WAC Women's Basketball 2011-12 Final Release
After trailing by as many as 17 points, Fresno State cut it to three with 34 seconds left, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get in a 61-56 loss to Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ki-Ki Moore led Fresno State with 22 points and eight rebounds. Rosie Moult added 12 points and 10 boards for her third double-double of the season.
UTAH STATE FALLS AT UTAH IN WNIT FIRST ROUND
Utah State saw its historic season come to an end in the first round of the WNIT with a 69-58 loss to Utah at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. Ashlee Brown ended her USU career with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Brooke Jackson added nine points and eight rebounds.
PEBLEY NAMED REGION COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State head coach Reagan Pebley was named the 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 7 Coach of the Year.
Pebley was one of eight coaches nationwide that earned their respective region’s coach of the year award and were finalists for the 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year award.
Pebley guided her Utah State Aggies to a school-record 21-10 record, marking the first time the program has surpassed the 20-win benchmark. The ninth-year head coach took her team to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the second consecutive year, following a semifinals appearance in the WAC Tournament.
USU’s BROWN, CHRISTENSEN NAMED ALL-REGION
Utah State’s Ashlee Brown and Devyn Christensen were named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region 7 Team.
The WAC Defensive Player of the Year, a first team all-WAC selection and a member of the all-tournament team at the WAC Tournament, Brown averaged 15.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. She ranked 34th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.82) and was named WAC Player of the Week five times on the season.
A first-team all-WAC pick, Christensen led all players in scoring (20.6) and three-pointers per game (2.9) in WAC play. She ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage (89.6) and 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (38.9).
FRESNO STATE CLAIMS 2012 WAC TOURNAMENT
Fresno State drained a WAC Tournament record 15 three-pointers en route to an 89-61 win over Louisiana Tech in the championship game of the WAC Tournament. The win marks the fourth WAC Tournament title for the Bulldogs and second in a row. Rosie Moult scored a game-high 23 points to lead Fresno State in the championship game.
Ki-Ki Moore was named tournament MVP after averaging 17.7 points on 53 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals over the three games.
All-Tournament Team: Jasmine Bendolph, Louisiana Tech; Ashlee Brown, Utah State; Alyssa Charlston, Idaho; Ki-Ki Moore, Fresno State (MVP); Rosie Moult - Fresno State.
EIGHT WAC TOURNAMENT RECORDS FALL
Eight different WAC Tournament records (two individual and six team) were either tied or broken at the 2012 WAC Tournament. The records are listed below.
Three-pointers made – game 6 Rosie Moult, Fresno State (vs. Louisiana Tech)
Three-pointers attempted – tournament 30 Rosie Moult, Fresno State
Three-pointers made – game 15 Fresno State vs. Louisiana Tech
Three-pointers made – tournament 33 Fresno State (three games)
Three-pointers attempted – game 40 Fresno State vs. Louisiana Tech
Three-pointers attempted – tournament 107 Fresno State (three games)
Best free throw percentage – game .941 Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech
Best free throw percentage – tournament .914 Utah State (two games)
Fresno State’s Ki-Ki Moore headlined the 2011-12 all-WAC teams, as selected by the WAC’s eight head coaches, earning both the WAC Player and Newcomer of the Year honors.
It was a breakout season for Moore, a sophomore transfer from Washington State. In WAC games, she led the league in steals (3.6), ranked third in scoring (15.9), sixth in assists (3.1), seventh in assist-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in rebounding (8.0) and 10th in field goal percentage (44.4). Moore scored a career-high 28 points three times and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Idaho. She was named WAC Player of the Week four times. She becomes the third Fresno State player to earn WAC Player of the Year and the second Bulldog to be named WAC Newcomer of the Year.
Utah State’s Ashlee Brown earned the WAC Defensive Player of the Year honor, becoming the first Aggie to earn the award. The senior forward ranked second in conference games in blocks (1.6), fifth in rebounding (8.7), tied for seventh in defensive rebounding (5.2) and sixth in steals (1.9). She is the anchor of the Utah State defense that ranked second in the WAC with 10.7 steals per game in league games.
San Jose State head coach Tim La Kose, in his first season at the helm, became the second Spartan head coach to be named WAC Coach of the Year. He led San Jose State to nine more wins than last year and the most wins since the 2005-06 season. The nine-game improvement, from two to 11 wins, ranks in the top five in the nation this year. Under La Kose, the Spartans improved their scoring by 550 points from a year ago and increased their per-game average from 47.7 to 64.4 points. The team’s 1,933 total points this season ranks fourth-best in San Jose State history.
