Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Pick Wyoming Fifth In Preseason Poll

Oct. 11, 2011

DENVER, Colo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team was picked to finish fifth along with UNLV as the Mountain West Conference announced its 2011-12 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 eight head coaches and select women's basketball media.

"I'm surprised with the fifth place selection of our team with the number of points, rebounds and starters we lost from a year ago," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It's difficult to repalce two first team all-MW players, and I understand why we were picked in the bottom half of the conference. Patience will be a key word for this team."

TCU was tabbed as the preseason favorite after finishing second in the Mountain West last season and earning an at-large bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Horned Frogs received 12 first-place votes and 136 total points.San Diego State collected seven first-place votes and was picked to finish second with 127 points, while third-place Colorado State garnered the remaining first-place vote and 106 points. New Mexico (74 points) placed fourth, followed by UNLV and Wyoming in a tie for fifth (65 points each), Air Force in seventh (42 points) and newcomer Boise State in eighth (39 points). Colorado State senior Kim Mestdagh has been named 2011-12 MW Preseason Player of the Year.

Mestdagh, a 5-10 guard/forward, is the only senior in the league returning from the all-Mountain West team. Mestdagh averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game and hit her 1,000th career point last season as a junior. She is joined on the preseason all-MW team by Air Force junior Dymond James, New Mexico junior Sara Halasz, TCU junior Starr Crawford and UNLV senior Jamie Smith.

2011-12 Mountain West Preseason Poll
Rk Team (1st place votes) Points
1 TCU (12) 136
2 San Diego State (7) 127
3 Colorado State (1) 106
4 New Mexico 74
T5 UNLV 65
T5 Wyoming 65
7 Air Force 42
8 Boise State 39

2011-12 Mountain West Preseason Team

Name, Class, Pos.

Dymond James, Jr. F Air Force
Kim Mesdagh, Sr., G/F Colorado State
Sara Halasz New Mexico
Starr Crawford TCU
Jamie Smith UNLV