This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - Jan. 3
Idaho sophomore post player Alyssa Charlston has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 26-Jan. 1. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of her career.
The Sammamish, Wash., native earned all-tournament team honors at the Montana Invitational after averaging 18.0 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 71 percent shooting from three-point range, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as the Vandals went 1-1. She opened the week with six points, six rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes of action in Idaho’s win vs. North Dakota, as she sat the final 18:31 of the first half after two quick personal fouls. She followed it up with a career-high 30 points in Idaho’s one-point loss to Southern Miss on 10-of-16 shooting. She went a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range in the game and hit 5-of-6 free throws. Her 30 points are the most by a Vandal this season, as are her five three-pointers and 10 field goals made in a game.
Other nominees included: Angie Felton of Louisiana Tech had a game-high 15 points in a loss to LSU ... Nevada’s Kate Kevorken was named to the all-tournament team at the Peppermill Holiday Classic after averaging 23.5 points on 50 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds per game ... Kaitlyn Soto of New Mexico State averaged 13.5 points, including a career-high 17 vs. Shaw, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game on the week ... San Jose State’s Brittany Johnson scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
NM STATE’S WAMPLER SCORES 1,000TH POINT
With her layup 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 currently has 1,035 points on her career.
SAN JOSE STATE POSTS 21-POINT WIN AT SANTA CLARA
San Jose State defeated Santa Clara 74-53 on the road on Dec. 17. The 21-point victory was the largest by a Spartans women’s basketball team since the 2005-06 season. That year they beat Utah State 70-49 in the Event Center. It is 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 PICKS UP FIRST WIN OVER 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 scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. She also recorded a team-high six steals. Fresno State outscored Oklahoma 36-21 in the paint, even though OU had a height advantage. 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 MAKES 17 THREE-POINTERS AGAINST OREGON
The Bulldogs hit 17 three-pointers in a win over Oregon on Dec. 1, falling one shy of their own record of 18 set last year against Idaho. Rosie Moult and Ki-Ki Moore hit five treys apiece, while Madison Parrish was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
WAC STAT LEADERS
San Jose State’s Brittany Johnson currently leads the WAC in scoring with 19.2 points per game. Kamilah Jackson of Hawai‘i is tops in rebounding with an average of 10.1 boards. Louisiana Tech’s Kiara Young leads the WAC in field goal percentage (.534), while teammate Jasmine Bendolph leads the league in assists (5.07) and minutes played (36.33). Utah State’s Brooke Jackson is tops in free throw percentage (.846), while Fresno State’s Rosie Moult leads the WAC in steals (2.62) and three-pointers per game (2.77). Utah State’s Maddy Plunkett is tops in three-point field goal percentage (.516), while Kayla Williams of Nevada leads the WAC in blocked shots (1.86). Taylor Thompson of Fresno State leads the WAC in assist-turnover ratio (2.45).
ORLEANS ARENA IN LAS VEGAS TO HOST WAC TOURNAMENT
The 2012 WAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 7-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will be the second year in a row the tournament has been at the Orleans. The tournament features all eight men’s and women’s teams.