Women's Basketball Preseason All-MAC Team Announced

Updated 10/4/2000
CLEVELAND -- Three first-team all-Mid-American Conference selections from the 1999-00 season and last years conference Freshman of the Year highlight the womens basketball preseason all-MAC team, announced today by the league office. Voting for the team was conducted by members of the MAC News Media Association.

The five members of the team are: Tiffany Bell, Buffalo; Cheryl Bowles, Akron; Kristin Koetsier, Western Michigan; Francine Miller, Bowling Green; and Stephanie Smiley, Eastern Michigan.

Bell, a senior from Alexandria, Va., was last years leading scorer in the MAC at 19.0 ppg and also paced the team in rebounds (7.9). One of the leagues most accurate shooters, Bell finished in the top 10 in the league in both free throw (5th, .792) and field goal percentages (10th, .485). As a junior, Bell garnered second-team all-MAC honors and was one of four players in the league last season to capture Kodak All-America honorable mention accolades.

One of three first-team all-MAC choices from a year ago, Bowles has developed into one of the conferences top all-around players. The senior center from Kansas City, Mo., was third a year ago in the league in scoring (17.8), fourth in field goal percentage (.553), eighth in rebounding (8.4) and also earned Kodak All-America honorable mention honors. The MACs career active leading scorer with 1,346 points, Bowles is 199 points shy of becoming the schools all-time leading scorer.

Koetsier was the first MAC rookie of the year since Central Michigans Sue Nissen in 1988 to be named to the all-MAC first team. The forward from Grandville, Mich., was second in the conference in scoring (18.6), rebounding (9.5) and led the league with 13 double-doubles. She was also runner-up for MAC Player of the Year and was named a first team Freshman All-America by the Womens Basketball News Service and the Womens Basketball Journal.

The lone sophomore on last years first-team all-MAC squad, Miller became only the second sophomore in school history to earn all-MAC first-team honors. Miller, a native of Kalida, Ohio, averaged 17.1 points per game last year, and set a school record for three-point field-goal percentage (.453). She also led the Brown and Orange in scoring, field goal percentage (.468), three-point percentage, and free throw accuracy (.856) and she ranked second on the club in rebounding (7.0), assists (2.4) and steals (1.6).

Smiley, who is one of four second-team all-MAC picks from last season to return this year, ranked in the top 15 in the MAC last season in both rebounding (9th, 8.3) and scoring (15th, 12.9). In addition, the Holt, Mich., native was the first player in EMU history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding, assists (4.1) and steals (1.6), as well became the first basketball player -- male or female -- to record a triple-double.

The preseason all-MAC team will be available for interviews at the conferences Basketball Media Day, which is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland. The media portion of the schedule is set to begin at 3 p.m.