Mountain West Women's Basketball Announces Co-Players of the Week

March 5, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -¬ Air Force forward Katie Hilbig and UNLV guard Kelli Thompson have earned Mountain West Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week honors for games played from Feb. 27-March 4, 2012. It is the second weekly award of the season for Thompson, who was honored on the first week of the season, and the third honor of her career. For Hilbig, it is her first weekly honor and the first for an Air Force player since Dec. 8, 2008.

Hilbig, a junior from Castle Rock, Colo., registered her third double-double of the season to lead the Falcons to a 52-47 victory over New Mexico in the regular season finale. She finished the game with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as Air Force won its first MW game of the season, ending a 14-game losing streak. It was also the first time Air Force had beaten UNM since January 1992. Hilbig, who grabbed eight of her 14 rebounds on the offensive glass, also registered three steals and two assists in a career-high 35 minutes of action.

Thompson, a junior from Compton, Calif., scored a team-high 21 points to lead UNLV past Colorado State, 53-48, to earn second place in the MW and the No. 2 seed in the Conference tournament. It was her third consecutive 20+ point performance. She shot 58.3 percent (7-12) from the field and added two assists, two rebounds and a steal to the Lady Rebels' cause. Her eight points in the last six minutes of the first half sparked UNLV to a 12-point halftime lead. The win gave UNLV its first ever top-two finish in the Mountain West.

2011-12 Mountain West Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 14 - Kelli Thompson, Jr., G, UNLV
Nov. 21 - Courtney Clements, Jr., G, San Diego State; Lenita Sanford, Sr., F, UNLV
Nov. 28 - Lauren Lenhardt, Jr., C, Boise State
Dec. 5 - Chelsea Prince, Fr., F, TCU
Dec. 12 - Lenita Sanford, Sr., F, UNLV
Dec. 19 - Malia Nahinu, Jr., C, San Diego State
Dec. 26 - Lenita Sanford, Sr., F, UNLV
Jan. 2 - Porche Torrance, Sr., F, New Mexico
Jan. 9 - Kati Isham, Sr., G, Boise State
Jan. 16 - Lauren Lenhardt, Jr., C, Boise State; Chelsea Hopkins, Jr., PG, San Diego State
Jan. 23 - Kayla Woodward, Fr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 30 - Courtney Clements, Jr., G, San Diego State
Feb. 6 - Kayla Woodward, Fr., F, Wyoming
Feb. 13 - Kim Mestdagh, Sr., G/F, Colorado State; Chelsea Hopkins, Jr., PG, San Diego State
Feb. 20 - Lenita Sanford, Sr., F, UNLV
Feb. 27 - Courtney Clements, Jr., G, San Diego State
March 5 - Katie Hilbig, Jr., F, Air Force; Kelli Thompson, Jr., G, UNLV