WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cardinals picked to finish fifth in MAC West

Toledo, Bowling Green picked to win conference divisions

The preseason poll for the Mid-American Conference 2011-2012 women's basketball season was announced Tuesday by head coaches and media members. Ball State was predicted to finish fifth in the West Division ahead of Western Michigan.

The prediction categories were top teams in each division, predicted tournament champion and preseason All-MAC Team selections for the East and West Divisions.

Expected to finish first in the West Division is Toledo, while Bowling Green was picked to win the East. Toledo was picked to win the MAC Tournament in March.

No Ball State players were chosen for the All-MAC Team.

West Division Preseason Poll

1. Toledo

2. Central Michigan

3. Eastern Michigan

4. Northern Illinois

5. Ball State

6. Western Michigan

East Division Preseason Poll

1. Bowling Green

2. Miami

3. Akron

4. Kent State

5. Ohio

6. Buffalo

MAC Tournament Champion – Toledo

West Division Preseason All-MAC Team

Brandi Baker, Central Michigan

Niki DiGuilio, Central Michigan

Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan

Naama Shafir, Toledo

Miame Giden, Western Michigan

East Division Preseason All-MAC Team

Rachel Tecca, Akron

Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green

Courtney Osborn, Miami

Kirsten Olowinski, Miami

Tenishia Benson, Ohio