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WAC: Season 2012-2013

WAC Ranking
1. Seattle 15-3 (20-10)
2. Utah St. 14-4 (18-13)
3. Idaho 11-7 (17-15)
4. UTSA 10-8 (16-14)
5. Louisiana Tech 9-9 (14-17)
6. Denver 8-10 (14-17)
7. San Jose St. 8-10 (11-19)
8. N.Mexico St. 7-11 (15-16)
9. Texas St. 4-14 (10-20)
10. Texas Arlington 4-14 (7-23)

University of Idaho wins the USA WAC 2012-2013 title (Photo: WAC)

WAC Men 2012-2013
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University of Idaho 2012-13
Jon Newlee Jon Newlee Newlee
Stacey Barr
Krissy Karr
Alyssa Charlston
Connie Ballestero
Christina Salvatore
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
10  Barr Stacey 173 (5'8'') G 92 Australia
3  Karr Krissy 168 (5'6'') G 92 USA
33  Charlston Alyssa 185 (6'1'') G/F USA
35  Ballestero Connie 175 (5'9'') G 94 USA
1  Salvatore Christina 180 (5'11'') USA
21  Graham Jessica 183 (6'0'') F USA
24  Lainhart Natalie 180 (5'11'') G/F USA
20  Schivo Adriana 168 (5'6'') G USA
14  Austgulen Maren Hoff 183 (6'0'') F 91 Norway
32  Overgaard Ana 180 (5'11'') G USA
42  Walters Ashley 193 (6'4'') C USA
22  Weiss Janelle 165 (5'5'') G USA
13  Forde Ali 188 (6'2'') F USA
25  Quinnett Abi 185 (6'1'') F USA
Head Coach: Jon Newlee
Coach Assistant: Jordan Green
Coach Assistant: Christa Sanford
Coach Assistant: Kristi Zeller

Idaho Wins WAC Women's Basketball Tournament - Mar 17, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The third-seeded Idaho women's basketball team knocked off a higher seeded team for the second day in a row and clinched its first Western Athletic Conference championship and first NCAA tournament berth since 1985 with a 67-64 win over top-seeded Seattle U on Saturday afternoon.
"Survive and advance has certainly been our motto in this tournament and we did it all the way till the end, and it's a great feeling," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. "I'm so happy for my players and I'm so happy for my staff. I feel that I have the greatest staff in America and our players have just worked their tails off to get to this moment and it's fantastic, it's a great feeling."

Idaho sophomore Stacey Barr (5'8''-G-92), who had 16 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, was the tournament MVP, while junior Alyssa Charlston (6'1''-G/F), who had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, also earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

All three Idaho (17-15) victories during the tournament came by just one possession. The Redhawks (20-10) got two chances at potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final seven seconds, but neither attempt threatened to go in and the Vandal bench stormed the court to celebrate its first conference tournament championship since winning the Big Sky in 1985.

"It was a pretty difficult start to the season, but to our credit we picked it up towards the end of the season and started playing as a team and getting those wins," Barr said, referring to Idaho's 3-9 start to the season. "To go to the tournament is huge and to win this one is unbelievable. There are no words for it."

Idaho trailed by as many as five points in the second half but battled back to build an eight-point lead on two occasions in the final 90 seconds. Seattle U kept the pressure on, however, and forced Idaho into three turnovers in the final 1:06 before the Vandals eventually escaped with the victory.

"What has impressed me about this team all year is its resiliency," Newlee said. "When things start to go a little bad they are digging down. That's something they've learned over the course of the year. Basketball is going to be up and down and it's not going to be perfect. I always tell them that as long as you play as hard as you can all the time, good things are going to happen to you. I'm sure they're going to remember that."

Freshman Ali Forde (6'2''-F) finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, six blocks, two steals and two assists for the Vandals and fellow freshman Connie Ballestero (5'9''-G-94) had 10 points and three assists. Those two, along with freshman Christina Salvatore (5'11''), have started a combined 78 games this season for Idaho.

