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Big 4 women's basketball players to watch

Deja Francis, St. Bonaventure

A 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, Francis was chosen to the Atlantic 10 preseason third team after being named to the A-10 All-Rookie team. She ranked fourth among all Atlantic 10 freshmen in scoring and was second in assists. Francis averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Summer Hemphill, Buffalo

Hemphill, a 6-1 senior forward from Cardinal O’Hara, gets her turn to set the tone. Hemphill became a true inside force last season and averaged a double-double (14.5 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game) to be named second-team All-MAC. She also earned All-MAC Tournament honors, with a tournament-record 21 rebounds in the title game, and was a preseason All-MAC East Division first-team choice this season. She is tied for 10th in career rebounds at UB with 759 and is 81 points from becoming joining the 1,000-point club. She was named to the Katrina McClain Award watch list as one of the top forwards in Division I.

Maggie McIntyre, Niagara

A 5-foot senior guard, she was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging a career-high 10.4 points per game (20th in the MAAC), and led the Purple Eagles at 3.1 assists per game, which was eighth in the MAAC. Her 80 three-pointers were second in the league and her .369 percentage from three was sixth.

Jai Moore, Niagara

Moore, a 5-9 senior guard, scored in double figures 26 times, was named to the All-MAAC first team in 2018-19 and was tabbed All-MAAC preseason first team this season. Moore started all 31 games, led the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game and was second in the MAAC. Moore’s free throw percentage of 74.8 ranked sixth in the conference.

Theresa Onwuka, Buffalo

A 5-10 senior guard, she adeptly fills up the stat sheet. She had career highs with 9.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 26.1 minutes. She also posted 44 steals and 42 assists in starting 33 of 34 games. She is a two-time All-MAC Academic selection.

D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks, Canisius

A 5-5 senior guard, Patterson-Ricks averaged 11.8 points (11th in the MAAC), 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists. She returns to lead an experienced Griffins team. She started 28 of 30 games last season and was named third-team All-MAAC last season. She was named to the preseason second team.

Others to watch: F Adebola Adeyeye, Buffalo; F Emerald Ekpiteta, Niagara; G Hanna Hall, Buffalo; G Asianae Johnson, St. Bonaventure; F Danielle Sanderlin, Canisius.

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