0
1t. San Diego 28.0
3.  Pepperdine 24.5
4.  San Francisco 19.5
5.  Santa Clara 17.0
6t. Gonzaga 16.5       
6t. Portland 16.5
8.  Saint Mary’s 16.0
9.  Loyola Marymount 14.0