Lupfer, Hermida Named All-MW
March 5, 2018

LAS VEGAS - Boise State guards Riley Lupfer and Marta Hermida were each named to the All-Mountain West Women's Basketball Team, the conference announced Monday.

It is the first-career selection to the all-conference team for both Lupfer and Hermida, and second honor overall as each had previously been named to the All-Freshman Team (Lupfer last year, and Hermida in 2016). Guided by head coach Gordy Presnell, the pair helped lead Boise State (20-9, 14-4 MW) to the program's first Mountain West regular-season title, and the No. 1 seed at this week's conference tournament, with a 67-63 victory at Wyoming in Friday's winner-take-all finale. The victory in Laramie, the Boise State's seventh-straight to end the regular season, lifted the Broncos' road record in Mountain West play to a conference-best 7-2, and matched the program record for most road wins in a conference season (1991-92 Big Sky).

Wyoming took home three of the conference's postseason awards, as voted by the Mountain West's 11 head coaches. Liv Roberts (Player of the Year), Marta Gomez (Sixth Player of the Year), and head coach Joe Legerski (Coach of the Year) were joined on the list by UNLV's Brooke Johnson (Defensive Player of the Year), New Mexico's Tesha Buck (Newcomer of the Year), and Air Force's Kaelin Immel (Freshman of the Year).

Lupfer posted a record-breaking season in 2017-18, setting the Mountain West's single-season record for 3-pointers made in conference play with 79, far outpacing the old record of 57. Over the 18-game Mountain West campaign, Lupfer led the loop in 3-pointers made (her tally outdistanced the next-closest player by 36) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.500), finished second in scoring (18.9 ppg), and eighth in field-goal percentage (50.9). This season she was named Mountain West Player of the Week a conference-best three times (Jan. 2, Jan. 15, Feb. 19), and was recognized nationally with inclusion on the Starting Five for the week of Jan. 8-14.

Along with her free-throw percentage of 97.2 percent, the sophomore from Spokane, Wash., posted the vaunted "50/50/90" campaign, posting shooting percentages of at least 50.0 percent from the floor and 3-point range, and at least 90.0 percent from the line. She is the only Mountain West player with at least 200 field-goal attempts to post a shooting percentage of at least 50.0.

Additionally, Lupfer posted eight 20-point games during conference play, and failed to score in double digits just once out of 18 contests. Four times she hit seven 3-pointers in a single game, and Lupfer's figure of accounting for 27.5 percent of Boise State's total points per game (18.9 of 68.8 ppg) ranked third in the conference behind only Fresno State's Candice White (29.0 percent) and Air Force's Immel (28.9 percent).

For all games, Lupfer ranks 11th in the country in 3-pointers made with 108, and eighth in 3-point field-goal percentage (46.0). Her 108 3-pointers are a Boise State single-season record, and she is just three away from eclipsing the single-season Mountain West record of 110, set by Utah's Iwalani Rodrigues in 2010-11. Lupfer leads the Broncos with 16.3 points per game, shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 93.6 from the line.

Hermida enjoyed her finest season in a Boise State uniform in 2017-18, averaging career bests in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), and assists (4.93 apg). Over the 18-game conference season, Hermida ranked third in the Mountain West with 4.61 assists per game, and 18th in scoring at 10.6 points per game.

Coming off of a summer in which she earned a FIBA U20 Women's European Championship gold medal for Spain, Hermida took on a vital leadership role for the Broncos this season, handling point-guard duties for the first month of the season while Braydey Hodgins recovered from a preseason injury. She continued to play in the point-guard role part-time after Hodgins' return, crossing over from her usual role as a second shooting guard, alongside Lupfer. Her versatility was a boon to the Boise State offense, as Hermida scored in double figures nine times in conference play, and dished out at least five assists on seven occasions, highlighted by a a program single-game record 14 on Jan. 24 at San Jose State.

Hermida was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 12, after she averaged 23.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 57.7 percent over wins against New Mexico (Feb. 7) and Utah State (Feb. 10). Her performance that week set up the wins that opened Boise State's current seven-game winning streak.

Boise State, the defending Mountain West Tournament champion, will begin its quest for a repeat, and the conference double, Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas at 1 p.m. MT (Noon PT) against the winner of Monday's first-round contest between No. 8 Air Force and No. 9 Utah State.

2017-18 Mountain West Women's Basketball Postseason Awards and All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year
Liv Roberts, Wyoming

Defensive Player of the Year
Brooke Johnson, UNLV

Newcomer of the Year
Tesha Buck, New Mexico

Sixth Player of the Year
Marta Gomez, Wyoming

Freshman of the Year
Kaelin Immel, Air Force

Coach of the Year
Joe Legerski, Wyoming

All-Mountain West Team
Marta Hermida, Boise State
Riley Lupfer, Boise State
Hannah Tvrdy, Colorado State
Candice White, Fresno State
Teige Zeller, Nevada
Cherise Beynon, New Mexico
Jaisa Nunn, New Mexico
Katie Powell, UNLV
Brooke Johnson, UNLV
Liv Roberts, Wyoming

All-Mountain West Honorable Mention
McKynzie Fort, San Diego State
Myzhanique Ladd, San José State
Nikki Wheatley, UNLV

Mountain West All-Defensive Team
Hannah Tvrdy, Colorado State
Cherise Beynon, New Mexico
McKynzie Fort, San Diego State
Brooke Johnson, UNLV
Katie Powell, UNLV
Bailee Cotton, Wyoming

Mountain West All-Freshman Team
Kaelin Immel, Air Force
Emily Conroe, Air Force
Grace Colaivalu, Colorado State
Aly Gamez, Fresno State
Maddi Utti, Fresno State
Naje Murray, San Diego State

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