All-Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Teams Announced

March 5, 2002

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Mountain West Conference announced the 2001-02 all-conference team as selected by head coaches. UNLV senior All-American Linda Fr?hlich earned MWC Player of the Year for the third straight season, while Colorado State head coach Tom Collen was named Coach of the Year.

New Mexico freshman Mandi Moore garnered Newcomer of the Year accolades, marking the second time in three years the Lobos have produced the award winner (Jordan Adams, 1999-2000). Colorado State senior Angie Gorton was Defensive Player of the Year.

Eight seniors, six juniors and a freshman made up this year's all-conference team. BYU led the way with four all-conference selections. Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State and Utah each had two student-athletes named all-conference and Wyoming had one honoree. Air Force, New Mexico and Wyoming each had two honorable mention selections, while UNLV and Utah had one named honorable mention.

Fr?hlich, a three-time first-team selection, was joined by teammate Constance Jinks, Gorton, BYU junior Erin Thorn and Utah senior Lauren Beckman on the first-team. New Mexico junior Jordan Adams headlined the second-team for the second straight year, along with juniors Jennifer Leitner of BYU, Carrie Bacon of Wyoming, Ashley Augspurger of Colorado State and senior Lindsay Herbert of Utah. Third-team honors went to BYU seniors Stacy Jensen and Melanie Pearson, San Diego State seniors Claire Swinbank and Atim Otii and Lobo freshman Mandi Moore.

Collen was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Rams to their third league title in the last five years. In his tenure with Colorado State, Collen has a 128-31 record.

First Team All-Mountain West Conference
*Linda Fr?hlich, UNLV, Sr., 6-2, F
#Angie Gorton, Colorado State, Sr., 6-0, F
*Erin Thorn, BYU, Jr., 5-10, G
^Constance Jinks, UNLV, Jr., 5-6, G
*Lauren Beckman, Utah, Sr., 6-2, F/C

Second Team All-Mountain West Conference
Jennifer Leitner, BYU, Jr., 6-1, F
#Jordan Adams, New Mexico, Jr., 6-3, C
Lindsay Herbert, Utah, Sr., 5-11, G/F
+Carrie Bacon, Wyoming, Jr., 6-0, F
*Ashley Augspurger, Colorado State, 6-1, F

Third Team All-Mountain West Conference
#Stacy Jensen, BYU, Sr., 5-6, G
Melanie Pearson, BYU, Sr., 6-1, G/F
Mandi Moore, New Mexico, Fr., 5-8, G
Claire Swinbank, San Diego State, Sr., 5-8, G
^Atim Otii, San Diego, State, Sr., 6-0, F

Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference
Latoya Howell, Air Force, Fr., 5-4, G
Amoy Jackson, Air Force, So., 5-10, G
Lindsey Arndt, New Mexico, Fr., 6-1, F
Chelsea Grear, New Mexico, Jr., 5-10, F/G
Petra Gl?ser, UNLV, So., 6-6, C
Erin Gibbons, Utah, Sr., 5-9, G
Darci Arsene, Wyoming, Jr., 6-1, F
Carly Stucky, Wyoming, So., 5-10, G

*notes first team selection 2000-01
#notes second team selection 2000-01
^notes third team selection 2000-01
+notes first team selection 1999-2000

Player of the Year: Linda Fr?hlich, UNLV
Defensive Player of the Year: Angie Gorton, CSU
Newcomer of the Year: Mandi Moore, UNM
Coach of the Year: Tom Collen, CSU

Linda Fr?hlich - Player of the Year, First Team All-MWC
Fr?hlich has led the conference in scoring and rebounding each of the past three seasons and became the first UNLV women's basketball player to reach 2,000 points (2,300 to date) and 1,000 rebounds (1,082 to date) in a career. She is averaging a double-double this season with 21.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Angie Gorton - Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-MWC
Gorton has earned a reputation as one of the hardest workers and best defenders in the MWC. She ranked in the league's top 10 for scoring (13.5 ppg - 7th), rebounding (5.9 rpg - 10th), field goal percentage (52.0 - 3rd), free throw percentage (83.5 - 4th) and blocked shots (24 - 4th) this season.

Mandi Moore - Newcomer of the Year, Third Team All-MWC
Moore led the conference in assists with 133 (4.75 per game) and was the second leading scorer (9.8 ppg) and rebounder (4.5 rpg) among all MWC freshmen this season. A starter in all 28 games, she was also second in the MWC for assist/turnover ration (1.79 ), third in three-point shooting (41.9 percent) and ninth in steals (1.71 per game).

Erin Thorn - First Team All-MWC
Thorn earned first team honors for the second straight year after leading the league in three pointers made this season (3.15 per game). She also ranks second in league scoring at 17.0 points per contest.

Constance Jinks - First Team All-MWC
Jinks leaped from third-team performer last season to first team honors this season after ranking in the league's top 10 for scoring (17.0 ppg - 3rd), free throw percentage (83.6 - 3rd) and assists (4.0 apg - 5th).

Lauren Beckman - First Team All-MWC
A strong post presence for the Utes, Beckman earned first team All-MWC honors two straight years and was a second team selection as a sophomore. She ranked second in the MWC for blocked shots (2.34 bpg) and field goal percentage (53.2), third in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and eighth in scoring (13.4 ppg).