Oct. 28, 1999
NEWARK, N.J. -- University of Connecticut junior forward Svetlana Abrosimova is the choice for 1999-2000 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head women's basketball coaches. Coaches were not permitted to select their own players.
The native of St. Petersburg, Russia also is a preseason finalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year. Abrosimova was a first team All-American last year after averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals. She became the third player in BIG EAST history to earn conference player of the year honors as a sophomore. Abrosimova led the Huskies in overall scoring (17.5) and steals (2.7)
Abrosimova is joined on the >99-00 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team by three members of the >98-99 All-BIG EAST First Team. Notre Dame junior center Ruth Riley and Rutgers guards Tasha Pointer, a junior, and Shawnetta Stewart, a senior, return this season. Connecticut junior Shea Ralph has been selected to the preseason first team after earning second team accolades in >98-99.
Connecticut freshman guard Kennitra Johnson, a native of New Albany, Ind., was chosen BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year.
Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year:
Svetlana Abrosimova, Jr., F, 6-2, Connecticut (St. Petersburg, Russia/Petrogradskoi N86)
Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of the Year:
Kennitra Johnson, G, 5-7, Connecticut (New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS)
Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
St. Petersburg, Russia
Notre Dame, Jr.
Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Notre Dame, Sr.
St. Louis, Mo.
Boston College, Sr.
San Diego, Calif.
* - unanimous selection