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UB women picked 2nd behind Ohio in MAC East poll

The University at Buffalo women's basketball team is picked to finish second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference in a preseason poll of coaches, the MAC released Thursday.

UB is the defending champion in the MAC and returns all five starters from last season. However, the Bulls didn't start playing great until the last six weeks of last season and were the No. 8 seed with an 8-10 record entering the MAC tournament.

Ohio was the No. 1 seed last season with a 16-2 record. The Bobcats lost two of their five starters, including their best player, guard Kiyanna Black. But the Bobcats this season add a high-major transfer, forward Taylor Agler.

Ohio was picked to win the MAC East. Central Michigan is picked to win the MAC West and claim the MAC title. UB beat Central Michigan in the MAC final last March on Stephanie Reid's last-second bank shot.

UB handed Ohio both of its regular-season losses last season and then knocked Ohio out of the MAC tournament in the quarterfinals. The UB-Ohio games will be much anticipated this season.

UB senior guard JoAnna Smith and Reid, the junior point guard from Australia, were named to the preseason all-MAC East team. UB won eight of its last nine games in claiming the MAC title.

The poll:

MAC EAST

1. Ohio (9 first-place votes) 69.

2. Buffalo (3) 60.

3. Akron 48.

4. Bowling Green 30.

5. Miami 27.

6. Kent State 18.

MAC WEST

1. Central Michigan (12) 72.

t2. Ball State 53.

t2. Toledo 53.

4. Western Michigan 34.

5. Northern Illinois 25.

6. Eastern Michigan 15.

MAC Regular-Season champion: CMU (6), Ohio (5), UB (1).

MAC Tournament chamnpion: CMU (7), Ohio (4), UB (1).

Preseason All-MAC East: Jordan Korinek (Kent State), Quiera Lampkins (Ohio), Hannah Plybon (Akron), Stephanie Reid (UB), JoAnna Smith (UB).

Preseason All-MAC West: Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (Toledo), Presley Hudson (CMU), Ally Lehman (NIU), Janice Monakana (Toledo), Tiana Moore (CMU).

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