2020 West Coast Conference women's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more

The 2020 West Coast Conference women’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The tournament is set to begin March 5 and run through March 10, taking place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Each of the conference’s 10 teams made the tournament.

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Here is the schedule for the West Coast tournament.

MARCH 5 – FIRST ROUND

No. 8 Santa Clara def. No. 9 San Francisco, 72-65.

No. 7 Saint Mary’s def. Loyola Marymount, 72-63.

MARCH 6 – SECOND ROUND

No. 5 Pacific def. No. 8 Santa Clara, 67-49.

No, 6 Pepperdine def. No. 7 Saint Mary's, 87-72.

MARCH 7 – QUARTERFINALS

No, 4 Portland def. No. 5 Pacific, 76-69.

No. 6 Pepperdine def. No. 3 BYU, 62-51.

MARCH 9 – SEMIFINALS

No. 4 Portland def. No. 1 Gonzaga, 70-69.

No. 2 San Diego def. No. 6 Pepperdine, 59-44.

MARCH 10 – CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 4 Portland def. No. 2 San Diego, 64-63.

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WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

5 PLAYERS TO KNOW

JILL TOWNSEND, GONZAGA: Jill Townsend was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year. She averaged 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in the regular season.

SARA HAMSON, BYU: Sara Hamson was named Defensive Player of the Year in the West Coast Conference. She was averaging just 6.8 points and 8 rebounds per game but made up for it with 4.8 blocks and 0.6 steals per game.

MYAH PACE, SAN DIEGO: Myah Pace was named to the First Team All-WCC for the 2019-20 season. She was averaging 11.6 points, 5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

ALEX FOWLER, PORTLAND: Alex Fowler had a good season for Portland. She averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She earned All-WCC honors.

BROOKLYN MCDAVID: Brooklyn McDavid helped Pacific get a first-round bye. The Tigers’ junior forward had 14.9 points and 5.7 rebounds during the regular season.

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2019 CHAMPION

BYU is the defending conference champion. The Cougars defeated Gonzaga last season.