Lady Rebels Tabbed Third in 2012-13 MW Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
Oct. 22, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West announced its 2012-13 preseason women's basketball poll and all-Conference team today. The voting panel consisted of the league's nine head coaches and select women's basketball media from around the Conference.
Defending MW regular-season and tournament champion San Diego State was tabbed as the preseason favorite. The Aztecs received 22 first-place votes and 198 total points. Newcomer Fresno State collected two first-place votes and was picked to finish second with 163 points, while UNLV (137 points) edged out Wyoming (136 points) for third place. Colorado State (109 points) placed fifth, followed by New Mexico in sixth place (97 points), Boise State in seventh (86 points), newcomer Nevada in eighth (41 points) and Air Force in ninth (32 points).
San Diego State senior guard Courtney Clements was named the 2012-13 MW Preseason Player of the Year. Clements, a 6-0 guard from Long Beach, Calif., was the 2011-12 MW Player of the Year and an Associated Press and Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American. Clements is the top returning scorer in the league, averaging 17.4 points per game last season. She is joined on the preseason all-MW team by teammate Chelsea Hopkins, a senior guard and the 2012 MW Newcomer of the Year, Boise State senior forward Lauren Lenhardt, New Mexico senior guard Caroline Durbin, and Fresno State junior guard Ki-Ki Moore. San Diego State redshirt freshman forward Deajanae Scurry was named Preseason Freshman of the Year, while Wyoming junior transfer forward Aubry Boehme earned Preseason Newcomer of the Year honors.
PRESEASON ALL-MW TEAM PLAYER PROFILES
Lauren Lenhardt, Sr., F, Boise State
2012 MW Tournament Team ... Second team All-MW ... Ranked sixth in MW in scoring at 14.0 points per game, ninth in rebounding at 6.1 rebounds per game last season ... Also ranked third in field goal percentage (.489), second in three-point percentage (.413) and fifth in free throw percentage (.837).
Ki-Ki Moore, Jr., G, Fresno State
2012 WAC Player of the Year ... 2012 WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player ... First team all-conference in 2011-12 ... Was second in the conference in scoring with 16.8 points per game last season ... Also led the league with 2.9 steals per game and set the Bulldogs' single-season record for steals with 97.
Caroline Durbin, Sr., G, New Mexico
First team all-MW last season ... Second in the MW in scoring with 15.0 points per game in 2011-12 ... Also led league in three-point shooting (.477) ... Six 20+ point games last season, including a career-high 29 points versus Wyoming.
Preseason Player of the Year - Courtney Clements, Sr., G, San Diego State
2012 Associated Press and Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American ... 2011-12 Mountain West Player of the Year ... First team all-MW ... MW All-Tournament Team ... MW's top returning scorer at 17.4 points per game.
Chelsea Hopkins, Sr., G, San Diego State
2012 Mountain West Championship Most Valuable Player ... 2011-12 MW Newcomer of the Year ... First team all-MW ... MW's top returning assist leader at 6.53 assists per game.
Preseason Freshman of the Year - Deajanae Scurry, R-Fr., F, San Diego State
Sat out 2011-12 ... Came to SDSU as a four-start recruit and the No. 31 nationally-ranked forward by HoopGurlz ... Averaged a double-double in her senior campaign and led Inglewood High to the league title ... All-CIF at Inglewood HS.
Preseason Newcomer of the Year - Aubrey Boehme, Jr., F, Wyoming
First team NJCAA All-America selection in 2011-12 for Otero Junior College ... At Otero, finished second all-time in scoring with 1,041 career points and a school-high 94 blocks ... Averaged 17.0 points and 6.6 rebounds as a sophomore.