Four different schools are represented on the first team, including Moore and Brown. Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston, Utah State’s Devyn Christensen and San Jose State’s Brittany Johnson round out the first team. Brown receives first-team all-WAC honors for the second time, while Moore, Charlston, Christensen and Johnson all earn the honor for the first time.
The all-WAC second teamers are Jasmine Bendolph and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson of Louisiana Tech, Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson of Fresno State, and Kamilah Jackson of Hawai‘i. Bendolph and Moult are repeat selections.
Brown headlines the all-Defensive team and is joined by Moult, Thompson, Breanna Arbuckle of Hawai‘i and Louisiana Tech’s Whitney Frazier.
The all-Freshman team contains five players from five different teams, including Frazier, Alissa Campanero of Hawai‘i, San Jose State’s Ta’Rea Cunnigan, Krissy Karr of Idaho and Fresno State’s Madison Parrish.
WAC STAT LEADERS
San Jose State’s Brittany Johnson led the WAC in scoring with 20.1 points per game, while Kamilah Jackson of Hawai‘i was tops in rebounding with an average of 10.6 boards. Louisiana Tech’s Shantale Bramble-Donaldson was tops in field goal percentage (50.5), while teammate Jasmine Bendolph led the league in assists (5.7). Utah State’s Devyn Christensen was tops in free throw percentage (89.8) and Fresno State’s Ki-Ki Moore led the WAC in steals (2.9). Utah State’s Brooke Jackson led the league in three-point field goal percentage (41.2), while Nevada’s Kayla Williams was tops in blocked shots (1.7). Fresno State’s Rosie Moult was tops in three-pointers per game (2.9), while teammate Taylor Thompson led the WAC in assist-turnover ratio (2.1).
In WAC games only, Christensen led the league in scoring (20.6), free throw percentage (94.7) and three-pointers per game (2.9), while Kamilah Jackson was tops in rebounding (10.6) and Utah State’s Brooke Jackson was the leader in field goal percentage (56.5). Bendolph led the WAC in assists (6.8), while Moore was tops in steals (3.6). Thompson was tops in three-point field goal percentage (52.5), Idaho’s Ashley Walters led the league in blocks (1.8) and Brown was tops in assist-turnover ratio (2.9).
UTAH STATE BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS IN A SEASON
When it defeated Hawai‘i on March 1, Utah State earned its 19th victory, breaking the school record for wins in a season. The previous record of 18 was set last season. The Aggies finished the season with 21 wins.
FRESNO STATE’S MOULT SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT
Fresno State junior Rosie Moult scored her 1,000th career point on March 3 in a win over New Mexico State. The guard/forward, a three-time all-WAC honoree, has 1,069 career points. A deadly three-point shooter, 756 of her points (71 percent) have come off long balls.
LA TECH’S BENDOLPH DISHES 500TH CAREER ASSIST
Louisiana Tech senior guard Jasmine Bendolph dished out her 500th career assist on March 1 at Fresno State, becoming just the fifth player in Lady Techster history to do so. She closed out her career with 516 dimes and ranked 17th nationally with a 5.7 average.
BROWN SETS AGGIE SINGLE-SEASON FREE THROW RECORD
Utah State senior Ashlee Brown became the Aggies’ single-season record holder for free throws made on March 3. She closed out the season with 166 free throws, passing Sharon Epps’ record of 148 from the 1982 season.
SAN JOSE STATE’S JOHNSON SETS TWO SEASON RECORDS
San Jose State senior Brittany Johnson became the Spartans’ single-season scoring leader with 603 points and single-season leader in free throws made with 158. She also ranked second in free throws attempted (224).
SEVERAL PLAYERS IN WAC CAREER TOP 10 LISTS
Several players broke into the top 10 in various WAC career statistical categories. Louisiana Tech’s Jasmine Bendolph closed out her career ranked sixth all-time in assists (516). Rosie Moult of Fresno State has 252 three-pointers on her career, good for sixth place in WAC history. Finally, New Mexico State’s Tabytha Wampler finished her career with 889 rebounds, good for seventh place all-time.
JOHNSON’S DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ENDS AT 31
San Jose State senior forward Brittany Johnson scored in double figures in 31 straight games (each of the team’s 30 games this season, plus one last year). The WAC’s leading scorer, she ranked 15th nationally in scoring with an average of 20.1 points per game. She scored 20 or more points 14 times this season and scored a career-high 32 against Nevada on Jan. 28.
