This Week in WAC Women's Basketball - Feb. 21
Fresno State sophomore guard Ki-Ki Moore has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 14-19. This is the fourth WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and her career for Moore.
The San Francisco, Calif., native averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 steals per game as Fresno State went 2-0 on the week and remained the only unbeaten team in WAC play. She posted game highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season in a win over Idaho. She also nabbed five steals and dished out three assists. In a win over Utah State, Moore finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals. On the season, Moore leads the WAC in steals and ranks second in scoring.
Other nominees included: Kamilah Jackson of Hawai‘i averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as the Rainbow Wahine went 2-0 on the week ... Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston averaged 17.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game as the Vandals went 1-1 on the week ... Tabytha Wampler of New Mexico State averaged 18.0 points on 56 percent shooting and 7.5 rebounds per game as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week ... Utah State’s Devyn Christensen averaged 24.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week.
SEVERAL PLAYERS IN WAC CAREER TOP 10 LISTS
Several players have broken into the top 10 in various WAC career statistical categories. Louisiana Tech’s Jasmine Bendolph currently ranks sixth all-time in assists (492). Rosie Moult of Fresno State has 223 three-pointers on her career, good for seventh place in WAC history. Finally, New Mexico State’s Tabytha Wampler has 858 career rebounds, good for eighth place all-time.
SAN JOSE STATE’S JOHNSON CLIMBING PROGRAM SINGLE-SEASON CHARTS
San Jose State senior Brittany Johnson, the nation’s 20th leading scorer, currently ranks second in the Spartan single-season records in free throws made (134) and fifth in free throws attempted (192). In addition, with 491 points, she is seventh all-time at SJSU, 80 points shy of the single-season record.
FRESNO STATE TIES WAC RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS IN A GAME
Fresno State made 18 three-pointers in its win at Nevada on Feb. 11, tying the WAC single-game records both for all games and WAC games only. Taylor Thompson was a perfect 5-for-5 from downtown, while Rosie Moult made four treys and Madison Parrish was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs previously set the records last season against Idaho.
SJSU’S JOHNSON’S DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK EXTENDS TO 26 GAMES
San Jose State senior forward Brittany Johnson has scored in double figures in 26 straight games (each of the team’s 25 games this season, plus one last year). The WAC’s leading scorer, she currently ranks 20th nationally in scoring with an average of 19.6 points per game. She has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season and scored a career-high 32 against Nevada on Jan. 28.
WAC STAT LEADERS
San Jose State’s Brittany Johnson currently leads the WAC in scoring with 19.6 points per game, while Kamilah Jackson of Hawai‘i is tops in rebounding with an average of 10.6 boards. Nevada’s Kayla Williams is tops in field goal percentage (52.4) and blocked shots (1.9). Louisiana Tech’s Jasmine Bendolph leads the league in assists (6.0), Utah State’s Devyn Christensen is tops in free throw percentage (88.5) and Fresno State’s Ki-Ki Moore leads the WAC in steals (2.8). Fresno State’s Rosie Moult is tops in three-pointers per game (2.7), while Utah State’s Maddy Plunkett leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (47.4). Taylor Thompson of Fresno State leads the WAC in assist-turnover ratio (2.5).
In WAC games only, Johnson leads the WAC in scoring (20.1), while Kamilah Jackson is tops in rebounding (11.4) and Utah State’s Brooke Jackson is the leader in field goal percentage (55.8). Hawai‘i’s Alissa Campanero leads the league in free throw percentage (95.5), while Bendolph leads the WAC in assists (7.4) and assist-turnover ratio (2.6). Moore and Thompson lead the WAC in steals (3.5), while Thompson is tops in three-point field goal percentage (59.3). Idaho’s Ashley Walters leads the league in blocks (2.0), while Christensen is the leader in three-pointers per game (2.64).
LOUISIANA TECH FAVORED IN PRESEASON POLLS
Louisiana Tech, which won the WAC regular-season title last year, was the preseason favorite to win the WAC in both the coaches and media polls. In the coaches poll, the Lady Techsters received 47 points and five first-place votes to beat out Utah State for the top spot. The Aggies captured second place with 40 points and two first-place votes. Fresno State came in third with 36 points and received the other first-place vote. In the media poll, LA Tech received 13 first-place votes, earning 144 points. Meanwhile, Fresno State was picked to finish second with 129 points and three first-place votes, just ahead of Utah State in third place with 126 points and the other three first-place votes.
