Mountain West Announces 2012-13 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team

March 11, 2013

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The nine MW women's basketball coaches chose San Diego State senior Chelsea Hopkins as the Mountain West Women's Basketball Player of the Year for 2012-13 as the All-Conference team and individual award winners were announced today. Aztecs' head coach Beth Burns earned her third MW Coach of the Year honor after guiding SDSU to its third MW regular-season title. Fresno State junior Ki-Ki Moore was awarded Defensive Player of the Year honors, while New Mexico sophomore Antiesha Brown was chosen as the Sixth Player of the Year. UNLV's Réjane Vérin was recognized as the Freshman of the Year, while Boise State sophomore Brandi Henton was named Newcomer of the Year.

Nine seniors, three juniors and four sophomores make up this year's All-MW teams. Nine of the All-Conference picks were repeat selections from 2011-12, while four are making their third consecutive appearance on the team listing.

SDSU senior Courtney Clements, UNLV senior Kelli Thompson and Wyoming senior Chaundra Sewell earned the third All-MW honors of their careers, finishing up their senior seasons on the first team. Hopkins and Moore round out the first team. Clements and Hopkins were unanimous selections to the first team for the second consecutive season.

Colorado State junior Sam Martin, a 2010-11 third-team honoree, was named to the second team for the second consecutive season. Martin was joined on the second team by Boise State senior Lauren Lenhardt, Fresno State senior Rosie Moult, New Mexico senior Caroline Durbin and Wyoming sophomore Kayla Woodward. Durbin was a first team honoree in 2011-12, while Lenhardt was on the second team and Woodward was on the third team.

Six members make up the third team due to a tie in the voting. Wyoming senior Ashley Sickles, who earned honorable mention last season, was voted to the 2012-13 third team and was joined by Air Force senior Alicia Leipprandt. Leipprandt makes her first appearance on the All-MW team, alongside fellow third-team selections Fresno State's Alex Sheedy and Taylor Thompson, San Diego State's Erimma Amarikwa and Wyoming's Kaitlyn Mileto.

Burns led the Aztecs to the team's second consecutive outright Mountain West regular season title with a 15-1 Conference record. Currently riding a 15-game winning streak, SDSU finished the regular season 24-5 overall and will be the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship, March 12,14-16, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Profiles of All-MW First Team and Individual Award honorees

Chelsea Hopkins (San Diego State) - Player of the Year, First-Team All-MW
Hopkins leads the nation in triple-doubles with four this season, the most by a player in MW history. In Conference play, she ranks first in assists with 6.1 per game, third in rebounding (8.3 pg) and steals (2.9 pg) and fifth in scoring (15.3 points pg). Hopkins is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, including a 38.6 mark from three-point range, and a 71.6 mark from the free throw line. Her defensive rebound average is first in league play at 7.4 and her assist/turnover ratio is second at 2.2. Hopkins recorded seven double-doubles, including three of her four triple-doubles, six double-digit rebounding games and four double-digit assist games to lead the league in MW play.

Courtney Clements (San Diego State) - First-Team All-MW
Clements tied for second in the Mountain West with an average of 17.4 points per Conference games. The 2011-12 MW Player of the Year also grabbed 1.8 steals in Conference play, while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 87.2 percent from the free throw line in league play. Clements posted seven games with 20 or more points.

Ki-Ki Moore (Fresno State) - Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-MW
Moore finished league play ranked first in steals (3.1 per game) and second in assists (4.4 apg). She netted 17.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Moore was fifth in league action with a .476 field goal percentage and carried an assist/turnover ratio of 1.3. Moore registered six games with 20 or more points.

Chaundra Sewell (Wyoming) - First-Team All-MW
Sewell led the league in rebounding with 9.3 boards per game. She finished league action ranked third in field goal percentage (50.8), fourth in free throw percentage (85.3), sixth in scoring (15.3 ppg) and sixth in blocked shots (1.1 bpg). Sewell recorded six double-doubles in Conference play.

Kelli Thompson (UNLV) - First-Team All-MW
Thompson led the Lady Rebels squad with 19.0 points per game, the best average in league action this season. She concluded the regular-season ranked third in three-point field goals made with 2.1 per game, while shooting 29.6 percent from that range. Thompson tied for fifth in the league in free throw percentage (83.1), while averaging 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. She eclipsed the 20-point mark in seven Conference games this season.

Réjane Vérin (UNLV) - Freshman of the Year, Honorable Mention
Vérin took a more prominent role in the UNLV lineup after several key injuries midway through Conference play. She ranks second in MW games with a 52.7 field goal percentage, while averaging 11.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Vérin also posted 11 blocked shots over the 16-game league slate.

Brandi Henton (Boise State) - Newcomer of the Year, Honorable Mention
Henton, a transfer from Yakima Valley Community College, averaged 12.1 points per Conference game. She ranked tenth in three-point field goals made with an average of 1.3 threes per game, while recording 10 blocked shots across the 16 MW games.

Antiesha Brown (New Mexico) - Sixth Player of the Year
Brown, a transfer from Texas Tech, became eligible at the end of the fall semester and provided a spark off the bench for the Lobos. She led the team with 1.3 steals per game and averaged 8.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest, while shooting 40.3 percent from the field.

(Selected by head coaches)
First-Team All-Mountain West
Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Team
^!#Courtney Clements Sr G 6-0 San Diego State
^#Chelsea Hopkins Sr. G 5-8 San Diego State
Ki-Ki Moore Jr. G 5-8 Fresno State
^!Kelli Thompson Sr. G 6-0 UNLV
^!Chaundra Sewell Sr. F 6-1 Wyoming
Second-Team All-Mountain West
^Lauren Lenhardt Sr. F/C 6-2 Boise State
^!Sam Martin Jr. F 6-2 Colorado State
Rosie Moult Sr. G/F 6-1 Fresno State
^Caroline Durbin Sr. G 6-0 New Mexico
^Kayla Woodward So. F 5-11 Wyoming
Third-Team All-Mountain West
Alicia Leipprandt Sr. G 5-9 Air Force
Alex Sheedy So. F 6-1 Fresno State
Taylor Thompson Jr. G 5-5 Fresno State
Erimma Amarikwa So. F 6-1 San Diego State
Kaitlyn Mileto So. G 5-10 Wyoming
^Ashley Sickles Sr. F 6-1 Wyoming
Honorable Mention
Brandi Henton So. G 5-9 Boise State
Caitlin Duffy Fr. G 5-11 Colorado State
Meghan Heimstra Sr. F 6-1 Colorado State
Danika Sharp Jr. G 5-9 Nevada
^Malia Nahinu Sr. C 6-6 San Diego State
Réjane Vérin Fr. G 6-1 UNLV
All-Defensive Team
#Ki-Ki Moore Jr. G 5-8 Fresno State
#Chelsea Hopkins Sr. G 5-8 San Diego State
Meghan Heimstra Sr. F 6-1 Colorado State
Rosie Moult Sr. G/F 6-1 Fresno State
Gabrielle Clark Sr. F 6-1 San Diego State
^Chaundra Sewell Sr. F 6-1 Wyoming
Player of the Year: Chelsea Hopkins, San Diego State
Defensive Player of the Year: Ki-Ki Moore, Fresno State
Freshman of the Year: Réjane Vérin, UNLV
Newcomer of the Year: Brandi Henton, Boise State
Sixth Player of the Year: Antiesha Brown, New Mexico
Coach of the Year: Beth Burns, San Diego State
# notes unanimous first-team selection
^2011-12 All-MW/Defensive team selection
!2010-11 All-MW/Defensive team selection