IDAHO’S CHARLSTON NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Idaho sophomore Alyssa Charlston was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Basketball Team. The post player, who boasts a 4.00 grade-point average, was named to the third team. Of the 15 players to earn the honor, Charlston is one of just two sophomores, one of five to have a perfect GPA and the only student-athlete from the WAC. The Sammamish, Wash., native is majoring in broadcasting and digital media with plans to become an on-camera reporter. Charlston is the fifth player in program history to earn the prestigious honor, and the first since 2001-02.
SAN JOSE STATE HAS BEST SEASON IN MORE THAN FIVE YEARS
With its win at Nevada on Jan. 28, San Jose State broke a 44-game conference road losing streak that dated back to the 2005-06 season. The last time the Spartans had won a WAC road game was Feb. 1, 2006. With six conference wins, the Spartans surpassed their single-season WAC win total from any of the last five seasons. What’s more, SJSU’s 11 wins are the most the team has had since it won 13 games in 2005-06 and the six conference wins are also its highest total since the team won eight in 2005-06. The Spartans’ win at Hawai‘i gave them their first two-game, regular season sweep of a conference opponent since 2005-06 and the first win in Honolulu since San Jose State swept the season-series from the Rainbow Wahine in 2004-05. San Jose State’s win over Nevada was its first two-game, regular-season sweep of the Wolf Pack since 2005-06, while its win over Fresno State on Feb. 25 was its first victory over the Bulldogs since the 2002-03 season.
San Jose State ended the season with 1,933 points, the fourth-most points scored in a season in Spartan history, 550 more than last season and the most since the 2000-01 season. The team increased its scoring averaged by 16.7 points - 44.7 last year to 64.4 this season.
FRESNO STATE TIES WAC RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS
Fresno State made 18 three-pointers in its win at Nevada on Feb. 11, tying the WAC single-game records both for all games and WAC games only. Taylor Thompson was a perfect 5-for-5 from downtown, while Rosie Moult made four treys and Madison Parrish was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs previously set the records last season against Idaho.
LA TECH’S BENDOLPH DISHES OUT CAREER-HIGH 15 ASSISTS
Louisiana Tech senior guard Jasmine Bendolph posted her third career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 15 assists vs. Nevada on Feb. 2. It was the first time a LA Tech player recorded 15 or more assists since current Lady Techster coach Teresa Weatherspoon accomplished the feat in 1987-88. Bendolph is the first WAC player to reach 15 assists since Cricket Williams of San Jose State did so on Dec. 9, 2003.
UTAH STATE SWEEPS TECH, NMSU ROAD TRIP FOR FIRST TIME
Utah State opened WAC play with a pair of road wins at New Mexico State (74-56) and Louisiana Tech (79-62). It was the first time ever USU swept both ends of the Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State road trip.
PEBLEY WINS 100TH GAME
Utah State head coach Raegan Pebley captured her 100th career win, all as an Aggie, with a dominating 79-62 road victory over Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Jan. 14. The win was Utah State’s sixth straight.
MOULT TIES WAC RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS IN A GAME
Fresno State junior Rosie Moult drained nine three-pointers in her team’s win over Seattle U. on Jan. 11, setting the Fresno State record and tying the WAC single-game record for long balls in a game.
CHARLSTON SHOOTS 91 PERCENT FROM FIELD IN GAME
Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston went 10-for-11 (.909) from the field against Seattle U. on Jan. 5, tied for the fourth-best field goal percentage in a single game in Idaho history. Charlston finished the game with 26 points, the second-highest point total of her career.
NM STATE’S WAMPLER SCORES 1,000TH POINT
With her lay-up with 1:07 left in the game in a one-point win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 19, New Mexico State senior Tabytha Wampler scored her 1,000th career point. She closed out her career with 1,254 points.
SAN JOSE STATE POSTS 21-POINT WIN AT SANTA CLARA
San Jose State won 74-53 at Santa Clara on Dec. 17. The 21-point victory was the largest by a Spartans women’s basketball team since the 2005-06 season. It was also San Jose State’s largest road win since the 2003-04 season when the Spartans won at Sacramento State, 70-39. The Spartans shot 54 percent from the field (29-of-54), the highest single-game shooting percentage since the 2004-05 season.
