Oct. 30, 1997

Chatten Voted Preseason First Team All-Big EAST In Basketball

Friars Picked Fourth In BIG EAST 7

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College senior Kerri Chatten (Hopkinton, MA) was voted preseason First Team All-BIG EAST by the coaches as it was released today at the BIG EAST Media Day in Newark, NJ.

Chatten, a 6-1 forward, is the BIG EAST returning leading rebounder after averaging a team best 8.2 boards as a junior. She also put up 15.8 points per game while starting every contest. A 1996 Third Team All-BIG EAST pick, Chatten hit 18 consecutive games in double figures and recorded nine double-doubles.

Providence was picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST 7 Division behind Rutgers, Georgetown and Miami. Connecticut was picked to win the BIG EAST 6 Division. A breakdown of the Coaches' Poll follows along with the First Team selections.

BIG EAST 7           BIG EAST 6
1.  Rutgers         1.  Connecticut
2.  Georgetown      2.  Notre Dame
3.  Miami           3.  Boston College
4.  Providence      4.  West Virginia
5.  Seton Hall      5.  Villanova
6.  Syracuse        6.  St. John's
7.  Pittsburgh

Preseason Player of the Year: Nykesha Sales, Connecticut

Preseason First Team All- BIG EAST
Octavia Blue, Miami
Kerri Chatten, Providence
Talisha Hargis, WVU
Kym Hope, Miami
Nykesha Sales, UConn

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