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This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - March 7
Courtesy: Louisiana Tech
HAWAI`I’S JACKSON NAMED VERIZON WIRELESS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Hawai`i freshman forward Kamilah Jackson has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 28-March 6. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of her career.

An Oakland, Calif. native, Jackson recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 21 points and 19 rebounds in an overtime win over Utah State. She shot 50 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line, hitting the game winning free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime for the win. She passed UH All-American Judy Mosely for the freshman single-season rebounding record and moved into fifth place in UH single-season rebounding history with 323 total rebounds.

Other nominees included: Lauren Lenhardt of Boise State averaged 13.5 points on the week ... Fresno State’s Hayley Munro averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals as the Bulldogs went 2-0 on the week … Adrienne Johnson of Louisiana Tech averaged 22.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists as the Techsters went 2-1 on the week … Nevada’s Tahnee Robinson averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Wolf Pack went 1-1 on the week … Madison Spence of New Mexico State averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game … Utah State’s Ashlee Brown averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week.

ALL-WAC HONORS ANNOUNCED -
The 2010-11 all-Western Athletic Conference teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC’s head coaches. Louisiana Tech’s Adrienne Johnson headlines the awards, earning the WAC Player of the Year honor.

Johnson, a 6-0 senior forward from Franklin, La., becomes the eighth Louisiana Tech player in 10 seasons to earn the award. In WAC play, she led the league in scoring (22.3) and minutes played (38.4), ranked second in field goal percentage (48.3), third in rebounding (10.0), fourth in free throw percentage (85.0), seventh in blocks (0.8) and 10th in steals (1.9). Johnson has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this season, including 18 games of 20 or more points, and has recorded 14 double-doubles on the year, including eight in WAC games. She was named WAC Player of the Week five times this season.

Utah State head coach Raegan Pebley earns WAC Coach of the Year honors for the first time in her career. She has led the Aggies to a 10-6 record in WAC play and 16-13 overall mark. The 10 WAC wins are the most for Utah State in a season since joining the conference, while the 16 wins thus far this season is tied for most wins in a season since the reinstatement of the program in 2003-04.

Nevada’s Shavon Moore earned the WAC’s Defensive Player of the Year honor, becoming the third Wolf Pack player to receive the honor in the four years of the award’s existence. A 6-1 forward from Riverside, Calif. (J.W. North HS), Moore averaged 8.7       rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in WAC play. She was also named first team all-WAC and to the all-Defensive team.

Utah State’s Ashlee Brown is the WAC’s Newcomer of the Year, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn any of the major awards in the WAC. A 6-0 junior forward from Chandler, Ariz. (UC Santa Barbara/Chandler HS), Brown averaged 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game in WAC play. In conference games, she led the WAC in field goal percentage (53.4), ranked third in scoring, fifth in rebounding and eighth in assists. She has reached double-digit scoring in 21 of the 26 games she played, including 12 of 13 WAC games.

Four different schools are represented on the first team, including Johnson, Moore and Brown. Fresno State’s Jaleesa Ross and Nevada’s Tahnee Robinson round out the first team. Johnson and Ross receive first-team all-WAC honors for the third time, Robinson earns the honor for the second time, and Moore and Brown earn the honor for the first time.

The all-WAC second teamers are Jasmine Bendolph and Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey of Louisiana Tech, Rosie Moult of Fresno State, Yinka Olorunnife of Idaho and Madison Spence of New Mexico State. Olorunnife and Spence are repeat selections, while the other three are making their first appearance on the team.

Moore headlines the all-Defensive team and is joined by Idaho’s Olorunnife, Louisiana Tech’s Johnson and Wysinger-Mackey and Alice Coddington of Utah State.

The all-Freshman team contains five players from four different teams, including Hawai`i’s Kamilah Jackson and Shawna-Lei Kuehu, Boise State’s Diana Lee, Fresno State’s Taylor Thompson and New Mexico State’s Jasmine Rutledge.

