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    FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame's Junior<br>center Ruth Riley, will<br>lead the Irish into<br>the 1999-2000 season.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Notre Dame's Junior
    center Ruth Riley, will
    lead the Irish into
    the 1999-2000 season.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    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

    *Svetlana Abrosimova
    Connecticut, Jr.
    F
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    Tasha Pointer
    Rutgers, Jr.
    G
    Chicago, Ill.

    Shea Ralph
    Connecticut, Jr.
    G/F
    Fayetteville, N.C.

    *Ruth Riley
    Notre Dame, Jr.
    C
    Macy, Ind.

    Shawnetta Stewart
    Rutgers, Sr.
    G
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team

    Niele Ivey
    Notre Dame, Sr.
    G
    St. Louis, Mo.

    Alissa Murphy
    Boston College, Sr.
    G/F
    San Diego, Calif.

    Katie Smrcka-Duffy
    Georgetown, Jr.
    G
    Sterling, Va.

    Tammy Sutton-Brown
    Rutgers, Jr.
    C
    Markham, Ontario

    Tamika Williams
    Connecticut, So.
    F
    Dayton, Ohio

    * - unanimous selection

     

     

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