Immediate Release: November 9, 2004
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is a unanimous pick on America East Preseason All-Conference
picked fifth out of 10 teams in coaches' poll
N.Y. - Junior guard Rachel
Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) was one of two players unanimously
selected to the 2004 America East Conference Women's Basketball
Preseason All-Conference squad and the Bearcats were picked to
finish fifth in the 2004 Preseason Coaches' Poll. It marks the
first time in its four years in the America East Conference that
Binghamton has had a player on the preseason all-conference squad.
Laws and Danielle Hutcheson of Albany were the unaninimous picks
on the all-conference squad. They were joined by Maralene Zwarich
of Northeastern, Erica Messam of Hartford and Adrienne Norris
of Boston. Last season, Laws averaged 14.7 point per game, which
ranked fifth in the conference, and 7.1 rebounds per game, which
was seventh in the conference. She reached double figures in
scoring in the final 22 games of the season and was named first-team
all-conference at the conclusion of the season.
"I am very happy for Rachel," head coach Rich Conover
said. "She has worked very hard and even though its great
for her to get this honor, I know her main focus is on winning
games. She was our go-to player last season but this year we
have more depth so that she won't be keyed on as much as this
Defending champion Maine was the preseason pick for the third
year in a row. The Black Bears got 72 total votes, including
five first-place votes, to edge out Boston, which received 71
votes and three first-place votes. Hartford was third (64), followed
by Northeastern (54) and Binghamton (50). Albany, Vermont, New
Hampshire, Stony Brook and UMBC rounded out places 6-10.
"Fifth is about right for a preseason prediction,"
Conover said. "We are looking to build on our success from
last season but we do have to replace two all-conference starters
and we have a lot of new players who will get better with experience."
Binghamton was picked to finish eighth last season but finished
the season 17-10, including a 12-6 mark in the America East Conference.
The Bearcats finished second in the conference and Conover was
named the America East Coach of the Year.
Tonight, the Bearcats open up their exhibition schedule against
LeMoyne at 7 p.m. at the Events Center. The team opens up its
regular season at North Texas on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. EST.