Preseason Women's Basketball Selections Announced by MWC

Oct. 9, 2001


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The Mountain West Conference announced its preseason media poll and all-conference team at the MWC Basketball Media Day held at the Denver Marriott City Center.

For the first time in league history, Colorado State sits atop the preseason media poll after capturing nine of the 14 first-place votes. The Rams finished second in the regular season a year ago, but captured the 2001 MWC Tournament title. Utah, defending MWC regular season champion, placed second in the poll with five first-place votes. BYU ranked third in the preseason media poll, followed by UNLV, New Mexico, Wyoming, San Diego State and Air Force.

UNLV senior forward Linda Fr?hlich earned Top Returning Player honors for the third straight year. Fr?hlich led the Mountain West in scoring and rebounding, and earned at least a share of MWC Player of the Year the past two years.

The only unanimous pick on the preseason media all-conference team, Fr?hlich was joined on the squad by Utah senior Lauren Beckman and three junior selections: BYU's Erin Thorn, Colorado State's Ashley Augspurger and New Mexico's Jordan Adams.

The Top Newcomer award went to Wyoming junior Chassie Wiersma. A transfer from Oregon State, Wiersma started 50-of-57 games in two years for the Beavers, averaging 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game during her sophomore season.

Preseason Media Poll

   School (First Place Votes)    Points1. Colorado State (9)            1052. Utah (5)                      963. BYU                           814. UNLV                          685. New Mexico                    626. Wyoming                       407. San Diego State               358. Air Force                     14

Preseason ALL-MWC

Linda Fr?hlich, Sr., F,UNLV
Lauren Beckman, Sr., F/C, Utah
Erin Thorn, Jr., G,BYU
Ashley Augspurger, Jr., F, Colorado State
Jordan Adams, Jr., C, New Mexico

Top Returning Player
Linda Fr?hlich

Top Newcomer
Chassie Wiersma, Jr., G, Wyoming

All-Conference Team Bios

Linda Fr?hlich, Sr., F, UNLV
A two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American, Fr?hlich led the MWC in scoring (19.2 points per game) and rebounding (9.5 rebounds per game) last season. As a sophomore, Fr?hlich led the MWC with 21.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Earned Academic All-MWC honors last season.

Lauren Beckman, Sr., F/C, Utah
Earned honorable mention Kodak All-America honors and first-team All-MWC accolades last year. Ranks first on the Utah all-time block list with 163. Needs just nine points to reach 1,000 career points.

Erin Thorn, Jr., G, BYU
Ranked second in the MWC with 15.5 points per game and led the league with 2.91 three-pointers made per game. First-team All-MWC selection last season and MWC Freshman of the Year in 1999-2000.

Ashley Augspurger, Jr., F, Colorado State
Led the Rams in scoring (10.9 ppg) and ranked among the MWC leaders for three-point field goal percentage at 40.9 percent. Named first-team All-MWC and Academic All-MWC last season.

Jordan Adams, Jr., C, New Mexico
Earned second-team All-MWC honors last season. Became New Mexico's career blocked shots leader after just two seasons with 166. Ranked third in league scoring with 14.5 points per game. Named to the WNIT All-Tournament team after leading the Lobos to a runner-up finish.