Cowgirls picked fifth, Carlson preseason All-MWC

WyoSports writer Scott Nulph is at Mountain West Conference women’s basketball media day today in Denver.
He reports that Wyoming put a player on the All-MWC first team for the first time since Hannah Zavecz in the 2007-08 season with Cheyenne’s Hillary Carlson earning the honor.
 
Carlson was a second-team selection last year after averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds last season.
 
The Cowgirls were picked fifth in a vote of the league’s media and coaches.
 
TCU was a nearly unanimous pick to win the conference again this year. The Horned Frogs return four starters from a team that went 22-9 and earned an NCAA tournament berth, including returning player of the year Helena Sverrisdottir and first-teamer Emily Carter. Sverrisdottir was tabbed Preseason Player of the Year.
The Horned Frogs earned 16 out of 21 first-place votes to earn the top spot with 174 poll points. San Diego State, who made a run the Sweet 16 last year, picked up three first-place votes and 147 points. BYU got the other two first-place votes and 145 points.
 
Utah is fourth (116) and the Cowgirls fifth (103). The team poll is rounded out by New Mexico sixth, UNLV seventh, Colorado State eighth and Air Force ninth.
 
Sverrisdottir and Carlson are joined on the preseason all-conference team by Carter, Utah sophomore Taryn Wicijowski and SDSU senior Paris Johnson.
 
SDSU’s Melissa Sweat was named freshman of the year while teammate Courtney Clements was tabbed newcomer of the year.
 
Here is the complete preseason poll:
1. TCU (16 first-place votes), 174
2. SDSU (3 first-place votes), 147
3. BYU (2 first-place votes), 145
4. Utah, 116
5. Wyoming, 103
6. New Mexico, 100
7. UNLV, 94
8. Colorado State, 59
9. Air Force, 28
 
MWC Preseason All-Conference Team
Hillary Carlson, Sr., F, Wyoming
Paris Johnson, Sr., C, SDSU
Emily Carter, Sr., G, TCU
Helena Sverrisdottir, Sr., G/F, TCU
Taryn Wicijowkski, So., C, Utah   
 
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Courtney Clements, So., G, SDSU
 
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Melissa Sweat, G, SDSU