Korinek preseason all-MAC East, but Flashes picked last in division

Kent State junior forward Jordan Korinek has been named to preseason all-MAC East team by league coaches.

The Flashes as a team were picked last in the East.

Kent State is coming off a 6-23 season in which it finished with the league’s worst record in both MAC play and overall. The year ended with coach Danny O’Banion’s not having her contract renewed after a 21-98 record over four years.

Former Indiana assistant Todd Starkey was named head coach in April.

Korinek, who led the Flashes in scoring and rebounding last season, is the first KSU player in a long time to be named first-team anything. The KSU record book doesn’t list preseason honors, but the last player to be first-team all-conference was Jamilah Humes in 2010. She and Taisja Jones were second team the next year. Cici Shannon was third team in 2015.

Korinek was honorable mention all-MAC at the end of last season. She averaged 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season and has 662 points through two seasons. That’s about the same pace as Lindsay Shearer, a similar post player who graduated in 2006. Shearer had outstanding junior and senior seasons and ranks fourth all-time in KSU scoring.

KSU got 18 total points in the preseason poll, nine behind fifth-place Miami in the East.

Ohio was picked to win the MAC East, Central Michigan the West and Central the regular season and tournament champion.

Ohio and Central won their divisions last season, but Buffalo won the MAC tournament.

Here’s the full results:

MAC East 

  1. Ohio (9 First Place Votes) – 69
  2. Buffalo (3) – 60
  3. Akron -48
  4. Bowling Green -30
  5. Miami – 27
  6. Kent State – 18

MAC West

  1. Central Michigan (12) – 72
  2. Ball State and Toledo -53
  3. Western Michigan – 34
  4. Northern Illinois – 25
  5. Eastern Michigan – 15

 Regular Season Predicted Champion

  • Central Michigan (6)
  • Ohio (5)
  • Buffalo (1)

Tournament Predicted Champion

  • Central Michigan (7)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Buffalo (1)

Preseason All-MAC East Team

  • Jordan Korinek, Kent State
  • Quiera Lampkins, Ohio
  • Hannah Plybon, Akron
  • Stephanie Reid, Buffalo
  • JoAnna Smith, Buffalo

Preseason All-MAC West Team

  • Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, Toledo
  • Presley Hudson, Central Michigan
  • Ally Lehman, Northern Illinois
  • Janice Monakana, Toledo
  • Tinara Moore, Central Michigan

Here are links to last season’s final MAC standings and statistics.

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