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Falcons Picked to Finish Second in the East in 2012-13

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CLEVELAND The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference's East Division in 2012-13, according to the league's preseason poll. The poll was released Wednesday morning (Oct. 31) by the conference office.

Additionally, a pair of Falcons, senior Chrissy Steffen and redshirt junior Alexis Rogers, were selected to the Preseason All-MAC Team.

Total votes were not released by the league office, but the Falcons of first-year head coach Jennifer Roos were picked to finish behind Miami, and ahead of – in order – Akron, Ohio, Kent State and Buffalo.

The RedHawks received 16 first-place votes, while the Falcons garnered 13 and UA one.

BGSU will be looking to win a divisional crown for the ninth consecutive season.  After winning the West Division title in 2004-05, the Falcons have won seven-straight East Division championships after being moved back to the East prior to the '05-06 academic year.

Roos and her staff – assistant coaches Jesse Fleming, Ali Mann and Emily London and director of operations Monique Rosati – have nine returning letterwinners, including four starters, from the 2011-12 team. That squad went 24-7 overall and 14-2 in MAC action, winning the league's regular-season title outright for the seventh time in the last eight years.  The Brown and Orange advanced to national postseason play for the eighth consecutive March, participating in the WNIT.

Toledo was picked to win the West Division, followed by Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Ball State.

No fewer than six of the 12 conference teams – BGSU, Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Western Michigan – have first-year coaches in 2012-13.

Sixteen of the 30 voters picked UT to capture the MAC Tournament crown in 2013.  CMU received 12 votes, while two voters tabbed BGSU to win the conference tourney title.

Fans will get their first chance to see the Falcons in action on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 3), when BGSU takes on Slippery Rock in an exhibition game at the Stroh Center.  Admission for the exhibition is $5.  The regular season opens with a home game against Madonna the following Saturday, Nov. 10.

The MAC poll results and preseason all-conference team follow.

MAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
2012-13 PRESEASON POLL
East Division

1 - Miami (16 first-place votes)
2 - Bowling Green (13)
3 - Akron (1)
4 - Ohio
5 - Kent State
6 - Buffalo

West Division
1 - Toledo (24)
2 - Central Michigan (6)
3 - Eastern Michigan
4 - Northern Illinois
5 - Western Michigan
6 - Ball State

Votes to win MAC Tournament
Toledo (16)
Central Michigan (12)
Bowling Green (2)

PRESEASON ALL-MAC TEAM
East Division

Kirsten Olowinski, Miami
Courtney Osborn, Miami
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green
Rachel Tecca, Akron

West Division
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan
Andola Dortch, Toledo
Yolanda Richardson, Toledo
Naama Shafir, Toledo
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan

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