Santa Clara freshman guard Jared Brownridge and USF coach Rex Walters earned awards Monday as the West Coast Conference announced its postseason basketball honors.
Brownridge, who averaged 18.4 points during WCC games and three times scored at least 30 points in a conference outing, was voted Newcomer of the Year by the WCC coaches.
"I am shocked. Just shocked and blessed," said Brownridge, a native of Aurora, Ill. "For this to happen my freshman year is a great moment for me. I didn't expect this coming to college."
Walters earned Coach of the Year after leading the Dons to 20 regular-season victories and a third-place WCC finish with 13 victories, the school's highest league win total since 1976-77.
BYU's Tyler Haws, who averaged 23.5 points in WCC games, was voted Player of the Year, and Pepperdine's Brendan Lane was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Stephen Holt and Brad Waldow of Saint Mary's and Cole Dickerson of USF were named to the All-WCC first team.
On the women's side, Jackie Nared and Danielle Mauldin of Saint Mary's were chosen to the All-WCC first team. Jennifer Hamson of BYU was named Player of the Year.
Connecticut 68, Louisville 48: Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the top-ranked Huskies (31-0, 18-0 American Athletic Conference) blew out the No. 3 Cardinals (28-3, 16-2) in Louisville, Ky., to complete an unbeaten regular season.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 13 points and 10 boards for the Huskies, who out-rebounded Louisville 47-30 and outran the Cardinals to add the inaugural league title to their collection of Big East trophies. The defending NCAA champions also beat the Cardinals for the 14th straight time.
"It's something to be proud of," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We don't talk about it very often. We don't stand on a podium and shout, 'We're great.' But we've done some really great things this past year, and sometimes we need to step back and take a look at it."
The end of Louisville five-game winning streak spoiled the home finales for four seniors including guard Shoni Schimmel, who scored nine points before a school record crowd of 22,163.
North Carolina 63, Notre Dame 61: James Michael McAdoo hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 3:09 left, and Marcus Paige blocked Eric Atkins' driving shot on the final play to seal the No. 14 Tar Heels' (23-7, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) victory over the Irish (15-16, 6-12).
The Tar Heels blew a 14-point halftime lead and had to fight to the horn for their 12th straight win in their home finale. It is UNC's longest winning streak since 2008-09.
Kansas: Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for the No. 8 Jayhawks so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game, and it's possible the freshman center could be out through the Big 12 tournament.
Staff writer Jeff Faraudo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.