Mountain West Women's Basketball Weekly Release
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Mountain West action continues this week with 10 games on the slate. Colorado State, Fresno State and Utah State are off to a 2-0 start, while Wyoming is 1-0. The MW’s 11 teams will play 18 intra-league games to determine a regular season champion and seeding for the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship, March 10-15, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Air Force made a school-record 15 three-pointers at Utah State on Jan. 1. The previous record of 14 was set against St. Joseph’s in 1999.
Fresno State’s Taylor Thompson is closing in on two career milestones. Thompson needs six more steals to become the Bulldogs’ all-time leader in career steals (270) and 21 points to become the 20th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career (979).
Wyoming junior Kayla Woodward needed just 11 points to reach the 1,000-point career mark and scored a season-high 26 against Nevada on Jan. 4 to reach the mark. She currently has 1,015 points as a Cowgirl. The MW Preseason Player of the Year has reached double figures in all 12 games for the Cowgirls for the season and in 56 over her career at Wyoming.
Utah State head coach Jerry Finkbeiner earned his 500th career coaching victory on Jan. 4 with a 78-65 win at San José State. Finkbeiner, in his 25th season as a collegiate head coach, is 500-260. He is one of two MW head coaches to have 500 or more career wins (Gordy Presnell, Boise State - 536-248).
Boise State featured one of the youngest starting lineups in the country with three sophomores (Miquelle Askew, Lexie Der, Kieahnna Engel) and two freshmen (Yaiza Rodriguez, Brooke Pahukoa) during non-conference play this season. Junior Deanna Weaver, a transfer from Oregon, became eligible after the fall semester. She played in her first game on Sunday, Dec. 29, against Cal State Fullerton and moved into the starting lineup on Jan. 4 in the Broncos’ MW opener at Fresno State.
New Mexico senior Sara Halasz has been named an official nominee for the Allstate Good Works Team® by the Women’s Basketball Coaches of America (WBCA). Halasz is one of only 84 NCAA Division I women’s basketball athletes to be named a candidate for the award. The Good Works Team® honors college basketball players who represent good teamwork, community service and leadership.