by Amy Moritz
Mackenzie Loesing of the University at Buffalo and Billy Baron of Canisius were named the Presesaon All-Big 4 Players of the Year this morning.
Loesing played in all 32 games for the Bulls last year including 25 starts as a freshman. She led Buffalo in scoring with her 11.6 points per game average the best by a Buffalo freshman since 1988-89. Loesing scored in double figures in eight of the Bulls last nine games, including a career-high 24 points in a Mid-American Conference tournament win over Miami (Ohio).
Baron averaged 17.2 points a game leading Canisius to a 20-win season and a CIT quarterfinal appearance. His 5.0 assists per game led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Baron became the first Golden Griffin in more than 25 seasons to score 30-plus points in three different games.
Joining Loesing on the All-Big 4 women's preseason first team were Rachel Gregory (Buffalo), Jamie Ruttle (Canisius), Meghan McGuinness (Niagara) and Katie Healy (St. Bonaventure).
Second team selections were Cherridy Thornton (Buffalo), Kayla Hoohuili (Canisius), Jen Morabito (Canisius), Kelly Van Leeuwen (Niagara) and Chelsea Bowker (St. Bonaventure).
Joining Baron on the All-Big 4 men's preseason first team were Javon McCrea (Buffalo), Will Regan (Buffalo), Chris Manhertz (Canisius) and Antoine Mason (Niagara).
Second team selections were Jarod Oldham (Buffalo), Jordan Heath (Canisius), Marvin Jordan (Niagara), Matthew Wright (St. Bonaventure) and Youssou Ndoye (St. Bonaventure).
The teams were voted on by media members and athletic communications staff who cover Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.