Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Pick New Mexico to Win MWC Title
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/26/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 26, 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Mountain West Conference announced its 2006-07 preseason women's basketball poll and all-conference team today at its Basketball Media Day held at the Aladdin Hotel. The voting panel consisted of the league's nine head coaches and select women's basketball media.

New Mexico was tabbed as the preseason favorite by a slim margin after finishing tied for third place in last year's regular-season standings. New Mexico received eight of 19 first-place votes and 137 total points. BYU had seven first-place votes and finished second with 134 points, followed by TCU with four first-place votes and 126 points. Utah (102 points) placed fourth, followed by Wyoming (96 points), UNLV (71 points), San Diego State (41 points), Air Force (39 points) and Colorado State (36 points).

New Mexico junior forward Dionne Marsh earned Top Returning Player honors, while Justyna Podziemska of Wyoming was named Top Newcomer. Four of the nine MWC teams were represented on the all-conference team, including two seniors and three juniors. Marsh is a two-time all-MWC selection, including a first team pick last season. Marsh is joined on the preseason all-MWC team by teammate Katie Montgomery, Wyoming's Hanna Zavecz, BYU's Dani Kubik Wright and Adrianne Ross of TCU.

2006-07 Mountain West Conference
1. New Mexico (8) - 137
2. BYU (7) - 134
3. TCU (4) - 126
4. Utah - 102
5. Wyoming - 96
6. UNLV - 71
7. San Diego State - 41
8. Air Force - 39
9. Colorado State - 36

Note: Coaches do not vote for their own teams.

2006-07 MWC Preseason All-Conference Team
Dionne Marsh, Jr., F - New Mexico
Hanna Zavecz, Jr., F - Wyoming
Dani Kubik Wright, Sr., C - BYU
Adrianne Ross, Jr., G - TCU
Katie Montgomery, Sr., G - New Mexico

Top Returning Player
Dionne Marsh, Jr., F, New Mexico

Top Newcomer
Justyna Podziemska, Jr., F, Wyoming

Preseason All-MWC Team Player Profiles
Dionne Marsh, Jr., F, New Mexico
Named first team all-MWC as a sophomore and third team all-MWC as a freshman...Led New Mexico and was third in the MWC for scoring at 15.9 ppg and second on the team in rebounding at 4.8 rpg last season....Set the all-time Lobo record for free throw attempts and makes in a season with 228 and 165, respectively, last year...Finished her sophomore campaign with 911 career points in 63 games and is on track to become the second-fastest player in MWC history to reach 1,000 points.

Hanna Zavecz, Jr., F, Wyoming
Named MWC Defensive Player of the Year last season...Earned all-MWC first-team honors as a sophomore in 2005-06...Led Wyoming in points (14.4 ppg), rebounds (6.7 rpg) and assists (3.9 apg), while starting all 30 contests for the Cowgirls...Recorded double-figures in scoring 23 times...Scored a season-high 27 points against Nebraska in the WNIT (3/22/06).

Dani Kubik Wright, Sr., C, BYU
Second leading scorer and rebounder for BYU, averaging 10.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg last season...Led BYU to the 2006 MWC regular-season title...Named all-MWC second-team last year, while also being named to the championship all-tournament team...Ranked eighth in MWC games last season for rebounding (6.6 rpg) and 13th in scoring (11.3 ppg).

Adrianne Ross, Jr., G, TCU
Named third-team all-MWC as a sophomore last season...Led the conference in steals at 2.5 per game...Has 33 career double-digit scoring efforts, including 22 last year...Returns as the team's top scorer, averaging 12.2 points per game and top assist leader, averaging 3.0 per game...Led TCU to its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance.

Katie Montgomery, Sr., G, New Mexico
Named second-team all-MWC as a junior and honorable mention all-MWC as a sophomore...Second in the country in 2005-06 in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.8 percent (75-151)...Led UNM in assists at 3.5 apg , was second in scoring at 10.8 ppg and third in rebounding at 4.5 rpg... Enters the 2006-07 season with 286 assists, the most of any active MWC player.