This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - Jan. 15
San Jose State freshman forward Emily Schill has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 7-13. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Tecoma, Victoria, Australia native posted career highs of 36 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to go along with two blocks and four steals in a 103-80 win over Utah State. She shot 62 percent (13-of-21) from the field and 77 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line and posted her fourth double-double of the season. The 36 points is the third-highest total in SJSU history as well as a freshman record. Schill doubled her previous highs in scoring (18) and assists (3), and bettered her rebounding high (11) by seven boards. She entered the game averaging 9.8 points on 44 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.9 assists and 0.5 blocks per game.
Other nominees included: Alyssa Charlston of Idaho averaged 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds as the Vandals went 2-0 on the week ... Louisiana Tech’s Kelia Shelton averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week ... Stefanie Gilbreath of New Mexico State averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game ... Seattle U’s Sylvia Shephard averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals as the Redhawks went 2-0 on the week and remained the only unbeaten team in WAC play ... Laila Suleiman of UT Arlington averaged 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists last week ... UTSA’s Kamra King averaged 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals as the Roadrunners went 2-0 on the week ... Diamond Ford of Texas State averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as the Bobcats picked up their first WAC win ... Utah State’s Jenna Johnson averaged 14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 7.0 steals and 3.0 assists on the week.
SJSU’S SCHILL, CUNNIGAN COMBINE FOR 62 POINTS AGAINST UTAH STATE
San Jose State scored a program-best 103 points in a win over Utah State on Jan. 12. Two players – freshman Emily Schill and sophomore Ta’Rea Cunnigan – scored 63 of the Spartans’ points, or 61 percent of the scoring for the Spartans.
UTSA HOLDS OPPONENT UNDER 20 POINTS IN A HALF FOR 13TH TIME
UTSA, which ranks 42nd nationally in scoring defense (54.8), held Louisiana Tech to 18 points in the first half on Jan. 12. It was the 13th time this season that the Roadrunners have limited their opponent to 20 or fewer points in a half.
THREE WAC PLAYERS RANK IN TOP 20 NATIONALLY IN SCORING
Three WAC players – Diamond Ford of Texas State, Utah State’s Devyn Christensen and Ta’Rea Cunnigan of San Jose State – rank in the top 20 nationally in scoring. Ford averages 21.1 points per game, good for 12th place, while Christensen is 14th with a 20.6 average and Cunnigan is 18th (20.3).
WAC STAT LEADERS
Seattle U leads the WAC in field goal percentage (41.3), rebounding defense (36.1), rebounding margin (3.1), assists (16.2) and steals (14.1). UTSA leads the WAC in scoring defense (54.8), scoring margin (4.9), field goal percentage defense (34.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (28.1). Utah State tops the WAC in scoring (73.9) and free throw percentage (79.8), while Idaho leads the league in rebounding (43.1) and three-pointers per game (8.3). Texas State is tops in the WAC in turnover margin (2.38) and assist-turnover ratio (0.94), while Denver leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (34.7) and San Jose State leads the league in blocks (4.38).
Individually, Texas State’s Diamond Ford leads the WAC in scoring (21.1) and minutes per game (37.0), while Utah State’s Devyn Christensen is tops in free throw percentage (91.7) and three-point field goals per game (3.25). Ashley Ezeh of Texas State is tops in rebounding (10.0), while San Jose State’s Riana Byrd leads the league in blocks (2.56) and Utah State’s Makenlee Williams is tops in three-point field goal percentage (47.2). Denver’s Emiko Smith leads the league in assists (5.76) and assist-turnover ratio (2.45). Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell is tops in field goal percentage (61.5), while teammate Sylvia Shephard leads the league in steals (3.79).
In WAC games only, Idaho is tops in three-point field goal percentage (41.6), rebounding (47.2), rebounding margin (8.4) and three-pointers per game (9.4). Seattle U leads the WAC in scoring margin (5.8), field goal percentage (43.4), assists (18.6) and turnover margin (2.2). New Mexico is tops in scoring defense (59.3), field goal percentage defense (36.1) and three-point field goal percentage defense (27.8), while Utah State leads the WAC in scoring (80.0) and free throw percentage (81.9). San Jose State is tops in blocks (5.6) and steals (12.6), while UTSA leads the WAC in rebounding defense (37.0) and Texas State is tops in assist-turnover ratio (0.99).
