Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stop the Press!! Stop the Press!! Today Connecticut was picked to win the 2008-09 Big East Conference Regular Season title in a poll voted on by the league coaches. Connecticut was the overwhelming favorite by the coaches. Connecticut's Maya Moore was picked as the 2008-09 Preseason Big East POTY and Rutger's April Sykes was picked as the 2008-09 Preseason Big East FOTY. Eleven players were named to the 2008-09 Preseason All Big East Team including Connecticut's Moore, Tina Charles, and Renee Montgomery.

2008-09 Preseason Big East Poll:
1. Connecticut (14) 224
2. Rutgers (1) 201
3. Louisville (1) 200
4. Notre Dame 182
5. Pittsburgh 162
6. Syracuse 156
7. Marquette 147
8. DePaul 132
9. West Virginia 109
10. Villanova 85
11. Georgetown 77
12. South Florida 76
13. St. John's 66
14. Seton Hall 40
15. Cincinnati 33
16. Providence 30

(-) - Indicates first-place votes

2008-09 Preseason BIG EAST Honors:
Player of the Year: Maya Moore, Connecticut, So., F
Freshman of the Year: April Sykes, Rutgers, Fr., G/F

2008-09 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team:
Candyce Bingham, Louisville, Sr., F
*Tina Charles, Connecticut, Jr., C
*Krystal Ellis, Marquette, Sr., G
Shantia Grace, USF, Sr., G
Chandrea Jones, Syracuse, Sr., G
*Angel McCoughtry, Louisville, Sr., F
Renee Montgomery, Connecticut, Sr., G
*Maya Moore, Connecticut, So., F
*Epiphanny Prince, Rutgers, Jr., G
Kia Vaughn, Rutgers, Sr., C*
Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh, RS-Sr., G

Honorable Mention:
Laura Kurz, Villanova, Sr., F
Deirdre Naughton, DePaul, Jr., G
Lindsay Schrader, Notre Dame, Sr., G

* - unanimous selection

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