This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - Feb. 15
A Franklin, La. native, Johnson recorded two double-doubles while leading LA Tech to a pair of wins over New Mexico State, extending the Techsters’ winning streak to 11 games. She scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in only 24 minutes of action in Tech’s 85-63 win over the Aggies in Ruston. In that game, she passed former Kodak All-American Nora Lewis into 10th place on the LA Tech all-time scoring list. Five days later, Johnson scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in an 88-79 win in Las Cruces. With Tech trailing by one at the half, she scored 16 points in the second half to lead Tech to 52 second-half points. For the week, Johnson averaged 20.5 points and 14.0 rebounds while shooting 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field and 94 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line. The senior now has a WAC-leading 11 double-doubles on the season.
Other nominees included: Jaleesa Ross of Fresno State averaged 22.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game as the Bulldogs went 2-0 on the week ... Nevada’s Tahnee Robinson averaged 25.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Wolf Pack went 2-0 on the week … Madison Spence of New Mexico State averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Utah State’s Ashlee Brown averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week.
LOUISIANA TECH REMAINS ONLY UNBEATEN IN WAC PLAY - With a pair of wins over New Mexico State last week, Louisiana Tech remains the only unbeaten team in WAC play with a perfect 10-0 record.
ROSS BECOMES ALL-TIME WAC LEADER IN THREE-POINTERS - Last Saturday, Fresno State senior guard Jaleesa Ross became the WAC’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 366 on her career, surpassing Colorado State’s Becky Hammon (1995-99). Ross is now 27 treys away from the NCAA record of 392 held by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State. With a minimum of seven games left in her career and at her current pace, Ross would finish with 389 long balls, good for third place.
FRESNO STATE SETS WAC RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS - In its win over Boise State last Thursday, Fresno State hit 16 three-pointers, breaking the record for long balls in a conference game and tying the record for treys in any game, which the Bulldogs did in each of the last two seasons. The previous WAC record of 15 was held by three different teams – Hawai`i in 2003, Brigham Young in 1998 and New Mexico in 1996.
NON-CONFERENCE - The WAC is 62-57 (.521) in non-conference games this season to be ranked 13th in conference RPI. Two teams are in the top 100 led by Louisiana Tech (27). Fresno State is 62.
WAC TOURNAMENT HEADS TO LAS VEGAS, TICKETS NOW ON SALE - The 2011 WAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 9-12 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and will include the top eight teams in the regular-season standings. Ticket information is available at www.wacbasketballtournament.com .
WAC TOURNAMENT FORMAT CHANGE - The 2011 WAC Tournament features a new format that rewards teams based on regular-season success. The tournament begins on Wednesday with two men’s and two women’s games featuring the No. 5 seed against the No. 8 seed and No. 6 vs. No. 7. The winners then advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal matchups to play the No. 4 and No. 3 seeds. The winners of those games then advance to Friday’s semifinals against the top two seeds. The change also results in two men’s and two women’s games being played each day of the tournament except for Saturday, which will feature the men’s and women’s championship games.
ESPNU TO TELEVISE FOUR GAMES IN 2010-11 SEASON - ESPNU will televise four WAC women’s basketball games during the 2010-11 season. The network will televise three regular-season WAC women’s basketball match-ups and will also air the championship game of the WAC Tournament, held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
The complete schedule:
Thursday, Jan. 6, Idaho 61, at Nevada 56 (OT)
Thursday, Jan. 13, Louisiana Tech 94, at Fresno State 92 (3OT)
Monday, Feb. 28, Louisiana Tech at Nevada, 8 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, March 12, WAC Tournament Championship, 1 p.m. (PT)
Boise State Broncos (11-14, 2-9 WAC)
The Broncos fell 78-59 at Fresno State on Thursday and 61-46 to Idaho on Saturday ... Against the Bulldogs, Kinzi Poteet was just shy of a double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds ... Against the Vandals, Janie Bos paced Boise State with 10 points ... In WAC games, Lauren Lenhardt leads the conference in free throw percentage (92.5), ranks third in field goal percentage (45.3), seventh in scoring (14.9), eighth in blocked shots (0.9) and 11th in rebounding (5.9) ... Kati Isham ranks fourth in the WAC in conference games in three-pointers per game (2.18) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (31.2) ... The Broncos host Fresno State on Thursday and Nevada on Saturday.
Fresno State Bulldogs (17-7, 8-2 WAC)
The Bulldogs defeated Boise State 78-59 last Thursday and beat Utah State 81-63 on Saturday ... Against the Broncos, Jaleesa Ross tied her career high with eight three-pointers and finished with 32 points ... The Bulldogs set the conference record for three-pointers in a WAC game with 16 ... Against the Aggies, Taja Edwards posted a double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds ... Ross became the WAC’s all-time leader in three-pointers with 366 on her career, 27 shy of the NCAA record ... The Bulldogs lead the nation in three-pointers per game (10.0), rank 14th in steals (12.6), 18th in assists (17.0) and 19th in scoring (76.1) ... The Bulldogs play at Boise State on Thursday in their only game this week.
Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (8-16, 2-9 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine fell 69-42 at Nevada on Saturday ... Megan Tinnin led Hawai`i with 11 points ... The team shot a season-low 23 percent and dished out a season-low five assists in the loss ... Kamilah Jackson leads the WAC and ranks fifth nationally with 11.8 rebounds per game ... Jackson also ranks third in the WAC with nine double-doubles on the year ... As a team, Hawai`i leads the WAC in blocks (4.21), ranks second in rebounding (42.0) and rebounding margin (3.7), and third in field goal percentage defense (37.1) and rebounding defense (38.3) ... Keisha Kanekoa ranks third at Hawai`i in career assists (358) and 11th in scoring (1,128) ... The Rainbow Wahine play at New Mexico State on Tuesday and at Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
Idaho Vandals (13-10, 6-5 WAC)
The Vandals fell 70-64 at Utah State last Thursday and defeated Boise State 61-46 on Saturday ... Against the Aggies, all five starters scored in double digits, led by a 16-point, 14-rebound performance from Yinka Olorunnife ... Derisa Taleni also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds ... Against the Broncos, Taleni led the team with 17 points, while Olorunnife added 15 points and eight rebounds ... As a team, Idaho ranks 23rd nationally in personal fouls per game (14.2) and 35th in free throw percentage (74.0) ... Olorunnife ranks 23rd in the nation in double-doubles (11) and 27th in rebounds (10.1) ... The Vandals host Nevada on Thursday and Utah State on Saturday.
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (18-5, 10-0 WAC)
The Lady Techsters defeated New Mexico State twice last week, 85-63 last Monday and 88-79 on Saturday ... In Monday’s win, Adrienne Johnson and Jasmine Bendolph scored 17 points each, while Johnson added 13 boards ... On Saturday, Johnson recorded her 11th double-double of the year with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey scored a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds ... Tech ranks 26th nationally in scoring (74.3) and 46th in both scoring margin (10.1) and turnover margin (3.52) ... Johnson ranks ninth in the nation in scoring (22.1), and ranks 43rd in both field goal percentage (51.8) and rebounding (9.4) ... The Lady Techsters host Hawai`i on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday.
Nevada Wolf Pack (17-7, 6-5 WAC)
The Wolf Pack defeated San Jose State 65-36 last Thursday and beat Hawai`i 69-42 on Saturday ... Against the Spartans, Tahnee Robinson led all scorers with 26 points ... Nevada outscored San Jose State 39-12 in the second half ... Against the Rainbow Wahine, Robinson scored a game-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds ... Kayla Williams collected her sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds ... Nevada ranks 23rd nationally in rebounding margin (7.1) ... Robinson ranks 12th in the nation in scoring (21.2), 24th in three-pointers per game (2.8), 35th in free throw percentage (85.5) and 36th in three-point field goal percentage (40.5) ... The Wolf Pack play at Idaho on Thursday and at Boise State on Saturday.
New Mexico State Aggies (10-13, 4-5 WAC)
The Aggies fell 85-63 at Louisiana Tech last Monday and 88-79 to Tech at home on Saturday ... In Monday’s game, Jasmine Lowe led NM State with 16 points ... On Saturday, Madison Spence scored a game-high 29 points, while Lowe scored 18 points, Danisha Corbett 12 points and Tabytha Wampler 11 points ... As a team, New Mexico State ranks 42nd nationally in turnovers per game (15.4) ... Wampler ranks 20th in the nation in free throw percentage (87.0), while Lowe is 31st in steals (2.9) ... In WAC play, the Aggies rank second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.353) and free throw percentage (.743), and third in three-pointers per game (6.11) ... The Aggies host Hawai`i on Tuesday and San Jose State on Thursday.
San Jose Spartans (2-21, 2-8 WAC)
The Spartans fell 65-36 at Nevada last Thursday in their only game of the week ... A.J. Newton led San Jose State with 10 points ... San Jose State tallied a season-high 15 steals in the loss ... The Spartans shot just 26 percent from the field, their worst shooting effort in WAC play this season ... In WAC games, SJSU ranks third in rebounding defense (37.6) and fourth in scoring defense (63.8) and steals (9.6) ... Sara Plavljanin ranks third in the conference in WAC games in minutes played (35.8), eighth in three-point field goals per game (1.7) and 10th in scoring (12.9), while Sayja Sumler is sixth in steals (2.2) and Brittany Johnson is fifth in rebounding (7.6) ... The Spartans play at New Mexico State on Thursday and at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Utah State Aggies (13-11, 7-4 WAC)
The Aggies defeated Idaho 70-64 last Thursday and fell 81-63 at Fresno State on Saturday ... Against the Vandals, Banna Diop scored a career-high 22 points ... Devyn Christensen and Ashlee Brown added 11 points apiece, while Brown also pulled down eight boards ... Against the Bulldogs, Brown led the Aggies with 22 points, while Christensen added 18 points, six steals and five assists.... Alice Coddington is tied for first in the USU record book with 216 career steals ... USU ranks 31st nationally in steals (11.3), 33rd in assists (15.8) and 42nd in assist-turnover ratio (0.91) ... Christensen is 24th in the nation in free throw percentage (86.4), while Coddington is 48th in steals (2.6) ... The Aggies play at Idaho on Saturday in their only game this week.