First Team All-WAC




Ashlee Brown Utah State F 6-0 Jr. Chandler Ariz. (UC Santa Barbara)
Adrienne Johnson Louisiana Tech F 6-0 Sr. Franklin, La. (Franklin)
Shavon Moore Nevada F 6-1 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (J.W. North)
Tahnee Robinson Nevada G 5-9 Sr. Fort Washakie, Wyo. (Sheridan College)
Jaleesa Ross Fresno State G 5-8 Sr. Pinole, Calif. (Pinole Valley)






Second Team All-WAC




Jasmine Bendolph Louisiana Tech G 5-7 Jr. Mobile, Ala. (Davidson)
Rosie Moult Fresno State G/F 6-0 So. Olinda, Victoria, Australia (Vermont Secondary)
Yinka Olorunnife Idaho P 6-0 Sr. Windsor, Ontario, Canada (National Elite Development)
Madison Spence New Mexico State G 5-11 Sr. Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield)
Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey Louisiana Tech G 5-7 Sr. Many, La. (Many)






All-Defensive Team




Alice Coddington Utah State G 5-10 Sr. Canberra, Australia (Radford College)
Adrienne Johnson Louisiana Tech F 6-0 Sr. Franklin, La. (Franklin)
Shavon Moore Nevada F 6-1 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (J.W. North)
Yinka Olorunnife Idaho P 6-0 Sr. Windsor, Ontario, Canada (National Elite Development)
Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey Louisiana Tech G 5-7 Sr. Many, La. (Many)

All-Freshman Team



Kamilah Jackson Hawai’i F 6-0 Oakland, Calif. (Sacred Heart Cathedral)
Shawna-Lei Kuehu Hawai’i G 5-10 ‘Aiea, O’ahu (Punahou School)
Diana Lee Boise State G 5-7 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Hansworth)
Jasmine Rutledge New Mexico State G 6-0 Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa)
Taylor Thompson Fresno State G 5-5 Cache, Okla. (Cache)

Player of the Year: Adrienne Johnson, Louisiana Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Shavon Moore, Nevada
Newcomer of the Year: Ashlee Brown, Utah State
Coach of the Year: Raegan Pebley, Utah State

WAC TOURNAMENT HEADS TO LAS VEGAS, TICKETS NOW ON SALE -
The 2011 WAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held this Wednesday-Saturday, March 9-12, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Ticket information is available at www.wacbasketballtournament.com .

WAC TO STREAM SELECTED WAC TOURNAMENT GAMES -
A total of three men’s games and six women’s games will be streamed live on the Internet through WAC.tv. Games that will be shown on any of the ESPN networks cannot be shown due to contractual obligations. These ESPN games include the men’s afternoon quarterfinals on March 10, the second men’s semifinal game on March 11 and both the men’s and women’s championship games. Individual tournament games may be purchased for $7.95 each.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TO BE TELEVISED NATIONALLY ON ESPNU SATURDAY - The championship game of the WAC Tournament, which will be played at 1 p.m. (PT) this Saturday, March 12, will air live on ESPNU. It is the fourth WAC women’s basketball game to air on the network this season.

WAC TOURNAMENT FORMAT CHANGE -
The 2011 WAC Tournament features a new format that rewards teams based on regular-season success. The tournament begins on Wednesday with two men’s and two women’s games featuring the No. 5 seed against the No. 8 seed and No. 6 vs. No. 7. The winners then advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal matchups to play the No. 4 and No. 3 seeds. The winners of those games then advance to Friday’s semifinals against the top two seeds. The change also results in two men’s and two women’s games being played each day of the tournament except for Saturday, which will feature the men’s and women’s championship games.

OLORUNNIFE SETS WAC CAREER REBOUNDING RECORD - Idaho senior Yinka Olorunnife grabbed her 1,026th career rebound with 58 seconds remaining in the first half at Louisiana Tech on March 5, becoming the WAC’s all-time leader in rebounding. She passed Louisiana Tech’s Shanavia Dowdell, who finished her career with 1,025.

ROSS BECOMES ALL-TIME WAC LEADER IN THREE-POINTERS, INCHES TOWARDS NCAA RECORD - On Feb. 12, Fresno State’s Jaleesa Ross became the WAC’s all-time leader in career three-pointers made, surpassing Colorado State’s Becky Hammon (1995-99). Ross now has with 376 treys on her career, 16 away from tying the NCAA record of 392 held by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State. With a minimum of one game left in her career and at her current pace, Ross would finish with 379 long balls, good for third place.

THREE WAC TEAMS REACH 20 WINS - For the first time since the 2007-08 season, three WAC teams have reached the 20-win plateau. Louisiana Tech and Fresno State each have 23 wins this season, while Nevada reached 20 victories for the first time in school history with its win over LA Tech on Feb. 28.