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.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (22-4, 10-0 WAC)
Fresno State defeated Idaho 76-68 last Thursday and beat Utah State 78-60 on Saturday to remain the only unbeaten team in WAC play ... Against the Vandals, Ki-Ki Moore posted a double-double of 23 points and 11 boards ... Against the Aggies, Rosie Moult led the team with 20 points, while Alex Sheedy posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds ... The Bulldogs have won 11 straight games ... Fresno State has now won 120 games by 10 or more points under head coach Adrian Wiggins ... The Bulldogs rank third nationally in three-pointers per game (9.5), seventh in turnover margin (6.88), 11th in scoring (75.7), 12th in steals per game (12.3), 14th in assist-turnover ratio (1.09), assists per game (16.6) and winning percentage (84.6), 17th in three-point field goal percentage (36.0), 27th in scoring margin (11.8) and 40th in field goal percentage (42.5) ... Taylor Thompson ranks seventh in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (2.53), while Moult is 20th in three-pointers per game (2.7) and Moore is 37th in steals per game (2.8) ... The Bulldogs play at Hawai‘i on Thursday and at San Jose State on Saturday.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (10-15, 5-5 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine defeated New Mexico State 58-51 last Thursday and beat Louisiana Tech 61-49 on Saturday ... Against the Aggies, Breanna Arbuckle scored a game-high 17 points, while Kamilah Jackson recorded her league-leading 13th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards ... In the win at LA Tech, Jackson scored a game-high 19 points, while Arbuckle posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds ... It is the first time Hawai‘i has defeated LA Tech twice in one season and just the second time UH has won at Thomas Assembly Center ... LA Tech has been held under 50 points just twice this season, both times against the Rainbow Wahine ... Hawai‘i ranks 21st nationally in personal fouls per game (13.7) ... Jackson ranks eighth in the nation in double-doubles (13) and 14th in rebounding (10.6) ... Hawai‘i leads the WAC in rebounding margin (2.5) and defensive rebounds (27.8), ranks second in rebounding (39.8), and third in scoring defense (65.7), free throw percentage (68.3), field goal percentage defense (38.4), rebounding defense (37.4) and blocked shots (3.8) ... Hawai‘i hosts Fresno State on Thursday and Nevada on Saturday.
IDAHO VANDALS (9-18, 4-7 WAC)
Idaho fell 68-76 at Fresno State last Thursday and defeated Nevada 87-86 in overtime on Saturday ... Against the Bulldogs, Ganeaya Rogers led Idaho with 15 points, while Alyssa Charlston added 14 ... Against the Wolf Pack, Charlston posted her ninth double-double of the season with 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds ... Keri Arendse also scored 21 points, while Krissy Karr had 17, including the game-winner ... Charlston ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.8), fourth in scoring (14.7), and fifth in blocks (1.1) and field goal percentage (49.2) ... Ashley Walters is second in the WAC in blocks (1.7), while Adrie Shiels is 10th (0.77) ... Stacey Barr is fourth in the conference in three-pointers per game (1.88), while Karr is third in assists (4.0) and fifth in minutes played (32.38) ... As a team, Idaho ranks second in the WAC in field goal percentage defense (37.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (29.9), blocked shots (4.15), defensive rebounds (27.41 and three-pointers per game (5.89), and fourth in rebounding (38.3) ... The Vandals play at Utah State on Saturday in their only game this week.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (14-12, 7-4 WAC)
Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State 73-68 last Thursday before falling 49-61 to Hawai‘i on Saturday ... Against the Spartans, LA Tech trailed by as many as 13 in the second half ... Whitney Frazier and Whitney Jones each scored 21 points, while Shantale Bramble-Donaldson added her seventh double-double of the year with 11 points and 12 rebounds ... Jasmine Bendolph was just shy of a triple-double, finishing with eight points, 10 assists and eight rebounds ... Against Hawai‘i, Angie Felton led Tech with 11 points ... The Techsters rank 43rd nationally in assists (15.0) ... Bendolph leads the WAC and ranks 12th nationally in assists (6.0) and ranks second in the WAC and 27th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.96) ... LA Tech ranks third in the WAC in scoring margin (0.7), three-point field goal percentage (33.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (30.0), assists (15.0), turnover margin (1.4) and assist-turnover ratio (0.9), and fourth in scoring (66.8), scoring defense (66.0), field goal percentage (41.1), defensive rebounds (25.7) and three-pointers per game (5.5) ... The Lady Techsters host New Mexico State on Saturday in their only game this week.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (5-20, 1-9 WAC)
