Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year

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Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded forMost outstanding basketball player in the Mountain West Conference
CountryUnited States
History
First award2000
Most recentMcKenna Hofschild, Colorado State

The Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Mountain West Conference's (MW) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1999–2000 season, the first of the conference's existence. As of 2022, no MW player has received any national player of the year award.

Utah has the most awards with eight and individual recipients with five, but the Utes left the MW in 2011 to join what is now the Pac-12 Conference. Among current members, Colorado State and UNLV have the most awards with four each, and Colorado State has the most individual recipients with three. Two players have shared the award on five occasions—in 2001, consecutively from 2005 to 2007, and also in 2015. Three players have won the award more than once. Ellen Nystrom of Colorado State won in 2016 and 2017; Linda Fröhlich of UNLV won the award outright in 2000 and 2002 and shared it in 2001; and Kim Gaucher (née Smith) of Utah won four times—outright in 2003 and 2004, and shared in 2005 and 2006.

Key[edit]

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year, Wade Trophy or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Mountain West Player of the Year award at that point

Winners[edit]

Kim Gaucher, née Smith, is the only four-time recipient.
2021 recipient Haley Cavinder, pictured in high school.
Season Player School Position Class Reference[a]
1999–00 Linda Fröhlich UNLV F Sophomore
2000–01 Amy Ewert Utah G/F Senior
Linda Fröhlich (2) UNLV F Junior
2001–02 Linda Fröhlich (3) UNLV F Senior
2002–03 Kim Smith Utah F Freshman
2003–04 Kim Smith (2) Utah F Sophomore
2004–05 Kim Smith (3) Utah F Junior
Shona Thorburn Utah G Junior
2005–06 Ambrosia Anderson BYU F Senior
Kim Smith (4) Utah F Senior
2006–07 Dani Kubik-Wright BYU C Senior
Adrianne Ross TCU G Junior
2007–08 Leilani Mitchell Utah G Senior
2008–09 Morgan Warburton Utah G Senior
2009–10 Helena Sverrisdóttir TCU G/F Junior
2010–11 Aubrey Vandiver Wyoming G Senior
2011–12 Courtney Clements San Diego State G Junior
2012–13 Chelsea Hopkins San Diego State G Senior
2013–14 Jennifer Schlott Utah State G Senior
2014–15 Gritt Ryder Colorado State G Senior
Alex Sheedy Fresno State F Senior
2015–16 Ellen Nystrom Colorado State G Junior
2016–17 Ellen Nystrom (2) Colorado State G Senior
2017–18 Liv Roberts Wyoming G Senior
2018–19 Jaisa Nunn New Mexico C Senior
2019–20 Maddi Utti Fresno State F Junior
2020–21 Haley Cavinder Fresno State G Sophomore [1]
2021–22 Desi-Rae Young UNLV C Sophomore [2]
2022–23 McKenna Hofschild Colorado State G Senior [3]
  1. ^ Except as indicated otherwise, all references are from the 2020–21 MW women's basketball record book, cited in the "References" section.

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Utah (1999)[a 1] 8 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 (×2), 2006, 2008, 2009
Colorado State (1999) 4 2015, 2016, 2017, 2023
UNLV (1999) 4 2000, 2001, 2002, 2022
BYU (1999)[a 2] 3 2003, 2006, 2007
Fresno State (2012) 3 2015, 2020, 2021
San Diego State (1999) 2 2012, 2013
TCU (2005)[a 3] 2 2007, 2010
Wyoming (1999) 2 2011, 2018
Utah State (2013) 1 2014
New Mexico (1999) 1 2019
Air Force (1999) 0
Boise State (2011) 0
Nevada (2012) 0
San Jose State (2013) 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Utah left in 2011 to join what is now the Pac-12 Conference, and will join the Big 12 Conference in 2024.
  2. ^ BYU left in 2011 to join the West Coast Conference, and moved from there to the Big 12 in 2023.
  3. ^ TCU left in 2012 to join the Big 12.

References[edit]

  • Winners through 2019–20: "2020–21 Mountain West Women's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). Mountain West Conference. pp. 80–84. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  1. ^ "Mountain West Announces 2020-21 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). Mountain West Conference. March 7, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "Mountain West Announces 2021-22 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team and Individual Awards" (Press release). Mountain West Conference. March 6, 2022. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "2022-23 Women's Basketball All-Mountain West Awards Announced" (Press release). Mountain West Conference. March 5, 2023. Retrieved March 6, 2023.