Aggie Women's Basketball Selected As Preseason Favorites, Brianna Freeman Named WAC Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The NM State women’s basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference in the 2015-16 WAC Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Junior forward Brianna Freeman also swept the honors as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in both polls. The reigning WAC Player of the Year averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds to go with her 64 assists, 53 steals, 27 blocks and 41.9 shooting percentage last season.

In the head coaches poll, NM State tallied 7-of-8 possible first-place votes for a total of 49 points with CSU Bakersfield coming in second with 39 points. Seattle U garnered 33 points and was the only other team to receive a first-place vote. UT Rio Grande Valley tallied 30 points while Grand Canyon (27), Utah Valley (26), Missouri-Kansas City (13) and Chicago State (7) rounded out the rest of the league.

In the media poll, the Aggies tallied 9-of-10 first-place votes for a total of 79 points. The media poll was quite similar to that of the coaches poll except UTRGV was predicted to finish third instead Seattle U while CSU Bakersfield received the only other first-place vote.

Joining Freeman on the preseason first-team list are seniors Sasha Weber and Shanice Davis in the coaches poll. NM State led the pack with three players selected while CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U tied for second with two each.

In the media poll, Freeman and Weber earned first-team honors while Davis received second-team selections. The Aggies also led all teams with three honorees in the media poll.

2015-16 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. NM State (7) 49
2. CSU Bakersfield 39
3 Seattle U (1) 33
4. UT Rio Grande Valley 30
5. Grand Canyon 27
6. Utah Valley 26
7. Missouri-Kansas City 13
8. Chicago State 7

2015-16 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media Poll
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. NM State (9) 79
2. CSU Bakersfield (1) 65
3. UT Rio Grande Valley 54
4. Seattle U 48
5. Grand Canyon 43
6. Utah Valley 40
7. Missouri-Kansas City
19 8. Chicago State 12

2015-16 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
First Team
Brianna Freeman, NM State
Shawnte' Goff, UT Rio Grande Valley
Sasha Weber, NM State
Taelor Ross, Seattle U
Shanice Davis, NM State

Second Team
Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, Utah Valley
Alyssa Shannon, CSU Bakersfield
Batabe Zempare, CSU Bakersfield
Crystal Allen, Seattle U
August Touchard, Grand Canyon

2015-16 Preseason Women's Basketball Media All-WAC Teams
First Team
Brianna Freeman, NM State
Shawnte' Goff, UT Rio Grande Valley
Sasha Weber, NM State
Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, Utah Valley
Alyssa Shannon, CSU Bakersfield

Second Team
Taelor Ross, Seattle U
Shanice Davis, NM State
Batabe Zempare, CSU Bakersfield
Dajy vines, CSU Bakersfield
Layne Murphy, Chicago State