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Batteast on top of the Big East

Heather VanHoegarden | Friday, October 29, 2004

Just two days after being named the preseason National Player of the Year by Basketball News, Irish senior Jacqueline Batteast was named the Big East Conference Preseason Player of the Year.Batteast averaged 16 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a junior, and was named first team all-Big East. She was a unanimous selection for this year’s preseason first team all-Big East as well.Meanwhile, Irish junior guard Megan Duffy was named to the preseason all-Big East second team. Last season, Duffy was named the Big East Most Improved Player after a campaign that included averages of 9.9 points and 3.9 assists per game.Both preseason selections were announced Thursday at the Big East women’s basketball media day, held in Newark, N.J.Also at media day, the Irish were picked to finish second in the Big East after a poll of the Big East coaches, one year after finishing second with a 12-4 league record. Three-time defending national champion Connecticut was picked to finish first. The Irish beat the Huskies last season by the score of 66-51 in South Bend.