W. Hoops' McKynzie Fort Named All-Mountain West Honoree

March 6, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

San Diego State women’s basketball junior guard McKynzie Fort earned an All-Mountain West accolade for the third consecutive season, the conference office announced Monday.

This is the fourth all-conference honor of her career after capturing all-freshman honors and, last year, picking up nods on the All-MW and all-defensive teams.

Fort becomes just the fourth Aztec to garner a spot on an All-Mountain West team each of her first three seasons on Montezuma Mesa, joining Paris Johnson, Jené Morris and Courtney Clements. That trio holds the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively on the all-time San Diego State scoring list.

This season, Fort is averaging 15.9 points per game to rank second in the Mountain West, helped by her best offensive performance in the Scarlet and Black with 29 points each at San José State and Cal State Fullerton. She currently ranks 13th in conference play with 2.8 assists per game. One of the Aztecs’ most reliable performers, she leads the squad with 31.8 minutes per game, the 12th-most in the conference, and has already surpassed her career high with eight long balls.

The Fontana, Calif., native got to 1,000 career points at San José State on Jan. 11, becoming just the 21st member of the Aztecs' 1,000-point club and the eighth Aztec to reach that mark in her third season. Fort is the 27th Mountain West student-athlete to hit 1,000 points in her third season and is the first true Mountain West junior accomplish the feat since Wyoming had two student-athletes make the milestone during the 2013-14 season.

SDSU opens the 2017 Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 9 seed today at 2 p.m. PT when it faces No. 8 seed San José State. All 10 games of the tournament will stream live on the Mountain West Network, and Chris Ello will call SDSU's games in a live audio broadcast on GoAztecs.com and ESPN 1700.

All-Mountain West Team
Brooke Pahukoa, Sr., G, Boise State
Elin Gustavsson, Sr., F, Colorado State
Ellen Nystrom, Sr., G, Colorado State
Bego Faz Davalos, Jr., C, Fresno State
Cherise Beynon, Jr., G, New Mexico
Richelle van der Keijl, Sr., F/C, New Mexico
McKynzie Fort, Jr., G, San Diego State
Dezz Ramos, Sr., G, San José State
Dakota Gonzalez, Jr., G, UNLV
Liv Roberts, Jr., G, Wyoming

Honorable Mention
Marijke Vanderschaaf, So., C, Boise State
Candice White, So., G, Fresno State
Stephanie Schmid, Sr., G, Nevada
Brooke Johnson, Jr., G, UNLV
Rachel Brewster, So., G, Utah State

All-Defensive Team
Ellen Nystrom, Sr., G, Colorado State
Bego Faz Davalos, So., C, Fresno State
Cherise Beynon, Jr., G, New Mexico
Brooke Johnson, Jr., G, UNLV
Liv Roberts, Jr., G, Wyoming

All-Freshman Team
Mariah Forde, Fr., G, Air Force
Riley Lupfer, Fr., G, Boise State
Mykiel Burleson, Fr., G, New Mexico
Shannon Dufficy, Fr., F, Utah State
Eliza West, Fr., G, Utah State
Taylor Rusk, Fr., F, Wyoming

Player of the Year: Ellen Nystrom, Sr., G, Colorado State
Defensive Player of the Year: Bego Faz Davalos, Jr., C, Fresno State
Newcomer of the Year: Richelle van der Keijl, Sr., F/C, New Mexico
Freshman of the Year: Eliza West, Fr., G, Utah State
Sixth Player of the Year: Marta Gomez, So., F, Wyoming
Coach of the Year: Joe Legerski, Wyoming


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