OU women picked third in poll
Brittany Carnago returns to the team after a knee injury sidelined her for the entirety of 2009-10. She was a preseason second-team selection, while last year’s replacement, Bethany Watterworth (Lake Orion) was chosen for the first team.
Watterworth, a sophomore, started in 29 of 30 games she played, averaging 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Oakland, which finished 14-4 in the league, but was upset in the first round of the conference postseason tournament. Watterworth was named to the Summit League second and newcomer teams for her efforts.
In keeping with the youth movement, fellow sophomore Kevi Luper, who last year became the first player to be named the conference player of the year, defensive player of the year and newcomer of the year as a freshman, leads favored Oral Roberts.
Luper was named preseason conference player of the year, while teammate Jaci Bigham, another sophomore, was also named to the first team. The pair gave Oral Roberts one of the highest-scoring backcourts in the nation.
The Golden Eagles received all but four first-place votes.
Two-time defending league champion South Dakota State was picked to finish second.
Former Pontiac Northern standout Stephanie Rosado, who now plays for Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, was also a first-team selection.