Mountain West Women's Basketball Release
On The MWN: The Mountain West Network will stream eight games over the next seven days on TheMW.com.
Coaching Milestones Up Ahead: Colorado State Ryun Williams and Nevada head coach Jane Albright have a few coaching milestones coming up this season. Williams is six wins away from his 300th overall, while Albright is 12 shy from No. 500 overall and nine from her 100th with the Wolf Pack. When Williams reaches No. 300, it will bring the number of Mountain West head coaches with 300 or more career wins to five – Boise State’s Gordy Presnell - 550; UNLV’s Kathy Olivier - 317; and Utah State’s Jerry Finkbeiner - 507.
Top Spartan: San José State senior guard Ta‘Rea Cunnigan is on pace to set the Spartans’ career scoring record this season, not just for the women’s program but will pass the men’s mark as well. Cunnigan has 1,523 career points. She is 238 shy from setting the women’s mark (1,760 by Karen Mason, 1978-81) and 244 from the men’s (1,767 by Ricky Berry, 1986-88).
Moe Triple-Double: Nevada junior guard T Moe recorded the first triple-double of the season in the league with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against UC Santa Barbara on November 14. Her rebound and assist marks were single-game career-highs.
Scoring Record Set: San José State scored a Mountain West record 119 points in the Spartans home opener against Columbia on November 16. The previous mark was 110 by Colorado State against Stony Brook on December 28, 2002. SJSU supplemented the point total with a Mountain West record 42 free throws made in a game, six more than the old record of 37 by Wyoming on March 28, 2007 and TCU on March 4, 2006.
Welcome Back, Kinzi: Boise State senior Kinzi Poteet made her return to the hardwood on November 14 after sitting out the past two season with knee injuries. She started against Montana State and recorded 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 23 minutes of action.
All-Maggie Dixon Classic Team: New Mexico junior forward Khadijah Shumpert was named to the Maggie Dixon Classic All-Tournament Team for her performance over the three-game stretch against Texas-Pan American, #5/5 Texas A&M and #18/18 DePaul.
Hitting the Books: Colorado State earned a spot on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Rams ranked No. 22 in Division I with a 3.399 grade-point average.
Preseason FOY Becoming Aztec Tradition: McKynzie Fort became the fifth consecutive San Diego State rookie to earn MW Preseason Freshman of the Year honors. Teammates Desi Culberson (2011-12) and Chloe Johnson (2013-14) also earned the top first-year player honor.
Woodward, Again: Wyoming senior forward Kayla Woodward was named the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year for the second year in a row by the coaches and media voting panel. Woodward was a first-team All-MW selection and was the second-leading scorer in the league (16.7 ppg) last season.
Preseason AP Team: Cowgirl senior Kayla Woodward received votes on the Preseason Associated Press All-America Team announced on November 4. Woodward, a WBCA All-America honorable mention last season, was one of 17 players named to the list.
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