Cunnigan Named All-Mountain West

Ta'Rea Cunnigan, the third leading scorer in MW play, earned All-Mountain West honors.
March 9, 2015

San Jose, Calif. - By a vote of the conference's 11 head coaches, guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan is a 2014-15 All-Mountain West performer, it was announced by the conference office in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday.

Cunnigan, a senior out of Winchester, Calif., is one of 11 women's basketball players honored as All-Mountain West for their play in the conference's 18-game schedule.

The Chaparral High School product compiled the third highest scoring average in conference play at 18.7 points per game and her .451 shooting percentage was the second best in the Mountain West. She ranked 12th in both free throw percentage (.642) and steals (1.6/g) and made an average of 1.4 three-pointers per game, which ranked 15th.

During Mountain West play, Cunnigan set the San José State women's career-scoring record (1,762 points), then the school scoring record (1,768 points). She passed 1,800 points, then 1,900 points and against UNLV on Friday night, passed 2,000 career points.

Cunnigan is the 338th woman in the modern era of Division I (1981-2015) to surpass the 2,000-point plateau and begins the 2015 Mountain West Tournament with 2,005 career-points.

Cunnigan is also the holder of the school record (men and women) for free throws (534) and free throw attempts (734). When the ball it tipped in the Spartans opening game of the MW Tournament (Monday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Utah State), she will equal the program record for games played (120) and with her second field goal attempt will set a new record in that category.


 

 

In seven other career program categories, Cunnigan ranks in the top-10 including second in scoring average (16.8/g).

This is the fourth time in her college career that Cunnigan has been honored with postseason conference honors.

2014-15 All-Mountain West Honors

All-Mountain West Team

Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Sr., G, San José State

Deanna Weaver, Sr., G/F, Boise State

Ellen Nystrom, So., G, Colorado State

Gritt Ryder, Sr., G, Colorado State

Alex Sheedy, Sr., F, Fresno State

Mimi Mungedi, Sr., C, Nevada

Antiesha Brown, Sr., G, New Mexico

Alana Cesarz, Sr., F, UNLV

Danielle Miller, Sr., G, UNLV

Marquelle Dent, Jr., G, Wyoming

Kayla Woodward, Sr., F, Wyoming

Honorable Mention

Jimi Blagowsky, Sr., G, Air Force

Erimma Amarikwa, Jr., F, San Diego State

Funda Nakkasoglu, Fr., G/F, Utah State

All-Defensive Team

Ellen Nystrom, So., G, Colorado State

Raven Fox, Sr., G, Fresno State

Mimi Mungedi, Sr., C, Nevada

Antiesha Brown, Sr., G, New Mexico

Danielle Miller, Sr., G, UNLV

Marquelle Dent, Jr., G, Wyoming

All-Freshman Team

Bego Faz Davalos, Fr., C, Fresno State

Cherise Beynon, Fr., G, New Mexico

McKynzie Fort, Fr., G, San Diego State

Nikki Wheatley, Fr., G, UNLV

Funda Nakkasoglu, Fr., G/F, Utah State

Co-Player of the Year: Gritt Ryder, Sr., G, Colorado State; Alex Sheedy, Sr., F, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year: Mimi Mungedi, Sr., C, Nevada

Freshman of the Year: Funda Nakkasoglu, G/F, Utah State

Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Kelley, Jr., G, Wyoming

Sixth Player of the Year: Raven Fox, Sr., G, Fresno State

Coach of the Year: Yvonne Sanchez, New Mexico