FRESNO STATE BEATS FIRST RANKED TEAM SINCE 2008
Fresno State edged No. 23 Oklahoma 69-66 at the Save Mart Center Dec. 8. The Bulldogs were led by Ki-Ki Moore, who finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Fresno State outscored Oklahoma 36-21 in the paint. The Bulldogs’ last win over a ranked opponent was against No. 22 TCU on Dec. 4, 2008, when Fresno State earned a 75-71 win over the Horned Frogs.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (28-6, 13-1 WAC)
No. 12-seed Fresno State fell 56-61 to fifth-seeded Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Ki-Ki Moore led all players with 22 points, while Rosie Moult posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds ... Fresno State defeated No. 8 New Mexico State (66-58), No. 4 Idaho (80-55) and No. 3 Louisiana Tech (89-61) to claim its fourth WAC Tournament ... Moore was named MVP after averaging 17.7 points on 53 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals over the three games ... Moult was also named to the all-tournament team after scoring 23 points in the championship game ... The Bulldogs closed out the season ranked third nationally in three-pointers per game (9.8), fourth in turnover margin (7.1), 10th in steals (12.4), 11th in scoring (74.9), 12th in assist-turnover ratio (1.11), 13th in winning percentage (82.4), 16th in assists (16.4), 19th in scoring margin (12.7), 35th in three-point field goal percentage (34.2), 41st in turnovers (14.8) and 49th in field goal percentage (41.9) ... Moult ranked eighth nationally in three-pointers per game (2.9), while Taylor Thompson was 13th in assist-turnover ratio (2.14) and Moore was 27th in steals (2.9).
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (11-19, 6-8 WAC)
The sixth-seeded Rainbow Wahine fell 54-63 to Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to close out the season ... Kamilah Jackson posted her 16th double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds ... Jackson was named second team all-WAC, while Breanna Arbuckle was named to the defensive team and Alissa Campanero was named to the freshman team ... Jackson’s 317 rebounds this season ranks 10th all-time in the WAC single-season record books ... Hawai‘i ranked 22nd nationally in personal fouls per game (13.8) ... Jackson ranked 15th in the nation in double-doubles (16) and 13th in rebounding (10.6) ... Jackson scored in double figures 22 times this season and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 19 games ... Hawai‘i led the WAC in rebounding margin (2.2) and defensive rebounds (27.7), ranked second in rebounding (39.6), third in free throw percentage (69.7), field goal percentage defense (39.1) and rebounding defense (37.4), and fourth in blocked shots (3.7) ... Arbuckle ranked third in the WAC in blocked shots (1.5), while Campanero was seventh in three-pointers per game (1.6) and ninth in assists (2.9).
IDAHO VANDALS (12-20, 6-8 WAC)
Fourth-seeded Idaho defeated No. 5 San Jose State 67-63 in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament before falling 55-80 to top-seeded Fresno State in the semifinals to close out the season ...
Against the Bulldogs, Idaho shot just 3-of-22 from the field in the first half ... Alyssa Charlston was named to the all-tournament team after posting double-doubles in both games and averaging 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game ... Charlston, a third team Academic All-American and first team all-WAC pick, ranked fourth in the WAC in rebounding (8.8) and field goal percentage (48.6), and sixth in scoring (14.5) and blocks (1.0) ... Ashley Walters was second in the WAC in blocks (1.6), while Adrie Shiels was eighth (0.8) ... Stacey Barr was fifth in the conference in three-pointers per game (2.0), while Keri Arendse was seventh in minutes played (32.2) ... Krissy Karr was third in assists (4.0), fifth in minutes played (33.1) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.2) ... As a team, Idaho ranked second in the WAC in field goal percentage defense (37.9), blocked shots (3.9), defensive rebounds (27.3) and three-pointers per game (6.3), and fourth in rebounding (38.2).
