A Look At Women's Basketball's WAC Championship Season...
Highlights From This Season's Title Run...
Boise State women’s basketball just completed one of the most successful seasons in program history. The highlights are numerous and the future looks bright for the Broncos who return the bulk of this year’s squad next season. In the three years since coach Gordy Presnell took over the reigns of the program he has turned Boise State into a perennial power in the Western Athletic Conference while guiding them to back-to-back postseason season appearances the last two years. Following is a brief recap of a few of the highlights from 2007-08’s WAC championship campaign.
► Back-to-Back Championships: For the first time in school history the Broncos won consecutive conference titles. In 2006-07 the Broncos went 12-4 in conference action to win the WAC’s regular season crown. This season the blue and orange repeated as league champions but improved on their conference record going 14-2. Boise State has now won four conference titles and two league divisional titles all-time.
► Back-to-Back Postseason Tournaments: Another first for Boise State came when they advanced to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament this season. It marked the first time in program history that the Broncos advanced to back-to-back national postseason tournaments. Boise State advanced to the NCAA first round in 2007.
► National Postseason Appearances: Boise State has advanced to national postseason play five times in its history. Two of those have come in the last two seasons under coach Presnell and his staff. Postseason appearances to date include the AIAW in 1975, NCAA in 1994, WNIT in 1998, NCAA in 2007, and WNIT in 2008.
► First Postseason Victory: On March 20th, Boise State defeated instate rival Idaho State 77-54 in a first-round WNIT game at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. It was the first ever postseason victory for the Bronco program. It was also the first time in Idaho history that two of the state’s four-year public Universities met head-to-head in a national postseason tournament.
► For the Record: Boise State completed the 2007-08 campaign with a 24-8 overall record while going 14-2 in WAC action.
► Record for Overall Wins Tied: The Broncos tied the school record for wins in a season with 24. The record was set by the 2006-07 team that went 24-9 overall.
► Versus 2007 Postseason Teams: Boise State went an impressive 7-1 in 2007-08 versus teams that went to postseason national tournaments in 2007.
► An Outstanding Two Years: The Broncos have gone a combined 48-17 (.739) in the last two years. That is the top two year mark in program history. It is also the best mark in the WAC over that same time span.
► Presnell Winningest Coach in Program History: Coach Presnell has gone 63-32 (.663) in three years at Boise State. That makes him the winningest coach by win percentage in program history. His all-time collegiate coaching record now stands at 460-159 (.744) in 21 years.
► Record Tied For Consecutive Wins: Boise State completed a stretch of 15 consecutive victories during the season. That tied the school mark for longest win streak in program history. The record was originally set by the 1976-77 team.
► Record for Conference Wins Tied: The 14 conference wins by this year’s Boise State squad tied the school record for most league wins in a season. The record was set by the 1991-92 team that went 14-2 in Big Sky Conference play. The combined 26 wins in conference over the last two seasons is the most in program history.
► New Record for Conference Win Streak: Boise State opened the league season dropping its first two conference games on the road. The Broncos then proceeded to run off a school record 14 consecutive wins setting a new school record for conference win streak. This streak is still in tact / active heading into next year’s league schedule.
► Back-to-Back 20s: The Broncos went 24-8 overall this season and 24-9 in 2006-07. It is the first time in program history that Boise State has recorded back-to-back 20 win seasons. Boise State has had only five 20-win seasons overall, two of those have come in the last two years.
► .500 or Better: Boise State just completed its third consecutive non-losing season finishing .500 or better. The Broncos went 15-15 during coach Presnell’s first season of 2005-06. They had not had a winning season in the previous seven years, however, they did go .500 once during that stretch.
► Undefeated at Home: The blue and orange went undefeated 14-0 in Taco Bell Arena this year. It was the first perfect season for the Broncos in the building since the facility opened with the 1982-83 campaign.
► Sixth Longest Home Win Streak in Nation: Boise State’s 14-0 mark at home during the 2007-08 campaign extended its overall home win streak to 17 games. The Broncos finished 2006-07’s home schedule with three consecutive wins. The 17-0 streak will enter next year as the sixth longest active streak nationally in NCAA Division I. It is tied with former Big Sky Conference rival the University of Montana. Ironically, Boise State plays at Montana next fall.
► Hard to Beat at Home: The Broncos are hard to beat at home. In the three years since coach Presnell took over the program Boise State has gone an impressive 35-6 (.854). All-time the Broncos are 214-108 (.665) in Taco Bell Arena.
► Postseason Honors: Boise State had two players receive postseason honors from the WAC. Junior Tasha Harris was named to the All-WAC First Team, while classmate Jessica Thompson was named to the second team. For the second consecutive year Harris was named to the WAC’s All-Tournament Team.
► A Program First, Three Hit 1,000: For the first time in program history three Broncos reached the 1,000 career point milestone in the same season. Junior Jessica Thompson was the first this season and 13th player all-time to reach 1,000 points on Jan. 10 at New Mexico State. She now has 1,209 points to rank seventh all-time. Junior Tasha Harris hit the mark on Jan. 28 against Fresno State to become the 14th player to join the 1,000 point club. Harris now has 1,214 career points to rank sixth in the record book. They are the first duo to reach the mark as juniors. The third Bronco this year to hit 1,000 points was senior Jackie Lee. She became the 15th member of the club on March 20 when Boise State defeated Idaho State in the first round of the WNIT. She finished her career with 1,005 points to rank 15th all-time in scoring.
► The Year’s Top Individual Performance 20/20: This year’s top individual performance in a game went to sophomore center Ja'Lara Walker. On Feb. 28 against San Jose State in Boise the Merced, California native had a monster night recording 23 rebounds and 21 points. It was only the third 20/20 performance in program history and the first in 26 years, since Karla Meier recorded 20 points and 21 rebounds on Feb. 11, 1982.
► 36-Year Old Record Falls: Ja'Lara Walker’s 23 rebounds against San Jose State set a new program record for rebounds in a game breaking the previous mark of 21 set in 1972, it was tied twice in 1973 and 1982. The 20 board milestone has only been reached six times in school history.
► Lee Joins the 1,000/500 Club: Jackie Lee became only the eighth Bronco all-time to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. The first since Crista Peterson accomplished it in 2002.
► Lee Joins 500 Rebound Club: Senior Jackie Lee was the 14th player all-time to reach the 500 rebound milestone. She finished her career ranked 10th in the record book with 592 boards.
► Harris Joins 500 Point Club: Junior Tasha Harris became the third Bronco all-time to record 500 or more points in a season. She scored 529 points during the 2007-08 campaign to rank third all-time. Harris was just short of Michelle Schultz’s total of 537 points in 1994-95 and Lidiya Varbanova’s school record 551 in 1991-92.
► School Record for Points: For the second year in a row Boise State set a new team scoring record for the program. This season’s squad scored 2,330 points in 32 games breaking last year’s mark of 2,275 in 33 games. This year’s scoring average of 72.8 points per game ranked fourth all-time.
► School Record for 3-Pointers: The Broncos set a new program record for 3-pointers made in a season with 216. That beat the previous best of 178 set in 2004-05.
► School Record for Rebounds: The 2007-08 Boise State team broke the school record for rebounds in a season for the third year in a row. Since coach Presnell and his staff arrived the program has shown major improvements on the glass and have ranked in the top four in the WAC each year. This season they recorded a new program high of 1,335 surpassing last year’s record mark of 1,330.
► School Record for Blocks Tied: Boise State recorded 127 blocked shots this season which tied the school record set in 1994-95. This year’s average of 4.0 per game was second all-time.
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