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WAC Media Select NM State, Mattingly as Preseason Favorites

WAC Media Select NM State, Mattingly as Preseason Favorites

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DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference women's basketball media have selected NM State as the preseason favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2019-20 and Kansas City's Ericka Mattingly as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies earned eight first place votes from the media to collect 110 points to top the poll. California Baptist is second with three first place votes and 96 points overall. Kansas City was right behind the 'Runners with the Roos earning two first place votes and 92 points. UT Rio Grande Valley came in fourth with 66 points, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 64 points. CSU Bakersfield is sixth with 57 points, followed by Seattle U in seventh, Grand Canyon in eighth and Chicago State in ninth.

Mattingly leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining her on the first team are Utah Valley's Jordan Holland, NM State's Gia Pack, Seattle U's Kamira Sanders and California Baptist's Britney Thomas.

Second team selections include Seattle U's Joana Alves, CSU Bakersfield's Jayden Eggleston, UT Rio Grande Valley's Megan Johnson, Chicago State's Ines Mata Boix and California Baptist's Ane Olaeta.

2019-20 Preseason Women's Basketball Media Poll

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. NM State (8) 110
2. California Baptist (3) 96
3. Kansas City (2) 92
4. UT Rio Grande Valley 66
5. Utah Valley 64
6. CSU Bakersfield 57
7. Seattle U 49
8. Grand Canyon 38
9. Chicago State 13


2019-20 Preseason Women's Basketball Media All-WAC Teams

First Team
Jordan Holland, Utah Valley
Ericka Mattingly, Kansas City
Gia Pack, NM State
Kamira Sanders, Seattle U
Britney Thomas, California Baptist

Second Team
Joana Alves, Seattle U
Jayden Eggleston, CSU Bakersfield
Megan Johnson, UT Rio Grande Valley
Ines Mata Boix, Chicago State
Ane Olaeta, California Baptist

Preseason Player of the Year: Ericka Mattingly, Kansas City