Utah picked to win MWC women's title

Updated: October 7, 2003, 2:35 PM ET

DENVER -- Utah is the overwhelming favorite to win the Mountain West Conference women's basketball title, according to a preseason poll of coaches and the media released Tuesday.

Utah received all possible first-place votes and 152 total points to repeat as MWC regular-season champions. Coaches could not vote for their own team.

BYU picked up the other first-place vote to place second with 120 points, edging New Mexico (119).

Colorado State was picked to finish fourth with 98 points, followed by UNLV (85), San Diego State (57), Wyoming (54) and Air Force (28).

Utah placed two players on the preseason all-conference team -- sophomore forward Kim Smith and sophomore guard Shona Thorburn. Smith and Thorburn ranked third and sixth, respectively, in scoring in the conference last season at 17.4 and 14.7 points.

Also named to the All-MWC team were BYU junior forward Danielle Cheesman, New Mexico junior guard Mandi Moore and UNLV junior forward/center Sherry McCracklin.

Smith was named the top returning player, and New Mexico junior center Jenny Shetters was named the top newcomer.

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