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Published October 18 2012

NDSU’s Birkel named to preseason Summit League first team

FARGO – North Dakota State guard Katie Birkel was named to the Summit League women’s basketball preseason first team in a vote of league coaches and media.

Center Janae Burich was a second-team pick for the Bison, who were picked to finish fourth.

Defending champion South Dakota State led the way, followed by Missouri-Kansas City and Oakland University, which had the preseason player of the year in Bethany Watterworth.

Joining Birkel and Watterworth on the first team were SDSU guard Ashley Eide, Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis forward Kerah Nelson and Kansas City’s Kim Nezianya and Eilise O’Connor.