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Scouting Report: America East Women’s Basketball

UAlbany Great Danes
Last Year:
11-19 (4-12 AEC)
Projected finish 2010/2011: 7th
Key Players Lost: Charity Iromuanya, G (5.5 PPG)
Key Players Returning: Ebone Henry, G (12.4 PPG) Julie Forster, F (9.6 RPG)
Notes: UAlbany welcomes in new Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson and returns four starters from last year’s team. Youth and inexperience on both the coaching staff and on the roster is a key reason why the Great Danes are picked to finish a distant 7th.
Binghamton University Bearcats
Last Year: 11-19 (7-9 AEC)
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 3rd
Key Players Lost: Erica Carter, G (13.1 PPG)
Key Players Returning: Andrea Holmes, G (13.3 PPG)
Notes: The Bearcats bring back three starters from last year’s team including preseason all –conference guard Andrea Holmes. The Bearcats are seen as a major contender due to their size, athleticism, and veteran leadership.
Boston University Terriers
Last Year:
16-15 (11-5 AEC)
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 1st
Key Players Lost: NONE
Key Players Returning: Chantell Alford, G (14.9 PPG)
Notes: The Terriers return all five starters from last year’s squad and also had three players voted onto the preseason all-conference team. BU’s potent offense is just one of the many reasons why they are picked to finish atop the America East conference.
Hartford Hawks
Last Year:
27-5 (16-0 AEC) America East Regular Season Champions
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 2nd
Key Players Lost: Diana Delva, C (11.7 PPG) Erica Beverly, F (6.9 RPG)
Key Players Returning: Jackie Smith, G (6.5 PPG)
Notes: The loss of both the 2009 America East Player of the Year and the 2009 America East Defensive Player of the Year will make repeating as regular season champs difficult for the Hawks. Their depth at the Guard position is one of the reasons why Hartford is expected to finish amongst the top in the conference.
University of Maine Black Bears
Last Year:
8-21 (4-12 AEC)
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 8th
Key Players Lost: Kristin Baker, G (10.0 PPG)
Key Players Returning: Samantha Wheeler, F (10.8 PPG)
Notes: The Black Bears are expected to struggle this year due to their youth and inexperience with five first year players.
UMBC Retrievers
Last Year:
13-17 (7-9 AEC)
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 5th
Key Players Lost: Carlee Cassidy, G (13.3 PPG)
Key Players Returning: Michelle Kurowski, G (12.9 PPG)
Notes: The Retrievers are bringing back four starters and are looking to improve upon a sub .500 season. UMBC will rely on their veteran frontcourt, and potent backcourt to get them into the conference tournament.
University of New Hampshire Wildcats
Last Year:
9-22 (3-13 AEC)
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 9th
Key Players Lost: Candace Williams, F (12.8 PPG)
Key Players Returning: Denise Beliveau, F (11.2 PPG)
Notes: The Wildcats enter into the season with a new Head Coach in Maureen Magarity. With three returning starters and two key players recovered from injury, New Hampshire has an outside shot of a playoff appearance.
University of Vermont Catamounts
Last Year:
27-7 (13-3 AEC) America East Conference Tournament Champions
Projected Finish 2010/2011: 6th
Key Players Lost: Courtnay Pilypaitis, G (15.0 PPG) May Kotsopoulos, G (17.1 PPG)
Key Players Returning: Tonya Young, F (7.8 PPG)
Notes: After a historic 2009/2010 season, the Catamounts enter what many consider to be a transition year. With a 1st year Head Coach, and an entirely new starting lineup, expect Vermont to go through some growing pains.
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