Boise State's women's basketball team, fresh off their first visit to the NCAA Tournament in over a decade, was tabbed the team to beat in the WAC, in large part, because of the stellar play of Junior Guard Jessica Thompson.
That stellar play did not go unnoticed by the rest of the WAC as Thompson was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.
This is the Bronco's first such honor, and comes on the heels of a number of firsts. Last year was the Broncos' first Conference Championship in the WAC, and was their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1994. It was also the first time the Bronco's have had a Conference Tourney MVP, (also Thompson), and it was the first time the Broncos have had two players on the All-Tourney 1st team. (Thompson and fellow Junior guard Tasha Harris.)
The Broncos also boast pre-season All-WAC second teamer Harris, and for the first time in WAC history, are picked to finish higher than the 5th seed. They were chosen the Preseason favorite by both the Coaches and Media.
2nd Team Honoree
2007-08 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st Place Votes) Points1. Boise State (7) 63 2. Nevada (1) 52 3. Louisiana Tech (1) 50 4. Fresno State 39 5. New Mexico State 35 6. Hawai'i 31 7. Utah State 28 8. San Jose State 15 9. Idaho 11
Preseason All-WAC Teams First Team Dellena Criner, Jr., G, Nevada Sherell Neal, Sr., F, New Mexico St. Tanya Smith, Sr., F, Hawai'i Jessica Thompson, Jr., G, Boise St. Tierre Wilson, Sr., G, Fresno State Second Team Shanavia Dowdell, So., F, La. Tech Brandi Fitzgerald, Sr., G, Nevada Tasha Harris, Sr., G, Boise State Katie Madison, So., P, Idaho Taylor Richards, Sr., G, Utah State Player of the Year: Jessica Thompson, Jr., G, Boise State
The following is the complete 2007-08 WAC women's basketball MEDIA poll with first-place votes in parentheses (points awarded on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis): Rank Team Points 1. Boise State (9) 128 2. Louisiana Tech (2) 109 3. Nevada (1) 98 4. New Mexico State (2) 94 5. Fresno State (1) 85 6. Hawai'i 63 7. Utah State 46 8. Idaho 27 9. San Jose State 25 Preseason All-WAC Team Dellena Criner, Jr., G, Nevada Sherell Neal, Sr., F, New Mexico State Katie Madison, So., P, Idaho Jessica Thompson, Jr., G, Boise State Tierre Wilson, Sr., G, Fresno State Preseason Player of the Year: Jessica Thompson, Jr., G, Boise State