This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - Feb. 19
New Mexico State sophomore guard Danesia Williamson has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The San Diego, Calif. native averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds and posted a pair of double-doubles as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week. She opened the week with 19 points, a career-high 10 assists and six rebounds in a win over San Jose State, which snapped a nine-game losing skid for New Mexico State. Williamson then tied her career highs of 23 points and 10 assists and added three rebounds in a 106-94 win over then-league-leader Utah State. It was the first time the Aggies scored more than 100 points in 21 years. Williamson entered the week averaging 11.3 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Other nominees included: Denver’s Kailey Edwards averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists as the Pioneers went 1-1 on the week ... Whitney Frazier of Louisiana Tech averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Lady Techsters went 1-1 on the week ... Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as the Redhawks went 2-0 on the week ... Desherra Nwanguma of UT Arlington averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Mavericks went 1-1 on the week ... UTSA’s Whitney Wright finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a win over Texas State ... Devyn Christensen of Utah State averaged 22.0 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week.
CHARLSTON SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT
Idaho junior Alyssa Charlston scored her 1,000th career point less than a minute in to the Vandals’ Feb. 14 game at UT Arlington. Earlier this year on Jan. 7, she grabbed her 500th career rebound. The 6-1 post player now has 1,019 career points and 583 career boards.
NM STATE SCORES MORE THAN 100 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1992
New Mexico State posted its first 100-point win in 21 years when it defeated Utah State 106-94 on Feb. 16. The Aggies had five players in double-figure scoring, led by a career-best 27 points from Stefanie Gilbreath. The last time New Mexico State scored 100 points or more was Feb. 27, 1992 when it beat UC Santa Barbara 100-83.
SEVEN OVERTIME GAMES IN WAC PLAY, MOST THIS CENTURY
There have been seven overtime games in conference play this season, the most in this century. The previous high was six in 2003-04, while there were just two overtime games during WAC play in all of 2011-12.
WRIGHT BECOMES UTSA’S ALL-TIME BLOCKING LEADER
With her three blocks against Texas State on Feb. 16, UTSA senior center Whitney Wright became the program’s all-time leading blocker. Wright now has 101 swats on her career, passing Alysse Davis’ (2008-11) record of 98.
SALVATORE APPROACHING IDAHO SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINTER RECORD
Idaho freshman Christina Salvatore currently has 75 three-pointers made in her first season as a Vandal. The Idaho single-season record is 76, set by Susan Woolf during the 1998-99 season.
THREE WAC PLAYERS RANK IN TOP 20 NATIONALLY IN SCORING
Three WAC players – Diamond Ford of Texas State, San Jose State’s Ta’Rea Cunnigan and Devyn Christensen of Utah State – rank in the top 20 nationally in scoring. Ford averages 21.1 points per game, good for 12th place, while Cunnigan and Christensen are tied for 17th (19.9).
WAC STAT LEADERS
Seattle U leads the WAC in field goal percentage (42.2), three-point field goal percentage defense (28.7), rebounding defense (36.0), rebounding margin (3.9), assists (16.3) and steals (13.1). UTSA is tops in scoring defense (55.7), scoring margin (5.0), field goal percentage defense (36.8) and turnover margin (3.36). Idaho leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (33.0), rebounding (42.8), blocks (4.4) and three-pointers per game (8.4). Meanwhile, Utah State is tops in scoring (76.9) and free throw percentage (80.4), while Denver leads the WAC in assist-turnover ratio (0.89).
Individually, Texas State’s Diamond Ford leads the WAC in scoring (21.1) and minutes per game (37.8), while Utah State’s Devyn Christensen is tops in free throw percentage (91.6) and three-point field goals per game (3.3). Denver’s Emiko Smith leads the league in assists (6.54) and assist-turnover ratio (2.3), while San Jose State’s Riana Byrd is tops in rebounding (10.4) and blocks (2.2). Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell is tops in field goal percentage (58.4), while teammate Sylvia Shephard leads the league in steals (3.33). Utah State’s Makenlee Williams is tops in three-point field goal percentage (41.8).
In WAC games only, Idaho leads the league in field goal percentage defense (36.1), three-point field goal percentage (35.0), blocks (5.07), assist-turnover ratio (0.96) and three-pointers per game (8.8). Seattle U leads the WAC in scoring margin (6.9), field goal percentage (43.4), three-point field goal percentage defense (26.6), assists (17.13) and steals (11.7). UTSA is tops in scoring defense (60.3), rebounding defense (35.4) and turnover margin (4.3). Utah State is tops in scoring (81.4) and free throw percentage (80.8), while Denver leads the league in rebounding (44.7) and rebounding margin (7.5).
Individually in WAC games, Texas State’s Ford is tops in scoring (21.6) and minutes per game (38.71), while Denver’s Maiya Michel leads the league in rebounding (11.3). Sowell leads the league in field goal percentage (59.1), while Denver’s Smith is tops in assists (7.3). USU’s Christensen leads the WAC in free throw percentage (89.7), while SJSU’s Cunnigan is tops in steals (2.98). Louisiana Tech’s Kelia Shelton leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (44.4), while SJSU’s Byrd is tops in blocks (2.2). Idaho’s Connie Ballestero leads the WAC in assist-turnover ratio (2.33), while teammate Christina Salvatore is tops in three-pointers per game (3.0).