Jessica Thompson and Michelle Hessing named to WAC postseason teams, Coach Presnell named Coach of the Year...

This afternoon Boise State’s Jessica Thompson and Michelle Hessing became the first Broncos to be named to Western Athletic Conference first or second teams since the school joined the league in 2001. Coincidentally, both were members of their respective WAC all-freshman teams. In addition, second year head coach Gordy Presnell was named the 2007 WAC Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a league regular season co-championship with a 12-4 record and a 21-8 overall mark.

Jessica Thompson, a sophomore out of Temecula, California, has been named to the All-WAC First Team. Thompson finished the regular season ranked sixth in the WAC for scoring at 13.8 points per game, third in three-point percentage at 35.5 percent, third in free throw percentage 78.2 percent, and fourth in assists at 2.23 per game. The sophomore recorded 19 games in double-digit points, seven with 20+ including a season high 25 at Oregon on Nov. 24. In addition, she led the team in scoring 13 times, in rebounding four times, and in assists four times. The sophomore was named the WAC player of the week twice during the season on January 15 and 29. Thompson’s other honors this year include all-tournament recognition at the Oregon Thanksgiving Classic in Eugene, Oregon November 24-25 and the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 20-21.

Senior center Michele Hessing is the first Bronco to make the All-WAC Second Team. The senior out of Boise’s Capital High School led the Broncos from the post all season averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 blocks in 25.5 minutes of action per game. On the year, She was ranked 14th in the WAC for scoring, seventh in free throw percent at 73.1 percent, and tied for fifth in blocked shots. Hessing accumulated 17 double-figure scoring games with a career high 25 against New Mexico State on Feb. 1. Her season high on the boards was 11 versus San Jose State in Boise on Feb. 10. She led the team in scoring five times, in rebounding 10 times, and in assists five times. Hessing received Boise State’s first WAC player of the week honor of the year on December 11. She was also named to the Oregon Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team on November 25 in Eugene, Oregon.

Head coach Gordy Presnell came to Boise State two years ago with impressive credentials, adding to his list today is the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. It is the first such honor for Presnell since coming to Boise State the summer of 2005 as Boise State’s sixth head coach. This year’s recognition is the 14th such honor for Presnell in his 20 years of coaching. His resume now includes two Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) division II national and four regional coach of the year honors, and now eight conference coach of the year honors.

Coach Presnell will take his team to Las Cruces, New Mexico this coming Tuesday for the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament as the number one seed. They will face the winner of Tuesday’s play-in game between Idaho and San Jose State at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the WAC quarterfinals.

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