Oct. 13, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -
The Mountain West Conference announced its 2005-06 preseason women's basketball poll and all-conference team today at its Basketball Media Day held at the University Park Marriott. The voting panel consisted of the league's nine head coaches and select women's basketball media.
Utah was tabbed as the clear-cut preseason favorite, marking the third time the Utes have been picked to finish atop the conference. Utah received 23 of 26 first-place votes and 214 total points. New Mexico had two first-place votes and finished second with 180 points, followed by TCU with one first-place vote and 164 points. UNLV (137 points) placed fourth, followed by Colorado State (117 points), BYU (107 points), Wyoming (90 points), San Diego State (45 points) and Air Force (31 points).
Utah senior forward Kim Smith earned Top Returning Player honors for the third straight year, while Faye Mueller of UNLV was named Top Newcomer. Four of the nine MWC teams were represented on the all-conference team, including four seniors and one sophomore. Smith, selected to the State Farm Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden preseason lists earlier this fall, is a three-time Kodak/WBCA honorable mention All-American. Smith was joined on the preseason all-MWC team by teammate and 2005 MWC Co-Player of the Year, Shona Thorburn, UNLV's Sheena Moore, Dionne Marsh of New Mexico and Melissa Dennett of Colorado State.
2005-06 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll
Rk.Team (1st-place votes)Points
1. Utah (23)214
2.New Mexico (2)180
4. UNLV 137
8.San Diego State 45
9. Air Force 31
Note: Coaches do not vote for their own teams.
2005-06 Mountain West Conference Presason All-Conference Team
Name, Class, PositionInstitution
Kim Smith, Sr., F Utah
Shona Thorburn, Sr., GUtah
Sheena Moore, Sr., GUNLV
Dionne Marsh, So., FNew Mexico
Melissa Dennett, Sr., FColorado State