Wyoming's Carrie Bacon Named All-Conference
March 6, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference women's basketball postseason all-conference teams, along with the coach, player, newcomer and freshman of the year awards as selected by the league'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-figure scoring outings (25) than Fr?hlich, netting 20-plus points in 10 games, 30-plus three times and reached double digits in rebounding 11 times for nine double-doubles. Bacon leads the league in free-throw percentage in conference action (.830) and is shooting .762 in all games. She hit .503 percent of her shots from the field in league play to rank sixth and stands ninth in overall games hitting .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. The league leader in scoring and rebounding, UNLV sophomore forward Linda Fr?hlich is the 2000 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. The newcomer-of-the-year award goes to New Mexico freshman center Jordan Adams, while the freshman-of-the-year honor was claimed by BYU guard Erin Thorn.
Five different institutions are represented on the women's first team, as well as the all-newcomer team. The first team is comprised of one senior, two juniors and two sophomores, while the second team has one senior, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.
Regular-season champion Utah placed the most individuals on the all-conference list with three second-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 Adams and three honors for Thorn who was named to the all-newcomer and second teams in addition to her freshman-of-the-year award. Third-place Colorado State placed junior Heather Haanen on the first team and freshman Ashley Augspurger on the newcomer squad. New Mexico, tied for third in the standings, landed junior Miranda Sanchez on the first team, while rookie Adams received all-newcomer honors in addition to her newcomer-of-the-year award. Fifth-place UNLV snagged top billing with Fr?hlich as a first-team pick and the player of the year while Constance Jinks is an all-newcomer choice. Sixth-place Wyoming claimed a first-team selection for sophomore Carrie Bacon. San Diego State, tied for sixth place, received a second-team selection for senior Mary Apiafi and an all-newcomer pick for rookie Jamey Cox.
Favored to win the title in the preseason poll, Utah came through with an 11-3 conference record and finished the regular-season 20-7 under Elliott's direction. This marks the fourth straight season that the Utes have claimed at least a share of a conference title and the first time since 1996-97 that they have won the crown outright. Last season, Utah tied with New Mexico for the Western Athletic Conference Pacific Division title, but earned the second seed into the conference tournament.
The league leader in points, rebounds and steals, Fr?hlich finished regular-season conference play averaging 21.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and 2.93 steals. Fr?hlich also leads the league and ranks among the nation's top-10 in overall scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.3 rpg), and finished the regular-season as the leader in steals (3.31 spg). Chosen the Mtn. West Player of the Week three times this season, Fr?hlich was named the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection as a rookie. Her numbers this season include three 30-point scoring games, 18 contests with 20-plus points and 23 double-figure efforts. She grabbed 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 ranks among the best in scoring and rebounding. She averaged 2.29 blocks in conference games and 2.07 overall to rank among the nation's top-20 and shattered the UNM school record for blocks in a season with 56. Adams scored in double-figures in 15 games and finished the regular-season ranked sixth in conference scoring (13.3 ppg) and 14th in overall games (11.5 ppg). She averaged 4.7 rebounds in league 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 among the top-10 in the final regular-season conference scoring leaders. The first of four rookies to earn player of the week honors, BYU's Thorn received the award on Dec. 6. Thorn stands fourth with a 13.6 scoring average in conference action and eighth with a 13.1 overall average. She netted double-digits in points 20 times, including three 20-point efforts. Thorn is among the conference leaders 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 WAC last season. CSU's Haanen was chosen freshman of the year in 1997-98 and BYU's Adams was an all-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) in conference 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 seventh in conference action (13.2). She scored in double figures in 20 games, including four 20-point efforts.
UNM's Miranda Sanchez is one of several three-point threats in the Mtn. West. She is shooting .385 from beyond 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
First-Team All-Mountain West
Second-Team All-Mountain West
All-Mountain West Newcomer Team
Player of the Year ? Linda Fr?hlich, UNLV