DENVER – NM State is the favorite to win the 2018-19 Western Athletic Conference women's basketball title and the Aggies' Brooke Salas was selected WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league's nine head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.
The Aggies, who won their fourth-straight WAC regular season title last season, received 62 points and seven first-place votes in the preseason poll. CSU Bakersfield picked up the remaining first two votes for a total of 56 points. Defending tournament champion Seattle U was picked third with 49 points and Grand Canyon took fourth with 45 points. Kansas City and UT Rio Grande Valley tied for fifth with 33 points each. California Baptist was selected seventh in its inaugural WAC season, followed by Utah Valley and Chicago State.
Salas leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining her on the first team are teammate Gia Pack, CSU Bakersfield's Alexxus Gilbert, Kansas City's Kristen Moore and Seattle U's Kamira Sanders.
Second team selections include CSU Bakersfield's Vanessa Austin and Jazmine Johnson, Grand Canyon's AJ Cephas and Laura Piera and UT Rio Grande Valley's Quynne Huggins.
2018-19 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
|Rank||Team (1st Place Votes)||Points|
|1.||NM State (7)||62|
|2.||CSU Bakersfield (2)||56|
|T5.||UT Rio Grande Valley||33|
2018-19 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
Alexxus Gilbert, CSU Bakersfield
Kristen Moore, Kansas City
Gia Pack, NM State
Brooke Salas, NM State
Kamira Sanders, Seattle U
Vanessa Austin, CSU Bakersfield
AJ Cephas, Grand Canyon
Quynne Huggins, UT Rio Grande Valley
Jazmine Johnson, CSU Bakersfield
Laura Piera, Grand Canyon
Preseason Player of the Year: Brooke Salas, NM State