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2009 WAC Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament Presented by Verizon Wireless
Lawlor Events Center ● Reno, Nevada
March 10-14, 2009
Hosted by University of Nevada and
the Reno-Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau
Women's Basketball Tournament Notes| Tournament Brackets | Tournament Blog | WAC Commissioner Karl Benson Press Conference Video

All photos by Tyler Keck

Tuesday, March 10 (First Round)
Game 1-#8 Hawaii 70, #9 San Jose State 57
Postgame: Video UH | SJSU | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Wednesday, March 11 (Quarterfinals)
Game 2-#5 Utah State 59, #4 Idaho 58 (OT)
Postgame: Video Utah State | Idaho | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Game 3-#1 Fresno State 65, #8 Hawaii 50
Postgame: Video Fresno State | Hawaii | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Game 4-#3 Nevada 73, #6 Boise State, 65
Postgame: Video Nevada | BSU | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Game 5-#2 Louisiana Tech 81, #7 New Mexico State 68
Postgame: Video LTU | NMSU | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Friday, March 13 (Semifinals)
Game 6-#1 Fresno State 57, #5 Utah State 54
Postgame: Video Fresno State | Utah State | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Game 7-#3 Nevada 91, #2 Louisiana Tech 88 (OT)
Postgame: Video Nevada | LTU
Live Stats Final Box Recap Photos
Saturday, March 14 (Championship)
Game 8-#1 Fresno State 56,  #3 Nevada 49
Postgame: Video FS | Nevada | Quotes (PDF)
Live Stats ESPNU Final Box Recap Photos

Championship Game
Top-seeded Fresno State repeated as tournament champion after a 56-49 win over third-seeded Nevada. Tournament MVP Jaleesa Ross led the Bulldogs with 22 points and nine rebounds in the championship game, becoming the only player in WAC history to earn the award in back-to-back years.

All-Tournament Team
Dellena Criner, Nevada
Shanavia Dowdell, Louisiana Tech
Joh-Teena Filipe, Fresno State
Shavon Moore, Nevada
Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State (MVP)

Semifinal Games
No. 1 Fresno State defeated fifth-seeded Utah State 57-54 in Friday's first women's semifinal game. Jaleesa Ross led Fresno State with a game-high 21 points, while LaShay Fears added 18. Danyelle Snelgro fronted Utah State with 11 points, while Ana Pares and Amber White each had 10. No. 3 Nevada defeated No. 2 Louisiana Tech 91-88 in overtime in the day's second women's semifinal. Dellena Criner finished with 30 points and 10 assists.

Quarterfinal Games
No. 5 Utah State defeated No. 4 Idaho 59-58 in overtime on Wednesday to open quarterfinal play. Utah State advances to Friday's semifinals where it will face No. 1 Fresno State. Danyelle Snelgro led Utah State with 15 points while Ana Pares helped with 12. Derisa Taleni led Idaho with 24 points.
No. 1 Fresno State defeated No. 8 Hawai‘i 65-50 in the day's second quarterfinal game. The Bulldogs move on to face No. 5 Utah State on Friday at noon. No. 3 Nevada knocked off sixth-seeded Boise State, 73-65, in the third quarterfinal game of the day. The Wolf Pack will face the winner of the No. 2 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 7 New Mexico State game, which tips off at 8:30 p.m. PT. Johnna Ward led Nevada with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Dellena Criner had 17 and Brandi Jones scored 15, while Shavon Moore had 11. Melissa Rima scored 12 points for Boise State. No. 2 Louisiana Tech defeated No. 7 New Mexico State 81-68 in the nightcap. Louisiana Tech advances to play No. 3 Nevada on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

First Round
The 2009 WAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament first rounds are complete, as the eighth-seeded Hawai‘i women beat ninth-seeded San Jose State, 70-57. Hawai'i's Keisha Kanekoa led all scorers with 18 points to propel the Rainbow Wahine to the quarterfinals.

New Mexico State
Texas-Pan American
Grand Canyon
Seattle U
Utah Valley
Chicago State
CSU Bakersfield -
Chicago State -
Grand Canyon -
New Mexico State -
Seattle U -
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