October 26, 2011

Bonnies Picked 6th; Van Tatenhove On 1st Team, Jenkins On 3rd

Complete All-Conference Teams

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team was predicted to finish in sixth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, league officials announced on Tuesday as part of A-10 Media Day. Additionally, senior Megan Van Tatenhove was named to the Preseason First Team and classmate Jessica Jenkins landed on the Preseason Third Team, in voting conducted by the league's 14 head coaches.

Dayton and Temple were picked to share the top spot, each garnering 189 points and splitting the 14 first-place votes. Duquesne followed in third place with 159 points, Charlotte claimed 141 points for fourth place, Saint Joseph's tallied 129 points for fifth and the Bonnies collected 125 points. Xavier, Richmond, George Washington, Massachusetts, La Salle, Fordham, Rhode Island and Saint Louis rounded out the bottom eight.

"I think it really speaks to the strength of our league that we were picked sixth but yet return our top six scorers from a team that finished tied for third last year," head coach Jim Crowley said of his club, which brings back all five starters and 92 percent of its offense from a 21-12 campaign last season.

Van Tatenhove, who led the Bonnies in both scoring (14.5 per game) and rebounding (5.6 per game) last year, becomes the program's first preseason First Team selection since Dana Mitchell prior to the 2009-10 season. The Wisconsin native enters the 2011-12 campaign as the league's second-leading returning scorer, behind only the 16.1 average of Dayton's Justine Raterman.

Jenkins, who averaged 13.1 points per outing last year, set a program record by making 100 3-pointers last season en route to leading the A-10 in that category and finishing eighth nationally with an average of three 3-pointers per game. The Marion, Ohio product enters her final season in the Brown and White needing just 44 points to become the 19th member of the 1,000 Point Club. Furthermore, with 64 3's this campaign, she will own the school record for 3-pointers made in a career.

"It certainly is a well-deserved honor for both Meg and Jess based on the successful seasons they had last year," Crowley commented. "Hopefully their play this season will earn them more personal accolades, which in turn correlates to helping us earn more wins as a team."

St. Bonaventure will open its season by hosting an exhibition doubleheader with the men's team on Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. against Edinboro. The regular season officially gets underway Nov. 12 at St. John's, which begins the season nationally ranked by several media outlets.

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (First-Place Votes)
TEAM            PTS
1. Dayton (7); 189
    Temple (7); 189
3. Duquesne; 59
4. Charlotte; 141
5. Saint Joseph's; 129
6. St. Bonaventure; 125
7. Xavier; 119
8. Richmond; 112
9. George Washington; 73
10. Massachusetts; 70
11. La Salle; 65
12. Fordham; 42
13. Rhode Island; 31
14. Saint Louis; 26

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Kristen McCarthy, Temple
Shey Peddy, Temple
Justine Raterman, Dayton
Megan Van Tatenhove, St. Bonaventure
Epiphany Woodson, Charlotte

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Vanessa Abel, Duquesne
Wumi Agunbiade, Duquesne
Michelle Baker, Saint Joseph's
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Abby Oliver, Richmond

ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM
Alex Gensler, Duquesne
Jessica Jenkins, St. Bonaventure
Patrice Lalor, Dayton
Tyeasha Moss, Xavier
Jasmine Watson, Massachusetts

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Vanessa Abel, Duquesne
Michelle Baker, Saint Joseph's
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Casey Nance, Dayton
Shey Peddy, Temple