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UB's Smith, Reid, Hemphill get MAC women's hoops recognition

University at Buffalo women’s basketball player JoAnna Smith made second-team All-Mid-American Conference, the league announced Tuesday.

Smith, a senior from Mississippi, ranked sixth in the MAC in scoring at 17.3 points a game.

UB’s Summer Hemphill, a freshman from Cardinal O’Hara High School, made the MAC all-rookie team. Hemphill ranked sixth in the MAC in rebounding at 7.7 a game.

Smith was a first-team selection as a junior last season when she ranked fourth in the MAC in scoring at 18.3 ppg.

UB junior point guard Stephanie Reid made the MAC all-defensive team. She did not crack the top 18 in the voting for the all-conference teams, even though she ranks fifth in the nation in assists and leads the MAC in assist-to-turnover ratio. Reid was a third-team pick last season.

UB finished seventh in the MAC with a 10-8 record and plays a quarterfinal game in the MAC Tournament today against Ball State (21-9, 14-4) in Cleveland.

The all-MAC women’s basketball teams:

Women’s Basketball All-MAC First Team
Renee Bennett, Ball State
Presley Hudson, Central Michigan
Tinara Moore, Central Michigan
Larissa Lurken, Kent State
Ally Lehman, Northern Illinois

All-MAC Second Team
Moriah Monaco, Ball State
JoAnna Smith, Buffalo
Jordan Korinek, Kent State
Quiera Lampkins, Ohio
Janice Monakana, Toledo

All-MAC Third Team
Jewel Cotton, Central Michigan
Reyna Frost, Central Michigan
Mikaela Boyd, Toledo
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, Toledo
Breanna Mobley, Western Michigan
Meredith Shipman, Western Michigan

All-MAC Honorable Mention
Hannah Plybon, Akron
Carmen Grande, Ball State

MAC All-Defensive Team
Calyn Hosea, Ball State
Stephanie Reid, Buffalo
Tinara Moore, Central Michigan
Jasmine Weatherspoon, Ohio
Deja Wimby, Western Michigan

MAC All-Freshman Team
Summer Hemphill, Buffalo
Lauren Dickerson, Miami
Janae Poisson, Northern Illinois
Amani Burke, Ohio
Mariella Santucci, Toledo

UB and the rest of the MAC quarter-final teams arrived in Cleveland Tuesday and held practices at Quicken Loans Arena. The UB-Ball State game today (Radio 1520) will start approximately at 5 p.m. or 30 minutes after the completion of the day’s second game between No. 5 seed Ohio U. and No. 4 Northern Illinois

Center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) and freshman Hemphill figure to be key defenders in the paint against Bennett, Ball State’s 6-foot-5 senior center. Second team All-MAC junior forward Moriah give the Cardinals an outside threat go complement Bennett’s inside scoring.

Bennett scored 24 points with 11 rebounds in Ball State’s 89-75 victory over the Bulls at Alumni Arena on Jan. 25. The Cardinals who did the most damage that night was Monaco, who hit 8 of 16 three-point shots in her 35-point game.


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