Notre Dame and Marquette chosen to reclaim divisions

[BIG EAST WOMEN] Notre Dame and Marquette, winners of their respective divisions during the 2009 regular season, are picked as favorites in the 2010 Big East preseason women’s poll.

The Irish received 14 first-place votes and are picked to win the league’s National Division, while the Golden Eagles had six first-place votes and sit atop the American Division in the poll.

Irish junior forward Melissa Henderson earned Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season.

2010 Big East Preseason W omen’s Poll
American
1. Marquette (6) 108
2. West Virginia (5) 106
3. Connecticut (5)   103
4. South Florida 63
5. St. John’s 59
6. Pittsburgh 58    
7. Syracuse 38    
8. Providence  33

National
1. Notre Dame (14) 119
2. Rutgers (2) 100
3. Georgetown 95
4. Villanova 76
5. Louisville  68
6. DePaul 49
7. Cincinnati  38
8. Seton Hall 23
 
2010 Big East Preseason Women’s Awards
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Melissa Henderson, Jr., F, Notre Dame
 
Preseason Defensive Players of the Year
Jessica Schuveiller, Jr., D, Notre Dame
Lauren Fowlkes, Sr., D/M, Notre Dame
 
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Natalie Kulla, Jr., Marquette
 
2010 All-Big East Preseason Women’s Team
Courtney Barg, Jr., M, Notre Dame
Kelly D’Ambrisi, Jr., M, Georgetown
Gina DeMaio, R-Sr., M, Rutgers
Lauren Fowlkes, Sr., D/M, Notre Dame
Melissa Henderson, Jr., F, Notre Dame
Natalie Kulla, Jr., GK, Marquette
Megan Mischler, Sr., F, West Virginia
Linda Ruutu, So., M, Connecticut
Katie Ryan, Jr., F, Villanova
Jessica Schuveiller, Jr., D, Notre Dame
Rachael Sloan, Jr., F/M, Marquette
*Ingrid Wells, R-Jr., M, Georgetown
*unanimous selection

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