Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WAC Top Ten (Nov. 17-23)

Check out the latest and greatest in WAC action with our weekly Top Ten picks. We scoured and found the top ten items to highlight for the week....

10. San Jose States Freshman swimmer, Heather Denman was awarded Player of the Week honors for her contributions to the Spartans second place finish at the annual Nike Cup. She earned UC Irvine/Nike Cup Most Outstanding Female Swimmer honors with three individual wins and five total school records over the three-day event.

9. Paul George highlighted Fresno State’s game at Saint Mary’s (11/17) with a memorable dunk that landed as the No. 1 play on Sportscenter’s Top 10 “Plays of the Day” for Nov. 18, 2008 and opened the preview highlights for the broadcast. The dunk, where the freshman slashed straight to the basket and delivered an emphatic one-handed slam on two Gael defenders, beat a pair of Lebron James’ and other professional highlights for the top spot.

8. Boise State’s Mark Sanchez led the Broncos in scoring last week, posting 14 points at Siena and 25 more against Idaho State. Sanchez recorded his first career double-double in a double overtime win against Idaho State, registering a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with his 25 points. On the week, Sanchez averaged 19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Sanchez currently leads the WAC in scoring, averaging 20 points per game

7. Other interesting news in men’s basketball….Utah State has won 54 straight regular season non-conference home games, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Duke who has won 58 straight. When including postseason play, USU has won 30 straight home games against non-conference opponents and 54 of its last 56 overall. The last time Utah State lost a non-conference home game during the regular season was on Jan. 8, 2000 against BYU, 82-73

6. In women’s basketball news, Fresno State’s Bailey Amundsen helped lead Fresno State to a 2-0 record last week after averaging 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in a 71-54 home win over UC Santa Barbara and a 74-68 road win over Sacramento State. She shot 12-of-26 from the floor (46 percent) and 8-of-18 from beyond the arc (44 percent) on the week. In the win over UCSB, Amundsen had a career-high 26 points and helped the Bulldogs set a school and WAC record for most three-pointers in a game (16) by going 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.

5. Outside hitter for the Rainbow Wahine, Jamie Houston had a match-high 22 kills on .341 hitting to go along with 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. In the semifinal against Idaho, she posted team highs of 11 kills and five blocks. In the quarterfinal win against Boise State, Houston tied for the match high with 12 kills. She also added nine digs.

4. Louisiana Tech running back Keith Brown made two solo tackles on kick returns and blocked a punt that was recovered and returned for a touchdown by a teammate in Louisiana Tech's 35-31 win at New Mexico State. Brown blocked the punt in the second quarter to help give the Bulldogs a 28-10 lead.

3. After a historic post season run that resulted in the program's first National Championship and third consecutive WAC title, the Fresno State baseball team is honored again. Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins has nominated the Bulldog baseball team for SI's 2008 Sportsman of the Year. This is one of the most coveted honors in sports and is bestowed upon the athlete who best symbolizes in character and performance the ideals of sportsmanship. Click here to read Jenkins essay.

2. Hawai’i defeated top-seeded New Mexico State in four sets to claim its ninth straight WAC Volleyball Tournament title.

1. Boise State wins outright WAC title with 41-34 at Nevada. The Broncos are now undefeated at 11-0!

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