Trio of Techsters Earn WAC Postseason Awards


 

 

March 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - A trio of Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters earned all-conference accolades Monday as seniors Jasmine Bendolph and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson and freshman Whitney Frazier were honored by a vote of the Western Athletic Conference coaches.

Bendolph and Bramble-Donaldson were both named second team all-WAC while Frazier was named to both the league's all-Freshman team and the WAC all-Defensive team.

Fresno State's Ki-Ki Moore was named both the WAC Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year while Utah State's Ashlee Brown was named the Defensive Player of the Year. San Jose State first year head coach Tim Lakose was voted the league's Coach of the Year.

Bendolph, who also earned second team all-conference honors last season, averaged 8.6 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in WAC-only action. She ranked No. 1 in the WAC in assists in league-only games with 95, 30 more than the nearest competitor. She also ranked No. 3 in assist to turnover ratio.

The Mobile, Alabama native had her top two scoring games in the final regular season contests, scoring 20 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds in a 65-62 loss at Fresno State. She scored 14 points in Tech's 76-72 loss at Nevada Saturday. Bendolph also had a 12-point, 15-assist game in a win over the Wolf Pack on Feb. 2.

Bramble-Donaldson earned her first ever WAC postseason honor after averaging 12.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in league action while shooting 53 percent from the field. She ranked No. 11 in scoring, No. 3 in rebounding, No. 2 in field goal percentage and No. 6 in offensive rebounds in conference-only games.

The Bronx, New York native recorded 10 double digit scoring games in WAC contests, including a 25-point, 14-rebound effort in a road win at Idaho and a 20-point, 15-rebound performance in a road win at San Jose State.

 

 

Frazier earned all-freshman team and all-defensive team honors after a rookie campaign that saw her average 10.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 assists per game in WAC-only contests. The El Dorado, Arkansas native shot 42 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line. She ranked 17th in scoring, 11th in rebounding, 3rd in free throw percentage, 10th in steals and 5th in offensive rebounds.

Her top performances included a career-high 25 points effort in a road win at Utah State and a 21-point night in a home win against San Jose State. She also recorded her only double double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Nevada.

Louisiana Tech opens Western Athletic Conference Tournament play Wednesday at 2 p.m. against Hawaii at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

First Team All-WAC

Ki-Ki Moore, Fresno State

Devyn Christensen, Utah State

Ashlee Brown, Utah State

Brittany Johnson, San Jose State

Alyssa Charleston, Idaho

Second Team All-WAC

Jasmine Bendolph, LA Tech

Shantale Bramble-Donaldson, LA Tech

Kamilah Jackson, Hawaii

Rosie Moult, Fresno State

Taylor Thompson, Fresno State

All-Defensive Team

Breanna Arbuckle, Hawaii

Ashlee Brown, Utah State

Whitney Frazier, LA Tech

Rosie Moult, Fresno State

Taylor Thompson, Fresno State

All-Freshman Team

Alissa Campanero, Hawaii

Ta'Rea Cunnigan, SJSU

Whitney Frazier, LA Tech

Krissy Karr, Idaho

Madison Parish, Fresno State

Player of the Year: Ki-Ki Moore, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year: Ashlee Brown, Utah State

Newcomer of the Year: Ki-Ki Moore, Fresno State

Coach of the Year: Tim LaKose, San Jose State