Mountain West Women's Basketball Weekly Release
The Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders will feature nine games this week, starting with five on opening night, Friday, Nov. 8.
San José State and Utah State officially joined the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. USU finished the 2012-13 season with an 18-14 record in head coach Jerry Finkbeiner’s first season at the helm. Finkbeiner took over the program from Raegan Pebley who left Logan for Fresno State. The Spartans hired Jamie Craighead as the new SJSU head coach in September. Craighead, the former Sacramento State head coach, inherits a program that was 11-19 in 2012-13.
Also new to the head coaching ranks in the Mountain West this season is San Diego State head coach Stacie Terry. It is Terry’s first head coaching job after serving as an assistant at LSU (2011-13), UCLA (2008-11), Southern Mississippi (2007-08), Illinois (2004-07), Dayton (2003-04), Louisville (2000-03) and her alma mater, Texas-Arlington (1999-2000).
The Mountain West finished the 2012-13 season ranked sixth in the nation in home attendance, marking the 14th straight season the league ranked among the nation’s top seven. New Mexico was the highest-ranked league team at eighth (6,450 per game), followed by Wyoming (31st, 3,401). Fresno State was 46th with an average of 2,600 fans.
UNLV senior Mia Bell can become just the 14th player in Mountain West history to reach the 400 career assists mark. Bell, a Las Vegas native, sits at 322 career assists coming into the 2013-14 season. She sat out 2012-13 with an injury.
Colorado State senior Sam Martin is the only Mountain West women’s basketball player to enter the season with over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Martin ranks 40th in the MW career scoring with 1,166 points and 43rd in career rebounding with 572 boards.