MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota center Janel McCarville was named
Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the
McCarville, a 2004 All-American and Final Four All-Tournament
Team member, was joined on the coaches' preseason All-Big Ten Team
by Michigan State's Lindsay Bowen, Ohio State's Jessica Davenport,
Purdue's Katie Gearlds and Penn State's Tanisha Wright.
The media preseason All-Big Ten team included McCarville,
Davenport, Gearlds, Wright and Indiana's Jenny DeMuth.
"This is a great honor for Janel, but it is a preseason
honor,'' Minnesota coach Pam Borton said. "We expect big things
from her this season.''
McCarville averaged 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last
season. She ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (61.6
percent) and 13th in rebounding. She averaged 19.4 points and 15
rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament and set a tournament
record with 75 rebounds.
Minnesota begins the regular season Nov. 14 against Nevada-Las
Vegas at the WBCA Classic in Seattle.