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On The MWN: The Mountain West Network will stream eight games on opening weekend on TheMW.com.

Receiving Votes: Defending regular season champion Colorado State is receiving a vote in the Preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Rams are the early season favorite to win the league again as chosen by the 11 head coaches and media voters from around the Mountain West.

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.

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 13 from No. 500 overall and 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.

Welcome to the MW: Fresno State welcomed a new head coach in the spring of 2014. Jaime White took over the Bulldogs’ program after eight seasons at Northern Colorado. White is no stranger to the league, having been an assistant coach at Wyoming (2003-06) and former member Utah (2001-03). She was the head coach at Snow College from 1996-2000.

Everyone’s Back: Boise State will be the only team in the league returning all five starters from last season. The Broncos will be led by senior wing Deanna Weaver, a preseason All-MW pick and the 2013-14 MW Newcomer of the Year. Joining Weaver will be Miquelle Askew (Jr., C), Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego (So., PG), Lexie Der (Jr., F) and Keiahnna Engel (Jr., G).

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 1,495 career points. She is 266 shy from setting the women’s mark (1,760 by Karen Mason, 1978-81) and 272 from the men’s (1,767 by Ricky Berry, 1986-88).

Recognizing the Past: Boise State will be honoring the 1993-94 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament on opening night when Montana State comes to town. MSU head coach Tricia (Bader) Binford and Bronco assistant coach Heather Sower were members of that team.

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.

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