This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - Dec. 1
Boise State senior point guard Tasha Harris has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Harris and the fifth of her career.
Harris, a Longmont, Colo. (Skyline) native, led Boise State to a 3-0 record last week to remain undefeated on the season. She opened the week with a team-high 18 points and a game-high seven assists in a 79-55 victory at Utah Valley last Tuesday. In the first game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up over the weekend, Harris led the Broncos to the title and was named tournament MVP. In a 74-66 win over host UNLV, she finished with 13 points on 60 percent shooting and five rebounds. She then scored a team-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals in the championship game against Washington State. The senior hit three free throws in the final 25 seconds, including one with two seconds left, to clinch the win. For the week, Harris averaged 18.0 points on 51 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 29.3 minutes per game. She also moved from fifth place to third on the Boise State career scoring list with 1,395 points.
Other nominees included: Fresno State’s Jaleesa Ross averaged 27.0 points, including a career-high 33 against Boston College, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and was named to the all-tournament team at the SMU Hoops For the Cure Tournament … Keisha Kanekoa of Hawai’i averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists and was named to the all-tournament team at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Idaho’s Rachele Kloke averaged 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds on the week … Jasmine Bendolph of Louisiana Tech had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in a road win over Arkansas State … Nevada’s Nicole Williams averaged 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team at the Nugget Classic … Jasmine Lowe of New Mexico State averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals as the Aggies went 2-1 on the week ... Utah State’s Banna Diop scored a career-high 13 points to go with four rebounds and three blocks in a rout of Montana Western.
ROSS SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT, MOVES TO EIGHTH IN WAC IN THREE-POINTERS
Fresno State’s Jaleesa Ross hit a free throw with 42 seconds remaining in the Bulldogs’ win over Hampton last Saturday to score her 1,000th career point. In doing so, she became the 16th Fresno State player ever do reach the 1,000-point plateau. The junior also has 207 three-pointers in her short career, good for third place all-time at Fresno State and eighth all-time in the WAC. At her current pace, Ross will easily break the Fresno State record of 272.
BOISE STATE, LOUISIANA TECH, UTAH STATE OFF TO BEST STARTS IN YEARS
Boise State’s 7-0 start is the Broncos’ best since the 1974-75 season, when the team opened the year 12-0. For Louisiana Tech, the 3-0 start is the program’s best since the 2003-04 season, when the Techsters opened the year 3-0 before falling to Tennessee. That year, Louisiana Tech finished with a 29-3 record. Utah State reached three wins this season in the shortest amount of time since the 1978-79 season, when the Aggies won their first five games.
IDAHO SCORES MOST POINTS SINCE 2005 SEASON
In its 90-66 win over Louisiana-Lafayette last Sunday, Idaho scored the most points and most second-half points (55) by a Vandal team since a 99-70 win at Utah Valley on Dec. 8, 2005.
SAN JOSE STATE SNAPS 17-GAME LOSING STREAK
When the Spartans defeated San Francisco 63-51 last Tuesday, not only did the team pick up its first win of the season, but it snapped a 17-game losing skid, dating back to last season. The last time San Jose State won a game was Jan. 10, 2009, when it defeated Hawai’i 54-50 at home.
Boise State Broncos (7-0, 0-0 WAC)
The Broncos defeated Utah Valley 79-55 on the road last Tuesday, then beat UNLV (74-66) and Washington State (68-64) to claim the title at the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up over the weekend ... Tasha Harris was named tournament MVP after averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over the two games ... In the win over WSU, Boise State rallied from eight down in the first half ... The Broncos’ 7-0 start is the best start since the 1974-75 team opened the year 12-0 ... Boise State’s senior guard duo of Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen are leading the Broncos in scoring, averaging 18.3 and 16.0 points per game, respectively. Both have surpassed the 1,300 career point barrier, as Harris has 1,395 to rank third on the Bronco career scoring list, while Van Hoogen has 1,321 to rank seventh ... The Broncos conclude a six-game road swing this weekend with games at Oregon on Friday and at Portland on Sunday.
Fresno State Bulldogs (3-3, 0-0 WAC)
Fresno State fell to Boston College (83-75) before defeating Hampton (66-54) at the SMU Tournament last weekend ... Jaleesa Ross had a career-high 33 points in the loss to BC, becoming only the third Bulldog since 2003 to score 30 or more points in game ... She also tied her career high of 11 rebounds in the game ... Against Hampton, Ross scored her 1,000th career point to become the 16th Bulldog ever to reach the mark ... Ross was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over the two games ... Ross has hit 207 three-pointers on her career and moved into eighth place on the WAC career list for makes this weekend ... Adrian Wiggins needs two wins to earn his 100th win at Fresno State ... The Bulldogs have made a three-pointer in 70 straight games ... The Bulldogs play at UC Irvine on Thursday and at Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine (1-4, 0-0 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine fell 65-53 to No. 17/7 Arizona State and 94-83 in overtime to East Tennessee State in the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic last weekend ... Keisha Kanekoa averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over the two games en route all-tournament honors at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic ... In the loss to ETSU, Hawai’i came from nine points behind at halftime to force overtime, but was outscored 19-8 in the extra period ... Freshman Shawna Kuehu, the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury suffered during the East Tennessee State game ... The Rainbow Wahine host San Francisco on Thursday before playing in the Hukilau Tournament over the weekend, where they will face BYU-Hawai’i on Friday and Brigham Young on Saturday.
