New Mexico State Women's Basketball Picked To Finish 8th By Coaches, 9th By Media

DENVER, CO - Utah State is the preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball title, while Aggie senior Devyn Christensen was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies received 78 points and seven first-place votes to beat out Louisiana Tech for the top spot. The Lady Techsters captured second place with 75 points and the other three first-place votes. Denver came in third with 55 points, while Seattle U finished fourth with 48 points, just ahead of Idaho in fifth place with 47 points. Texas State came in sixth with 41 points, followed by San Jose State in seventh with 36 points. New Mexico State (27), UTSA (26) and UT Arlington (17) rounded out the poll.

Christensen, a first team All-WAC pick a year ago, leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining her on the first team are Idaho’s Alyssa Charlston, Diamond Ford of Texas State, Louisiana Tech’s Whitney Frazier and Kacie Sowell of Seattle U.

Second team selections include Ta’Rea Cunnigan (San Jose State), Krissy Karr (Idaho), Quincey Noonan (Denver), Emiko Smith (Denver) and Ashley Ward (Seattle U).

The Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball media have selected Utah State as the preseason favorite to win the conference crown during the 2012-13 season, and Utah State senior guard Devyn Christensen has been selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies received eight first-place votes, earning 165 points. Louisiana Tech was picked to finish second with 136 points and four first-place votes, just ahead of Denver with 128 points and one first-place vote. Seattle U was picked to finish fourth with 106 points and two first-place votes, followed by Texas State with 101 points and one first-place vote. Idaho was picked to finish in sixth place with 83 points, followed by San Jose State in seventh with 64 points. UTSA (56), New Mexico State (54) and UT Arlington round out the poll.

Reigning first team All-WAC honoree Christensen was voted Preseason Player of the Year and is the on the preseason All-WAC first team. Joining her on the first team are Alyssa Charlston of Idaho, Louisiana Tech’s Whitney Frazier, Diamond Ford of Texas State and Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell.

The Preseason All-WAC second team is comprised of San Jose State’s Ta’Rea Cunnigan, Stefanie Gilbreath of New Mexico State, Idaho’s Krissy Karr, Kelia Shelton of Louisiana Tech and Denver’s Emiko Smith.

2012-13 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll




Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Utah State (7)  78
2 Louisiana Tech (3) 75
3 Denver 55
4 Seattle U 48
5 Idaho 47
6 Texas State 41
7 San Jose State 36
8 New Mexico State 27
9 UTSA 26
10 UT Arlington 17

2012-13 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
First Team
Alyssa Charlston, Idaho
Devyn Christensen, Utah State
Whitney Frazier, Louisiana Tech
Diamond Ford, Texas State
Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

Second Team
Ta’Rea Cunnigan, San Jose State

Krissy Karr, Idaho
Quincey Noonan, Denver
Emiko Smith, Denver
Ashley Ward, Seattle U

Preseason Player of the Year: Devyn Christensen, Utah State

New Mexico State (54) and UT Arlington round out the poll. 

2012-13 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media Poll




Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Utah State (9)  165
2 Louisiana Tech (4) 145
3 Denver (1) 135
4 Seattle U (2) 111
5 Texas State (1) 105
6 Idaho 91
7 San Jose State 70
8 UTSA 59
9 New Mexico State (1) 56
10 UT Arlington 53

2012-13 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media All-WAC Teams
First Team
Alyssa Charlston, Idaho
Devyn Christensen, Utah State
Whitney Frazier, Louisiana Tech
Diamond Ford, Texas State
Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

Second Team
Ta’Rea Cunnigan, San Jose State
Stefanie Gilbreath, New Mexico State
Krissy Karr, Idaho
Kelia Shelton, Louisiana Tech
Emiko Smith, Denver

Preseason Player of the Year: Devyn Christensen, Utah State