NMSU Women's Basketball Picked To Win WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women's basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference title in the 2017-18 WAC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Alexis Montgomery from Seattle U was selected as Preseason Player of the Year.

Junior forward Brooke Salas was chosen as a member of the All-WAC First Team in both polls. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Placentia, Calif. native was named First-Team All-WAC after averaging 13.5 PPG, 1.5 steals and 6.5 rebounds to go with her .418 shooting clip.

In the coaches poll, senior guard Zaire Williams earned second-team honors after scoring a season-high 19 points against Seattle U, dishing out a career-high 12 assists and led the Aggies with a .450 three-point shooting percentage during the 2016-17 season.

"All the credit goes to the previous coaching staff, players and the returners for all of their hard work and success," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "We'll be taking everything one step at a time and we're excited to get the season started. Brooke and Zaire have earned that recognition with what they've done in their previous seasons."

The Aggies tallied six first-place votes out of a possible eight in the head coaches poll, for a total of 47 points. CSU Bakersfield came in second with 39 points and the remaining two first-place votes followed by Seattle U in third with 38 points. Utah Valley tallied 30 points while Grand Canyon (22), UTRGV (21), UMKC (20) and Chicago State (7) finished out the league.

In the media poll, NM State obtained seven first-place votes to earn 82 total points, out-beating Seattle U who earned four first-place votes to finish with 76 points. CSU Bakersfield came in third with 60 points while Grand Canyon (55), Utah Valley (46), UTRGV (34), UMKC (31) and Chicago State (11) rounded out the rest of the league.