Conference Summaries

Mar 062006
Authors: Stacey Zynen

The Mountain West Conference boasts three teams in the top 25. The conference tournament will certainly be a tough one. Here's how the season played out for each of the nine teams:

No. 1 BYU (13-3 in conference, 23-4 overall)

At the end of conference play, BYU stands in first place of the Mountain West Conference and 18th in the nation. They are led by Ambrosia Anderson who ranks second in the MWC in scoring with 18.3 per game. Head coach Jeff Judkins just recorded his 100th career win.

The Cougars are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

No. 2 Utah (12-4, 21-6)

Recording their 30th consecutive win against Wyoming Saturday, the Utah Utes secured the No. 2 seed in the MWC for the third year in a row. Utah senior Kim Smith leads the conference in scoring, averaging 20 points per game. She was recently acknowledged for reaching over 2,000 points in her career. Utah is scheduled to play the No. 7 ranked Air Force Falcons on Wednesday at noon.

No. 3 New Mexico (11-5, 21-8).

Ranked No. 21 nationally, New Mexico secured the third seed in the MWC Saturday in a 74-49 victory over conference-leading BYU, dealing the Cougars their worst loss of the season.

The Lobos with play the sixth seed UNLV on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

No. 4 TCU (11-5, 17-10)

The newest team to the conference will garnish the No. 4 seed. TCU will be looking to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year.

Natasha Lacy leads the Horned Frogs in scoring and rebounding placing fifth in the MWC for both, averaging 14.5 and 7.4, respectively.

No. 5 Wyoming (10-6, 20-7)

Despite a 69-67 loss to the Utes Saturday, the Cowgirls have shown impressive play this season, defeating the top two teams in the conference, BYU and New Mexico, in the same week.

The Cowgirls will take on the TCU Horned Frogs 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

No. 6 UNLV (9-7, 17-10)

The UNLV Rebels went into the game against TCU Saturday looking to move up to the third seed, but suffered a heart-breaking 82-77 loss in overtime against the Horned Frogs.

The Rebels look to point guard Sheena Moore for leadership on the court, and she delivers. She became the ninth Lady Rebel in UNLV women's basketball history to score 1,500 career points.

No. 7 Air Force (4-12, 13-14)

The Fighting Falcons improved their record Saturday when they defeated CSU for the second time this season at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, 79-65. Sophomore Alecia Steele and junior Letricia Castillo lead the Falcons in scoring, both averaging nine points per game.

No. 8 San Diego State (0-16, 3-23)

With a 3-23 overall record and 0-16 in conference play the Aztecs look to redeem themselves in the tournament opener against Colorado State Tuesday. This will be the first time CSU and SDSU face-off in the conference tournament. Winning the opener would give the Atzecs a straight shot to play top-seeded BYU in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

The Aztecs play the Rams at 5 p.m. tonight.


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