Oct. 13, 2010
DENVER, Colo. -
The Mountain West Conference announced its 2010-11 preseason women's basketball poll and all-conference team today at its Basketball Media Day held at The Mtn. Studios in Denver, Colo. The voting panel consisted of the league's nine head coaches and select women's basketball media.
TCU was tabbed as the preseason favorite after taking the 2009-10 MWC regular-season title and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Horned Frogs received 16 first-place votes and 174 total points. San Diego State, the 2009-10 MWC tournament champion, collected three first-place votes and finished second with 147 points, just two points ahead of third-place BYU with 145 points and two first-place votes. Utah (116 points) placed fourth, followed by Wyoming (103 points), New Mexico (100 points), UNLV (64 points), Colorado State (59 points) and Air Force (28 points).
Last year's MWC Player of the Year, TCU senior guard/forward Helena Sverrisdottir, earned Preseason Player of the Year honors. San Diego State teammates Melissa Sweat and Courtney Clements were tabbed Preseason Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year by the group. Four of the nine MWC teams were represented on the all-conference team, including four seniors and one sophomore. Sverrisdottir is a two-time all-MWC first team selection and earned WBCA State Farm Honorable Mention and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American accolades last season. She is joined on the preseason all-MWC team by teammate Emily Carter, San Diego State's Paris Johnson, Wyoming's Hillary Carlson and Utah's Taryn Wicijowski, the 2009-10 MWC Freshman of the Year.
PRESEASON ALL-MWC TEAM PLAYER PROFILES
Paris Johnson, Sr., C, San Diego State
Second Team all-MWC in 2009-10, First Team all-MWC in 2008-09 and Honorable Mention all-MWC in 2007-08 ... Has earned MWC Player of the Week honors six times ... Has started all 97 career games since coming to SDSU ... Ranks second in the MWC in career blocks in overall games (210) and league-only outings (107) ... Top returning scorer for the Aztecs (11.1 ppg) and second returning rebounder (6.3rpg) ... Ranked third in the MWC in blocked shots.
Emily Carter, Sr., G, TCU
First Team all-MWC in 2009-10 and Second Team all-MWC in 2008-09 ... Team's top scorer (14.4) last season and second in assists with 70 ... Led MWC in free throw shooting at 87.4 percent, ranking 14th in the nation ... Ranked fourth in the league in 3-point shooting (41.5) and third in 3-point field goals made per game (1.97) ... Only Horned Frog to start all 31 games in 2009-10.
Helena Sverrisdottir, Sr., G/F, TCU
2010 WBCA/State Farm Coaches' All-America honorable mention and Associated Press honorable mention ... A two-time unanimous First-Team all-MWC selection in 2009-10 and 2008-09 with honorable mention accolades in 2007-08 ... 2009-10 MWC Player of the Year ... Only MWC player to rank among the league's top-15 in assists (1st; 5.19), steals (4th; 2.19), rebounding (8th; 6.7) and scoring (8th; 13.6) ... Only Horned Frog player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists ... Recorded just second triple-double in program history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 2, 2010.
Taryn Wicijowski, So., C, Utah
2009-10 MWC Freshman of the Year ... Second Team all-MWC in 2009-10 ... Ranked 10th in the nation and led the league in field goal percentage at 57.8 percent ... Ranked fifth in scoring in the league (14.8 ppg) and was the top-scoring freshman ... Averaged 18.5 points per game in the 2010 MWC Tournament, earning all-tournament team honors.
Hillary Carlson, Sr., F, Wyoming
Two-time Second Team all-MWC selection in 2009-10 and 2008-09 ... Named to 2010 MWC all-Tournament Team ... Averaged a team-leading 15.6 points and 3.0 blocks, while second in rebounding at 6.7 per game in 2009-10 ... Recorded double-figure points in 25 games in 2009-10, including ten games with 20-plus ... 98 blocks in 2009-10 ranks first on the Wyoming single-season blocks list ... Let league in blocks, fourth in scoring and seventh in rebounding and field goal percentage (47.2%).