Individually, Ford leads the WAC in scoring (22.2) and minutes per game (38.0) in WAC games, while San Jose State’s Emily Schill is tops in rebounding (10.4). Seattle U’s Sowell leads the league in field goal percentage (70.6), while Denver’s Smith is tops in assists (6.3). New Mexico State’s Stefanie Gilbreath leads the WAC in free throw percentage (90.5), while SJSU’s Byrd is tops in blocks (3.2). Utah State’s Jenna Johnson leads the WAC in steals (3.2), while teammate Williams is tops in three-point field goal percentage (59.1). Idaho’s Christina Salvatore leads the WAC in three-pointers per game (3.4), while Seattle U’s Daidra Brown is tops in assist-turnover ratio (2.67).
IDAHO SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS IN A GAME
Idaho broke a program record with 15 three-pointers against Utah State on Jan. 5. Stacey Barr and Christina Salvatore accounted for 12 of the 15, as they made six three-pointers each, tying for the second-highest total by an individual in a game in program history. It was the second time making six treys in a game for each player.
CHARLSTON GRABS 500TH CAREER REBOUND
Idaho junior Alyssa Charlston grabbed her 500th career rebound at the 5:32 mark in the first half against Utah State on Jan. 7. The 6-1 post player now has 530 career boards and is also just 119 points shy of 1,000 on her career.
FOUR OVERTIME GAMES ALREADY IN WAC PLAY
There have been four overtime games in WAC play just three weeks into the conference season. There were two overtime games during WAC play in all of 2011-12, while the high for this century was six overtime games during the 2003-04 WAC season.
IDAHO’S BARR SCORES 18 POINTS IN JUST OVER FOUR MINUTES
Idaho’s Stacey Barr matched her career high with 23 points against Utah State on Jan. 5, and 18 of her points came during a 21-0 Idaho run early in the second half. Barr got the run started with an old-fashioned three-point play, then buried five consecutive long balls to score 18 points in a span of four minutes and five seconds.
TRAKH PICKS UP 300TH CAREER VICTORY
When the Aggies defeated Southern Utah 70-68 on Dec. 1 at the Centrum Arena in Cedar City, Utah, it was career victory No. 300 for head coach Mark Trakh. In his 18 years as a head coach, Trakh has a 304-218 (.582) record.
SOWELL GRABS 500TH CAREER REBOUND
In her team’s 61-60 overtime loss to UC Irvine on Dec. 1, Seattle U junior forward Kacie Sowell grabbed her 500th career rebound with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. She now has 574 boards on her career.
CHRISTENSEN SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT
With her game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds remaining against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 20, Devyn Christensen became the seventh member of the 1,000-point club at Utah State. The senior currently has 1,238 career points, good for second place all-time at Utah State. At her current pace, Christensen will become Utah State’s career scoring leader on Feb. 2 vs. Seattle U.
TEXAS STATE BEATS BIG 12 OPPONENT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2005
When the Bobcats defeated TCU 91-80 on Nov. 25, it was Texas State’s first win over a Big 12 opponent since 2005, when it defeated Oklahoma State, 77-69. Against TCU, all five starters scored at least nine points for Texas State, for the third time this season. The Bobcats are 3-0 in those games.
RETURNING ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS
Two of the first team All-WAC players from last year return for the 2012-13 season in Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston and Utah State’s Devyn Christensen. Other WAC honorees that return are Louisiana Tech’s Whitney Frazier, who was named to both the All-Defensive and All-Freshman Teams, and fellow All-Freshman honorees Ta’Rea Cunnigan of San Jose State and Krissy Karr of Idaho.
Diamond Ford of Texas State was named first team All-Southland, while Emiko Smith of Denver was named second team All-Sun Belt. Ashley Ezeh of Texas State was named third team All-Southland, while UTSA’s Judy Jones was an honorable mention honoree.
KEY NON-CONFERENCE MATCHUPS
WAC teams have played 40 non-conference games against teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament or the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) last season, going a combined 11-29. The lone remaining non-conference game against an NCAA team is Jan. 30, when Louisiana Tech plays at UALR.