Harris and Thompson receive WAC postseason honors...

DENVER - The 2007-08 all-Western Athletic Conference teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC’s head coaches. Boise State’s Tasha Harris was named to the All-WAC First Team while Jessica Thompson made the second team list. The honors are only the third an fourth in Bronco history. It is the second consecutive year for Thompson to make the All-WAC teams. It is the first time that Harris made the All-WAC selection as well as making the WAC’s all-defensive team.

Tasha Harris finished the regular season leading the WAC in scoring at 16.3 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.1 steals in 29.7 minutes per game. The junior from Longmont, Colo. finished the season recording 456 points, 115 rebounds, 103 assists, four blocks, 59 steals and made 41 3-pointers. Harris also shot 44.5 percent (145-326) from the floor, 35 percent (41-117) from the 3-point line, and 76.2 percent (125-164) from the free-throw line. In addition to leading the conference in scoring, she was ranked second for assists, sixth in steals, 12th in field goal percentage, tied for seventh in 3-point percentage, and fourth in free throw percentage. During league competition Harris averaged 15.7 points (WAC 5), 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists (WAC 4), and 2.3 steals (WAC t-5). She shot 41 percent from the floor, 35.5 percent (WAC 7) from the arc, and 78.1 percent (WAC 6) from the foul line. She was also named the WAC Player of the Week twice during the season. In addition to leading the team in scoring 14 times, Harris scored double-figure points in 27-of-28 games with six over 20 points and a career-high 30 points at Portland in November.

Jessica Thompson completed her second All-WAC season ranked seventh in scoring on the season at 13.9 points per game. She also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers per game. The Temecula, Calif. native recorded 389 points, 111 rebounds, 87 assists, 73 steals, and 41 3-pointers in 28.8 minutes of action. The junior guard shot 40.5 percent (147-363) percent from the hardwood, 35 percent (41-117) from the 3-point arc, and 69.2 percent (54-78) from the charity stripe. She was ranked sixth in the WAC for scoring, tied for sixth in assists, second in steals, and tied for seventh in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. Thompson’s league averages were 12.4 points (WAC 11), 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists (WAC 3), 2.6 steals (WAC t-2), and 1.0 3-pointers (WAC 15). She made 38.7 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from long range, and 70 percent from the free-throw line. She was named WAC Player of the Week once during the campaign. Jess scored double-digit points in 24 games while leading the team 10 times.

Five different schools are represented on the All-WAC First Team, including Nevada’s Criner, Boise State’s Tasha Harris, New Mexico State’s Sherell Neal, Louisiana Tech’s JoKeirra Sneed, and Fresno State’s Wilson. Criner earns her second-straight all-WAC first team honor, while Harris, Neal, Sneed, and Wilson receive the first team honor for the first time. Neal and Wilson were named to last year’s all-WAC second team.

The all-WAC second teamers were Anikia Jawara, New Mexico State; Katie Madison, Idaho; Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State; Tanya Smith, Hawaii and Jessica Thompson, Boise State. This marks the second all-WAC honor for both Smith and Thompson as each received first team honors last season. Madison receives her second-straight second team all-WAC award.

Nevada’s Criner and New Mexico State’s Neal make their second-straight appearances on the all-Defensive team. Nevada’s Cherlanda Franklin, Boise State’s Harris, and Hawaii’s Smith also received all-Defensive team honors, each for the first time.

The 2008 WAC Tournament will be held March 11-15, at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. The women’s tournament schedule includes one first round game on March 11, four quarterfinal games on March 12, semifinals on March 14 and the championship on March 15.


2007-08 All-Western Athletic Conference Team

First Team All-WAC
Dellena Criner Nevada G 5-7 Jr. Hayward, Calif. (Fremont)
Tasha Harris Boise State G 5-7 Jr. Longmont, Colo. (Skyline)
Sherell Neal New Mexico State F 6-0 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Alhambra)
JoKeirra Sneed Louisiana Tech F 6-2 Sr. Belle Glade, Fla. (Trinity Valley CC)
Tierre Wilson Fresno State G 5-8 Sr. Lawton, Okla. (Eisenhower)

Second Team All-WAC
Anikia Jawara New Mexico State F 6-0 Sr. Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Perimeter College)
Katie Madison Idaho P 6-0 So. Brush Prairie, Wash. (Prairie)
Jaleesa Ross Fresno State G 5-8 Fr. Pinole, Calif. (Pinole Valley)
Tanya Smith Hawaii F 6-3 Sr. Sydney, Australia (Jannali)
Jessica Thompson Boise State G 5-9 Jr. Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley)

Player of the Year: Tierre Wilson, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year: Dellena Criner, Nevada

Newcomer of the Year: Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State

Coach of the Year: Adrian Wiggins, Fresno State

All-Defensive Team
Dellena Criner Nevada G 5-7 Jr. Hayward, Calif. (Fremont)
Cherlanda Franklin Nevada F 5-10 Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Thunderbird)
Tasha Harris Boise State G 5-7 Jr. Longmont, Colo. (Skyline)
Sherell Neal New Mexico State F 6-0 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Alhambra)
Tanya Smith Hawaii F 6-3 Sr. Sydney, Australia (Jannali)

All-Freshman Team
Hayley Munro Fresno State G/F 6-1 Fr. Montmorency, Victoria, Aus. (Lake Ginniderra)
Yinka Olorunnife Idaho P 6-0 Fr. Windsor, Ontario, Can. (National Elite Development)
Jaleesa Ross Fresno State G 5-8 Fr. Pinole, Calif. (Pinole Valley)
Madison Spence New Mexico State G 5-11 Fr. Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield)
Tarkeisha Wysinger Louisiana Tech G 5-8 Fr. Many, La. (Many)

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