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Bobcats Picked Fourth in Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Mariah Byard and the Bobcats were picked to finish fourth in the MAC East

Oct. 31, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball has been picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference East Division this season, the league office announced on Wednesday. The voting for this year’s preseason poll was done by coaches and media members from around the league.

Miami was selected to place first in the East Division, collecting 16 of a possible 30 first-place votes. Bowling Green was picked second with 13 while Akron earned the No. 3 spot and received one first-place vote. Ohio was selected to finish ahead of Kent State (No. 5) and Buffalo (No. 6) in the MAC East.

The top three projected finishers in the division claimed all five spots on the East Preseason All-MAC Team, with Miami and Bowling Green each earning two spots.

Toledo took a large majority of the first-place votes in the West Division, being picked by 24 individuals to win the division. The Rockets were also picked by 16 voters to be the overall champions of the Mid-American Conference. Central Michigan was selected second in the West Division with six first-place votes, while the final four spots were filled by Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Ball State, respectively.

The Rockets were well represented on the West Division Preseason All-MAC Team, claiming three of the five spots. Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan were awarded the remaining two.

MAC East Division Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)
Miami (16)
Bowling Green (13)
Akron (1)
Kent State

East Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Rachel Tecca, Akron
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green
Courtney Osborn, Miami
Chrissy Steffan, Bowling Green
Kristen Olowinski, Miami

MAC West Division Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)
Toledo (24)
Central Michigan (6)
Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois
Western Michigan
Ball State

West Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan
Naama Shafir, Toledo
Andola Dortch, Toledo
Yolanda Richardson, Toledo

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Champion: Toledo (16), Central Michigan (12), Bowling Green (2)

Ohio opens the 2012-13 season with a Nov. 8 home exhibition against Wheeling Jesuit. The Bobcats will then begin the regular season by welcoming Cleveland State to the Convocation Center on Nov. 13.