Kayla Woodward Preseason Player of the Year
Cowgirl junior Kayla Woodward was named the 2013-2014 Mountain West Conference preseason Player of the Year.
Woodward is a 5’11 forward from Sheridan. She was name to the 2013 Mountain West Conference All-Tournament team in Las Vegas. She was also a second-team All Mountain West selection last year.
In 2012-2013 she averaged 14.1 points per game.
“Definitely surprised with our preseason selection,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “I’m excited about the year but understand that this is a team that will develop over time. We lost three starters that accumulated approximately half of our points and rebounds, so someone will have to step up to fill major roles to meet our team expectations. “Kayla has had an impact on this program over the past two seasons. She is very deserving for both honors being named Preseason Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Conference Team.”
Woodward is joined on the preseason team by Fresno State senior Taylor Thompson, San Diego State junior Erimma Amarikwa, Colorado State senior Sam Martin, and San Jose State junior Ta’Rea Cunnigan.
The Cowgirls will host the Chadron State Eagles, on Friday, Nov. 1, to open up the exhibition season in the Arena Auditorium. They will begin the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, as they will play Montana State Northern in Sheridan, Wyo. Both game times are set for 7:00 p.m.
2013-14 MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Points
1. Fresno State (17) 238
2. Wyoming (4) 212
3. San Diego State (2) 196
4. New Mexico 185
5. UNLV (2) 170
6. Utah State 136
7. Colorado State 130
8. Boise State 96
9. San José State 76
10. Nevada 62
11. Air Force 28
Note: Coaches do not vote for their own teams.
2013-14 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Name, Class, Position Institution
Sam Martin Sr. F Colorado State
Taylor Thompson Sr. G Fresno State
Erimma Amarikwa Jr. F San Diego State
Ta‘Rea Cunnigan Jr. G San José State
Kayla Woodward Jr. F Wyoming
Preseason Player of the Year: Kayla Woodward, Jr., F, Wyoming
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Chloe Johnson, G, San Diego State
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Cierra Warren, C, Sr., San Diego State