Oct. 14, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Conference released its women’s basketball preseason poll and honors this morning with Boise State picked to place second in the league race this winter. The poll was a combined one featuring the 11 head coaches and select regional media who cover the conference on a regular basis.
In addition to the team poll being released, two Broncos received preseason nods as well with Deanna Weaver named to the five-person all-conference team and Camille Redmon named the MW Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
“We are excited about being picked second, it shows that our program is improving after joining this conference four years ago when we were picked last,” said coach Gordy Presnell. “We have worked our way up the ladder over the last three years. We are excited about the respect that we received by being picked second and hopefully we will be competing for the championship at the end of the year.”
Boise State returns everyone back from last year when the Broncos tied for third-place at 12-6 and reached the second round of the postseason Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Blue and Orange went 18-14 overall and scored the fourth most points in program history at 2,249 and was sixth all-time in scoring average at 70.3 points per game. In addition, the team set the school record for 3-pointers made with 225, while the team’s free throw percentage of 71.8 percent was the fourth-best all-time.
Colorado State, the 2014 MW regular-season champion, was tabbed as the preseason favorite. The Rams received 21 first-place votes and 276 total points. Boise State was picked second with four first-place votes and 241 points, just ahead of third-place Wyoming. The Cowgirls garnered three first-place votes and 235 points. Two-time MW tournament champion Fresno State placed fourth with 181 points, while Nevada earned 155 points for fifth place. UNLV (143 points) and San Diego State (134 points) were selected to sixth and seventh place, respectively. Utah State (123 points) edged out New Mexico (122 points) for eighth place. San José State (81 points) was selected 10th, followed by Air Force in 11th (27 points).
“We are real excited for Deanna (Weaver) being preseason all-conference it is a tribute to all her hard work last year and what people think of her,” said Presnell. “She is a dedicated, hard worker and puts in all the effort you would ask for in a student-athlete both on the floor and off. I just hope she is on the postseason all-conference team as well at the end of the year.”
Deanna Weaver played only a half season for the Broncos last year becoming eligible just before the start of the Mountain West season because of NCAA transfer rules. But the Oregon transfer made an immediate impact on the program and the league earning first-team All-Mountain West, all-defensive team and MW Newcomer of the Year honors last March. Weaver averaged 13.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game last winter in league games. She recorded two double-doubles, 15 double-digit scoring games in 19 contests and three in rebounding, as well as 15 games with seven or more rebounds. Weaver led team in scoring eight times, rebounding in nine games and in assists five times.
“I expect Camille (Redmon) to be a factor in our league race this winter, she’s long and athletic,” commented Presnell. “She definitely gives us more size in the post and should be intimidating for opponents when they drive into the key. She had a great career at Purdue and hopefully she will finish up her collegiate playing career with a good year here at Boise State.”
Camille Redmon graduated from Purdue University last spring and transferred to Boise State over the summer to compete for one season as a Bronco. The 6-foot-4 center brings a natural blocking instinct with her and gives Boise State a second intimidating presence in the post along with Miquelle Askew. During her final year at Purdue in 2013-14 she appeared in all 31 games for the Boilermakers averaging 13.8 minutes, 4.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks (1st team / 7th Big Ten) per game. During Big Ten play she ranked 19th in rebounding at 6.2 per game and tied for seventh in blocks per game at 1.6. Redmon’s 48 blocks last year were the 15th most in a season in Purdue history and her 54 career blocks are tied for 24th all-time at Purdue.
The Mountain West will begin its 16th season of basketball competition on Friday, Nov. 14.
2014-15 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Points
1. Colorado State (21) 276
2. Boise State (4) 241
3. Wyoming (3) 235
4. Fresno State 181
5. Nevada 155
6. UNLV 143
7. San Diego State 134
8. Utah State 123
9. New Mexico 122
10. San Jose State 81
11. Air Force 27
2014-15 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Name, Class, Position, Institution
Deanna Weaver, Sr., G, Boise State
Ellen Nystrom, So., G, Colorado State
Alex Sheedy, Sr., F, Fresno State
Ta‘Rea Cunnigan, Sr., G, San Jose State
Kayla Woodward, Sr., F, Wyoming
Preseason Player of the Year
Kayla Woodward, Sr., F, Wyoming
Preseason Freshman of the Year
McKynzie Fort, PG, San Diego State
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Camille Redmon, Sr., C, Boise State