March 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM HST - Updated June 26 at 12:01 PM
DENVER (HawaiiNewsNow)—Three University of Hawaii women's basketball players--Kamilah Jackson, Breanna Arbuckle and Alissa Campanero--have been named to the Western Athletic Conference teams following a vote of the WAC's eight head coaches. Jackson was selected to the all-WAC second team; Arbuckle earned a spot on the all-defensive team; and Campanero was named to the all-freshman team.
Jackson, a sophomore forward, became the first UH player since Tanya Smith in the 2007-08 season to be tabbed all-WAC and is just the 12th individual Rainbow Wahine to ever earn all-WAC honors. For the second straight season, Jackson averaged a double-double in WAC action with 11.5 points and a league-high 10.6 rebounds. Although only a sophomore, Jackson has already started to ascend the UH career rebounding charts. Currently she is No. 7 with 627 total rebounds No. 2 in rebounding average at 11.2 and No. 3 in offensive rebounds (238). She is now also holding steady at No. 6 in scoring average (12.6 points per game). In the latest NCAA rankings, Jackson was No. 10 in the nation with 15 double-doubles and No. 15 with 10.5 rebounds per game overall.
Arbuckle was selected to the all-WAC defensive team for the first time in her career and become just the sixth Hawaii player to ever earn all-WAC defensive honors. She is the Rainbow Wahine since Tanya Smith to earn the honor in 2007-08. Arbuckle led UH with 44 blocks overall with 21 of those coming in conference action. Arbuckle also was tied for the team-high with 16 steals in WAC games. In her four year career, the senior guard has cemented herself as one of the better athletes to ever don the green and white. She is No. 3 in the UH career record books with 144 blocked shots and No. 8 in UH history with 612 total rebounds, No. 9 in offensive rebounds (186) and No. 5 in defensive rebounds (426). This season overall she averaged a career-high 10.1 points with 6.4 boards per game and she had a career-high .638 free-throw percentage sinking 90-of-141 shots from the charity stripe.
Campanero, is just the fourth UH player to earn All-Freshman team honors all-time. The freshman point-guard, averaged 7.9 points and 2.9 assists per game in her rookie season. In WAC action, she drained a team-high 22 3-pointers, was 30-of-33 for a team-high .909 free-throw percentage; dished out a team-high 41 assists; and was second in the WAC averaging 35.6 minutes per game. Campanero also was tied for the team-high with 16 steals. Overall she is tied with Crystal Lee's single season mark at No. 5 of 46 3-pointers made and is No. 2 in single season 3-point field goal attempts with 155. Last year, both Jackson and Shawna-Lei Kuehu became the first players since 2003-04 to earn all-freshman accolades since Janevia Taylor.
The Rainbow Wahine stayed on the road this week to battle in the 2012 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. this week. No. 6 Hawaii faces No. 3 Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. The 'Bows swept the Lady Techsters for the first time in school history this season with a 61-46 win in Honolulu and a 61-49 win in Ruston. Louisiana Tech continues to lead the all-time series against Hawaii 24-5.