Stepp WCC Male Scholar-Athlete Of Year

June 10, 2004

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University guard Blake Stepp has been named the West Coast Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the seventh Bulldog so honored.

Loyola Marymount University basketball player Kate Murray and University of Portland soccer player Imani Dorsey were named Co-Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

The highest honor in the WCC is selected by a vote of the WCC's institutional representatives to recognize the finest accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service of individuals who have completed their WCC eligibility.

Stepp joins fellow Bulldogs Dan Dickau (2002), Jeff Brown (1994), Jarrod Davis (1992), Bryce McPhee (1985), John Stockton (1984) and Bill Dunlap (1982) in earning the WCC honor.

Stepp capped a stellar collegiate career by leading Gonzaga to an undefeated conference record in 2003-04, and a school-best No. 3 ranking in the final Associated Press Top 25 and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament where the Bulldogs advanced to the second round. Gonzaga recorded a 107-23 record during Stepp's four years. He was also named to three-straight WCC All-Academic basketball teams and was a CoSIDA Academic All-America second-team selection as a senior after being a third-team selection as a junior. He was also a John R. Wooden Top 10 All-America and an AP Second Team All-America pick. Stepp was also the first player since Santa Clara University's Steve Nash to be named WCC men's basketball Player of the Year in consecutive seasons.

As a business administration major, Stepp posted a 3.22 GPA and achieved President's List honors (3.70 GPA or above) for the fall semester this past academic year. The 2004 Gonzaga University Bulldog Club Male Senior-Athlete of the Year has also been involved in various community activities. Stepp has been a part of the 2004 Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake, made trips to the Shriner's Children's Hospital and has been involved in other projects in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club and various local charity missions.

Murray ended her LMU career by becoming the first Lion to earn WCC Player of the Year honors while leading the squad to its first conference title and inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance. LMU also notched a program-best 24 wins. The Tigard, OR native became the first female at LMU to win both Athlete and Student-Athlete of the Year awards. Murray was named to the Dean?s List each semester, was a three-time All-Academic WCC first-team member and a CoSIDA District VIII All-Academic first team honoree. She earned a 3.87 GPA in business.

Dorsey finished her career at Portland in leading the Pilots to four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a NCAA title in 2002. The 2003 WCC Defender of the Year anchored a defense, which recorded a 76-16-4 record during her career. Dorsey earned numerous honors, including Soccer Buzz First Team All-West Region, and All-America honors from Soccer Buzz and Soccer Post Magazine. Dorsey, an interdisciplinary studies major, posted a 3.84 GPA and made the Dean's List for eight consecutive semesters.



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