Wilson, Wiggins and Ross Earn WAC Awards
March 9, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team's first place finish in the WAC is bringing accolades to the players and coaches as Tierre Wilson was named WAC Player of the Year, Adrian Wiggins WAC Coach of the Year and Jaleesa Ross WAC Newcomer of the Year. Wilson also earned First Team All-WAC honors while Ross earned Second Team All-WAC accolades. Ross and Hayley Munro were also named to All-Freshman team.
Wilson is the second Bulldog to be named WAC Player of the Year as Mirenda Swearengin earned the honors back in 2005-06. Wilson finished the regular season fifth in the WAC in scoring at 15.7 points a game. She is also in the Top 10 in the WAC in field goal percentage, assists, steals, minutes played per game and assist to turnover ratio. Wilson also averaged 4.7 rebounds and shot 46 percent from the field.
"She did everything for us," Wiggins said. "She defended, was a super passer and an excellent scorer. I am glad she is getting recognized for her efforts."
Ross came in as a freshman and finished as the teams second leading scorer at 12 points a contest. She averaged 4.8 rebounds and led the WAC in 3-pointers made (79) and 3-point percentage (43.2). Ross is the first Bulldog since joining the WAC to earn the award. The only other Fresno State player to earn Newcomer of the Year was Kellie Murphy in 1984-85 when the Dogs were in the NorPac.
"Jaleesa has been a constant spark plug for us all year," Wiggins said. "She has gotten better defensively every day and every game. She has really played with a lot of energy. She has a really bright future at Fresno State."
Wiggins guided the Bulldogs to their first every conference championship in the programs 43 year history. The 14-2 WAC record is the second best conference mark in school history, second only to the 2005-06 team that finished with the same record. "This award is for the coaching staff," Wiggins said. "They recruited good players and helped me make good decisions.
Hayley Munro averaged 8.9 points and six rebounds a contest for the Bulldogs. She had a career high of 19 points and 10 rebounds at New Mexico State where she hit her game-winning half-court shot in overtime.
2007-08 All-Western Athletic Conference Team
First Team All-WAC
Second Team All-WAC
"Join the State-Fresno State!" - The Fresno State women's basketball team will head to Las Cruces, New Mexico March 11-15 to compete in the 2008 WAC Basketball tournament.