Boise State's Michelle Hessing Named WAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week...

DENVER, Colorado - (December 11, 2006) - Boise State’s Michelle Hessing has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 11. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor for the senior in her career, and the first for the Broncos this season.

Hessing, a center from Boise, Idaho, (Capital) started all three games last week leading the Broncos to a 3-0 record. She shot 72.7 percent (16-of-22) from the floor on the week and 62 percent or better in all three games. Hessing recorded a team-high 15 points against Denver and matched that total Sunday at San Francisco. The senior from Boise also recorded team highs for rebounds against Denver and San Francisco with seven and six respectively.

Hessing played a key role in Boise State’s victory at USF on Sunday. The senior sparked a Boise State 13-6 run by scoring 11 of the points herself in the first five minutes of the second half. Hessing’s explosive run gave the Broncos a 12-point lead at 48-36 and proved fatal for USF as they would never recover after that. The Dons would cut the Bronco double-digit lead to nine points twice but could get no closer in the final 15 minutes. Hessing ended with 15 points in the game, 13 coming in the second half as she helped complete the Broncos’ three-game sweep of the week’s competition.

Other nominees included: Tierre Wilson of Fresno State scored 44 points in two games last week, including scoring 26 in a loss to Santa Clara . Pam Tambini of Hawai’i averaged 15.7 points during the Rainbow Wahine’s first road trip of the season . Ty Moore of Louisiana Tech averaged 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in the Lady Techsters two losses shooting 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field ... Sherrell Neal of New Mexico State scored 36 points in two games as the Aggies went 1-1 last week . Traci Graham of Nevada became the Wolf Pack’s all-time steal leader with five steals against Sacramento State . Danyelle Snelgro of Utah State scored 29 points as  the  Aggies went 0-2 last week.

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