Oct. 28, 2010
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Michigan State women's basketball team was selected third in the Big Ten preseason poll by both the coaches and media, released on Thursday morning before conference media day. In addition, senior Kalisha Keane was named to the 5-player All-Big Ten Preseason Team by the league's coaches.
Ohio State and Iowa, respectively, topped both polls, while Purdue tied MSU for third in the media ranking. Ohio State's Jantel Lavender was tabbed as the Preseason Player of the Year by both. Joining Lavender and Keane on the coaches' preseason team was the Buckeyes' Samantha Prahalis, Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke. The media's team consisted of Lavender, Prahalis, Alexander, Jaeschke, Purdue's Brittany Rayburn and Wisconsin's Alyssa Karel.
MSU finished second in the Big Ten for the second-straight season in 2009-10, going 12-6. The Spartans, who went 23-10 overall, posted their seventh consecutive 20-win season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round.
Keane, the reigning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year and a three-time All-Big Ten selection, is the team's top returning scorer, having averaged 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Entering her senior season, she is 20th all-time at MSU with 1,022 points, seventh with 112 3-point field goals, 12th with 180 steals and 21st with 225 assists.
The Spartans hold their Green & White scrimmage on Sunday at 3 p.m. as part of their Halloween Hoops event. MSU opens the exhibition schedule on Thursday, Nov. 4 against Saginaw Valley State.