Ten Bulldogs Named To WCC Women's 25th Anniversary Team
Feb. 12, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Ten former Gonzaga University standout student-athletes were honored on the commemorate 25th Anniversary Team to celebrate 24 years of the West Coast Conference sponsoring women's athletics.
The 25th Anniversary Team was selected by a voting panel consisting of institutional and conference staff and select media members. In addition to the 50-person anniversary team, the conference recognized the next 29 highest vote-getters as honorable mention.
The Bulldogs had four members on the 50-person anniversary team and six others accorded honorable mention.
Earning honorable mention recognition for the Bulldogs were basketball player Jennifer Mountain, golfer Mary Kate Morgan, volleyball player Lisa Petticord, basketball player Ivy Safranski, rower Kelly Steinhaus and soccer player Sara Streufert.
"We are extremely proud of these women who helped build Gonzaga's rich tradition in women's athletics. They should be honored to be a part of such an elite group of WCC student-athletes," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said.
Bokulich was a three-time All-WCC selection and a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association of America second-team All-America pick as a junior and senior. She was also a CRCA All-West Region selection all four years as a Bulldog. She was named Gonzaga's Senior Women's Athlete of the Year in 2004 after helping the Bulldogs to a fifth straight WCC title. Bokulich, from Santa Cruz, Calif., is currently an assistant coach at The George Washington University for former Bulldog head coach Glenn Putyrae.
Cunningham was one of the most dominant players in the history of the WCC. She is the Zags all-time leader in kills (1,964); attack attempts (4,370), and is third in total blocks (117), block solos (117) and block assist (385). She also ranks fifth in both digs (1,120) and service aces (136). An honorable mention pick as a freshman and a second-team pick as a sophomore, the hometown product of Spokane was a two-time All-WCC first-team pick and earned Player of the Year honors in 1992. Cunningham helped lead the Bulldogs to their inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990. As a junior Cunningham led the nation in kills-per-game average at 5.888. She capped her career by being named honorable mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly Magazine.
Fairbanks, who hails from Bethel, Alaska, is the only Gonzaga runner to capture a WCC cross country title, winning the 1996 crown in a course record 17:26 for 5K as a sophomore. She led a charge of four Bulldog runners in the top seven as Gonzaga claimed its lone team title. Fairbanks went on to finish 14th in the NCAA Championship, the only Bulldog runner to have competed in the national cross country championship. She was also a WCC first-team pick as a freshman in 1995.
Hawk was a two-time All-WCC selection, was named the WCC Player of the Year in 2007 and earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors that year as Gonzaga won the WCC Tournament title and advanced to its inaugural NCAA Tournament. A native of Ontario, Ore., she is 10th on the all-time Gonzaga scoring charts with 1,231 points, fourth in rebounds with 684 and first in blocked shots with 167.
Mountain, currently the head women's basketball coach at Santa Clara University, was the Bulldogs first three-time All-WCC pick. She is sixth on the all-time scoring charts with 1,422 points. A native of Portland, Ore., is also seventh in field goals made (547), sixth in 3-point field goals made (116), eighth in free throw percentage (.771) and ninth in assists (269).
Morgan was a two-time All-WCC first-team selection. She finished ninth at the WCC Championship as a sophomore, tied for third as a junior to equal the highest Bulldog finish in the WCC Championship and finished sixth as a senior. The native of Longview, Wash., became the first Bulldog to become a two-time All-WCC first-team honoree.
Petticord was a three-time All-WCC selection and was named the 1990 WCC Player of the Year. A walk-on as a freshman, Petticord helped lead Gonzaga to its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990. Her career hitting percentage of .364 is still first on the all-time Gonzaga charts. The Kirkland, Wash., native was named the 1990 Hanes Her Way NCAA Women of the Year for the state of Washington.
Safranski, from Portland, Ore., was a three-time All-WCC selection and still stands fourth on the career scoring charts with 1,702 points. She is second on the single-game scoring list with 36 points against Northeast Louisiana in the 1994 Women's National Invitational Tournament, Gonzaga's first NCAA Division I post-season appearance
Steinhaus was a two-time All-WCC selection and was named a first-team CRCA All-Region pick. A native of Flagstaff, Ariz., she helped lead the Bulldogs win back-to-back WCC rowing championships in 2006-07.
Streufert, a native of Spokane, was a two-time All-WCC first-team pick and graduated as the all-time leader in goals (44), assists (15) and points (103). She was also an All-Region first-team pick as a senior and was drafted by the San Spirit of the Women's United Soccer Association.
With a tradition that includes national championships, All-Americans and countless NCAA Tournament appearances, the West Coast Conference has established itself as a national force in collegiate women's athletics. The 2009-10 school year marks the 25th anniversary of when the WCC began sponsoring women's athletics.
"The West Coast Conference and its member institutions take a great deal of pride in the tradition of success that we have shared in women's athletics," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Countless outstanding female student-athletes have competed in the WCC, establishing it as one of the premier conferences in the nation for women's athletics. These 50 individuals represent the elite of their respective sports at the collegiate and international levels."
The WCC began sponsoring women's athletics in 1985 with volleyball, cross-country, basketball, and tennis entering their first years of conference competition. The WCC added women's soccer as a conference sport in 1992, followed by women's rowing and women's golf in 1997.
Members of the WCC Women's Athletics 25th Anniversary Team represent all seven of the Conference's sponsored women's sports with multiple representatives from all eight league schools. The WCC will honor one representative of the Women's Athletics 25th Anniversary Team from each school at the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships, with Cunningham Gonzaga's representative. The WCC will also spot light each member of the 25th Anniversary Team through the spring sports season.
In 25 years, the WCC has established itself as one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, winning three national titles. In women's volleyball, the WCC is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, sending the highest percentage of teams from one conference into the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Women's basketball has been equally as impressive sending multiple teams into the postseason for 10 consecutive seasons. In women's tennis, San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova won the NCAA singles championship in 1999, while in women's golf, Pepperdine has established itself as a perennial national power with four top five finishes in the NCAA Championship. In women's rowing, Gonzaga has won 12 of the previous 13 WCC Championships, while Portland has dominated the WCC Cross Country Championships, winning 19 of the 25 conference titles.
25th Anniversary of WCC Women's Athletics Team
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