Photo supplied by Troy Babbitt From the desk of Sean O’Sullivan Wyoming Athletic Department LAS VEGAS — Senior Bailee Cotton become decided on the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and was joined by using fellow senior, Marta Gomez, at the All-Mountain West crew. Cowgirl Karla Erjavec changed into named to the All-Freshman Team. The awards are voted upon using the leagues head coaches. “We have numerous principles for our basketball application at Wyoming,” said head train Joe Legerski. “The MW All-Conference alternatives reminds every person of a principle we discuss all through the 12 months. The principle is ‘without group success there’s no man or woman achievement.’ The 2018-19 group proved our principle, as we had terrific team fulfillment and the honors followed. I am thrilled that the coaches inside the Mountain West identified Bailee, Marta, and Karla.” Cotton joins Hanna Zavecz and Brenda Pickup because the only two Cowgirls to win Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Honors. It is the first all-convention selection for Cotton and the second one all-protective crew honor for the Denver, Colo., local. Throughout the season, Cotton was Wyoming’s protective anchor to guide the Cowgirls to the league’s excellent scoring protection, 3 point percent protection and rebounding defense. During MW play, she led the Cowgirls with 19 blocks, 28 steals, and 121 protecting rebounds while taking ten expenses. She had five double-doubles in league motion and scored a profession-high 20 factors in opposition to UNLV on Jan. 5. In convention video games, Cotton averaged eleven.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per sport. Gomez turned into Wyoming’s leading scorer during conference play, averaging 15.Four points in step with recreation. She additionally pulled down 4.7 rebounds according to a sport. The Valles, Spain, native is arguably the excellent shooter in the Mountain West, as she shot 55.7 percentage from the sphere, a blistering 47.5 percent from three and 91.5 percentage from the free throw line. She’s the simplest participant inside the Mountain West to be above 50 percent from the sphere, forty rates from 3 and ninety portions from the free throw line. Gomez scored at the least 20 factors in six Mountain West video games, including a profession-high 28 in opposition to New Mexico on Jan. 19. She additionally introduced two double-doubles in opposition to Mountain West foes. Erjavec began every recreation this season as a freshman and led the crew in assists with 101. In Mountain West play, she reached double-figure scoring eight times and had games with ten assists. She is the primary Cowgirl to have more than one 10-help games in a season because of Marquelle Dent in 2015-16. She also recorded a double-double with 10 points and ten assists towards San Jose State. In league movement, Erjavec averaged 9.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and a team-pleasant 4.Four assists per recreation. She added four blocks, and 12 steals at the defensive quit, usually earning the undertaking of guarding the opponent’s top perimeter chance. The Mountain West’s eleven ladies basketball coaches selected New Mexico’sJaisa Nunn as the 2018-19 MW Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell earned his first MW Coach of the Year honor. New Mexico’s Jayla Everett was decided on as the MW Freshman of the Year. New Mexico junior Asia Robertson turned into diagnosed because the MW Newcomer of the Year and UNLV junior Rodjanae Wade became named MW Sixth Player of the Year. The 2018-19 All-Mountain West Team is constructed from six seniors and four juniors. Boise State’sRiley Lupfer, Fresno State’s Candice White, New Mexico’s Nunn and UNLV’s Katie Powell are again-to-back all-conference honorees.
