Cowgirls basketball picked to finish fifth in Mountain West race

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October 13, 2021 — The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team has been selected to finish fifth this season in the Mountain West Conference, according to a media poll and the league’s head coaches. This marks the second-straight season UW was picked fifth in the preseason poll. Last season the Cowgirls won the post-season Mountain West Tournament and earned themselves a place in the NCAA Tournament.

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The conference favorite was Fresno State, who received 13 first-place votes and 269 total points. The Cowgirls tallied a total of 190 points. Defending regular-season champion New Mexico was picked No. 2, with 251 points and seven first-place nods. UNLV received three first-place votes and was picked third with 232 points.

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UW returns three starters from last season’s squad in Tommi Olson, Alba Sanchez Ramos, and Quinn Weidemann. Last season, Weidemann was the Mountain West Tournament MVP, while Olson was tabbed to the All-Tournament Team a season ago. The Cowgirls also return leading-scorer McKinley Bradshaw, who averaged 11.7 points per game in 2020-21, mostly appearing off the bench.

The Cowgirls open the season with a pair of exhibitions before regular-season play begins. UW hosts Colorado Christian (October 29) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (November 5) before officially opening the season with its first regular-season game on November 9 at 11 a.m., against CSU Pueblo.

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2021-22 Mountain West Predicted Order of Finish

Rank      Team (1st place votes)                   Points
1.            Fresno State (13)                              269
2.            New Mexico (7)                                251
3.            UNLV (3)                                          232
4.            Colorado State (1)                            207
5.            Wyoming                                         190
6.            Boise State                                       166
7.            San Diego State (2)                          135
8.            Nevada                                            123
9.            San Jose State (1)                            105
10.          Air Force                                            62
11.          Utah State                                         42

2021-22 Preseason All-Mountain West Team

Pos.       Name                                    Yr.                          Team
G             McKenna Hofschild         Jr.                           Colorado State
G             Haley Cavinder                  Jr.                           Fresno State
G             Hanna Cavinder                Jr.                           Fresno State
G/F        Antonia Anderson           Sr.                           New Mexico
C             Desi-Rae Young                 So.                          UNLV

Preseason Player of the Year
Haley Cavinder, Jr., Guard, Fresno State