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WAC Coaches Select NM State, Pack as Preseason Favorites

WAC Coaches Select NM State, Pack as Preseason Favorites

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DENVER – NM State is the favorite to win the 2018-19 Western Athletic Conference women's basketball title and the Aggies' Gia Pack 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 fifth-straight WAC regular season title last season, received 62 points and six first-place votes in the preseason poll. California Baptist picked up two first-place votes for a total of 57 points and Kansas City earned the remaining first-place vote and 44 points. UT Rio Grande Valley was picked fourth with 40 points while CSU Bakersfield earned fifth with 35 points. Utah Valley was selected sixth with 29 points, followed by Grand Canyon, Seattle U and Chicago State.

Pack leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining her on the first team are Utah Valley's Jordan Holland, Kansas City's Ericka Mattingly and California Baptist duo Ane Olaeta and Britney Thomas.

Second team selections include CSU Bakersfield's Vanessa Austin, Grand Canyon's Da'jah Daniel, UT Rio Grande Valley pair Amara Graham and Megan Johnson and Seattle U's Kamira Sanders.

2019-20 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. NM State (6) 62
2. California Baptist (2) 57
3. Kansas City (1) 44
4. UT Rio Grande Valley 40
5. CSU Bakersfield 35
6. Utah Valley 29
7. Grand Canyon 25
8. Seattle U 24
9. Chicago State 8


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

First Team
Jordan Holland, Utah Valley
Ericka Mattingly, Kansas City
Ane Olaeta, California Baptist
Gia Pack, NM State
Britney Thomas, California Baptist

Second Team
Vanessa Austin, CSU Bakersfield
Da'jah Daniel, Grand Canyon
Amara Graham, UT Rio Grande Valley
Megan Johnson, UT Rio Grande Valley
Kamira Sanders, Seattle U

Preseason Player of the Year: Gia Pack, NM State