March 9, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Utah State senior guard Jennifer Schlott was named the 2014 Mountain West Women's Basketball Player of the Year, becoming the first Aggie women's basketball player to earn Player of the Year honors, as announced by the conference on Sunday.
Schlott (Mesa, Ariz.) was also named to the all-Mountain West first-team, becoming the first USU player to all-MW honors. USU is in its first season in the Mountain West. She earned her second-straight postseason honor after earning second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors last season. The senior is just the fourth Utah State player to earn first-team all-conference honors after Devyn Christensen (WAC - 2012, 2013), Ashlee Brown (WAC - 2011, 2012) and Danyelle Snelgro (WAC - 2009).
The senior had one of the best seasons in Mountain West history, setting the conference record in points scored (489) and scoring average 27.2 points per game. She is the only player in league history to score over 400 points in 18 league games. She has scored at least 30 points in 10 league games this season. She is also first in the conference in assists in MW games, averaging 5.7 assists per game.
Schlott was the only Aggie to earn all-Mountain West honors. The five-player, first-team consisted of players from five different schools. Schlott was joined Boise State's Deanna Weaver, Fresno State's Taylor Thompson, San Diego State's Cierra Warren and Wyoming's Kayla Woodward on the first team.
Junior guard Elise Nelson (Springfield, Ore.) was also named to the Mountain West all-Defensive team. Nelson became the fourth Aggie to earn a postseason all-defensive team honors, as three Aggies earned WAC all-Defensive team honors. Ashlee Brown (2012), Alice Coddington (2010, 2011) and Snelgro (2009) have all been previously honored. Nelson is first in the league in steals, averaging 2.1 spg. She leads the conference with 38 steals in league contests. She is also 13th in MW games in rebounding, averaging 6.2 rpg.
Colorado State's Ryun Williams was named Coach of the Year, while the Rams' Caitlin Duffy was named Sixth Player of the Year. Boise State's Weaver was the Newcomer of the Year. Fresno State's Thompson and Nevada's Mimi Mungedi were Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while the Broncos' Yaiza Rodriguez and the Rams' Ellen Nystrom were Co-Freshman of the Year.
The Aggies are the eighth seed in the upcoming Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships, taking on ninth-seeded New Mexico on Monday, March 10 at 3 p.m. (MT). The winner will take on top-seeded Colorado State on Tuesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. (MT).
All games at the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network except the championship game, which will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
2013-14 All-Mountain West Honors First-Team All-Mountain West Deanna Weaver, Jr., G/F, Boise State &Taylor Thompson, Sr., G, Fresno State Cierra Warren, Sr., C, San Diego State Jennifer Schlott, Sr., G, Utah State &^Kayla Woodward, Jr., F, Wyoming
Second-Team All-Mountain West &^!Sam Martin, Sr., F, Colorado State AJ Newton, Jr., G, Colorado State Ellen Nystrom, Fr., G, Colorado State Gritt Ryder, Jr., G, Colorado State Bree Farley, Sr., G, Fresno State &Danika Sharp, Sr., G, Nevada
Honorable Mention Arielle Wideman, Sr., G, Nevada Antiesha Brown, Jr., G, New Mexico Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Jr., G, San José State Alana Cesarz, Jr., F, UNLV Fallon Lewis, Sr., G, Wyoming
All-Defensive Team Deanna Weaver, Jr., G/F, Boise State Ellen Nystrom, Fr., G, Colorado State Taylor Thompson, Sr., G, Fresno State Mimi Mungedi, Jr., C, Nevada Elise Nelson, Jr., G, Utah State
All-Freshman Team Yaiza Rodriguez, Fr., G, Boise State Elin Gustavsson, Fr., G, Colorado State Ellen Nystrom, Fr., G, Colorado State Ariell Bostick, Fr., G, San Diego State Jasmine Smith, Fr., F, San José State
Player of the Year: Jennifer Schlott, Sr., G, Utah State Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Thompson, Sr., G, Fresno State; Mimi Mungedi, Jr., C, Nevada Co-Freshman of the Year: Yaiza Rodriguez, G, Boise State; Ellen Nystrom, G, Colorado State Newcomer of the Year: Deanna Weaver, Jr., G/F Boise State Sixth Player of the Year: Caitlin Duffy, So., G, Colorado State Coach of the Year: Ryun Williams, Colorado State
& 2012-13 All-MW/Defensive team selection ^ 2011-12 All-MW/Defensive team selection ! 2010-11 All-MW/Defensive team selection
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