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B10 Coaches pick Purdue as preseason favorite
Region Roundball Review

10/26/08 10:59 pm by RRR | Back


The Big Ten preseason coaches poll has Purdue leading the pack for the upcoming season, while the media has pegged the Boilermakers second and Ohio State first in its poll, both released today. Indiana is ranked eighth by the coaches and seventh by the media.

 

Purdue will be looking to build on the experience gained by its players last year in the absence of Preseason All-B10 forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and sharpshooter Jodi Howell (Alexandria) both out last season due to injury. The Purdue lineup should be much deeper and more skilled than last season, and will gain the services of freshmen Brittany Rayburn (Attica) and Alex Guyton (Bloomington North).  Floor leader FahKara Malone is also back to run the show and will greatly appreciate the return of her two teammates who are off the injury list. Purdue gets its regular season underway on November 16 when they host in-state opponent IUPUI at Mackey Arena.

 

Indiana returns three native seniors in Kim Roberson (Cathedral), Whitney Thomas (Bloomington North) and walk-on Lydia Serfling (Bloomington North), in addition to incoming freshman Lindsay Enterline (Heritage). Sophomore Ebony Jackson of Arlington, who played in 25 games for Indiana last season, is no longer on the Hoosiers roster. Indiana will open its season in the Preseason WNIT against Ball State on November 14 when the Cardinals come to Bloomington.

 

Other Indiana former prep greats playing in the Big Ten this season are Kristen Dockery (SB St. Joe's) at Minnesota, Beth Marshall (Hamilton SE) at Northwestern and Emily Phillips (SB Washington) at Penn State.

 

B10 Coaches Poll

1. Purdue

2. Ohio State

3. Michigan State

4. Iowa

5. Minnesota

6. Michigan

7. Illinois

8. Indiana

9. Penn State

10. Wisconsin

11. Northwestern

 

Media Poll

1. Ohio State

2. Purdue

3. Michigan State

4. Minnesota

5. Iowa

6. Illinois

7. Indiana

8. Michigan

9. Penn State

10. Wisconsin

11. Northwestern

 

 


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