Mountain West Women's Basketball Weekly Release
On The MWN: The Mountain West Network will stream every conference game on TheMW.com during the 2014-15 season.
Only One Remains: Fresno State is the only remaining undefeated team in Conference play at 7-0. The Bulldogs maintained the mark on January 24 with a 62-44 victory at Nevada. Fresno State goes back on the court Wednesday, January 28 when it hosts San Diego State for a 7 p.m. PT tipoff at the Save Mart Center. The game will be available on the Mountain West Network.
Start Time Change: The Mountain West has announced a change in start time for the 2015 MW Women’s Basketball Championship game. Tipoff is now set for Noon PT.
Pretty In Pink: Look for a radical change in uniform color by Mountain West teams during the month of February. MW women’s basketball teams will break out the pink uniforms in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Play4Kay program. Play4Kay is an avenue of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to raise awareness and money for scientific research in the fight against women’s cancers.
Another Milestone On Horizon: Nevada head coach Jane Albright has a few coaching milestones coming up this season. Albright is seven shy from win No. 500 overall and four away from her 100th with the Wolf Pack. Albright will become the third Mountain West head coach with 500 or more career victories – Boise State’s Gordy Presnell - 563; and Utah State’s Jerry Finkbeiner - 513.
Cunnigan Is SJSU All-Time Scorer: San José State senior guard Ta‘Rea Cunnigan became the Spartans all-time scorer on January 21 against Boise State with a 25-point performance. She passed Rick Berry (1,767; 1986-88) on a three-pointer that gave her 1,768 points in her career. Earlier in the week, Cunnigan set the Spartan women’s career scoring record on January 17, passing Karen Mason (1,760; 1978-81). Cunnigan is at 1,787 points and counting.
Not That Uncommon: When Ta’Rea Cunnigan set the Spartan scoring record for a men’s or a women’s basketball player, San José State became the fifth current Mountain West institution where the ladies are the top scorer on the basketball court. The other four are Colorado State (Becky Hammon, 2,740 points), Fresno State (Jaleesa Ross, 2,002 points), San Diego State (Judy Porter, 2,318 points) and UNLV (Linda Fröhlich, 2,355 points).
Different Double-Double: Colorado State sophomore Ellen Nystrom recorded the first Rams’ rebounds-assists double-double in school history on January 24 at San Diego State with 13 boards and 10 assists. Last year, Nystrom became the first player in CSU history to record a triple-double.
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.
WBCA Allstate Good Works Team: Julia Shelbourn of Nevada and Antiesha Brown of New Mexico are among the 93 nominees for the 2015 Allstate® WBCA Good Works Team. Shelbourn, a junior, serves as the Nevada Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president and actively participates in community services efforts around Reno. Brown, a senior, volunteers her time with several community projects around Albuquerque including visiting the UNM Children’s Hospital and working with the Notah Begay Foundation to reduce child obesity and improve the health of Native American children.
MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK