March 7, 2016
Postseason Honorees Left to right: Miquelle Askew, Brooke Pahukoa, Shalen Shaw and Marta Hermida.
Full MW Release
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Mountain West Conference released the postseason honors for women’s basketball this morning and among this receiving accolades were four Broncos. Brooke Pahukoa and Shalen Shaw were selected for the All-Mountain Team, while Miquelle Askew was given honorable mention recognition. Marta Hermida is the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and was named to the Mountain West All-Freshman Team.
The four were recognized for their play during the 18-game MW conference season. These are the first conference postseason honors for Askew, Shaw and Hermida, while Pahukoa was named the 2015 MW Basketball Championship MVP and to the all-tournament team.
Since joining the league five years ago Boise State has received two MW Freshman of the Year honors by Hermida and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego in 2014, as well as two MW Newcomer of the Year accolades by Brandi Henton in 2013 and Deanna Weaver in 2014.
Pahukoa finished the conference campaign ranked ninth in scoring by averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game. She was also among the league’s top in 3-point field percentage hitting .426 from beyond the arc (third in MW) to average 2.7 made per game (second in MW). On the year the junior from Lake Stevens, Wash., led the conference from long distance shooting 44 percent from 3-point range to rank eighth nationally and averaged 2.6 made placing her second in the league and 32nd nationally.
Shaw finished league play ranked in seven categories overall including a MW-high 10.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Reno, Nev., was also ranked fourth for steals (2.1 spg), 10th in free-throw percentage (.714), tied for 10th for blocks (0.8 bpg), 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2), tied for 14th in assists (2.6 apg) and 13th in scoring (12.2 ppg). Shaw led the league in double-doubles with 10 in conference action behind 13 double-figure scoring games and a MW-high 12 with double-digit rebounds. The starter at forward also became the third Broncos ever to average a double-double (12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds) during conference and the first to do it in 36 years since the 1979-80 season, she did it in 18 games while the other two only played 13 games in league.
Senior Miquelle Askew received honorable mention All-Mountain West recognition after averaging 12.2 points (t-13th in MW) and 4.2 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game. The native of South Jordan, Utah, started all 18 games and finished the campaign ranked second in field goal percentage at .534. Askew recorded 12 double-figure point games in 18 contests, including a school record (all games) 39 points at San Jose State on Jan. 20, which ranks third all-time in the Mountain West record book for a league contest. She also earned three MW Player of the Week honors on the 29 game season. This is the first MW postseason honor of Askew’s career.
Marta Hermida became the second Bronco to receive the Mountain West Freshman of the Year honor and the fourth overall to be named a freshman of the year all-time. Hermida averaged 10.7 points (22nd in MW), 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists (11th in MW), 1.3 steals (tied for 13th in MW) and 1.8 made 3-pointers (tied for 6th in MW) in conference play. She shot 37.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc ranking 12th in the league during the 18-game MW schedule and had an assist/turnover ratio of 1.1 which was 12th in the conference. Hermida recorded 10 games in double-figure points with a season-high of 20 against New Mexico (Feb. 17).
Boise State opens its title defense of last year’s Mountain West tournament championship at 9:30 p.m. (Mountain) in the quarterfinals at Las Vegas against the winner of Monday’s No. 6 UNLV versus No.11 Air Force game.