Tomlinson Shines in Tough Season for Women's Basketball

Sophomore Louella Tomlinson was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the All-WCC First Team. It was her second straight season of conference recognition, as she won WCC All-Freshman honors last season.

Tomlinson was a continual force on the defensive end during a disappointing season for the Gaels, who ended 7–7 in conference play and were knocked out in the first round of tournament competition. The team finished with an 11–18 overall record.

Tomlinson compiled 154 blocks for a 5.3 block per game average, making her second in the nation in blocks per game this season.  In conference games, the Aussie totaled 73 blocks, beating her previous record of 68.

"The reward of coaching is that we watch people maturing as a person and player," coach Paul Thomas says. "She matured from last fall when she stepped on this campus to this fall, then she really matured a lot this year. She's evolved into a leadership role on the team and is a much more confident player out there on the floor."

Thomas points out that Tomlinson is only a sophomore, and he says, "We're not done yet and we're hoping that with the experiences that she's had that she will only get better."

With 310 total blocks in her career, Tomlinson already ranks second in the WCC record books, and with two more years ahead of her, needs just 63 blocks to hold the conference career record.

Tomlinson also was crucial to the Gaels' scoring and rebounding. She paced the team in points with 15, she was second in assists with 57 and third in steals with 28.

Senior Maija Lahde scored the game-winner in the Gaels' last home game against LMU on Feb. 28 with seconds left. She scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds, playing in a game-high 36 minutes.