March 8, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The Mountain West Conference announced its 2003-04 women's basketball awards today. The league's eight women's head coaches picked the all-conference teams, as well as the coach, player, newcomer and defensive awards. The University of New Mexicowomen's basketball team placed one player on each of the three teams.
Junior forward Lindsey Arndt was named first team All-MWC. Arndt leads the Lobos in scoring and rebounding at 10.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Arndt also ranks among the top 15 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds. The junior forward is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 82.8 percent from the free throw line.
Junior guard Mandi Moore was named second team All-MWC. Moore is averaging 8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.5 apg. Moore ranks among the top 15 in the conference in assists, assists/turnover ratio, steals, and 3-point field goal percentage. Moore became the UNM all-time assists leader this season with 479.
Senior forward Melissa Forest was named third team All-MWC. Forest is second on the team in scoring and rebounding at 9.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Forest though has led the Lobos in both scoring and rebounding in the conference season at 13.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg. The senior is shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 83.1 from the free throw line.
MWC All-Conference Teams
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KIM SMITH - UTAH
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SHERRY MCCRACKLIN, UNLV and BRENDA PICKUP, WYOMING
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: RANDEE HENRY, UNLV
COACH OF THE YEAR: JOE LEGERSKI, WYOMING
FIRST TEAM ___ Lindsey Arndt, Jr., F, New Mexico ___ RanDee Henry, Jr., F/C, UNLV ___ Sherry McCracklin, Jr., F, UNLV ___ Kim Smith, So., F, Utah ___ Ashley Elliott, Jr., G, Wyoming
SECOND TEAM ___ Julie Sullivan, Jr., G, BYU ___ Vanessa Espinoza, So., G, Colorado State ___ Mandi Moore, Jr., G, New Mexico ___ Sheena Moore, So., G, UNLV ___ Shona Thorburn, So., G, Utah
THIRD TEAM ___ Lindsay Thomas, So., C, Colorado State ___ Melissa Dennett, So., F, Colorado State ___ Melissa Forest, Sr., F, New Mexico ___ Kelsy Stireman, Sr., G, Utah ___ Brenda Pickup, Sr., G, Wyoming
AIR FORCE ___ Amoy Jackson, Sr., F ___ Letricia Castillo, Fr., G
BYU ___ Danielle Cheesman, Jr., F ___ Ashleigh Chamberlain, Sr., C ___ Ambrosia Anderson, So., F
COLORADO STATE ___ Jasai Ferrucho, Sr., G ___ Joy Jenkins, Sr., F
NEW MEXICO - NONE
SAN DIEGO STATE ___ Michelle Elliott, Fr., G ___ Courtney Fritz, Fr., G
UNLV - NONE
UTAH ___ Carley Marshall, Sr., F/C
WYOMING - NONE