Rounding out the All-MW crew are Boise State’s Braydey Hodgins, Nevada’s Jade Redmon, New Mexico’s Robertson, Utah State’s Shannon Dufficy and Wyoming’s Cotton and Marta Gomez. Earning All-MW Honorable Mention is Fresno State sophomore Maddi Utti, Nevada seniorTerae Briggs, New Mexico’s Everett, San Diego State freshman Mallory Adams and UNLV senior Nikki Wheatley. Fresno State’s Utti, UNLV’s Bailey Thomas, New Mexico’s Nike McClure and Robertson and Wyoming’s Cotton have been named to the MW All-Defensive Team. Erjavec and Everett are joined on the MW All-Freshman Team through Air Force’s Riley Snyder, and San Diego State’s Adams and Sophia Ramos. 2018-19 MW INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS Jaisa Nunn (New Mexico) – Player of the Year As a Lisa Leslie Award Watch List candidate, Nunn posted 17.6 points, and 9.6 rebounds in step with recreation in league play this season, even as leading the Lobos to a No. 2 seed within the 2019 Air Force Reserve MW Women’s Basketball Championship. Nunn, who led the Mountain West in field-intention percentage (.586) in Conference video games, is the first Lobo to earn MW Player of the Year honors. The native of Kirkland, Washington, earned MW Player of the Week awards this season. Bailee Cotton (Wyoming) – Defensive Player of the Year Wyoming’s Cotton become decided on because the MW Defensive Player of the Year because the leader of a Cowgirls program this is first within the MW this season in 3-factor field-intention defense, rebounding protection and scoring protection. Cotton averaged 9.1 rebounds in line with sport and grabbed a total of 163 forums in league movement. Cotton, who helped lead Wyoming to its 0.33 consecutive season with thirteen league wins, is the primary Cowgirl to earn the MW Defensive Player of the Year honor because of 2007-08 (Hanna Zavecz). –greater– Asia Roberton (New Mexico) – Newcomer of the Year New Mexico’s Asia Robertson, who transferred from Kansas, averaged thirteen.Nine factors according to the game and introduced 5.6 assists in 18 MW video games. She additionally led the Mountain West in steals in line with the game with 2.Five. She is the 5th Lobo to turn out to be Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and second in as many years. Jayla Everett (New Mexico) – Freshman of the Year New Mexico’s Jayla Everett become the top scoring freshman in MW play, averaging 14.0 factors per contest. With 14 factors in step with the game. Everett is averaged half-hour of play during the 2018-19 season. The local of St. Louis ranked 0.33 amongst all freshman with 4.1 assists according to Conference game. Everett also led all freshman and tied for 2nd inside the league in 3-point subject dreams in step with recreation (2.3). She is the primary Lobo to earn MW Freshman of the Year honors. Rodjanae Wade (UNLV) – Sixth Player of the Year After recording five double-digit scoring performances in league play, UNLV junior Rodjanae Wade earned the Mountain West Sixth Player of the Year honors. Wade averaged 8.5 points in step with the contest, while capturing .475 percentage from the field, and grabbed 111 rebounds (6.2 in line with sport) in the course of league play. Wade is the primary Lady Rebel to earn the MW’s Sixth Player of the Year award. Gordy Presnell (Boise State) – Coach of the Year Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell guided the Broncos to a software-satisfactory 16 Mountain West victories and the No. 1 seed in the 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship for the second consecutive 12 months. The 16 unmarried-season Conference wins are the maximum since Colorado State gained 18 in 2015-16. Presnell, who coached a couple of 2018-19 all-conference honorees in Braydey Hodgins and Riley Lupfer, coached a Broncos crew which led the Mountain West in scoring offense (74.Zero). Overall, Boise State is 25-four, marking the third consecutive 20-win season for the Broncos. ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Braydey Hodgins, Jr., Boise State Riley Lupfer, Jr., Boise State Candice White, Sr., Fresno State Jade Redmon, Sr., Nevada Jaisa Nunn, Sr., New Mexico Aisia Robertson, Jr., New Mexico Katie Powell, Sr., UNLV Shannon Dufficy, Jr., Utah State Bailee Cotton, Sr., Wyoming Marta Gomez, Sr., Wyoming ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION Maddi Utti, So., Fresno State Terae Briggs, Sr., Nevada Jayla Everett, Fr., New Mexico Mallory Adams. Fr., San Diego State Nikki Wheatley, Sr., UNLV ALL-MW DEFENSIVE TEAM Maddi Utti, So., Fresno State Bailey Thomas, So., UNLV Nike McClure, Sr., New Mexico Aisia Robertson, Jr., New Mexico Bailee Cotton, Sr., Wyoming ALL-MW FRESHMAN TEAM Riley Snyder, Air Force Jayla Everett, New Mexico Mallory Adams, San Diego State Sophia Ramos, San Diego State Karla Erjavec, Wyoming MW PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jaisa Nunn, Sr., New Mexico MW DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Bailee Cotton, Sr., Wyoming MW NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Aisia Robertson, Jr., New Mexico MW FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Jayla Everett, New Mexico MW SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR Rodjanae Wade, Jr., UNLV MW COACH OF THE YEAR Gordy Presnell, Boise State Comment