West Coast Conference Primer

Oct 07, 2013 - Posted by knielsen on October 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Updated: October 7, 2013 3:27 pm

With West Coast Conference play beginning this week for the Cougars, here's an update of how the other conference members did in their nonconference schedules and what BYU will have to go through to defend last year's championship. Records are nonconference only and don't include the early slate of conference games from the weekend.

No. 10 Portland (8-1-1, RPI: 31) finished off its nonconference schedule by winning its final six games. The Pilots beat Marquette, tied No. 2 Stanford and lost to No. 13 Wake Forest in September before starting their current streak. They also downed Pacific in their conference opener on Saturday. Portland leads the season in goals and scoring.

San Diego (7-4-0, RPI: 80) enters West Coast Conference play with a winning record thanks to four home wins. They lost to several major conference teams, but also beat Missouri and Kansas and took down two Big West opponents in Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Toreros lead the conference in assists so far this season.

No. 17 Santa Clara (6-3-1, RPI: 16) played some of the toughest teams in the nation in their nonconference schedule. The Broncos lost to No. 6 North Carolina, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Stanford, but tied No. 11 Cal. They also beat ACC opponent Maryland.

No. 22 BYU (6-3-1, RPI: 23)

Pepperdine (5-3-2, RPI: 41) tied No. 11 Cal and beat Texas A&M, but lost to No. 21 Michigan and No. 3 UCLA. They finished their nonconference schedule with a tie against Cal State Fullerton. Forward Lynn Williams leads the conference in every scoring stat, except for assists and assist per game where she is second.

San Francisco (5-4-2, RPI: 133) ended their nonconference schedule with three straight losses and haven't won in five straight games after losing to Saint Mary's in their conference opener Saturday. The Dons do have the lowest GAA in the West Coast Conference, but only average .67 goals scored per game.

Gonzaga (4-5-1, RPI: 212) has put together a two-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak in its nonconference schedule, but hasn't been consistent in getting results.

Saint Mary's (4-7-0, RPI: 117) hasn't earned any points away from home, but has played some tough competition. San Diego State, Denver, Marquette, Stanford and Cal all hosted the Gaels. They have won two straight including their conference opener over San Francisco.

LMU (3-8-0, RPI: 186) is currently on a seven-game losing streak entering conference play and have yet to earn any points on the road. The Lions did win three games in a row against Northeastern, Montana and UC Santa Barbara at the end of August, but haven't won since.

Pacific's (1-7-2, RPI: 298) only win came against New Mexico on Sept. 15. The Tigers have lost four straight since then including a 1-0 loss to Portland in their WCC opener.