DENVER - Boise State’s Jessica Thompson has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 15. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for the sophomore and the third WAC Player of the Week honor for the Broncos this season.
Jessica Thompson, a sophomore from Temecula, California (Temecula Valley HS), started all three games for the Broncos at shooting guard leading them to a 3-0 record last week including 2-0 on the road over two previously unbeaten teams in league play. Boise State defeated Nevada 68-65 in Boise to open the week on Monday, then down New Mexico State Thursday night 66-52 followed by a impressive 68-47 victory over Louisiana Tech in Ruston. She recorded team highs in points in each game with 22 versus Nevada, 20 at NMSU, and 14 at Louisiana Tech Saturday night. The sophomore guard shot a combined 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the floor, 50 percent (6-of-12) from beyond the arc, and 94.1 percent (16-of-17) from the free throw line on the week. Along with a 18.7 points per game average over the three games Thompson added 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.3 steals in 28 minutes of action per game. Thompson led the Broncos over Louisiana Tech and in the progress helped Boise State snap the Lady Techsters 114 game and 15 year unbeaten streak in league home games as Boise State claimed sole possession of first place in the WAC standings.
Other nominees included: Chantella Perera of Fresno State averaged 20 points as the Bulldogs went 2-0 last week . Tanya Smith of Hawai’i averaged 22.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in the Rainbow Wahine’s two road losses ... Liz Witte of Idaho scored 43 points in the Vandals to games last week . Dellena Criner of Nevada averaged 18.0 points as the Wolf Pack went 2-1 last week. Anikia Jawara of New Mexico State scored 38 points in two games as the Aggies split two WAC contests ... Jenny Gross of Utah State scored a career high 20 points and tied a career high with 10 rebounds in a win over Idaho.