Mountain West Women's Basketball Weekly Release - December 30
On The MWN: The Mountain West Network will stream every conference game on TheMW.com beginning on December 31.
Conference Play Begins: The 16th season of Mountain West competition begins on Wednesday, December 31 at 11:30 a.m. MT between preseason favorites Colorado State and host Boise State. The Rams, the defending regular-season champions, and Broncos come in to MW action with matching 8-3 non-conference records. Fresno State, the defending tournament champion, also begins conference play with an 8-3 record. The Bulldogs host New Mexico at 2 p.m. PT, also on Wednesday.
Another Milestone On Horizon: Nevada head coach Jane Albright has a few coaching milestones coming up this season. Albright is nine shy from win No. 500 overall and six 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 - 558; and Utah State’s Jerry Finkbeiner - 510.
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 1,669 career points. She is 91 shy from reaching the women’s mark (1,760 by Karen Mason, 1978-81) and 98 from the men’s (1,767 by Ricky Berry, 1986-88).
1,000 Times Two: UNLV seniors Danielle Miller and Alana Cesarz reached the 1,000-career point mark in back-to-back games. Cesarz hit her 1,000th point on December 17 against Northwestern and currently has 1,030. Miller scored her 1,000th point on her last basket of the game at Cal State Bakersfield on December 21. Cesarz and Miller became the 62nd and 63rd players to hit the 1,000-mark in MW history.
Hot Shooting: Despite the loss to Sacramento State on December 19, Utah State shot a single-game program-best 70.7 percent from the field (41-58). That mark ranks second in the MW record book.
Williams Wins No. 300: Colorado State head coach Ryun Williams earned his 300th win as a 4-year head coach on December 11 against Denver, 81-61. Williams is the fifth Mountain West head coach to reach the 300-victories mark.
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.
Moe Records 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.
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