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UB women picked to finish first in MAC East basketball

The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was picked to win the East Division of the Mid-American Conference today in a preseason poll of the league's coaches.

UB is coming off a 17-13 season, its best in 11 years, and it returns four of five starters.

Two UB players were picked to the preseason MAC-East all-star team. They are junior guard Mackenzie Loesing and senior forward Kristen Sharkey.

The preseason favorite to win the overall conference tournament is Central Michigan, which got 10 of 11 votes from the coaches. UB got the other vote.

The picks in the MAC East: 1. UB. 2. Bowling Green. 3. Akron. 4. Ohio. 5. Miami. 6. Kent State.

The picks in the MAC West: 1. Central Michigan. 2. Ball State. 3. Western Michigan. 4. Toledo. 5. Eastern Michigan. 6. Northern Illinois.

Top five in the MAC East besides Loesing and Sharkey are Akron's Sina King, Bowling Green's Erica Donovan and Ohio's Kiyanna Black.

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