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Ten of Pepperdine's Female Greats Honored by WCC
Ten of Pepperdine's greatest female student-athletes have been named to the West Coast Conference's 25th Anniversary Team, created in honor of the 25th season that the WCC has sponsored women's athletics.
The conference took nominations from each of the schools and a panel then voted on the top 50 female athletes in the league's history. Pepperdine's 10 selections come from women's basketball (Rasheeda Clark), women's golf (Katherine Hull, Carolina Llano and Lindsey Wright), women's tennis (Ginger Helgeson, Janna Kovacevich and Angela Lawrence) and women's volleyball (Julie Rubenstein, Nicole Sanderson and Katie Wilkins).
"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.
Pepperdine and Portland led all schools with 10 selections apiece. San Diego had eight, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara had six apiece, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's had four each and San Francisco had two.