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At the conclusion of the West Coast Conference basketball season, the Santa Clara men's and women's teams found themselves well-represented on the list of All-WCC honors.
WCC men of the year: Argyle-clad Coach Dick Davey advises SCU center Sean Denison.
Men's Head Coach Dick Davey was named WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his illustrious career on the Mission campus. Davey, in his final season at the helm of the Bronco program, became the first coach, other than Gonzaga's Mark Few, to earn this honor since 2000 after leading the Broncos to a 21-10 overall record, a 10-4 mark in WCC play, good for second place in the conference standings, and an appearance in the WCC title game.
Senior center and physics major Sean Denison shared WCC Co-Player of the Year with Gonzaga's Derek Raivio, as well as being named to the All-WCC First Team for the first time in his career.
The Broncos captured a third conference award as senior guard Danny Pariseau, a transfer from Eastern Washington, took home the WCC Newcomer of the Year award after scoring 9.7 points a game and leading the squad with 4.74 assists a game. The Spokane, Wash., native was also named to the All-WCC First Team.
Joining Denison and Pariseau on the first team was senior guard Scott Dougherty, averaging 9.9 points a game and shooting 42 percent from behind the arc. He shot a career-high of 23 on Feb. 12 as the Broncos defeated Gonzaga, 84-71, snapping the Bulldogs' 50-game home winning streak.
Junior point guard Brody Angley was named All-WCC honorable mention for the first time in his career, scoring 8.3 points and passing out 3.8 assists per game. Angley fueled SCU's stretch run by scoring in double figures in eight of the last nine conference games.
On the women's side, Chandice Cronk earned her second-career All-WCC nod, being named to the first team for the first time in her career. Cronk was named to the All-Freshman team in 2005. The Wasilla, Alaska, native was among the top five 3-point shooters in the nation by season's end, and led the nation most of the way, ending up with 94 3-pointers made while leading the WCC with 16.0 points a game.
After two seasons away from women's basketball, junior forward Jen Gottschalk returned in 2006-07 and immediately made an impact with the Broncos. Gottschalk averaged 10.9 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds a game this season on the way to being named All-WCC honorable mention. JM
Santa Clara basketball student-athletes were also prevalent on the West Coast Conference's Winter All-Academic teams this year, earning five slots. For the men, senior guards Scott Dougherty (3.57 cumulative GPA, chemistry), Joey Kaempf (3.60, political science), Danny Pariseau (3.12, combined sciences), and junior forward Mitch Henke (3.74, finance) all earned spots on the All-Academic team. The Broncos topped the list with four selections.
From the women's team, senior point guard Ashley Graham (3.64, psychology) earned a spot on the WCC's All-Academic team for the third consecutive year. JM
Another 3-pointer and a WCC record for Chandice Cronk.
Women's basketball's Chandice Cronk and Ashley Graham punctuated the 2006-07 season with a pair of milestone performances. Cronk, one of the nation's most dangerous long-range shooters, sank 94 3-pointers this past season, establishing not only the new Santa Clara single-season mark, but also breaking the previous West Coast Conference single-season mark.
Graham entered the season 299 points shy of becoming the 16th member of Santa Clara's prestigious “1,000-Point Club.” The Redmond, Wash., native responded with a career year, averaging 10.5 points and 5.03 assists a game, and scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 22 against Loyola Marymount. Graham, who also became only the second SCU player to reach 200 career 3-pointers as well, fittingly hit 1,000 with a 3-pointer. JM