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Smith, Thorborn back to anchor Utes

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah was the overwhelming pick to win the
Mountain West Conference in the league's preseason women's
basketball poll released.

The Utes, who have won a share of the last three MWC
regular-season titles, received 23 of the 26 first-place votes
Thursday from the league's nine coaches and members of the media
who cover the conference.

Utah seniors Kim Smith and Shona Thorborn, who shared MWC
player-of-the year last season, were all-conference picks along
with UNLV guard Sheena Moore, New Mexico forward Dionne Marsh and
Colordo State forward Melissa Dennett.

Smith was voted top returning player and UNLV freshman Faye
Mueller the top newcomer.

New Mexico, which won the last three MWC tournaments, was
second, followed by TCU. UNLV was picked fourth, followed by
Colorado State, BYU, Wyoming, San Diego State and Air Force.