The University of Nevada women's basketball team was selected tenth in the 2013-14 Mountain West preseason poll today to tip off the MW Women's Basketball Media Days activities at the MW Network Studio in Colorado Springs. The voting panel consisted of the league's 11 head coaches and select women's basketball media from around the Conference.
Fresno State, the 2013 MW tournament champion, was tabbed as the preseason favorite. The Bulldogs received 17 first-place votes and 238 total points. Wyoming was picked second with four first-place votes and 212 points, ahead of 2013 regular-season champion San Diego State. The Aztecs garnered two first-place votes and 196 points. New Mexico placed fourth with 185 points, while UNLV earned two first-place votes and 170 points for fifth place. Conference newcomer Utah State (136 points) edged out Colorado State (130 points) for sixth place. Boise State was picked eighth (96 points), followed by MW newcomer San José State (76 points) in ninth, Nevada in 10th (62 points) and Air Force in 11th (28 points).
Wyoming junior Kayla Woodward was named the 2013-14 MW Preseason Player of the Year. Woodward, a 5-11 forward from Sheridan, Wyo., was a second-team All-Mountain West selection last season and was named to the 2013 MW All-Tournament Team. Woodward, the top returning scorer in the league, averaged 14.1 points per game in 2012-13. She is joined on the preseason team by Colorado State senior Sam Martin, Fresno State senior Taylor Thompson, San Diego State junior Erimma Amarikwa, and San José State junior Ta‘Rea Cunnigan. San Diego State freshman Chloe Johnson was named Preseason Freshman of the Year, while San Diego State transfer Cierra Warren earned Preseason Newcomer of the Year honors.
The team will kick-off the season with a home exhibition game against San Francisco State on Nov. 5. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.