2012-13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


LA ROCHE ONCE AGAIN AT THE TOP
OF THE CLASS IN COACHES' EYES

 


With eight of 10 first place votes, the La Roche College Redhawks are the overwhelming favorites to earn their third straight league title, according to the 2012-13 AMCC Coaches Preseason Poll.  Four time champions Medaille College follows in second place, while Penn St. Behrend (2 titles) is third.

Redhawks forward Jessica Pitts is the Preseason Player of the Year.  The junior was the conference Player of the Year in 2012, averaging 12.4 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game to go with a league-high 3.3 steals per game.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Wednesday, November 30, and the championship will be Saturday, February 25, hosted by the number #1 seed.  The tournament winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
  


AMCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POLL
Preseason Rankings*

1. La Roche (1)
2. Medaille (2)
3.
Penn St. Behrend (3)
4. Mount Aloysius (4)
5. Pitt-Greensburg (6)
6. Pitt-Bradford (5)
7. Penn St. Altoona (7)
8. D'Youville (T-8)
9. Franciscan (T-8)
10. Hilbert (10)

* Number in parentheses is order of regular season finish in 2011
 

Preseason Player of the Year

JESSICA PITTS
La Roche College

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH...

D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Dan Glover (1st year)
2011-12:  3-15 AMCC,  4-21 overall


Sophomore G Bridget Andrews (Amherst, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) … started in 23 games … averaged 9 points per game and 4 rebounds per game … led the Spartans in steals (45), assists (88), and 3-point field goals made (36).

Sophomore G/F Shannon Dougherty (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West HS) … started in 20 games … averaged 10.6 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game … led the team in blocks (16).
 

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY
Head Coach Suzy Delaney (1st year)
2011-12:  3-15 AMCC,  3-20 overall


Sophomore F Lacey Huck (Beverly, OH/Fort Frye HS) … 2012 AMCC Newcomer of the Year … Third Team All-AMCC … averaged 12 ppg and 9 rpg.

Sophomore F Amy O’Keefe (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton-LaSalle HS) … averaged 12 ppg and 8 rpg last season.
 

HILBERT COLLEGE
Head Coach Rob Peterson (3rd year)
2011-12:  2-16 AMCC,  3-22 overall


Junior F Natalie Whitman (Lockport, NY/Starpoint HS) … averaged 11 ppg and 8 rpg in 2012.
 

LA ROCHE COLLEGE
Head Coach Kamela Gissendanner  (1st year)
2011-12: 17-1 AMCC, 22-6 overall


Junior F Jessica Pitts (Duquesne, PA/West Mifflin HS) … 2012 AMCC Player of the Year … scored 12.4 points per game and grabbed 7.9 rebounds per game to go with a league-high 3.3 steals average.

Junior G Casie Cygan (Butler, PA/Butler HS) … Third Team All-AMCC … team's second leading scorer at 11.2 ppg … 3rd in AMCC in 3pt field goals made.
 

MEDAILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Pete Lonergan (10th Year)
2011-12:  16-2 AMCC,  24-5 overall


Junior G Joelle Pollack (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore East HS) … offensive leader averaged 16.4ppg to go with 5.6 rpg … First Team All-AMCC in 2012.

 Sophomore F Alicia Montalvo (Rochester, NY/East HS) … averaged 5.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
 

MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE
Head Coach Kristi Little-Kaack (2nd year)
2011-12:  11-7 AMCC, 15-12 overall


Junior G Lindsy Sammarco (Patton, PA/Bishop Carroll HS) … Second Team All-AMCC … Led the Mounties in minutes played with 30.3 mpg … averaged 13.6 ppg including with 40 from three point range. 

Junior F Teddi Burkett (Sidman, PA/Forest Hills HS) … led non-starters in mpg with 16.9 … averaged 4.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg.
 

PENN STATE ALTOONA
Head Coach Donna Kling (8th year)
2011-12: 6-12 AMCC, 8-17 overall



 

PENN STATE BEHREND
Head Coach Roz Fornari (20th year)
2011-12: 15-3 AMCC, 22-6 overall


Senior F Holly Bourquin (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel HS) … Second Team All-AMCC … Averaged 13.5 ppg and 6 rpg … shot 52% for field goals and 75% in free throws … totaled 377 points in the season … numerous AMCC Player of the Week honors … helped lead the team from a 14-11 record in 2011 to 22-6 last season.
 

PITT-BRADFORD
Head Coach Patrick Daniel (1st year)
2011-12: 9-9 AMCC, 11-15 overall


Sophomore F Alicia Kimmel (Pine Grove, PA/Pine Grove Area) … played in all 26 games last season … averaged 7.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

Sophomore G Carly Dalton (Jamestown, NY/Jamestown HS) … saw time in every game in 2011-12 … averaged 5.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg.
 

PITT-GREENSBURG
Head Coach Erin Eaton (3rd year)
2011-12: 8-10 AMCC, 10-16 overall


Sophomore F Morgan Biddle (Flinton, PA/Glendale HS) … Third Team All-AMCC ... ranked in top 10 in AMCC for blocks per game, offensive rebounds per game, free throw percentage, and rebounds per game … 6 double-doubles … recorded 8.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg

Sophomore G Courtney DiBridge (Irwin, PA/Hempfield HS) … ranked 3rd in AMCC for 3 pointers per game … played an AMCC third best average of 34.2 minutes per game … contributed 9.7 ppg and 2.5 apg.