Gonzaga Basketball shows out at WCC reward for both men and women

Gonzaga sophomore forward Filip Petrusev (left) and junior guard Jill Townsend (right) each earned WCC Player of the Year awards.

With the WCC regular season coming to an end, the Gonzaga Bulldogs were well-represented in the postseason rewards for yet another season.

After first place finishes for both the mens and women’s teams, many of the rewards were shared among the team. Sophomore Filip Petrusev won the Men’s West Coast Conference Player of the Year award, becoming the first sophomore since 1981 to win the award. Petrusev finished the regular season averaging 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his second season with the Bulldogs.

“If you ask me, I’m the best player in the conference,” Petrusev said after GU’s 86-76 win against Saint Mary’s on Senior Night.

Along with being named WCC Player of the Year, Petrusev was also named to the All WCC First Team. Petrusev was accompanied by two of his teammates; junior forward Corey Kispert and senior forward Killian Tillie. 

The awards for the men’s basketball team would not end there. Redshirt sophomore guard Joel Ayayi and graduate transfer guard Ryan Woolridge were named as WCC honorable mentions, and freshman forward Drew Timme was named to the WCC All Freshman team.

On the other hand, the women’s basketball team also received a lot of recognition. Junior guard Jill Townsend was named WCC Women’s Player of the Year after finishing her junior season averaging 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, leading the Zags to a No. 12 ranking, which is the program’s highest ranking in school history. 

“It’s a pretty cool honor, something that I will hold onto for the rest of my life,” Townsend said. 

Fellow junior Jenn Wirth would join Townsend on the All WCC first team. Senior guard Katie Campbell was named to the WCC All Second Team, and freshman guard Kayleigh Truong was named to the WCC All Freshman Team. Senior guard Jessie Loera was named as an All-WCC honorable mention.

Both teams will travel to Las Vegas this week to compete in the WCC Tournament, hoping to bring back more hardware to The Kennel.

Vinny Saglimbeni is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @vinnysaglimbeni

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