CLEVELAND (Sept. 23) -- Two first-team all-Mid-American Conference selections from the 1998-99 season highlight the women's 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: Dawn Zerman, Kent; Shelsea Erving, Western Michigan; Kristy Maska, Eastern Michigan; Cheryl Bowles, Akron; and AuBree Hamilton, Miami.
Zerman, a senior guard from Fremont, Ohio, is the league's two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Last year, the Golden Flash averaged 15.6 points, which was ninth in the league, and paced the conference free throw percentage (.891). Zerman's free throw percentage was second in the nation a year ago. In addition, Zerman was third in steals (2.79) and sixth in assists per game (4.66), and was named a first-team all-MAC choice as a junior after garnering second-team accolades as a sophomore.
The league's other returning first-team all-MAC selection, Erving averaged 19.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, which were sixth and 12th in the league, respectively, in 1999. The senior guard from Peoria, Ill., reached double figures in points in 28 of 29 games last season and registered six double-doubles, which was second on the team. Erving set a WMU single season mark as a junior with 553 points.
One of three second-team all-league players from the 1998-99 season chosen on this year's preseason team, Maska was seventh last year in the league in scoring (18.8) and led the MAC in three-point field goals made per game (2.89). The junior guard from Britton, Mich., exploded onto the scene for Eastern Michigan after averaging 2.5 points as a freshman and emerged as one of the MAC's accurate long range threats, connecting on 42 percent of three field goal attempts, which was third in the league.
The final members of the preseason team are two of the MAC's top inside players, both offensively and defensively. Bowles led the Zips with a 16.6 scoring average, which was eighth in the conference, and grabbed nine boards a game, good for fourth in the league. The Kansas City, Mo., native also finished as one of the top shooters among MAC schools, completing the season fourth with a .556 field goal percentage.
Hamilton led the league in both rebounding (11.9) and blocked shots per game (1.92). The RedHawk center from Lima, Ohio, also averaged 11.3 points per game, while her rebounding average was fourth in the country and her blocked shots 23rd. Hamilton set school records in 1999 for rebounds (285) and blocked shots (46) in a season.