For the first time in school history, the University of Wyoming has had a women's and men's basketball player earn preseason player of the year honors in the same year.

Tuesday the Mountain West released its preseason all-conference teams, and a pair of seniors from UW were tabbed as the MW Player of the Year.

Senior Kayla Woodward earned the honor for a second consecutive year. In reference to both winning the honor, Woodward said that means a lot.

"That's very cool to be on the guys and girls team. It's pretty cool. He's (Larry Nance, Jr.) a great player and a pretty good person. It's been quite a ride getting to know him throughout the years. It's pretty awesome, I think. I haven't even heard of that (one school having both) for a while, so it's cool.

Senior Larry Nance, Jr. became the first Cowboy to receive the distinction since 2007-2008.

Nance said he and Kayla actually were in the same place when the news became public.

"It's very cool. You know, we happened to be in the training room at the same time, and so it was kind of a bit of a celebration there, cause we had learned it was the first time in school history. Congratulations to her, she deserves it. I just hope I can live up to her name, ya know."

Both were First Team All-MW selections last season.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls are a month away from starting the 2014-15 season. The men will open November 16 versus Northern Colorado, while the women have their opener the next day, November 17, when they host Western State out of Colorado.

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