LOUISIANA TECH’S JOHNSON ADDED TO WADE WATCH LIST - Louisiana Tech’s Adrienne Johnson has been added to the 2010-11 State Farm® Wade Watch list. She is one of 34 players who are under consideration for the State Farm Wade Trophy – the Division I women’s basketball equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy®. The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee will trim the Watch list to 12 finalists in mid-March. State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition will officially announce the State Farm Wade Trophy winner during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis.

ROBINSON SEMIFINALIST FOR SULLIVAN AWARD -
Nevada senior captain Tahnee Robinson has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2010 Sullivan Award, a national award to honor the country’s best amateur athlete during 2010. 

Robinson finished 2010 as the eighth-best scorer in the country with 22.7 points per game and 15th in the nation with 3.1 three-pointers per game. She was twice named WAC Player of the Week and named MVP of the Caribbean Classic after averaging 24.5 points in two games, shooting 47.2 percent. She was named to the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic all-tournament team after picking up her second career double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds against Pepperdine.  She re-wrote her personal record book setting personal bests in almost every category, including 33 points against Cal Poly Pomona and six three-pointers against Illinois State.

A public vote through USA Today will select the winner of the award.  Anyone wishing to vote for the award can do so online at aausullivan.org.

FRESNO STATE SETS WAC RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS - In its win over Boise State on Feb. 10, Fresno State hit 16 three-pointers, breaking the record for long balls in a conference game and tying the record for treys in any game, which the Bulldogs did in each of the last two seasons. The previous WAC record of 15 was held by three different teams – Hawai`i in 2003, Brigham Young in 1998 and New Mexico in 1996.

NON-CONFERENCE -
The WAC is 62-57 (.521) in non-conference games this season to be ranked 13th in conference RPI. Two teams are in the top 100 led by Louisiana Tech (32). Fresno State is 60, while Nevada is 101.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
Boise State Broncos (12-18, 3-13 WAC)
The Broncos fell 86-72 at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and 82-51 at New Mexico State on Saturday ... Against Tech, Lauren Lenhardt scored a team-high 19 points ... Janie Bos was just shy of a double-double, tallying 10 points and nine rebounds ... Against the Aggies, Melissa Rima led the Broncos with 10 points ... In WAC games, Lauren Lenhardt led the conference in free throw percentage (91.2), ranked eighth in blocked shots (0.79), ninth in scoring (13.4) and 19th in rebounding (5.2) ... Kati Isham ranked fourth in the WAC in conference games in three-pointers per game (1.94) ... The eighth-seeded Broncos play No. 5-seed Idaho in the first round of the WAC Tournament on Wednesday.

Fresno State Bulldogs (23-7, 14-2 WAC)

The Bulldogs defeated San Jose State 73-47 last Thursday and beat Nevada 73-50 on Saturday ... Against the Spartans, Hayley Munro scored a season-high 25 points and added 16 against the Wolf Pack ... Jaleesa Ross is the WAC’s leader in career three-pointers with 376, 16 shy of the NCAA record ... Fresno State leads the nation in three-pointers per game (9.6), ranks ninth in steals (12.5), 12th in turnover margin (5.27), 14th in assists (16.7), 19th in scoring (75.7), 23rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.0), 29th in scoring margin (11.5) and 30th in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.2) ... The No. 2-seed Bulldogs play in the second semifinal game of the WAC Tournament on Friday.

Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (11-18, 5-11 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine defeated Utah State 72-71 in overtime last Thursday in their only game of the week ... Kamilah Jackson notched her 12th double-double of the season with team highs of 21 points and 19 rebounds ... Jackson set the freshman single-season rebounding record and ranks fifth all-time at UH with 323 rebounds ... Jackson leads the WAC and ranks fourth nationally with 12.0 rebounds per game ... As a team, Hawai`i led the WAC in conference games in rebounding (42.7), and ranked second in blocks (4.19), rebounding margin (5.0) and field goal percentage defense (37.7) ... The seventh-seeded Rainbow Wahine face No. 6-seed New Mexico State in the first round of the WAC Tournament on Wednesday.

