Bulldogs Picked First by Coaches
Oct. 20, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team will have a target on its backs this season as they were picked to finish first by the coaches in the WAC. The media picked the Bulldogs second behind Louisiana Tech.
Jaleesa Ross was named to the preseason first-teams by the coaches and media while Hayley Munro earned second-team honors by the coaches and media. It is the second straight year the two players have received the recognition.
"We excited about the upcoming season," Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins said. "We have a talented group of players who are working hard to accomplish the goals we have. Our tough nonconference games will prepare us for conference. The teams in the league are improved this year and it should be an exciting race."
The voting for first place in the coaches' poll was very close as the Bulldogs had five first place votes, Louisiana Tech three and Boise State one. The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters shared the WAC regular season championship last year.
Following Boise State in third place in the coaches poll, Idaho was picked to finish fourth, New Mexico State fifth, Nevada sixth, Utah State seventh and San Jose State and Hawai'i tied for eighth.
Louisiana Tech senior Shanavia Dowdell was selected the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league's nine head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players. Dowdell was also named the preseason WAC Player of the Year by the media.
Joining Dowdell on the first team are Tasha Harris of Boise State, Louisiana Tech's Adrienne Johnson, Ross and New Mexico State's Madison Spence.
Second-team selections include Munro, Yinka Olorunnife and Derisa Taleni (Idaho), Jessica Van Hoogen (Boise State) and Lydia Whitehead (Utah State).
The media picked the Lady Techsters first with 14 first place votes while the Bulldogs were picked second with six first place votes. Boise State was picked third and did get one first place votes. Idaho was picked fourth, Nevada fifth, New Mexico State sixth, Utah State seventh, Hawai'i eighth and San Jose State ninth.
First-team All-WAC honors for the media included, Dowdell, Johnson, Olorunnife, Ross and Spence. Second-team honors were Crystal Boyd (New Mexico State), Harris, Munro, Taleni and Jessica Van Hoogen from Boise State.
2009-10 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
Preseason Coaches All-WAC Teams
Preseason Player of the Year: Shanavia Dowdell, Louisiana Tech
2009-10 Preseason Women's Basketball Media Poll
Preseason All-WAC Teams
Player of the Year: Shanavia Dowdell, Louisiana Tech
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