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McKynzie Fort named to All-Defensive Team & Najé Murray earns All-Freshman honors


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March 5, 2018 (San Diego) - Two Aztecs earned All-Mountain West Honors, the conference office announced Monday morning. Senior guard McKynzie Fort was named to the All-Defensive Team and was an honorable mention selection for the All-Conference team and Najé Murray was named to the All-Freshman Team.

This is the fourth time Fort has earned all-Mountain West honors and is the second time she has been named to the All-Defensive team (2015-16). Murray becomes the first Aztec to make the All-Freshman team since Fort did it in after the 2014-15 season.


Fort during Mountain West Play:

 Averaged 16.2 points per game (7th in conference play).

 Ranked in the top 15 in the conference in eight categories in MW play: Minutes (35.9, 7th) Points (16.3, 6th), rebounds (6.4, 13th), steals (1.6, 6th), assists (3.2, 14th), FG percentage (.462, 14th), FT percentage (.737, 15th), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1, 14th).

 Led the team in points, rebounds, free-throws made and attempted, steals and minutes in MW games.

•  Scored in double-digits in 15 or her 18 conference games.

 Scored a career-high 32 points against New Mexico (1-20-18).

 Had a career-high 16 rebounds twice.

•  Scored 20 or more points six times in conference play.

•  Had a career-high nine assists against Fresno State (2-7-18).

•  Led the team in scoring in 10 of their 18 MW games.

 Led the team in rebounding in 8 of their 18 MW games.

 Had two double-doubles in MW games.

Fort currently boasts 1,683 career points, which ranks third on the school's all-time charts. She also ranks second in free-throws made (372) and third field goals attempted (1,424), free-throws attempted (517) and in field goals made (643). Fort ranks in the top 45 amongst all active Division-I players in the above categories, including 36th in career points.


Murray during Mountain West Play:


 Averaged 8.8 points in conference play.

 Second on the team in three-pointers made (1.6 per game) and steals (1.3 per game).

 Third on the team in scoring in conference play.

 Scored a career-high 29 points while making seven three-pointers vs. New Mexico (1-20-18).

 Started 14 of 18 games in MW play.

 Averaging 11.4 points per game over her past five games.

 Scored 10+ points in seven MW games.

 Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at Nevada last Saturday.

 Had a career-high eight assists vs. San Jose State (2-24-18).


Women’s Basketball All-Mountain West Honors

POY: Liv Roberts, Wyoming

DPOY: Brooke Johnson, UNLV

NOY: Tesha Buck, New Mexico

6POY: Marta Gomez, Wyoming

FOY: Kaelin Immel, Air Force

COY: Joe Legerski, Wyoming


All-Conference Team

Marta Hermida, Boise State

Riley Lupfer, Boise State

Hannah Tvrdy, Colorado State

Candice White, Fresno State

Teige Zeller, Nevada

Cherise Beynon, New Mexico

Jaisa Nunn, New Mexico

Katie Powell, UNLV

Brooke Johnson, UNLV

Liv Roberts, Wyoming


All-Conference Honorable Mention

McKynzie Fort, San Diego State

Myzhanique Ladd, San José State

Nikki Wheatley, UNLV


All-Defensive Team

Hannah Tvrdy, Colorado State

Cherise Beynon, New Mexico

McKynzie Fort, San Diego State

Brooke Johnson, UNLV

Katie Powell, UNLV

Bailee Cotton, Wyoming


All-Freshman Team

Kaelin Immel, Air Force

Emily Conroe, Air Force

Grace Colaivalu, Colorado State

Aly Gamez, Fresno State

Maddi Utti, Fresno State

Najé Murray, San Diego State