Say Goodbye To Tasha, Jessica and Rebecca

It will definitely be a bittersweet occasion this afternoon at Taco Bell Arena. On the one hand, Bronco fans will honor the great careers of Tasha Harris, Rebecca Kepilino and Jessica Van Hoogen. The down side is that this will be their final home game in Boise.

Rarely do basketball fans get to see talent like Tasha Harris, Rebecca Kepilino and Jessica Van Hoogen.  What is remarkable is that these three players played at the same time.  

Prior to the game with Louisiana Tech this afternoon at 2, these three great Bronco seniors will be saluted. 

 

Tasha Harris

 

Harris has been the star of the Bronco team this year and a consistent, dependable scorer.  She is 148-334 (44.3%) from the field this season, including 33-103 from three-point land (32.0%).  Harris has hit 118 of 152 free throws (77.6%).  She has 167 rebounds from her guard position; her 5.8 rebound average is one of the best you will find for a guard.  Harris also has 96 assists and 53 steals  Harris is far and away the team leader in scoring at 15.4 points per game.  

Tasha started three games at point guard last season before suffering a season-ending injury in the Washington State game.  She was thus granted a medical hardship by the NCAA.  Prior to the injury, she was averaging 22 points a game and had 53 points, 13 rebounds and five steals.   

In 2007-08, Harris started all 32 games at point guard and earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors and was named to the All-WAC Defensive team as well as the All-WAC Tournament team.  She averaged 16.5 points (ninth all-time at Boise State), 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals.  She poured iln 529 points, third most in school history.  She scored 10 or more 31 times, including her high game of 30 points (ninth all-time) and seven games in which she scored 20 or more. She also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Washington State and had career highs in assists with 10 (against Idaho State) and steals with six (vs. Idaho).  

Harris was 170-385 (44.2%) including 49-of-134 from three-point territory (36.6%).  She was 140-of-382 from the free-throw line for 76.9%.  She pulled down 146 rebounds, had 113 assists and 62 steals.

Harris started all 33 games as a sophomore, making the All-WAC Tournament team.  She averaged 10.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals.  Tasha scored 350 points, had 133 rebounds, 86 assists and 39 steals.  Harris was 108-295 from the field, hitting 25-of-96 three-point attempts.  She was 98-148 (66.2%) from the charity stripe and had 124 rebounds, 84 assists and 38 steals.   

She redshirted in 2005-06 while recovering from an injury.  She was named to the WAC All-Freshman team, averaging 11.6 points while getting 120 rebounds, 56 assists and 36 steals.  Harris was 103-267 (38.6%) as a freshman, hitting 36-of-94 three-point tries (38.3%).  She connected on 93-of-128 free throws (72.7%) and had 120 rebounds 56 assists and 36 steals.

Harris has 1,714 points in her fabulous Bronco career, second only to Lidiya Varbanova's 1,834 from 1990-1994.  Tasha is averaging 13.6 points a game over her career.  She is 549-1,327 from the field (41.4%), 151-441 in three-point tries (34.2%), 465-630 (73.8%) from the line, and has 579 rebounds, 361 assists and 195 steals (eighth all-time).   

Harris is second only to Tricia Bader (451 from 1991-1996) in career assists.  She is fifth in field goals with 549 and currently in seventh place in all-time three-point percentage.

 

 

Rebecca Kepilino

 

Kepilino is averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds a game this season.  She is 95-202 from the field, one of the most accurate shooters on the team at 47.0%.  She leads the team in free-throw shooting, nailing 37-of-47 for 78.7%.  She has 134 rebounds, 29 assists, 13 blocks and 26 steals.  

Rebecca was a reserve forward last season, as lingering effects of her injury kept her from being 100%.  Kepilino was 16-52 (30.8%) in limited duty as she wasn't the same player she was as a sophomore.  She was six-of-10 from the line, had 54 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and 10 steals.  

Kepilino played in just five games before a season-ending injury in 2007-08.  She was 14-38 (36.8%) from the field and had 33 rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and three steals.

Rebecca was 95-248 (38.3%) from the floor and 53-83 from the free-throw line.  She averaged 7.7 points a game (247 points). Kepilino led the team with 196 rebounds (6.1 per game) and had 34 assists 26 blocks and 37 steals.  She had 12 points and 12 rebounds against Idaho State and hit a career-high 22 points and had 12 rebounds vs. Utah State. 

In her freshman season, Kepilino was 74-of-199 from the floor (37.2%) and 35-of-55 from the line (67.3%).  She pulled down 159 rebounds(5.3 avergage) and had 30 assists, 11 bnlocks and 27 steals.   

In her great career, Kepilino has averaged 7.2 points and 4.9 rebounds.  She has hit 296-of-743 shots (39.8%) and has hit 135-of-203 free-throw attempts for 66.5%.  She has 583 rebounds, 105 assists, 53 blocks and 106 steals. 


Jessica Van Hoogen 

 

Van Hoogen is averaging 12.5 points a game this season.  She is 131-351 (37.3%) from the field this season with 51 of 154 three-pointers.  She has hit 50-of-89 free throws (59.2%).  She has 104 rebounds, 63 assists, 10 blocks and 66 steals on the year.   

She redshirted last season in recovering from an injury.  In 2007-08, she started every game at the shooting guard position and earned second-team All-WAC.  Van Hoogen averaged 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals.  Jessica hit 162-of-418 shots from the floor (38.8%), including 43-of-129 three-pointers (33.3%).  She was 63-of-90 for 70.0% from the free-throw line.  Jessica had 123 rebounds, 95 assists, 18 blocks and 86 steals.  She had nine assists against New Mexico State and six steals against Utah State , both career highs.
As a sophomore, Jessica connected on 147-of-346 attempts from the floor (42.5%), including 29-of 88 (33.0%) from beyond the arc.  She was 88-114 (77.2%) from the free-throw line and had 111 rebounds 55 assists, six blocks and 65 steals.  She scored 411 points (13.7 points a game).  

She earned All-Freshman honors in 2005-06, starting 24 games at point guard.  In her first game as a Bronco, Jessica fired in 20 points and had five rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.  She averaged 12.7 points and 4.2 rebounds that season.  She hit 134-of-386 field goal tries, including 29-of-92 from three-point territory.  She hit 71-of-98 free throw tries and had 121 rebounds, 73 assists, 20 blocks and 68 steals.  Jessica poured in 32 points against Washington State , the fourth-highest single-game point total in school history.  

Bronco fans have been blessed to see Van Hoogen.  In her incredible career she has scored 1,572 points, which is behind only Varbanova and teammate Harris at Boise State .  Van Hoogen sports a 13.1 average, seventh all-time at Boise State .  Jessica has hit 574-1,501 from the field (38.2%), has nailed152-of-463 three-pointers (32.8%) and gone 272-of-391 (69.6%) from the free-throw line.  Van Hoogen recently broke the all-time school record for field goal attempts, a mark previously held by Karla Meier (1,499 from 1977-1982).  Jessica has 457 rebounds, 286 assists (fifth all-time), 54 blocks and 285 steals. 

Van Van Hoogen is just four steals away from the all-time school record of 289 set by Cheron Moyle from 1980-1984.   She is tied with JoAnn Burrell (1974-1978) for third all-time with 574 field goals.   

Three incredible Bronco seniors will be honored today that are directly responsible for the turnaround in Lady Bronco basketball.  Please honor them with a loud standing ovation!


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