Here’s who the coaches picked for the women's preseason all-star teams.
Miriam McKenzie, 5-10 junior guard, Loyola; Lindsey Loutsenhizer, 6-0 junior forward, Manhattan; Erica Allenspach, 5-8 senior guard, Marist; Corielle Yarde, 5-8 junior guard, Marist; Serena Moore, 6-2 senior forward, Siena.
Desiree Pina, 5-8 junior guard, Fairfield; Kristina Ford, 6-1 junior forward, Iona; Anda Ivkovic, 6-1 senior forward, Iona; Liz Flooks, 5-10 senior forward, Niagara; Kayla Stroman, 5-5 sophomore guard, Niagara.
Micayla Drysdale, 5-9 senior guard, Canisius; Taryn Johnson, 5-11 junior forward, Fairfield; Katelyn Linney, 5-8 sophomore guard, Fairfield; Suzi Fregosi, 5-6 senior guard, Iona; Katie Sheahin, 5-10 sophomore guard, Loyola; Caitlin Bopp, 6-2 sophomore center, Rider.
SOME THOUGHTS: No argument about the first team for now, although things could easily change over the next four months. Your blogger has two choices to sneak up and on to the first team for the post-season selections. One is Niagara's standout forward Liz Flooks, one of the best long-range shooters in the conference. The other is Iona's swingperson Anda Ivkovic, who is coming back after a knee injury. If she's healthy she could have a big year.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
That honor went to Marist’s Allenspach, although she is clearly not the certain choice for the award that teammate Rachele Fitz had been for the past three years. There appear to be six or seven individuals capable of contending for that individual honor, but the most-likely competitor seems to be the only other senior selected to the preseason first team, Siena’s Serena Moore.