2013-14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


COACHES TAB LA ROCHE REDHAWKS
TO MAKE IT FOUR STRAIGHT

 


La Roche College
is expected to soar to their fourth AMCC championship, according to the AMCC coaches' preseason poll.  The Redhawks earned seven first place votes, while four-time champions Medaille College picked up two first place votes and a second place finish overall.  Pitt-Bradford, a finalist in 2010, is ranked third.

Mount Aloysius College senior guard Lindsy Sammarco was vote Preseason Player of the Year.  Sammarco was an AMCC First-Team All-Conference selection in 2012-13.  She was the Mounties' leading scorer with 17.4 points per game, and also led the team in defensive rebounding (5.3 per game), assists (3.4 per game), and steals (2.5 per game), putting her in the top 10 in eight AMCC categories

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Wednesday, December 4, and the championship will be Saturday, March 1, 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 College (1)

2. Medaille College (2)

3. Pitt-Bradford (4)

4. Mount Aloysius College (5)

5. Penn State Behrend (3)

6. Pitt-Greensburg (6)

7. D’Youville College (7)

8. Franciscan University (8)
9. Penn State Altoona (9)

10. Hilbert College (10)

* Number in parentheses is order of regular season finish in 2013
 

Preseason
Player of the Year



LINDSY SAMMARCO
Mount Aloysius College

 

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH...

D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Dan Glover (2nd year)
2012-13: 6-11 AMCC, 7-17 overall

 
Sophomore F Alexis Smith (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg HS) … named AMCC Second-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … AMCC Newcomer of the Year 2012-13 … led the Spartans’ in scoring (15.7 points per game) and field goal percentage (47.2%) … named co-captain for the 2013-13 season

 Junior G Shannon Dougherty (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West HS) … second in scoring (12.4 points per game) for Spartans … averaged 4.3 rebounds … second in field goal percentage for the Spartans … co-captain of the 2013-14 team
 

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY
Head Coach Suzy Delaney (2nd year)
2012-13: 3-15 AMCC, 4-21 overall


Junior F Lacey Huck (Beverly, OH/Fort Frye HS) … named AMCC Second-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … led the Lady Barons with 15.0 points per game (8th in AMCC) and 9.0 rebounds per game (4th in AMCC) … ranked 46th in NCAA Division III with 11 double-doubles … co-captain of the 2013-14 season

Senior G Helen Raines (The Woodlands, TX/College Park HS) … second highest scorer for team with 9.5 points per game … led the Lady Barons with 2.9 assists per game (10th in AMCC) and free throw percentage (74%, 10th in AMCC)… co-captain of 2013-14 team.
 

HILBERT COLLEGE
Head Coach Rob Peterson (4th year)
2012-13: 1-17 AMCC, 3-22 overall

 
Senior F Natalie Whitman (Lockport, NY/Starpoint HS) … named AMCC Third-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … led team in scoring with 13.6 points per game … led team in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game… teams’ leading free throw shooter with .699% … two-time team captain

 

LA ROCHE COLLEGE
Head Coach Kamela Gissendanner  (2nd year)
2012-13: 18-1 AMCC, 24-3 overall


Senior G Casie Cygan (Butler, PA/Butler HS) … named AMCC First-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … La Roche leading scorer … AMCC leading scorer with 18.2 points per game … co-captain of 2013-14 team

Junior F LaShauna Brothers (New Castle, PA/New Castle HS) … La Roche third leading scorer with 11.7 points per game … 2nd in AMCC with 2.9 steals per game

 

MEDAILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Pete Lonergan (11th Year)
2012-13: 14-4 AMCC, 16-10 overall


Senior G Joelle Pollak … named AMCC First-Team All-Conference in 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons … led the Lady Mavs in scoring, 3-point field goals, assists, and steals

 

MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE
Head Coach Kristi Little-Kaack (3rd year)
2012-13:11-7 AMCC, 17-10 overall

 
Senior G Lindsy Sammarco (Patton, PA/Bishop Carroll HS) … named AMCC First-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … Mounties leading scorer with 17.4 points per game … led team in defensive rebounding (5.3 per game), assists (3.4 per game), and steals (2.5 per game) … three double-doubles in 2012-13 season … top 10 in eight AMCC categories … two time AMCC Player of the Week in 2012-13 season

Sophomore G Becky Bard (Portage, PA/Forest Hills HS) … named AMCC Second-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … led all freshman in scoring with 16.0 points per game … led team in field goals made (170), field goal percentage (42.1%), and free throw percentage (80%) … top 10 in five AMCC categories
 

PENN STATE ALTOONA
Head Coach Casey Shoup (1st year)
2012-13: 3-15 AMCC, 3-22 overall


Freshman F Courtney Becker (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle HS) … member of All-Tournament Team for Jim Ellis Shootout … as a HS senior led her team in rebounds and steals … member of Bishop Guilfoyle's District 6 Championship Team.

Freshman G/F Devin Stessney (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle HS) … 3 year letter winner and a 2010-13 member of District 6 Championship team … named Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Week in 2013.
 

PENN STATE BEHREND
Head Coach Roz Fornari (21st year)
2012-13: 13-5 AMCC, 17-11 overall


Senior G Brianna Bayly (Imperial, PA/West Allegheny HS) ... Averaged 9.5 ppg in 2012-13 ... second best free throw shooter in the conference at 77.3%

 Junior F Ally Burke (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) ... The Lions' second leading scorer last season with 10.4 ppg and a 48.8 field goal percentage.
 

PITT-BRADFORD
Head Coach Patrick Daniel (2nd year)
2012-13: 13-5 AMCC, 15-10 overall


Junior F Alicia Kimmel (Pine Grove, PA/Pine Grove HS) … named AMCC First-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … led team in scoring with 16.5 points per game (4th in AMCC) … led team and AMCC in free throw percentage (86.5%) … ranked 16th nationally in free throw percentage … top 10 in AMCC for points per game, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage … second on team in rebounding (6.6 per game).

Senior F Geena Sneeringer (Tionesta, PA/West Forest HS) … named AMCC Third-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … second on team in scoring with 12.1 points per game… led team with 6.9 rebounds per game … top 10 in AMCC in steals and rebounds … had triple-double in AMCC match in 2012-13 season (ranked 3rd nationally)
 

PITT-GREENSBURG
Head Coach Erin Eaton (4th year)
2012-13: 9-9 AMCC, 11-15 overall


Sophomore G Emily Nelson (New Stanton, PA/Hempfield Area HS) … named AMCC Third-Team All-Conference 2012-13 … led team in scoring (10.5 points per game), assists (3.8 assists per game), steals (2.0 steals per game), and minutes played (30.7 minutes per game) in 2012-13 season

Junior G Kayla Dames (Oakdale, PA/Chartiers Valley HS)  ... led team in rebounding (6.3 rebounds per game) … second in the team in scoring (9.4 points per game), assists (1.9 assists per game), and blocked shots (20) for 2012-13 season