Who is the Bronco Female Athlete of the Year?

The Bronco women stepped up this year, earning three conference championships. Six outstanding female student-athletes have been chosen as nominees for the 2009-10 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year.

BroncoCountry has already honored football coach Chris Petersen as Bronco Coach of the Year and the 2009 Boise State football team as Bronco Team of the Year.

Six outstanding representatives from Boise State's up-and-coming women's teams have been chosen as nominees in our next category: 2009-10 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year.

Look over the amazing resumes of these fine young women and then vote on the Blue Turf Board!

Amber Boucher--

WAC Swimmer of the Year for Boise State 's WAC Championship team with five gold medals Photobucket


Boucher won eight individual titles during the season as the Lady Broncos dominated their competition consistently.  She won Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week honors twice in January.   

Amy set school records in the 50-meter freestyle, the 200 free and the 100-meter butterfly and swam on record-breaking relay teams in the 200, 400 and 800 as well as the 400-meter medley relay.  

Boucher then led her team to the WAC Championship in the third year of the program with five gold medals.  She won WAC titles in the 50 free and 100-meter butterfly and helped the 800-meter freestyle, 400-meter free and 400-meter medley relay teams to WAC championships.  

For her incredible performance at the WAC Championships, Boucher was named WAC Swimmer of the Year.



Kathy Cox--

All WAC third baseman as well as a member of the All-Region softball team



Cox, hit a torrid .353 with 17 home runs, 43 RBI's and 45 runs scored.  She was second in the Western Athletic Conference in batting, third in runs scored in conference play (21), seventh with seven homers in conference and ninth with 18 RBI's in WAC games.   

Cox and the Lady Broncos elevated their game to a third-place regular season finish in the WAC and matched that with a third-place finish in the WAC Tournament.  She blasted four homers in the Tournament, coming up big for the team in clutch situations.  Two of her dingers tied up games in the sixth inning or later.  She hit .444 in the tournament with eight RBI's and six runs.  In the last at-bat of her career, Cox sent a shot off the scoreboard in right center that closed the gap to 6-5 against perennial NCAA team Fresno State .  

Kathy was named to the All-WAC team and was also honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on the second team of its All-Region team.



Tasha Harris

All-WAC guard on Boise State 's basketball team Photobucket


Harris closed out her remarkable Boise State career by leading the team with 15.5 points per game, fourth in the WAC.  She also averaged 5.8 rebounds (12th in the WAC) as a guard, led the team in assists with 3.4 per game and averaged 1.8 steals per game.  Harris was #1 in the conference in free-throw percentage, was 10thin field goal percentage and 15th in three-point percentage.  

Tasha scored in double figures in 26 of 31 games for a total of 484. She was honored for the second time as an All-WAC First Team member.     

Harris and Boise State were 19-12 overall and 8-8 in the WAC.  The Broncos tied for fourth place in the regular season and were eliminated by Nevada in the WAC tournament quarterfinals.

Harris had 1,733 points in her fabulous Bronco career, second only to Lidiya Varbanova's 1,834 from 1990-1994.  She averaged 13.6 points a game over her career.  She hit 556 of1,341 shots from the field (41.4%), was 152-443 in three-point tries (34.2%) and 469-634 (73.8%) from the line, and hads 584 rebounds, 365 assists and 196 steals (eighth all-time).   

Harris finished second only to Tricia Bader (451 from 1991-1996) in career assists.  She was fifth in field goals with 556 and is in seventh place in all-time three-point percentage.


Eleni Kafourou

--All-WAC once again with two more WAC titles Photobucket


Kafourou was a double winner for the Broncos in both the Robison Invite and the Border Clash.  She won the long jump (20-feet, 11.50 inches) and the triple jump (42-9.50) at the Robison and then came back to take both events at the first Idaho Border Clash, leaping 20-5.75 in the long jump and 43-2.5 in the triple.  Kafourou won two awards this year as WAC Field Athlete of the Week. 

She bested Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes to win the WAC Championship in the long jump by clearing 20-5 and took first in the triple jump with a season-best of 43-7.25.  Although she rarely competed in the high jump during her career, she entered that event as well during the WAC Outdoor Championships and finished seventh (5-3.75) to pick up two more points for Boise State .    As if that wasn't enough, Kafourou ran the first leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team that finished third.

Kafourou qualified for the NCAA Western Track & Field Championships in Austin , Texas in both horizontal jumps.  She finished 14th in the triple jump (42-1.50), missing automatic qualification to the National Championships by two places, and finished 21st in the long jump (19-8).


Hannah Redmon

--All-WAC gymnast and Boise State 's only representative at the NCAA National Championships and the first-ever event specialist.


Redmon had a great junior season, leading Boise State to a second-place finish in the WAC Championships and #19 final national ranking.  She earned seven vault titles, a school-record eight floor championships, five wins on the uneven bars and one all-around total.  Redmon's 21 individual event wins in Boise State 's 11 meets set an all-time record for individual titles in a season. 

Hannah won her second WAC Championship on floor (9.90), was second in the WAC on vault (9.850) and was third on bars (9.850).

She set a career-best on vault of 9.975 at the NCAA Regional, setting a school record for the best score on vault at a Regional.  She also tied the school mark for best regional floor score with a 9.90.  Redmon became the fifth Bronco to advance to the NCAA Championships

Redmon posted a 9.825 on the floor at the NCAA National Championships, tying for 21st.  She tied Johnna Evans (1998) for the best floor score at nationals.  Redmon then earned a 9.80 on vault to tie for 27th in the nation.  Her score on vault tied her for third in the record books with Lindsay Ward (2004).

Redmon finished the season with a 9.975 high score on vault, a 9.90 on bars, a 9.675 on beam, a 9.925 on floor and a 39.225 in the all-around.

She is #2 in season wins on vault with eight and #3 in career wins with 16.  Hannah ranks fifth for season wins on bars (5) and #8 with six career wins and is #2 in career floor wins with 16



Pichittra Thongdach

--#1 singles player on Boise State 's WAC Championship tennis team and a Top 32 singles player in the NCAA National Championships Photobucket


Thongdach was 28-13 this season at No. 1 singles and was 29-9 with partner Lauren Megale at No. 1 doubles for Boise State .  She finished ranked #51 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings and was #45 nationally in doubles in leading the Lady Broncos to a #44 ranking in the nation.  

Thongdach led Boise State to a 24-5 record this season, including an incredible 21 in a row.  Nevertheless, Thongdach and the Broncos had to go into hostile territory and defeat eight-time defending WAC Champion Fresno State on their home courts.  They did by a count of 4-3.  Boise State had lost the doubles point and was down 3-1 with all three remaining Bronco players, including Thongdach, needing to win to take the WAC title away from the Lady Bulldogs. 

Thongdach, who was recently named the top women's player in the WAC, provided the leadership. She recovered from a 2-6 loss in the second set to score a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win and set the stage for Boise State 's dramatic victory.

Boise State sent the second Top 25 team in as many years packing in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament when they rocked #21 Iowa 4-1.  The Broncos then ran into #5 Notre Dame, which eliminated Boise State 4-0.  

Thongdach shocked the collegiate tennis world with a victory over Washington 's Denise Dy (the nation's #10-ranked women's singles player) in the opening round of the NCAA National Championships.  Thongdach fought back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to score a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Dy before losing in the second round of the NCAA's.  

Megale and Thongdach were invited to the NCAA Championships in doubles but were eliminated in the first round by #17 Alexa Gaurachi and Courtney McLane of Alabama 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.  

Thongdach also won the 2010 ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. The award is given to a women's player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.



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