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Women's Basketball Picked to Win Horizon League

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: October 28, 2013
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Tallying 21 first-place votes and 225 total points, the Green Bay women’s basketball team was selected as the Horizon League preseason favorite for the sixth-consecutive season, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.

Voted on by conference head coaches, athletic communications and media personnel, the Phoenix earned 21 of the possible 26 first-place votes. Wright State came in second with one first-place vote and 189 points, while Youngstown State placed third with 165 points. UIC received three first-place votes and 146 points and was followed by Milwaukee (136), Detroit (1 first place vote, 99), Cleveland State (97), Oakland (73) and Valparaiso (40) in the voting.

Individually, the Phoenix had two players named to the preseason all-league teams. Junior Megan Lukan (Barrie, Ontario) was selected to the first team, and senior Breannah Ranger (Skokie, Ill.) was tabbed to the second team. It is the first preseason honor for both.

The lone returning starter from a season ago for the Phoenix, Lukan started all 32 games and averaged a team-leading 4.4 assists in addition to 7.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 31.9 minutes per game in 2012-13. In an exhibition game against St. Cloud State last Saturday, Lukan had a game-high 13 rebounds and eight steals as well as 13 points in 27 minutes.

Lukan was joined on the first team by Kim Demmings (Wright State), Katie Hannemann (UIC), Rachel Story (UIC) and Angela Rodriguez (Milwaukee). Demmings was selected as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

Ranger saw significant playing time last season, appearing in 30 games and tying for the team lead with an average of 5.1 rebounds per game. She also chipped in 7.3 points while shooting a team-best 53.5 percent (92-172) from the field. Against St. Cloud State in exhibition action last Saturday, Ranger finished with a double-double, totaling a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Ranger was joined by Oakland’s Olivia Nash, Youngstown State’s Shar’Rae Davis, Cleveland State’s Cori Coleman and Youngstown State’s Heidi Schlegel.

Green Bay plays its final exhibition match of the season against Northern Michigan on Saturday at the Kress Center at 1 p.m. before opening regular season action at home for the first time in 26 seasons against Northern Illinois on November 8 at 7 p.m.

Team Poll:
1. Green Bay (21) – 225
2. Wright State (1) – 189
3. Youngstown State – 165
4. UIC (3) – 146
5. Milwaukee – 136
6. Detroit (1) – 99
7. Cleveland State – 97
8. Oakland – 73
9. Valparaiso – 40

First-Team All-League:
Kim Demmings, G, Wright State
Katie Hannemann, C, UIC
Rachel Story, G, UIC
Angela Rodriguez, G, Milwaukee
Megan Lukan, G, Green Bay

Second-Team All-League:
Olivia Nash, F, Oakland
Shar’Rae Davis, G, Youngstown State
Cori Coleman, G, Cleveland State
Breannah Ranger, F, Green Bay
Heidi Schlegel, F, Youngstown State

Preseason Player of the Year: Kim Demmings, Wright State


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Schedule Sponsor
Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
7:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
7:00 PM
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
at Dayton
1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.



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