PreseMinnesota junior forward Jamie Broback was one of five honorees selected by the Big Ten coaches to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team, the Conference announced today as part of its annual Media Day in Chicago. Broback is the Golden Gophers’ leading returning scorer (14.4 ppg.) and rebounder (5.4 rpg.) from a year ago and adds the preseason All-Big Ten accolade to her preseason Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention citation. This is the fifth consecutive season the Gophers landed at least one player on the Preseason All-Big Ten squad.
The Golden Gophers were picked to finish third in the Conference in a poll of the coaches, fourth by the media. Ohio State and Michigan State were tabbed one-two in both polls. Purdue was selected third by the Conference media.
Ohio State junior center Jessica Davenport was named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and media. Michigan State’s Lindsey Bowen and Liz Shimek, as well as, Purdue’s Katie Gearlds were named to both the coaches’ and media’s Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. The media included Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson on their preseason squad.
Minnesota kicks off its 2005-06 season on Nov. 9 with the first of its two exhibition games. The Gophers’ first regular-season contest is on Nov. 19 versus San Francisco in the Subway Classic.