WMU News

WMU's Koestier named to preseason All-MAC team

Oct. 8, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The Mid-American Conference has announced that Western Michigan University sophomore Kristin Koetsier has been named to the 2001-02 Preseason All-MAC team.

The 6-3 Koetsier joins Ball State's Tamara Bowie, Bowling Green's Francine Miller, Miami's Kim Lancaster, and Eastern Michigan's Stephanie Smiley on the team.

A torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee limited Koetsier to just four games last season. She applied for and received an NCAA medical redshirt, meaning she has three seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

"We're very excited to have Kristin back as a mature and talented leader," Bronco head coach Ron Stewart said.

Koetsier was named MAC Rookie of the Year in 2000 and was also a first-team all-conference selection. The Grandville native was the first league newcomer named to the All-MAC First Team in 12 years. She was also honored as a Freshman All-American by the Women's Basketball News Service and the Women's Basketball Journal. Koetsier scored a WMU and MAC rookie record 559 points and finished second in the circuit in scoring (18.6 ppg.) and rebounding (9.5 rpg.) to help Western Michigan claim the 2000 MAC West Division championship.

MAC Women's Basketball Media Day will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland.

Media contact: Geoff Brown, 616 387-4138, geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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