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Nebraska Selected Preseason Favorite by Big Ten Coaches

August 16, 2012
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Park Ridge, Ill. - Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was chosen as the conference
favorite for the 2012 season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, it was announced on
Thursday. Earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship last
season, the Huskers top the poll for the first time as members of the Big Ten
Conference.

Penn State and Purdue, who finished tied for second in the Big Ten in 2011, were
voted to finish second and third this season, respectively. Minnesota, who finished
fifth last season, was selected to finish fourth this year, while Illinois, which
also finished 2011 tied for second, was tabbed fifth in the voting. Ohio State,
which finished 9-11 in conference play last year, rounds out the poll at No. 6.


Additionally, conference coaches selected a Preseason All-Big Ten Team, which
features two unanimous selections and eight returning members. Penn State's Deja
McClendon and Purdue's Ariel Turner are unanimous selections and appear on the team
for the second consecutive season, while Minnesota's Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman,
Nebraska's Lauren Cook and Hannah Werth, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus and Penn
State's Katie Slay are also two-time honorees.



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