Kent State, Western Michigan Tabbed To Win Divisions in MAC Women's Basketball

Updated 10/18/2000

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CLEVELAND -- Kent State and Western Michigan have been picked to win their respective divisions of the 2000-01 womens basketball season in the Mid-American Conference, announced today by the league office at the Womens Basketball Media Day at the Renaissance Hotel. Voting for the team was conducted by members of the MAC News Media Association.

Since the MAC switched to divisional play for the 1997-98 season, Kent State has been picked to finish first in the East Division, while Western Michigan was tabbed to capture the West Division crown. The Broncos were also the favorite to win the leagues postseason tournament, which will take place at Gund Arena in Cleveland, March 6, 9-10.

Western Michigan captured 16 votes to win the tournament, edging Kent State, which picked up 13 votes. Also receiving tallies to win the tournament included Eastern Michigan (4), Toledo (2), Miami (1) and Akron (1). The winner of the MAC tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Last years MAC overall regular season and tournament champion, Kent State was a near unanimous selection in the East Division for the second straight season. The Golden Flashes received 33 first-place votes and 254 total points, with Miami receiving two first-place tallies and 178 points. Akron was picked for third, receiving the other two first-place votes and 166 points and edged Buffalo which was picked fourth (159). Rounding out the poll in the East Division are Bowling Green (133), Ohio (109) and Marshall (37).

In the West Division, last years divisional Western Michigan picked up 21 of 37 first-place votes and 202 points. The Broncos outdistanced Eastern Michigan, which garnered 12 first-place votes and 163 points. One point separates third and fourth, as Ball State (144) edged Toledo (143). The Rockets also received four-first-place votes. Picked to finish fifth in the West was Northern Illinois (69), while Central Michigan (56) was slated for sixth.

Kent State has appeared in the last five championship contests, winning titles in 1998 and 2000. Western Michigan, meanwhile, is searching for its first title since 1985.