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Women's hoops poll: DePaul Big East favorite

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  • DePaul guard Brittany Hrynko, shown here leading the break against Oklahoma State in NCAA tournament action last March, heads a deep roster for DePaul, which is favored to win the Big East title this season.

      DePaul guard Brittany Hrynko, shown here leading the break against Oklahoma State in NCAA tournament action last March, heads a deep roster for DePaul, which is favored to win the Big East title this season.
    Associated Press

 
By Daily Herald News Services

NEW YORK -- DePaul is the preseason choice to win the Big East title, according to the conference Coaches' Poll. The Blue Demons, who have seven letterwinners and three starters back from last year's NCAA squad, finished with 79 points in the poll and received eight of 10 first-place votes.

Junior guard Brittany Hrynko, the league's top returning scorer at 14.7 points per game, and senior forward Jasmine Penny (12.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg) represent DePaul's top scoring threats. Hrynko, last season's Co-Most Improved Player, has been selected Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Creighton finished in second place in the Big East team poll with 67 points, including two first-place votes.

2013-14 Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. DePaul (8) 79

2. Creighton (2) 67

3. St. John's 62

4. Villanova 56

5. Marquette 55

6. Georgetown 36

7. Butler 31

8. Providence 25

9. Xavier 20

10. Seton Hall 19

First-place votes in parentheses

Big East Preseason Player of the Year: Brittany Hrynko, DePaul

Preseason Rookie of the Year: Shayla Cooper, Georgetown

Preseason All-Big East Team

Daress McClung, Butler, G/F, Sr., 6-0, Indianapolis, Ind.

Marissa Janning, Creighton, G, So., 5-8, Watertown, Minn.

Sarah Nelson, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-0, Omaha, Neb.

Jasmine Penny, DePaul, F, Sr., 6-1, Logansport, Ind.

Andrea White, Georgetown, F, 6-0, Sr., Lancaster, Va.

Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-3, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Tori Rule, Providence, Jr., G, 5-7, Minneapolis, Minn.

Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, G, So., 5-9, Newark, N.J.

Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, G, R-Jr., 5-8, Newark, N.J.

Caroline Coyer, Villanova, G, So., 5-10, Oak Hill, Va.

Honorable mention:

Arlesia Morse, Marquette, G, Jr., 5-10, Flint, Mich.

Ashley Wanninger, Xavier, G, Sr., 5-10, Cincinnati, Ohio

Eugenia McPherson, St. John's, G, R-Sr., 5-8, North Babylon, N.Y.

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