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2016-17 Horizon League women’s basketball preview

Teams are listed in order of Horizon League preseason rankings.

  1.  Green Bay

Head Coach: Kevin Borseth (3 years)

2015-2016: Green Bay finished first with their overall record of 28-5 and conference record of 16-2. Allie LeClaire will be returning for Green Bay as a junior. Last season she scored over 400 points, and she was on the second all-league team. Jessica Lindstrom was second all-league team and all-defensive team, making 47.1 percent from three-point range. Mehryn Kraker made the first all-league team for Green Bay, leading her team with 106 assists while also scoring 383 points.

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  1.  Detroit Mercy

Head Coach: Bernard Scott

2015-2016: Detroit finished fourth with their overall record of 15-15 and conference record of 11-7. Brianne Cohen made the second all-league team and sixth-player of the year. Cohen led the team with 469 points. She also led her team in rebounds and free throws. Preseason player of the year and first all-league team player Rosanna Reynolds was second behind Cohen with number of free-throws made and number of rebounds. She made 102 out of 117 free throws and had 176 total rebounds.

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  1.  Milwaukee

Head Coach: Kyle Rechlicz

2015-2016: Milwaukee finished third with their overall record of 19-13 and conference record of 12-6. Stephanie Kostowicz made the first team, all-league, scoring 447 points and playing and average of 28.6 minutes a game. Another returning player is Sierra Ford-Washington. She scored 434 points and made 114 out of 134 free throws.

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  1.  Youngstown State

Head Coach: John Barns

2015-2016: Youngstown State finished fifth with their overall record of 21-12 and conference record of 9-9. Making the second all-league team, Indiya Benjamin played 1,017 minutes, 29.9 per game on average and was third in scoring with 335 points. She finished behind Nikki Arbanas and Sarah Cash. Cash made the first all-league team, leading her team in points, steals  and blocks.

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  1.  Wright State

Head Coach: Katrina Merriweather

2015-2016: Wright State finished second with an overall record of 24-11 and conference record of 12-6. Antania Hayes will be returning for her senior year with a .624 free throw percentage and 366 points last year. A sophomore, Emily Vogelpohl will be coming back to play this year. Last year she played an average of 28.9 minutes a game and scored 351 points.

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T7. Oakland

Head Coach: Jeff Tungate

2015-2016: Oakland finished seventh with their overall record of 15-15 and conference record of 7-11. Taylor Jones made the all-freshman team with 407 points, second behind graduate Olivia Nash with 468 points. Taylor Gleason, a junior played 32 minutes on average last season, scoring 270 points.

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T7. Cleveland State

Head Coach: Kate Peterson Abiad

2015-2016: Cleveland State finished eighth with their overall record of 9-20 and conference record of 6-12. Ashanti Abshaw made preseason first team, all-Horizon league this year after being named to the second team last year. The freshman of the year a season ago, Abshaw scored a total of 482 points and got 277 rebounds. Another returning player is Khayla Livingston. She appeared in all 30 games last season scoring an average of 5.2 points per game.

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  1. Valparaiso

Head Coach: Tracey Dorow

2015-2016: Valparaiso finished ninth with an overall record of 10-21 and conference record of 5-13. A sophomore, Meredith Hamlet, will be returning with 920 minutes played last season and leading her team with 329 points. She was second on the team in scoring a year ago, finishing behind Jasmyn Walker, who graduated. Dani Franklin, with a .923 free throw percentage, will also be returning this year.

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  1. UIC

Head Coach: Regina Miller

2015-2016: UIC finished tenth with their overall record of 12-18 and conference record of 3-15. Melita Emanuel-Carr will be returning as a senior with 231 points last season and played 29.3 minutes on average. She finished second in both of those categories behind graduate Ruvanna Campbell. Brittany Thomas, now a junior, played for Eastern Oklahoma last season, starting 22 of 29 games and shooting 40.3 percent from the floor.  

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