Boise State Women Are WAC Champions!

Boise State achieved another first tonight, as the women's basketball team defeated Hawai'i 66-56 tonight to finish the season as WAC Champions and the #1 seed in next week's conference tournament.

The Boise State women's basketball team did something that was a little tougher than they thought a few weeks ago.  Battling through a three-game stretch minus their two top scorers and watching a seemingly commanding two-game conference lead evaporate, the Lady Broncos rebounded for a 66-56 win tonight in Taco Bell Arena over Hawai'i.


Needing two wins this week to clinch their first conference title since 1997-98 when the Broncos won the Big West, Coach Gordy Presnell's team first dispatched Fresno State Thursday night.  Then, on Senior Night 2007, when Boise State saluted senior leaders Nadia Begay, Michelle Hessing and Jackie Thompson, the Broncos downed the hottest team in the league, Hawai'i,. to clinch a tie with Louisiana Tech for the WAC crown.


Presnell's determined unit grabbed the lead three minutes into the game and never trailed after that.  Hessing led Boise State with 13 points and four rebounds, Tasha Harris continued her hot play with 12 points, stalwart Rebecca Kepilino added 11 points and five boards and Thompson chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.


Boise, State, which finished with a 12-4 WAC record and 21-8 on the season, will be the #1 seed in next week's conference tournament.  The Broncos will play the winner of the "play-in game" between San Jose State and Idaho.  By virtue of its regular season crown, Boise State is also guaranteed at least a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, no matter what happens next week.


Congratulations to the WAC Champion Boise State Broncos!


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