Nevada fell 72-84 to Utah State last Thursday and lost 86-87 to Idaho in overtime on Saturday ... Kayla Williams led Nevada with 18 points against USU ... Against the Vandals, Williams had a game-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds ... Danika Sharp posted her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards ... Williams ranks 19th nationally in field goal percentage (52.4), while Kate Kevorken is 46th in three-point field goal percentage (36.2) ... As a team, Nevada leads the WAC in blocked shots (4.32), ranks second in rebounding (39.8) and offensive rebounds (14.36), third in scoring (67.4), field goal percentage (41.1) and rebounding margin (0.6), and fourth in free throw percentage (67.9), three-point field goal percentage (30.2), rebounding defense (39.2), assists (14.0), steals (7.7) and assist-turnover ratio (0.69) ... Kevorken ranks third in the WAC in scoring (15.8) and three-pointers per game (2.0), eighth in free throw percentage (71.6) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (36.0)... Williams leads the WAC in blocks (1.9) and field goal percentage, and ranks eighth in rebounding (7.4) ... The Wolf Pack play at Nevada on Wednesday and at Hawai‘i on Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (6-20, 3-8 WAC)
New Mexico State fell 51-58 to Hawai‘i last Thursday before edging San Jose State 56-55 on Saturday ... Against the Rainbow Wahine, Erica Sanchez led the Aggies with 13 points ... Against the Spartans, Tabytha Wampler matched her season-high 25 points on 71 percent shooting ... As a team, New Mexico State leads the WAC in scoring defense (62.3) and rebounding defense (35.1), ranks second in free throw percentage (69.8) and rebounding margin (2.0), and fourth in field goal percentage defense (40.7), three-point field goal percentage defense (30.3) and offensive rebounds (12.54) ... Wampler ranks second in the WAC in rebounding (9.2) and defensive rebounds (6.7), sixth in offensive rebounds (2.5), and seventh in scoring (13.7) and free throw percentage (73.4) ... In the New Mexico State career record books, Wampler ranks third all-time in starts (117) and among the top 10 in rebounds (858) and games played (121). She is also in the top 15 in scoring (1,213) ... Wampler ranks eighth in WAC history with 858 career rebounds ... The Aggies play at Louisiana Tech on Saturday in their only game this week.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (9-16, 4-6 WAC)
San Jose State fell 68-73 at Louisiana Tech last Thursday and lost 55-56 at New Mexico State on Saturday ... Against LA Tech, Sara Plavljanin scored a game-high 22 points, while Ta’Rea Cunnigan added 19 ... Myesha Broaden posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds ... Against the Aggies, Brittany Johnson led the team with 18 points ... Johnson has scored in double digits in 26 straight games, dating back to last season ... Johnson leads the WAC and ranks 20th nationally in scoring (19.6), while Plavljanin ranks 29th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (38.3) ... Johnson also ranks fourth in the WAC in minutes played (34.1), fifth in rebounding (8.3), eighth in steals (1.6) and ninth in blocks (0.8) ... Plavljanin leads the WAC in minutes played (36.4), ranks second in three-pointers per game (2.0), fourth in steals (2.2), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (38.3), sixth in free throw percentage (73.5), assists (3.6) and assist-turnover ratio (0.9), and eighth in scoring (13.6) ... SJSU leads the WAC in field goal percentage defense (37.1), three-point field goal percentage defense (29.3) and rebounding (40.9) ... The Spartans host Nevada on Wednesday and Fresno State on Saturday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (17-8, 8-3 WAC)
Utah State defeated Nevada 84-72 last Thursday and fell 60-78 at Fresno State on Saturday ... Against the Wolf Pack, Devyn Christensen scored a game-high scored 27 points, while Ashlee Brown added 20 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season ... Against the Bulldogs, Christensen scored a game-high 21 points, while Brown grabbed a game-high 21 boards ... The Aggies rank fifth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (38.2), 11th in free throw percentage (77.2), 21st in field goal percentage (43.7), 34th in scoring (71.5), 36th in assists (15.1), 40th in assist-turnover ratio (0.93) and 44th in steals (10.7) ... Christensen leads the WAC and ranks 11th nationally in free throw percentage (88.5), while Brooke Jackson is 14th (87.5) ... Brown ranks fourth in the WAC in rebounding (8.7) and blocks (1.2), fifth in free throw percentage (75.7) and steals (2.1), sixth in scoring (14.4) and ninth in assists (2.7) ... Maddy Plunkett leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (47.4), while Jackson is third (41.1) and Christensen is fourth (38.7) ... The Aggies host Idaho on Saturday in their only game this week.