Oct. 21, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Mountain West Conference announced its preseason media poll and all-conference team at the MWC Basketball Media Day held at the J.W. Marriott in Las Vegas.
For the first time in league history, BYU sits atop the preseason media poll after capturing eight of the 15 first-place votes and 110 points. Colorado State was a close second with seven first-place votes and 103 points. The Cougars captured the 2002 conference tournament title, while the Rams won the regular season crown last year, confirming the media's preseason choice in the MWC poll a year ago. Utah was the preseason favorite for the first two years of the league and went on to win regular season conference titles both years.
New Mexico placed third in the balloting and had one first-place vote, followed by Utah, UNLV, Wyoming, San Diego State and Air Force.
BYU senior guard Erin Thorn earned Top Returning Player honors, while UNLV junior transfer Infini Robinson was named Top Newcomer. Five of the eight MWC teams were represented on the all-conference team, including two for 2002 NCAA Sweet 16 participant BYU. The only unanimous pick on the preseason media all-conference team, Thorn was joined on the squad by five additional seniors, including teammate Jennifer Leitner. Colorado State's Ashley Augspurger, New Mexico's Jordan Adams, UNLV's Constance Jinks and Wyoming's Carrie Bacon rounded out the preseason media all-conference team.
2002-03 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll
Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Pts1. BYU (8) 1102. Colorado State (7) 1033. New Mexico (1) 914. Utah 705. UNLV 696. Wyoming 497. San Diego State 318. Air Force 17
2002-03 MWC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Name, Class, Position InstitutionJennifer Leitner, Sr., F BYUErin Thorn, Sr., G BYUAshley Augspurger, Sr., F Colorado StateJordan Adams, Sr., C New MexicoConstance Jinks, Sr., G UNLVCarrie Bacon, Sr., F Wyoming
Top Returning Player
Infini Robinson, Jr., G, UNLV
Preseason Media All-MWC Team Player Profiles
Jennifer Leitner, Sr., F, BYU
Earned second-team All-MWC and MWC All-Tournament honors last year. Ranked in the MWC top 10 for scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and blocked shots last season.
Erin Thorn, Sr., G, BYU
Named MWC Tournament MVP last season after scoring a league record 60 points in three tournament games. A three-time all-conference performer and two-time All-America selection, including freshman All-America honors in 2000 and honorable mention last year.
Ashley Augspurger, Sr., F, Colorado State
Earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors three years straight. The only Ram to start all 31 games last season, Augspurger became just the 12th player in CSU women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points (1,037).
Jordan Adams, Sr., C, New Mexico
One of only three UNM players to reach 1,000 career points during her junior season (1,270). New Mexico's career blocked shots leader with 258. A three-time all-conference selection, Adams ranked fifth nationally for blocked shots last season and ranked in the MWC top 10 for scoring and rebounding. Earned honorable mention All-America honors last year.
Constance Jinks, Sr., G, UNLV
A three-time All-MWC selection, Jinks helped UNLV to the NCAA Tournament. Totaled a career-high and MWC Tournament record 36 points in the semifinals last season. Became the 14th Lade Rebel to reach 1,000 career points last year (1,233).
Carrie Bacon, Sr., F, Wyoming
A two-time all-conference selection, Bacon also earned second-team Verizon Academic All-District, Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar Athlete honors last season. Ranks eighth on the Wyoming career scoring list with 1,248 points. Ranked in the MWC top 10 for scoring and rebounding a year ago.