Paige Frauendorfer was named to the All-Summit League Preseason Second Team, and the Omaha women's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in The Summit League Preseason Poll released by the conference office on Thursday. The poll was determined by a vote of the league's head coaches, media and media relations personnel.
Frauendorfer earned preseason second-team honors after leading the Mavs in scoring last season with 13.1 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game. She also had 10 double-doubles while helping the Mavs to a 15-12 record in their first Division I season.
South Dakota State was picked as the favorite to win the conference. The Jackrabbits received 22-of-25 first-place votes (coaches may not vote for their own team) after claiming its fourth-straight tournament title last season. Oakland's Bethany Watterworth was named the preseason Player of the Year.
Last season's other Summit League Tournament finalist, Kansas City, placed second in the poll with 260 points and one first-place vote. Oakland, North Dakota State and IUPUI were separated by just 21 points for the third through fifth slots with the Jaguars claiming one first-place tally. South Dakota edged out Western Illinois for sixth place, while Fort Wayne and league newcomer Omaha rounded out the poll. The Mastodons collected the final first-place vote.
Joining Watterworth on the first team are Kansas City teammates Kim Nezianya, an all-tournament team honoree, and Eilise O'Connor. An all-league first teamer last season, IUPUI's Kerah Nelson captured a spot on the preseason first team, while North Dakota State's Katie Birkel and South Dakota State's Ashley Eide also earned the distinction.
Joining Frauendorfer on the second team are returning Newcomer of the Year Saule Kontautaite of Western Illinois, North Dakota State's Janae Burich, a second-team selection last year, IUPUI's Katie Comello and Oakland's Zakiya Minifee.
The Summit League concluded a record-setting season a year ago finishing the year ranked No. 19 in the College Basketball News RPI, peaking as high as No. 11 midseason. The league sent a record four teams to postseason tournaments and set a new women's league tournament attendance record.