Mountain West Women's Basketball Weekly Release

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The Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders will feature nine games this week, beginning with three MW games on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Mountain West teams begin the 15th year of Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. 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.

Boise State features 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). 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, scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds.

San Diego State’s Danesha Long was named to the San Diego Surf ‘N’ Slam all-tournament team for her performances against UC Riverside and North Carolina State. New Mexico’s Khadijah Shumpert was named to the Miami Hurricane Holiday Tournament all-tournament team for her performances against Western Carolina and host Miami (Fla.).

Wyoming junior Kayla Woodward needs just 11 points to reach the 1,000-point career mark. She currently has 989 points as a Cowgirl. The MW Preseason Player of the Year has reached double figures in all 11 games for the Cowgirls for the season and in 55 over her career at Wyoming.

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.

Utah State head coach Jerry Finkbeiner is just two wins away from reaching the 500 career victories milestone. Finkbeiner, in his 25th season as a collegiate head coach, is 498-262. He will be one of two MW head coaches to have 500 or more career wins (Gordy Presnell, Boise State - 536-247).