SDSU Women's Basketball Picked To Finish Eighth In MWC

Oct. 13, 2005

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    SALT LAKE CITY - The San Diego State women's basketball team has been predicted to finish eighth in the Mountain West Conference in a preseason poll released Thursday at the league's basketball media day in Salt Lake City, Utah. The voting panel consisted of the league's nine head coaches and select media.

    The Aztecs, who finished tied for seventh with Air Force in the 2004-05 regular season, earned 45 votes from the panel, 13 more than the Falcons (32) and 45 behind Wyoming (90) for seventh place.

    Utah, which tied for the 2004-05 regular season crown with New Mexico, was tabbed as the clear-cut preseason favorite, marking the third time the Utes have been picked to finish atop the conference. Utah received 23-of-26 first-place votes and 214 total points. New Mexico had two first-place votes and finished second with 180 points, followed by MWC newcomer TCU with one first-place vote and 164 points. UNLV (137 pts.) placed fourth, followed by Colorado State (117 pts.), BYU (107 pts.), Wyoming, SDSU and Air Force.

    The Aztecs return eight players from last season's squad, including 2004-05 honorable mention all-MWC senior Michelle Strawberry, and welcome back head coach Beth Burns. Burns, who coached SDSU from 1989 to 1997 and led the Aztecs to four NCAA tournament bids, has compiled a 151-83 overall record and a program-best 64.5 winning percentage.

    SDSU, which also boasts eight newcomers, officially begins practice on Oct. 15 and starts exhibition play Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. against Team Concept at Cox Arena.

    Individual game and season tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 17, at Qualcomm Stadium, the Cox Arena box office, the Aztec Center box office or through Ticketmaster ( or 619.220.8497).

    2005-06 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll
    Team (1st-place votes) Points

    1. Utah (23) 214
    2. New Mexico (2) 180
    3. TCU (1) 164
    4. UNLV 137
    5. Colorado State 117
    6. BYU 107
    7. Wyoming 90
    8. San Diego State 45
    9. Air Force 31

    SDSU In The MWC Preseason Poll

    Yr.		Pre.	Final
    1999-2000	6th	6th
    2000-01		7th	6th
    2001-02		7th	7th
    2002-03		7th	7th
    2003-04		6th	7th
    2004-05		7th	t7th
    2005-06             8th

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