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (17-15, 8-6 WAC)
Third-seeded Louisiana Tech defeated No. 6 Hawai‘i 63-54 in the quarterfinals and beat second-seeded Utah State 73-69 in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 Fresno State 61-89 in the championship game of the WAC Tournament to close out the season ... Jasmine Bendolph was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 15.7 points on 57 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game over the three games ... As a team, the Lady Techsters ranked 41st nationally in assists (14.8) ... Bendolph led the WAC and ranked 17th nationally in assists (5.7) and ranked second in the WAC and 34th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.83) ... Shantale Bramble-Donaldson led the WAC in field goal percentage (50.5) and ranked seventh in rebounding (8.1) ... LA Tech led the WAC in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.2), and ranked third in assists (14.75), scoring defense (66.2), scoring margin (0.3), three-point field goal percentage (32.3), turnover margin (1.0) and assist-turnover ratio (0.89), and fourth in scoring (66.6), field goal percentage (41.2) and field goal percentage defense (40.8.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (7-23, 3-11 WAC)
Seventh-seeded Nevada fell 66-75 to No. 2 Utah State in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to close out the season ... Kate Kevorken posted her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds ... Kayla Williams ranked 42nd nationally in field goal percentage (49.3), while Amanda Johnson was 49th in assist-turnover ratio (1.7) ... As a team, Nevada led the WAC in blocked shots (4.27) and offensive rebounds (13.87), ranked third in scoring (67.5), field goal percentage (41.3) and rebounding (39.1), and fourth in free throw percentage (67.2), assists (14.07), steals (8.03) and assist-turnover ratio (0.71) ... Kevorken ranked second in the WAC in three-pointers per game (2.1), third in scoring (16.0), sixth in minutes played (32.7), eighth in free throw percentage (69.9) and three-point field goal percentage (35.8), ninth in field goal percentage (44.5) and 10th in rebounding (6.6) ... Williams led the WAC in blocks (1.73), ranked third in field goal percentage (49.3), ninth in rebounding (7.0) and 10th in free throw percentage (69.0) ... Chanelle Brennan was sixth in field goal percentage (46.7) and 10th in steals (1.53).
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (6-24, 3-11 WAC)
Eighth-seeded New Mexico State fell 58-66 to No. 1 Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to close out the season ... Tabytha Wampler led the Aggies with 14 points, while Kelsie Rozendaal added 11 ... As a team, New Mexico State led the WAC in rebounding defense (35.0), ranked second in scoring defense (63.3), free throw percentage (69.7), three-point field goal percentage defense (29.4) and rebounding margin (2.0), and fourth in offensive rebounds (12.4) ... Wampler ranked third in the WAC in rebounding (9.0) and defensive rebounds (6.57), sixth in free throw percentage (75.0) and offensive rebounds (2.4), and eighth in scoring (13.3) ... In the New Mexico State career record books, Wampler is the all-time leader in games started (121), ranks tied for first in games played (125), sixth in rebounds (889) and free throws made (303), tied for sixth in free throw percentage (76.1), seventh in free throws attempted (3980, ninth in rebounding average (7.1) and 13th in scoring (1,254) ... Wampler’s 889 career rebounds ranks seventh all-time in WAC history.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (11-19, 6-8 WAC)
Fifth-seeded San Jose State fell 63-67 to No. 4 Idaho in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament ... Brittany Johnson scored a game-high 31 points, while Sara Plavljanin added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists ... Johnson was a first team all-WAC pick, while Ta’Rea Cunnigan was named to the all-freshman team and Tim La Kose was WAC Coach of the Year ... Johnson led the WAC and ranked 15th nationally in scoring (20.1), while Plavljanin ranked 26th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (37.9) ... Johnson also ranked fourth in the WAC in minutes played (34.4), sixth in rebounding (8.1), eighth in steals (1.6) and 10th in blocks (0.8) ... Plavljanin led the WAC in minutes played (36.5), ranked fourth in three-pointers per game (2.03) and steals (2.1), sixth in assists (3.63) and three-point field goal percentage (37.9), seventh in scoring (13.9) and eighth in assist-turnover ratio (0.93) ... Myesha Broaden ranked fifth in the WAC in rebounding (8.3) and blocked shots (1.2), ninth in minutes played (31.63) and 10th in field goal percentage (43.5) ... SJSU led the WAC in field goal percentage defense (37.3) and rebounding (40.3), and ranked third in steals (10.0).
UTAH STATE AGGIES (21-10, 11-3 WAC)
Utah State fell 58-69 at Utah in the first round of the WNIT ... Ashlee Brown led the team with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists ... No. 2 Utah State defeated seventh-seeded Nevada 75-66 in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament before falling 69-73 to No. 3 Louisiana Tech in the semifinals ... Brown was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 20.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.5 blocks ... The Aggies ranked third in the nation in free throw percentage (79.6), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (38.4), 19th in field goal percentage (43.6), 21st in scoring (72.4), 23rd in assists (15.5), 26th in assist-turnover ratio (0.98) and 38th in steals (10.7) ... Devyn Christensen led the WAC and ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage (89.8), while Brooke Jackson was 11th (88.7) ... Christensen also ranked 22nd nationally in three-point field goal percentage (38.3), while Brown was 27th in assist-turnover ratio (1.89) ... Brown ranked second in the WAC in rebounding (9.0), fourth in blocks (1.4), fifth in scoring (15.1), free throw percentage (77.1) and steals (2.1), and seventh in assists (3.5).