Colorado State picked to win 2014-15 Mountain West women’s basketball title

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– The Mountain West announced its 2014-15 preseason women’s basketball poll and All-Conference team today to lead into the MW Women’s Basketball Media Days Digital Tipoff. The voting panel consisted of the league’s 11 head coaches and select women’s basketball media from around the Conference.

Colorado State, the 2014 MW regular-season champion, was tabbed as the preseason favorite. The Rams received 21 first-place votes and 276 total points. Boise State was picked second with four first-place votes and 241 points, just ahead of third-place Wyoming. The Cowgirls garnered three first-place votes and 235 points. Two-time MW tournament champion Fresno State placed fourth with 181 points, while Nevada earned 155 points for fifth place. UNLV (143 points) and San Diego State (134 points) were selected to sixth and seventh place, respectively. Utah State (123 points) edged out New Mexico (122 points) for eighth place. San José State (81 points) was selected 10th, followed by Air Force in 11th (27 points).

Wyoming senior Kayla Woodward was named the MW Preseason Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Woodward, a 5-11 forward from Sheridan, Wyo., was a first-team All-Mountain West selection last season, adding to her two previous postseason All-MW honors. Woodward averaged 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in Conference play in 2013-14. She is joined on the preseason team by Boise State senior Deanna Weaver, Colorado State sophomore Ellen Nystrom, Fresno State senior Alex Sheedy and San José State senior Ta‘Rea Cunnigan. San Diego State freshman McKynzie Fort was named Preseason Freshman of the Year, while transfer Camille Redmon earned Preseason Newcomer of the Year honors for Boise State.

The Mountain West will begin its 16th season of basketball competition on Friday, Nov. 14.

2014-15 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st-place votes) Points

1. Colorado State (21) 276

2. Boise State (4) 241

3. Wyoming (3) 235

4. Fresno State 181

5. Nevada 155

6. UNLV 143

7. San Diego State 134

8. Utah State 123

9. New Mexico 122

10. San José State 81

11. Air Force 27

2014-15 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Name Class Position Institution

Deanna Weaver Sr. G Boise State

Ellen Nystrom So. G Colorado State

Alex Sheedy Sr. F Fresno State

Ta‘Rea Cunnigan Sr. G San José State

Kayla Woodward Sr. F Wyoming

Preseason Player of the Year

Kayla Woodward, Sr., F, Wyoming

Preseason Freshman of the Year

McKynzie Fort, PG, San Diego State

Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Camille Redmon, Sr., C, Boise State

Preseason All-MW Team and Individual Award Player Profiles

Deanna Weaver, 5-11, Sr., G, Boise State

Weaver was the 2013-14 MW Newcomer of the Year, Second Team All-MW and Academic All-MW … During Conference competition last season was ranked 12th in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg), tied for second in steals (2.0 spg) and 12th in free throw percentage (.764) … Recorded two double-doubles and posted 15 double-digit scoring games.

Ellen Nystrom, 6-1, So., G, Colorado State

Nystrom became the first player in CSU basketball history to record a triple-double, doing so with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists against San José State on Jan. 8, 2014 … Was Second Team All-MW, All-Defensive Team and All-Freshman Team in 2013-14 … Ranked in the top five in four categories during Conference play: defensive rebounds (3rd; 5.7 rpg), field goal percentage (5th; .507), assist-to-turnover ratio (4th; 1.9 a/t) and assists (4th; 4.5 apg) … Set a tournament record with career-high 15 rebounds in the 2014 MW Championship final against Fresno State, also tying the single-game tournament mark for a freshman.

Alex Sheedy, 6-1, Sr., F, Fresno State

Sheedy was a 2012-13 third-team All-MW pick and member of the 2013 MW All-Tournament Team … On the verge of becoming the 22nd Bulldog in program history to score over 1,000 career points (862) … Missed over half of the Conference season in 2013-14 due to a foot injury … Averaged 16.3 points in the eight MW games played.

Ta‘Rea Cunnigan, 5-9, Sr., G, San José State

Cunnigan was an honorable mention All-MW pick last season … Was second in the Conference play in scoring at 18.3 points per game … Scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games last season … Stands 265 points away from setting the SJSU women’s basketball career scoring record and 271 from the overall basketball career scoring record (men or women).

Player of the Year – Kayla Woodward, 5-11, Sr., F, Wyoming

Woodward, a 2013-14 honorable mention WBCA All-American, is a three-time All-Mountain West honoree, earning first team honors last season … Was also named to the MW All-Tournament Team for the second season in a row … Averaged 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and ranked among the Top 10 in five league categories …Reached 1,000 points for her career during her junior campaign and has 1,321 career points which is 12th all-time at Wyoming.

Freshman of the Year – McKynzie Fort, 5-9, Fr., PG, San Diego State

Fort garnered first team All-CIF accolades and Baseline League MVP honors as a senior after leading Etiwanda High School to the conference championship and a spot in the Southern Regional finals of the California state tournament … Averaged a team-best 15.4 points per game and shot 54 percent from the field in 2013-14 … Also captured Player of the Year honors from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and was an All-Area pick by the Los Angeles Times … Led EHS to a 39-1 record against league opponents during her prep career … Was ranked 24th nationally among point guards and 95th overall by ESPN HoopGurlz.

Newcomer of the Year – Camille Redmon, 6-4, Sr., C, Boise State

Redmon is a transfer from Purdue with one season of eligibility remaining after graduating in the spring … Appeared in all 31 games for the Boilermakers in 2013-14, averaging 13.8 minutes, 4.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game … Her blocks average ranked seventh in the Big Ten … Her 48 blocks last year were the 15th most in a season in Purdue history.

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