NCAA Grants Boise State's Tasha Harris Sixth Year?

BOISE, Idaho (5/13/09) Gordy Presnell, Boise State’s head women’s basketball coach, announced today that the NCAA has granted Tasha Harris a sixth year of eligibility to compete during 2009-10 for the Broncos.  The extension was given because of medical hardship which kept her out of two seasons of competition, 2005-06 and 2008-09. This means that the senior duo of Harris and Jessica Thompson, who also redshirted because of injury last year, will return for one more campaign together.  The pair had been one of the most dominating backcourts in the conference during the two previous seasons.

“We are very excited to have Tasha back with us next season. Obviously being preseason player of the year last year she will be a huge contribution to next year’s team,” said Presnell.  “I am thrilled at how hard our returning Broncos have worked this spring and look forward to adding the talented players that we have signed. I feel good about this upcoming season.”

 “I’m excited about having another chance to compete at Boise State it (career) would have felt incomplete otherwise,” said Harris.  “I’m happy that they gave me the opportunity to continue and I’m really excited about playing with next year’s team...If the NCAA wouldn’t have granted the extra year I would have felt a little empty inside and would have been disappointed...But again I’m really thankful and I’m looking forward to our future success.”

Harris has started at the point guard position all three years that she has competed. She sat out the 2005-06 season due to a lingering injury to her right leg. This past year would have been her senior campaign but went down with a season-ending injury one minute into the second half against the Washington State Cougars during the third game on Nov. 20, 2008.

Prior to her injury, Harris was this year’s Western Athletic Conference’s media selection for preseason player of the year. Since arriving at Boise State her honors include the 2005 WAC Freshman of the Year, 2008 All-WAC First Team, 2008 WAC All-Defensive team, two-time WAC All-Tournament team and WAC preseason team selection.

Harris was the WAC’s 2008 scoring champion as a junior with 529 points to average a league-best 16.5 points per game. She has started in all 97 games played to date. Harris’ name is written throughout the Bronco record book, including career marks of sixth in points with 1,267, seventh in scoring average at 13.1 points per game, assists at 265 and 3-pointers made with 118, and second in free throws made with 347.

“Tasha has proved to be successful on the court as well as in the classroom,” commented Presnell. “She is competitive at everything she does and we are excited to have her back for another year.”

It took the native of Longmont, Colo., only three and a half years to earn her bachelor’s degree, graduating in December of 2007. She is currently on target to complete her masters next fall, both degrees are in communication. Harris is a three-time WAC All-Academic team honoree and a 2008 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member.

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