Idaho Vandals (14-14, 7-9 WAC)
The Vandals defeated New Mexico State 73-65 last Thursday and fell 65-55 at Louisiana Tech on Saturday ... Against the Aggies, Yinka Olorunnife tallied her WAC-leading 14th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds ... Alyssa Charlston led Idaho with 10 points vs. Tech ... Olorunnife became the WAC’s all-time rebounding leader vs. LA Tech. She now has 1,030 on her career ... The Vandals led the WAC in conference games in free throw percentage (73.4) and ranked second in three-pointers per game (6.0) and rebounding defense (35.1) ... Idaho ranks 22nd nationally in personal fouls per game (14.2) and 39th in free throw percentage (74.0) ... The No. 5-seed Vandals play eighth-seeded Boise State in the first round of the WAC Tournament.

Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (23-6, 15-1 WAC)
The Lady Techsters fell 71-66 at Nevada last Monday before defeating Boise State 86-72 Thursday and Idaho 65-55 on Saturday ... Against the Wolf Pack, Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey led the team with 24 points, while Jasmine Bendolph recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 13 assists  ... Against the Broncos, Brietta Thomas drained seven three-pointers and finished with a career-high 28 points, while Adrienne Johnson had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds ... Johnson posted her 14th double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds vs. Idaho ... The top-seeded Lady Techsters play in the first semifinal game of the WAC Tournament on Friday.

Nevada Wolf Pack (20-9, 9-7 WAC)
The Wolf Pack defeated Louisiana Tech 71-66 last Monday and fell 73-50 at Fresno State on Saturday ... Against Tech, Tahnee Robinson led all players with 32 points and nine rebounds, while Kayla Williams posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards ... Against the Bulldogs, Williams led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds ... Nevada ranks 13th nationally in rebounding margin (7.9) ... Robinson ranks 10th in the nation in scoring (21.7), 21st in three-pointers per game (2.8) and 30th in three-point field goal percentage (40.0) ... This is the first time in program history that Nevada has reached 20 wins in a season ... The No. 4-seed Wolf Pack face the winner of the Boise State-Idaho game in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament on Thursday.

New Mexico State Aggies (13-17, 7-9 WAC)
The Aggies fell 73-65 to Idaho last Thursday and beat Boise State 82-51 on Saturday ... In the loss to the Vandals, Tabytha Wampler posted her seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds ... Against the Broncos, Danisha Corbett led all players with 21 points, followed by Madison Spence with 18 and Jasmine Lowe with 14 ... The Aggies outscored Boise State 39-11 over the final 13 minutes of the game ... As a team, New Mexico State ranks 47th nationally in turnovers per game (15.4) ... Lowe ranks 31st in the nation in steals (2.7), while Wampler ranks 37th in free throw percentage (84.9) ... The sixth-seeded Aggies face No. 7-seed Hawai`i in the first round of the WAC Tournament on Wednesday.

San Jose Spartans (2-27, 2-14 WAC)
The Spartans fell 73-47 to Fresno State on Thursday and 75-39 to Utah State on Saturday to close out the season ... Against the Bulldogs, A.J. Newton led the Spartans with 17 points ... Against the Aggies, Marnesha Hall led the team with 14 points ... In WAC games, SJSU ranked fourth in the conference in rebounding defense (37.9) and steals (9.9) ... Sara Plavljanin ranked third in the conference in WAC games in minutes played (35.3), ninth in three-point field goals per game (1.5) and 12th in scoring (11.8), while Sayja Sumler was second in steals (2.5) and seventh in assists (3.1) and Brittany Johnson was seventh in rebounding (6.4).

Utah State Aggies (16-13, 10-6 WAC)
The Aggies fell 72-71 in overtime at Hawai`i last Thursday and defeated San Jose State 75-39 on Saturday ... Against the Rainbow Wahine, Banna Diop had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Ashlee Brown had 17 points ... Against the Spartans, Alice Coddington led Utah State with 11 points ... The third-place finish in the WAC standings is Utah State’s highest-ever ... USU ranks 19th nationally in steals (11.5), 22nd in assists (16.2) and 40th in assist/turnover ratio (0.94) ... Devyn Christensen is 21st in the nation in free throw percentage (86.8), while Diop is 45th in blocks (1.9) ... The No. 3-seed Aggies play the winner of the NM State-Hawai`i game in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament on Thursday.
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