March 6, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference women's basketball postseason all-conferenceteams, along with the coach, player, newcomer and freshman of the year awards as selected by theleague's eight head coaches were announced today.
Wyoming claimed a first-team selection for sophomore Carrie Bacon. Named player of the week on Feb. 28, Wyoming's Carrie Bacon is second in scoring (16.5/17.8) and third in rebounding (7.0/9.2) in conference and all games. She is the only player with more double-figurescoring outings (25) than Fr?hlich, netting 20-plus points in 10 games, 30-plus three times andreached double digits in rebounding 11 times for nine double-doubles. Bacon leads the league infree-throw percentage in conference action (.830) and is shooting .762 in all games. She hit .503percent of her shots from the field in league play to rank sixth and stands ninth in overall gameshitting .478.
After leading Utah to the inaugural regular-season title and its fifth consecutive 20-win season,Elaine Elliott was named 2000 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year. Theleague leader in scoring and rebounding, UNLV sophomore forward Linda Fr?hlich is the 2000 MountainWest Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. The newcomer-of-the-year award goes to NewMexico freshman center Jordan Adams, while the freshman-of-the-year honor was claimed by BYU guardErin Thorn.
Five different institutions are represented on the women's first team, as well as the all-newcomerteam. The first team is comprised of one senior, two juniors and two sophomores, while the secondteam has one senior, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.
Regular-season champion Utah placed the most individuals on the all-conference list with threesecond-team selections in sophomore Lauren Beckman and juniors Kristina Andersen and Amy Ewert.Second-place BYU received four mentions for two players ? a first team choice for senior Jill Adamsand three honors for Thorn who was named to the all-newcomer and second teams in addition to herfreshman-of-the-year award. Third-place Colorado State placed junior Heather Haanen on the firstteam and freshman Ashley Augspurger on the newcomer squad. New Mexico, tied for third in thestandings, landed junior Miranda Sanchez on the first team, while rookie Adams received all-newcomerhonors in addition to her newcomer-of-the-year award. Fifth-place UNLV snagged top billing withFr?hlich as a first-team pick and the player of the year while Constance Jinks is an all-newcomerchoice. Sixth-place Wyoming claimed a first-team selection for sophomore Carrie Bacon. San DiegoState, tied for sixth place, received a second-team selection for senior Mary Apiafi and anall-newcomer pick for rookie Jamey Cox.
Favored to win the title in the preseason poll, Utah came through with an 11-3 conference record andfinished the regular-season 20-7 under Elliott's direction. This marks the fourth straight seasonthat the Utes have claimed at least a share of a conference title and the first time since 1996-97that they have won the crown outright. Last season, Utah tied with New Mexico for the WesternAthletic Conference Pacific Division title, but earned the second seed into the conferencetournament.
The league leader in points, rebounds and steals, Fr?hlich finished regular-season conference playaveraging 21.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and 2.93 steals. Fr?hlich also leads the league andranks among the nation's top-10 in overall scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.3 rpg), andfinished the regular-season as the leader in steals (3.31 spg). Chosen the Mtn. West Player of theWeek three times this season, Fr?hlich was named the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Freshman ofthe Year and a first-team all-conference selection as a rookie. Her numbers this season includethree 30-point scoring games, 18 contests with 20-plus points and 23 double-figure efforts. Shegrabbed double-digit rebounds 19 times and registered 19 double-doubles.
En route to newcomer of the year honors, UNM's Adams led the conference in blocked shots and ranksamong the best in scoring and rebounding. She averaged 2.29 blocks in conference games and 2.07overall to rank among the nation's top-20 and shattered the UNM school record for blocks in a seasonwith 56. Adams scored in double-figures in 15 games and finished the regular-season ranked sixth inconference scoring (13.3 ppg) and 14th in overall games (11.5 ppg). She averaged 4.7 rebounds inleague play and overall. Adams was selected conference player of the week on Feb. 7.
The competition for freshman of the year honors was fierce as all five all-newcomer picks rank amongthe top-10 in the final regular-season conference scoring leaders. The first of four rookies to earnplayer of the week honors, BYU's Thorn received the award on Dec. 6. Thorn stands fourth with a 13.6scoring average in conference action and eighth with a 13.1 overall average. She netteddouble-digits in points 20 times, including three 20-point efforts. Thorn is among the conferenceleaders in three-point field goals made (2.93 per game) and long-range percentage (.444 overall).She averaged 3.57 assists in league games and is sixth overall with a team-leading 3.81 average.
All Mountain West Conference First Team Honorees:
Joining Fr?hlich on the first team, are four players who received second-team recognition in the WAClast season. CSU's Haanen was chosen freshman of the year in 1997-98 and BYU's Adams was anall-newcomer pick in 1996-97.
A player of the week selection on Jan. 17, Jordan Adams is listed among the league's best in points (10.9 -17th) rebounds (5.3 - t12th), field goal shooting (.492 - 7th), and blocks (1.21 ? 4th) inconference action. Her overall numbers are even more impressive as she ranks ninth in points (13.1),seventh in rebounds (6.3), fifth in shooting percentage (.508), sixth in three-point percentage(.410) and fifth in blocks (1.22).
Chosen player of the week on Feb. 21, Heather Haanen stands sixth overall in scoring (13.4) and is seventhin conference action (13.2). She scored in double figures in 20 games, including four 20-pointefforts.
UNM's Miranda Sanchez is one of several three-point threats in the Mtn. West. She is shooting .385 frombeyond the arc in conference games to rank ninth, but is hitting .419 for fourth in overall games.Listed 14th in league games (11.6) and 15th overall (11.4), Sanchez is 14th in league rebounding(5.1) and stands 13th (5.6) in all games.
All-Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Team
(selected by head coaches)
First-Team All-Mountain West
Linda Fr?hlich, UNLV
So., 6-2, F, Oldendorf, Germany (Vincent-Lubeck)
Carrie Bacon, Wyoming
So., 6-0, F, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Harrison)
Heather Haanen, Colorado State
Jr., 5-11, F, Plymouth, Minn. (Armstrong)
Jill Adams, BYU
Sr., 6-3, C, Kaysville, Utah (Davis)
Miranda Sanchez, New Mexico
Jr., 6-1, F, Albuquerque, N.M. (Sandia)
Second-Team All-Mountain West
Lauren Beckman, Utah
So., 6-2, F/C, Elko, Nev. (Elko)
Kristina Andersen, Utah
Jr., 6-1, F, Eugene, Ore. (Marist)
Erin Thorn, BYU
Fr., 5-10, G, Orem, Utah (Mountain View)
Amy Ewert, Utah
Jr., 6-0, F/G, Vancouver, B.C. (Kitsilano)
Mary Apiafi, San Diego State
Sr., 6-2, C/F, Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena City College)
All-Mountain West Newcomer Team
Jordan Adams, New Mexico
Fr., 6-3, C, Oveton, Nev. (Moapa Valley)
Erin Thorn, BYU
Fr., 5-10, G, Orem, Utah (Mountain View)
Ashley Augspurger, Colorado State
Fr., 6-1, F, Lakewood, Colo. (Wheat Ridge)
Constance Jinks, UNLV
Fr., 5-6, G, Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
Jamey Cox, San Diego State
Fr., 5-7, G, Waterloo, Iowa (West)
Player of the Year ? Linda Fr?hlich, UNLV
Newcomer of the Year ? Jordan Adams, New Mexico
Freshman of the Year ? Erin Thorn, BYU
Coach of the Year ? Elaine Elliott, Utah