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O’Connor, Nezianya Receive Preseason Conference Honors
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:10/15/2013

(Kansas City, Mo.) – Kansas City women’s basketball senior guard Eilise O'Connor was named to the Preseason First Team All-WAC by both the coaches and the media, while senior forward Kim Nezianya was named to the Second Team by the coaches.

 As a team, the ‘Roos were selected to finish fourth in the coach’s poll and sixth in the media poll, respectively. The polls were released Tuesday at the annual WAC Basketball Preview in Las Vegas, Nevada at Orleans Arena, the site of the 2014 WAC Basketball Tournament.

Defending WAC regular season champion Seattle was the pick to win the league in both polls, while defending WAC tournament champion Idaho was selected second in both polls.  Redhawks’ senior guard Kacie Sowell, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year by both the coaches and media.

Kansas City received 53 points and was picked just ahead of Texas-Pan American in the media poll, while receiving 36 points in the coaches poll, trailing only the three returning WAC schools.

2013-14 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Seattle U (6) 62
2. Idaho (3) 59
3. New Mexico State 47
4. Kansas City 36
5. Bakersfield 32
6. Utah Valley 30
7. Texas-Pan American 25
8. Grand Canyon 23
9. Chicago State 10 

2013-14 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
First Team
Stacey Barr, Idaho
Alyssa Charlston, Idaho
Eilise O’Connor, Kansas City
Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U
Kacie Sowell, Seattle U 

Second Team
Janae Coffee, Bakersfield
Judy Jones, Grand Canyon
Kim Nezianya, Kansas City
Ashley Ward, Seattle U
Sasha Weber, New Mexico State 

Preseason Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

2013-14 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Seattle U (11) 115
2. Idaho (1) 100
3. New Mexico State 80
4. Utah Valley 75
5. Bakersfield 66
6. Kansas City 53
7. Texas-Pan American 40
8. Grand Canyon (1) 38
9. Chicago State 18 

2013-14 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media All-WAC Teams
First Team
Alyssa Charlston, Idaho
Judy Jones, Grand Canyon
Eilise O’Connor, Kansas City
Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U
Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

 

Second Team
Janae Coffee, Bakersfield
Tina Doughty, Utah Valley
Sasha Weber, New Mexico State
Stacey Barr, Idaho
Tyonna Outland, Bakersfield

 

Preseason Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

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