Idaho Vandals (1-5, 0-0 WAC)
Idaho fell at No. 8/9 Baylor (82-37) on Friday and to Lamar (68-56) on Saturday before beating Louisiana-Lafayette (90-66) on Sunday at the World Vision Classic ... Rachele Kloke was a World Vision Classic All-Star team honoree after averaging 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds over the three games ... Kloke had a career-high eight field goals and eight rebounds in the win over Louisiana-Lafayette. She also shot 62 percent from the field in the game, the best shooting performance by a Vandal this year ... The team’s 90 points and 55 second-half points against ULL are the most by Idaho since December 2005 ... Charlotte Otero (15) and Shaena Kuehu (20) both had career highs in points in the win over ULL ... Otero’s consecutive minutes played streak ended on Nov. 22 against Montana State at 825:34 ... The Vandals host Colorado State on Tuesday, Wyoming on Thursday and Saint Mary’s on Sunday.
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (3-0, 0-0 WAC)
The Techsters defeated Arkansas State 71-59 on the road last Tuesday in their only game last week ... Jasmine Bendolph scored a season-high 16 points while adding four rebounds and three assists ... Tech has started 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season when the Lady Techsters were 3-0 before falling to Tennessee in the fourth game of the year. The Lady Techsters finished 29-3 that season ... In its first three games of the season, LA Tech has had seven of the nine active players on its roster score in double figures ... Adrienne Johnson and Whitney Jones have recorded double figures in each of the first three games of the year ... Shanavia Dowdell has recorded double-doubles in each of the last two games ... The Techsters host No. 11/7 LSU on Tuesday and play at No. 8/8 Baylor on Saturday.
Nevada Wolf Pack (4-2, 0-0 WAC)
The Wolf Pack defeated Weber State 50-38 last Monday before going 1-1 at the Nugget Classic, where they defeated Columbia (64-47) and fell to West Virginia (66-41) ... Nicole Williams and Shavon Moore were named to the all-tournament team ... Against Columbia, Williams scored a career-high 14 points, while Moore recorded her sixth career double-double, scoring a career-high 18 points and adding 13 rebounds ... Amanda Johnson scored a career-high 11 points against West Virginia, leading the team in scoring for the first time in her career ... A season-high 1,043 fans watch the Nugget Classic final between Nevada and West Virginia ... Nevada has faced a Big East team for the second straight season (West Virginia this season and a win over Louisville last season) ... The Wolf Pack host Sacramento State on Wednesday, play at Arizona on Friday and host UNLV on Sunday.
New Mexico State Aggies (4-2, 0-0 WAC)
The Aggies fell to North Dakota (57-50) last Monday before winning the Aggie Thanksgiving Classic with victories over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (73-64) and Michigan (72-67) ... In the loss to the Sioux, two Aggies just missed double-doubles as Crystal Boyd finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Tabytha Wampler totaled 11 rebounds and eight points ... In the win over SIUE, four Aggies scored in double-digits, led by Madison Spence with 16 points ... In the win over Michigan Jasmine Lowe scored a career-high 24 points ... Over the two tournament games, Lowe averaged 18.5 points, shooting 63 percent from the field and 75 percent from three-point range ... The Aggies host instate rival New Mexico on Wednesday in their only game this week ...
It is the fifth in a seven-game home stand for NM State ... The meeting with the Lobos is the 64th contest between the two teams.
San Jose Spartans (1-5, 0-0 WAC)
San Jose State defeated San Francisco 63-51 last Tuesday before falling to Mississippi (78-33) and Fordham (71-64) in the FAU Holiday Weekend Tournament ... After trailing at by seven halftime, SJSU shot a blistering 78 percent from the field in the second half to beat USF, snapping a 17-game losing skid dating back to last season ... Chasity Shavers led all players with 17 points, while Shaunna Ridge pulled down 10 boards ... Shavers earned all-tournament honors after averaging 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over the two games ... Against Mississippi, Shavers led the team with 13 points ... In the loss to Fordham, Samantha Marez scored a team-high 13 points, while Shavers registered a career-high three blocks and Sayja Sumler matched her career high with five steals ... The Spartans host Loyola Marymount on Wednesday and Denver on Sunday.
Utah State Aggies (3-1, 0-0 WAC)
The Aggies defeated Montana Western 71-34 on Saturday in their only game last week ... Amber White scored a game-high 16 points ... Banna Diop posted career highs in points (13), blocks (3) and minutes played (21) ... Twelve of the 13 Aggies that played in the game scored ... Utah State has reached three wins in the shortest amount of time since the 1978-79 season, when the Aggies won their first five games ... White leads the league with a .857 three-point field goal percentage (.857), while Lydia Whitehead ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.0) and Nicole Johnson is fourth in blocks (1.25) ... Johnson has 90 career blocks, good for second all-time at Utah State, 37 shy of tying the record ... The Aggies head to Tempe, Ariz., for the Arizona State Tournament this weekend, where they will face Pepperdine on Friday and either No. 13/15 Arizona State or Idaho State on Saturday.