Gonzaga Sweeps WCC Player Of The Month Awards
Feb. 2, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University's Adam Morrison and Ashley Anderson have been selected the West Coast Conference Players of the Month for January. Morrison has led the Bulldogs to a 7-0 start to West Coast Conference play and a No. 5 national ranking. Anderson helped the women's team post a 6-2 record for the month with five double-doubles. The GU women return to action on Thursday night with a game at Santa Clara University while the men's team will face the Broncos on Saturday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
MEN'S Basketball - Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
Gonzaga junior forward Adam Morrison continued to make a strong case for National Player of the Year honors, leading the Bulldogs to a perfect 7-0 record during the month of January. The 7-0 record pushed the Zags to the top of the WCC standings at the mid-way point of the conference season. The Spokane, Wash. native led the nation in scoring, tossing in 31.3 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds per game. Morrison was extremely efficient, connecting on 54.4 percent of his attempts from the field (74-of-136), including 43.8 percent from beyond the arc (14-of-32). The 6-8 forward made opponents pay for fouling him, knocking down 82.6 percent from the charity stripe (57-of-69). Morrison scored 30 or more points in five of the Zags' seven contests, including topping the 40-point barrier in back-to-back games to close out the month. Morrison was red hot versus San Francisco and Portland in the Zags' last two games of the month, scoring a combined 83 points in 75 minutes of action. He dropped in 41 points to go along with nine rebounds in Gonzaga's 84-75 win over USF. He followed that up with 42 points in the Zags' 81-64 win over Portland to become the first Bulldog since Frank Burgess to have back-to-back 40-point games (41 vs. Idaho State 12-9-60 and 44 vs. Whitworth 12-12-60). After his tremendous month, Morrison leads the nation with a 29.0 points per game average and has converted a national-best 200 field goals, 18 more than the next closest player. He has four 40-plus scoring efforts and has scored 30 or more points in a game nine times this season. Morrison garnered three WCC Player of the Week honors during the month of January.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Ashley Anderson, Gonzaga
Gonzaga's Ashley Anderson was named the WCC Player of the Month for January after leading the Zags to a 6-2 record and a 5-2 mark to begin conference play. Anderson recorded five double-doubles in Gonzaga's first seven WCC contests, and registered single-game career-highs in both points and steals during the month. The forward nearly averaged a double-double for January with 16.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per contest, while pitching in with 1.25 assists and 1.38 steals per game to start the new year. After scoring 10 points in a Gonzaga win over Portland State to close out non-conference play on January 2, Anderson sparked the Zags to a 70-60 win over Santa Clara and a 56-42 triumph over Saint Mary's to begin WCC play. The senior dropped in 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the win over the Broncos, and scored 21 points with 12 boards in the win over the Gaels en route to earning WCC Co-Player of the Week honors on January 9. The Enterprise, OR native continued to produce as the month progressed, registering a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in a one-point overtime loss at Pepperdine on January 12, and reeling off two double-doubles in three games to close out January. Anderson dropped in 22 points with 10 caroms in an 81-66 win over San Diego, and followed up that performance with 14 points in a 54-42 victory over San Francisco on January 21. The senior scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and tied a career-high with three steals in a 67-60 win over Portland to close out the month, earning her second WCC Co-Player of the Week honor for her performance.
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