Women's preview: West Coast Conference

Women's preview: West Coast Conference

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Women's preview: West Coast Conference

In the West Coast Conference, Pepperdine is deserving of the term “overwhelming favorite.” Afterall, the Waves finished 36 shots ahead of the next closest competitor last year on their way to a 10th consecutive league title. They’ve won 13 of the 15 conference championships ever contested.

And this does not appear to be the year they’ll break the streak.

Based on the last three tournaments on Pepperdine’s schedule — two runner-ups and a fifth — the Waves look to be on the rise, especially with sophomore Grace Na in the lead. Na just passed the one-year mark at Pepperdine after graduating high school a semester early to join the roster last spring. Already she earned Golfweek honorable mention All-American honors — named last spring — and tied the 18-hole NCAA scoring record this fall with her opening 9-under 63 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

Na, a bubbly player with a good sense of humor, maintained the lowest scoring average for Pepperdine in the fall, but the other five players on this roster know how to score, too. Na won once in the fall and led the team two other times, but freshman Alina Ching finished T-5 to lead Pepperdine at the spring opener, the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

If a team were to challenge Pepperdine for the league title, San Francisco would be it. It’s tough to overlook that the Dons finished in the top 3 four times in the fall and won once. Lay team scores from the fall side by side, however, and the Dons will need the best they own to beat Pepperdine — as in, scores closer to even par. San Francisco has it in them, but three rounds will be a test.

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Top of the class: Pepperdine

Best player in the fall: Grace Na, Pepperdine

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Past champions

2007: Pepperdine

2008: Pepperdine

2009: Pepperdine

2010: Pepperdine

2011: Pepperdine

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Conference capsules

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