USU Women’s Basketball Team Picked Seventh in Preseason Media Poll, Eighth in Coaches’ Poll

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s basketball was selected seventh in the Western Athletic Conference media poll and eighth in the WAC coaches’ poll as it was announced Tuesday by the league. Last season, the Aggies were picked seventh in both the coaches’ and the media poll. The Aggies received 19 points in the WAC coaches’ poll. Fresno State received 63 points and seven first-place votes to beat out Louisiana Tech for first place with 57 points and two first-place votes. Nevada was voted third with 50 points followed by Idaho with 41 points. Rounding out the top five was Boise State with 30 points. New Mexico State was sixth in the poll with 24 points just beating out Hawai’i at 23 points. Utah State tabbed 19 points and San Jose State was ninth with 10 points. “We will work, prepare and commit ourselves to our goals and success as if we were picked to come in first,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “And, honestly, I would expect nothing less from our team. Our own commitment level and work ethic will dictate our success, not the expectations of others.” In the media poll, Utah State was voted seventh with 54 points. Fresno State, last year’s regular-season champion (16-0) was voted to repeat with 156 points and 14 first-place votes. Louisiana Tech was picked to finish second with 146 points and four first-place votes, followed by Nevada with 117 points. Boise State was picked to finish fourth with 92 points, beat Idaho (91) by one point, and closely followed by New Mexico State with 87 points in sixth. Utah State was picked to finish in seventh place with 54 points, followed by Hawai’i in eighth with 46 points and San Jose State in ninth with 19 points. Utah State senior guard/forward Amber White was named to the WAC preseason all-conference second-team, voted on by the media. White’s preseason honor is the fourth conference preseason individual honor for Utah State since joining the WAC prior to the 2005-06 season. Lydia Whitehead earned the same honor last season, while Danyelle Snelgro earned second-team honors in 2008-09. Taylor Richards was named to the preseason second team in 2007. “It is great for Amber to be named to the second-team,” Pebley said. “The performance she had last year helped her with that. In the end its the same as how the teams are ranked. It is just a piece of paper, she has to go out and prove herself though out the year. Amber has done everything to put herself in a position to be individually successful. With the way our team plays she, its her teammates who will help her look good. Last season White led the Aggies with 11.6 points per game, while averaging 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game on the season. White was named to the 2009-10 all-WAC second-team for her efforts. The coaches’ preseason all-WAC first-team includes Adrienne Johnson of Louisiana Tech, Jalessa Ross and Hayley Munro of Fresno State, along with Shavon Moore and Tahnee Robinson of Nevada. Fresno State’s Jaleesa Ross, the reigning WAC Defensive Player of the Year was voted as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year. “Fresno State will for sure be the team with the huge target on their back once conference play starts. With the success they had last season going undefeated, there is no question that they should be the favorite,” Pebley said. The media also selected a preseason all-conference team-first which included Johnson, Ross, Munro and Robinson and the addition of Rachele Kloke of Idaho, in place of Nevada’s Moore. The media poll also selected Ross as the Preseason Player of the Year. Utah State returns two starters from last year’s team that went 13-17 overall and 8-7 in WAC action. Senior guard Alice Coddington joins White as USU’s returning starters from last season. Senior LaCale Pringle-Buchanan will also return for the Aggies after a stand-out first year in blue and white as a transfer from College of Southern Idaho. Senior forward Stacy Howard will also return for her final season. “The parity in our league this season will again be tremendous,” Pebley said. “There are a lot of experienced and proven players returning in the WAC. In fact, many teams have the majority of their top six players back. If all the conference teams compete strongly in our non-conference schedules, the WAC has a chance of being a legit two or three team NCAA tournament league.” USU began practice, on Sunday, Oct. 3. The Aggies’ first exhibition is Monday, Nov. 5 against the University of Mary at 5 p.m. Season tickets are available through USU’s website at www.UtahStateAggies.com or by calling the ticket office toll free at 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. 2010-11 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll Rank Teams (1st Place Votes) Points 1. Fresno State (7) 63 2. Louisiana Tech (2) 57 3. Nevada 50 4. Idaho 41 5. Boise State 30 6. New Mexico State 24 7. Hawai’i 23 8. Utah State 19 9. San Jose State 10 Preseason All-WAC Teams Coaches’ First Team Adrienne Johnson, Louisiana Tech Shavon Moore, Nevada Hayley Munro, Fresno State Tahnee Robinson, Nevada Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State Preseason Player of the Year: Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State Coaches’ Second Team Whitney Jones, Louisiana Tech Rachele Kloke, Idaho Jasmine Lowe, New Mexico State Yinka Olorunnife, Idaho Madison Spence, New Mexico State 2009-10 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media Poll Rank Teams (1st Place Votes) Points 1. Fresno State (14) 158 2. Louisiana Tech (4) 146 3. Nevada 117 4. Boise State 92 5. Idaho 91 6. New Mexico State 87 7. Utah State 54 8. Hawai’i 46 9. San Jose State 19 Media’s First Team Adrienne Johnson, Louisiana Tech Rachele Kloke, Idaho Hayley Munro, Fresno State Tahnee Robinson, Nevada Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State Preseason Player of the Year: Jaleesa Ross, Fresno State Media’s Second Team Janie Bos, Boise State Shavon Moore, Nevada Yinka Olorunnife, Idaho Madison Spence, New Mexico State Amber White, Utah State -USU-

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