Oct. 19, 2010
RUSTON - Fresno State won the Western Athletic Conference women's basketball regular season title last year. Louisiana Tech claimed the league's tournament title. Both programs competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
On Tuesday the WAC released its preseason polls and according to the conference coaches and media, those same two programs will be battling once again for top honors in the league.
In the coaches poll, Fresno State received seven first place votes and 63 total points to edge Louisiana Tech which garnered the remaining two first place votes and 57 points. Nevada (50), Idaho (41), Boise State (30), New Mexico State (24), Hawaii (23), Utah State (19) and San Jose State (10) rounded out the nine-team standings.
Two-time first team all-WAC honoree Adrienne Johnson was voted to the preseason first team while senior guard Whitney Jones earned second team honors.
Johnson averaged 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last year while helping the Lady Techsters win 23 games, claim the WAC Tournament title and advance to the program's 26th NCAA Tournament. Johnson has an opportunity to become the first Tech player since Tamicha Jackson to earn first team all-conference honors three straight years and could be the first to ever earn conference all-defensive honors three times.
Jones averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for the Lady Techsters while scoring in double figures 19 times. She saved one of her biggest performances for the WAC championship game when she hit four three-pointers while scoring 13 points and recording five assists in the win over Fresno State.
In the media poll, Fresno State received 14 first place votes and totaled 158 points while LA Tech earned four first place votes and 146 points. Nevada (117), Boise State (92), Idaho (91), New Mexico State (87), Utah State (54), Hawaii (46) and San Jose State (19) were tabbed third through ninth.
Once again Johnson earned first team all-conference honors from the media.
Fresno State's Jaleesa Ross was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in both polls.