OXFORD, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced the results of its preseason women's basketball poll on Wednesday. The Miami RedHawks were picked to win the MAC East Division. Seniors Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski were each selected as members of the Preseason All-MAC East Division Team. The poll members consisted of MAC coaches, sports information directors and members of the media.
The RedHawks received 16 first-place votes to top the East Division poll. Bowling Green finished second with 13 first-place votes. Akron received the final first-place vote and was picked to finish third. Ohio, Kent State and Ball State round out the poll.
Toledo was picked to win the West Division, receiving 24 first place votes. Central Michigan was picked second and received the other six first-place votes. Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Ball State round out that side of the poll.
Osborn, who was named First-Team All-MAC last season after earning third team honors the previous two seasons, has recorded 1575 points for her career. She is only 405 points shy of breaking the Miami all-time record for points scored, currently held by Amanda Jackson (2003-08) at 1979. It is one of the eight different RedHawk records she might break during the 2012-13 season.
Olowinski was a Third-Team All-MAC selection last season. She was third on the team with an average of 11.2 points per game and led the team with a 9.9 rebounds per game average. Olowinski enters the 2012-13 season with 818 career rebounds. She is only 106 rebounds shy of breaking the all-time career record of Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann (1991-95), who finished with 923. Olowinski also has 924 career points, needing 76 more to become the 21st member of Miami's 1,000-point club.
Toledo was the pick of 16 voters to win the MAC Tournament Championship. Central Michigan received 12 votes, while Bowling Green received the other two.
Miami will host Tiffin on Sunday at 2 p.m. in its only exhibition contest of the season. Admission is free for all fans, and a broadcast of the game will be available on Miami All-Access.
MAC East Division Predicted Order of Finish
1. Miami (16 First Place Votes)
2. Bowling Green (13)
3. Akron (1)
5. Kent State
East Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Rachael Tecca, Akron
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green
Courtney Osborn, Miami
Chrissy Steffan, Bowling Green
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami
MAC West Division Predicted Order of Finish
1. Toledo (24 First Place Votes)
2. Central Michigan (6)
3. Eastern Michigan
4. Northern Illinois
5. Western Michigan
6. Ball State
West Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan
Naama Shafir, Toledo
Andola Dortch, Toledo
Yolanda Richardson, Toledo
MAC Women's Basketball Tournament Champion: Toledo (16), Central Michigan (12), Bowling Green (2)