Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference women's basketball media have selected NM State as the preseason favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2018-19 and the Aggies' Brooke Salas as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies earned nine first-place votes in the media poll to collect 81 points to top the poll. CSU Bakersfield is second with 69 points, followed by Seattle U in third with 63 points. Grand Canyon is fourth with 46 points. Kansas City and Utah Valley are tied for fifth with 36 points, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in seventh, California Baptist in eighth and Chicago State in ninth.

Salas leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining her on the first team are teammate Gia Pack, CSU Bakersfield's Jazmine Johnson, Kansas City's Kristen Moore and Seattle U's Kamira Sanders.

Second team selections include CSU Bakersfield's Vanessa Austin and Alexxus Gilbert, UT Rio Grande Valley's Quynne Huggins, Chicago State's Ines Mata Boix and California Baptist's Lexy Ram.

2018-19 Preseason Women's Basketball Media Poll

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. NM State (9) 81
2. CSU Bakersfield 69
3. Seattle U 63
4. Grand Canyon 46
T5. Kansas City 36
T5. Utah Valley 36
7. UT Rio Grande Valley 30
8. California Baptist 28
9. Chicago State 18

2018-19 Preseason Women's Basketball Media All-WAC Teams

First Team
Jazmine Johnson, CSU Bakersfield
Kristen Moore, Kansas City
Gia Pack, NM State
Brooke Salas, NM State
Kamira Sanders, Seattle U U

Second Team
Vanessa Austin, CSU Bakersfield
Alexxus Gilbert, CSU Bakersfield
Quynne Huggins, UT Rio Grande Valley
Ines Mata Boix, Chicago State
Lexy Ram, California Baptist

Preseason Player of the Year: Brooke Salas, NM State