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.
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.
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