"I'm going to tell you, our freshmen, our younger players are very even-keeled on the basketball floor," Newlee said. "I've never seen a younger group that was like that. They don't panic. Very rarely have I seen panic on the faces of our young players."

Seattle U out-rebounded Idaho 52-38 and 25-6 on the offensive end, leading to a 25-8 advantage in second-chance points. The Redhawks also forced Idaho in 18 turnovers, eight more than they gave up, leading to a 19-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Vandals, however, held Seattle U to 33.8 percent shooting from the field and the Redhawks went just 11-of-24 from the free throw line. Idaho shot 44.2 percent from the field and out-scored Seattle in the paint 34-30.

"When things went a little south there, I told them if you want to win this game then you've got to push back and you've got to rebound," Newlee said. "Every single one of them sat there buying in and said that's what we're going to do. You can see a lot of the numbers aren't in our favor, but ultimately that final number is."

Idaho will learn its NCAA tournament fate during the NCAA women's basketball tournament selection show which begins at 4 p.m. (PT) on March 18. Tickets will be available through the University of Idaho ticket office beginning at 5 p.m. on March 18. Individual tickets will be fulfilled by the Vandal Points priority system. Phone orders will be taken from 5-8 p.m. on March 18, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week.

Courtesy of WAC

WAC Tournament Final: Idaho - Seattle U 67-64
WAC Tournament Semifinals:
Idaho - Utah State 84-82
Seattle U - LA Tech 80-61

All-WAC 1st Team 2012-2013
Kacie Sowell
Alyssa Charlston
Devyn Christensen
Ta'Rea Cunnigan
Diamond Ford

Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell (6'2''-F-92) of Seattle
All-Tournament MVP: Stacey Barr (5'8''-G-92) of Idaho
Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Shephard (5'10''-G) of Seattle
Newcomer of the Year: Stefanie Gilbreath (6'1''-G-89) of N.Mexico St.
Coach of the Year: Joan Bonvicini of Seattle

1st Team
G/F: Alyssa Charlston (6'1'') of Idaho
G: Devyn Christensen (5'6''-91) of Utah St.
G: Ta'Rea Cunnigan (5'9''-93) of San Jose St.
G: Diamond Ford (5'9'') of Texas St.
F: Kacie Sowell (6'2''-92) of Seattle

2nd Team
F: Whitney Frazier (6'1''-92) of Louisiana Tech
G: Stefanie Gilbreath (6'1''-89) of N.Mexico St.
G: Jennifer Schlott (5'6''-91) of Utah St.
G: Sylvia Shephard (5'10'') of Seattle
G: Emiko Smith (5'5''-91) of Denver

3rd Team
G: Stacey Barr (5'8''-92) of Idaho
F: Riana Byrd (6'1''-94) of San Jose St.
G: Jenna Johnson (5'10''-90) of Utah St.
G: Kamra King (5'6''-93) of UTSA
F: Brittany Lewis (6'2''-89) of Louisiana Tech

All-Defensive Team
Daidra Brown (5'7''-G) of Seattle
Riana Byrd (6'1''-F-94) of San Jose St.
Jenna Johnson (5'10''-G-90) of Utah St.
Maiya Michel (5'11''-F-92) of Denver
Sylvia Shephard (5'10''-G) of Seattle

All-Tournament Team
Devyn Christensen (5'6''-G-91) of Utah St.
Sylvia Shephard (5'10''-G) of Seattle
Kacie Sowell (6'2''-F-92) of Seattle
Alyssa Charlston (6'1''-G/F) of Idaho
Stacey Barr (5'8''-G-92) of Idaho

All-Freshman Team
Riana Byrd (6'1''-F-94) of San Jose St.
Kailey Edwards (5'9''-G) of Denver
Erin Peoples (6'0''-F) of Texas St.
Lulu Perry (5'6''-G-93) of Louisiana Tech
Christina Salvatore (5'11'') of Idaho

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