Mountain West Women's Basketball Weekly Release - January 8, 2013

Jan. 8, 2013

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The 14th season of Mountain West play begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The battle for the 2013 regular season championship starts with a meeting between preseason No. 1 and No. 2 picks San Diego State and Fresno State.

    • Conference competition begins on Wednesday ... Fresno State travels to Viejas Arena for a mid-week match-up with San Diego State, the defending MW champions. The game will be streamed live on GoAztecs.com at 7 p.m. PT ... The Bulldogs will host 2012 tournament runner-up New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 12, in a game that will be streamed on GoBulldogs.com at 2 p.m. PT ... The Aztecs travel to Colorado State on Sunday, Jan. 13 for a televised game on CBS Sports Network (2 p.m. MT; DirecTV 613). Rich Cellini and Tammy Blackburn will call the action from Moby Arena.

    • Quick Hits ... Air Force senior Alicia Leipprandt became the 13th Falcon to reach the 1,000-career point mark on Jan. 2 with 19 points against Utah Valley. In the same game, senior Dymond James moved into 10th all-time at AFA in career rebounds with 528 ... Boise State will play just one game in opening week, hosting 11-2 Wyoming on Wednesday night. In the nine previous meetings, neither team has won on the other's home floor. The game will be live streamed on BroncoSports.com ... Colorado State begins MW play on Sunday, Jan. 13, against SDSU on CBSSN. Three Rams recorded career-highs on Jan. 4 against South Dakota Mines, led by junior Sam Martin's 30 points. Sophomore Kara Spotton posted a career-high 19 points and classmate LaDeyah Forte dished out a career-high 11 assists ... Fresno State will face SDSU for the first time since Nov. 30, 2002 on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Wednesday's game wraps up a 27-day, six-game road trip for the Bulldogs ... Nevada will play Air Force for the first time since the 2000-01 season on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Wolf Pack host the Falcons on Military Appreciation Night in Reno. On Jan. 5, junior Arielle Wideman was an assist short of her first career double-double, recording 17 points and nine assists against CSU Bakersfield ... New Mexico's record of 8-5 is the team's best non-conference mark since the 2008-09 season (11-2) ... San Diego State begins MW play at home for the third straight season. The Aztecs have averaged 79.0 points per game in their last five games, compared to 69.5 ppg in their first eight of the season ... UNLV will be live streaming its women's MW home basketball games this season. The first one up is Wednesday's MW opener against New Mexico on UNLVRebels.com ... Wyoming received a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week. Senior Chaundra Sewell is one of 36 players in Division I averaging a double-double this season. Sewell's is 14.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

    • Three MW Teams rank in Top 50 in Attendance ... The NCAA released the first national attendance rankings of the season on Jan. 7. New Mexico (8-5) is back among the top 10 women's basketball programs in home court advantage, currently sitting at No. 8 with a 6,323 average through the first nine home games of the season. Wyoming (11-2) ranks 27th with a home attendance average of 3,431, while MW newcomer Fresno State (8-5) comes in at 47th with a 2,352 average. Tennessee leads the nation with a home attendance average of 11,547.

This Week In Mountain West Women's Basketball
Game Time TV/Webcast
JANUARY 9 (WEDNESDAY)
* AIR FORCE at NEVADA 6:30 p.m. PT NevadaWolfPack.com
* WYOMING at BOISE STATE 7 p.m. MT BroncoSports.com
* FRESNO STATE at SAN DIEGO STATE 7 p.m. PT GoAztecs.com
* NEW MEXICO at UNLV 7 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
JANUARY 12 (SATURDAY)
* UNLV at AIR FORCE 1 p.m. MT GoAirForceFalcons.com
* NEVADA at WYOMING 2 p.m. MT GoWYO.com
* NEW MEXICO at FRESNO STATE 2 p.m. PT GoBulldogs.com
JANUARY 13 (SUNDAY)
* SAN DIEGO STATE at COLORADO STATE 2 p.m. MT CBS Sports Network
DirecTV 613
JANUARY 16 (WEDNESDAY)
* COLORADO STATE at AIR FORCE 7 p.m. MT AirForceFalcons.com
* BOISE STATE at NEW MEXICO 7 p.m. MT GoLobos.com
* FRESNO STATE at WYOMING 7 p.m. MT GoWYO.com
* SAN DIEGO STATE at UNLV 7 p.m. PT UNLVRebels.com
Legend
* = Mountain West game
Live stats available for most games.