Oct. 26, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State women’s basketball has been picked to battle for the Mountain West title this winter having been projected to finish second in the preseason coaches/media poll that was released this morning. The predicted order of finish and the Preseason All-MW Team was voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches and representatives from the media who cover the sport in their respective markets.
“I think the Mountain West will be a very much improved league this year and I am excited that we have been picked second in the poll,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “Obviously being picked second doesn’t mean anything right now, but it sets the bar high for our team. I think we are a pretty veteran team. Yes we have a lot of new faces on the team, but we return a lot as well with four starters back and about 200 starts among our eight returners who have all had an impact on our success the last couple years.”
Senior Brooke Pahukoa was among the individuals selected for the 2016 Preseason All-MW Team. The native of Lake Stevens, Wash., was the only Bronco picked among the five member team and three major award winners. This is the second consecutive year that Pahukoa has been honored as a member of the preseason team.
“Brooke has had just a wonderful career here and hopefully she can finish her last year off in style,” comment Presnell. “Obviously this honor gets her started off in the right direction. She has accomplished a lot here at Boise State in the last three years and I am looking forward to seeing what she does during her senior year.”
Pahukoa is one of four returning starters and eight letterwinners back from last year’s squad that went 19-11 overall and placed third in the conference at 12-6. She is also one of three returning players that received post-season honors last season having been named to the all-conference team.
The senior guard is coming off a junior campaign in which she accumulated 424 points (1st team), 156 rebounds (2nd team), 53 assists (4th team), 14 blocks (t-2nd team), 40 steals (3rd team), 75 made 3-pointers (1st team / 2nd MW / 67th NCAA). Pahukoa averaged 14.6 points (1st team / 5th MW), 5.4 rebounds (2nd team / 19th MW), 1.8 assists (4th team), 1.4 steals (3rd team), 2.59 3-pointers made (1st team / 2nd MW / 39th NCAA) and 34.1 minutes (2nd team / 5th MW) per game. She was also one of the top shooters on the team and league hitting 40.2 percent from floor, 42.4 percent (1st team / 1st MW / 14th NCAA) from behind the 3-point arc and 81.7 percent (1st team) from free-throw line.
During league play in 2016 Pahukoa scored 249 points to average 13.8 points (1st team / 9th MW) and shot 42.6 percent (1st team / 3rd MW) from 3-point range with 49 made to average 2.7 per game (1st team / 2nd MW). She also averaged 5.2 rebounds per game in conference play while shooting 37.9 percent from the floor overall and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. Pahukoa had 11 games in league action with double-figure points, including five games with 20 or more points.
This is the second time since the Broncos joined the MW for the 2011-12 season that they have been picked to place second in the league race. Boise State was picked second during the 2014-15 preseason poll behind Colorado State. Last year the Broncos were picked third in the poll behind Colorado State and New Mexico.
“I think our program has gotten to a pretty good level having been consistently picked in the top three the last couple years, but we want to take another step,” Presnell said. “The bar has been set high for us again this year. We like where we’re at in the top of the league but we want to take it further, so hopefully this poll will give us some more impetus to motivate our kids.”
Colorado State has been tabbed to defend its regular-season title for the third-year in a row. The Rams, regular season champions in 2014, 2015 and 2016, received 17 first-place votes and 283 total points. CSU returns nine letterwinners from its 2016 MW tournament champion squad. Boise State was picked second with 11 first-place votes and 271 points. Fresno State garnered 225 points for third place, followed by UNLV in fourth with 201 points. San José State came in fifth with 197 points, while New Mexico was sixth with 176 points and one first-place vote. San Diego State was selected seventh with 126 points and Wyoming garnered 123 points for eighth place. Utah State (97 points) placed ninth, followed by Nevada in 10th (66 points) and Air Force in 11th (28 points).
2016-17 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) | Points
1. Colorado State (17) | 283
2. Boise State (11) | 271
3. Fresno State | 225
4. UNLV | 201
5. San José State | 197
6. New Mexico (1) | 176
7. San Diego State | 126
8. Wyoming | 123
9. Utah State | 97
10. Nevada | 66
11. Air Force | 28
2016-17 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Name, Class, Position, Institution
Brooke Pahukoa, Sr., G, Boise State
Ellen Nystrom, Sr., G, Colorado State
Bego Faz Davalos, Jr., C, Fresno State
Cherise Beynon, Jr., G, New Mexico
Dezz Ramos, Sr., PG, San José State
Preseason Player of the Year
Ellen Nystrom, Sr., G, Colorado State
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Mykiel Burleson, Fr., G, New Mexico
Preseason Newcomers of the Year
Hallie Gennett, Jr., F, San José State