Updated: October 22, 2012 8:10 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two-time America East Player of the Year, Boston University guard Chantel Alford, headlines six players who were chosen to the 2012-13 America East Preseason All-Conference Team. The league’s nine head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players, determined the preseason all-conference team. The announcement was made at the 2012 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, October 23 at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Joining Alford, who was a unanimous selection, is Hartford senior forward Ruthanne Doherty, Albany senior forward Julie Forster, New Hampshire junior forward Morgan Frame, Albany junior guard Ebone Henry (unanimous selection) and Boston University senior guard Mo Moran.
All six of the preseason selections were voted to the America East All-Conference first or second team in 2011-12, with four ranking in the top-five of scoring.
Alford (West Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) has been one of the best players in America East history entering the 2012-13 campaign, earning back-to-back Player of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2012, after her Rookie of the Year honor in 2010. She is the only player in the conference to rank on the America East all-time scoring list, coming in at No. 50 with 1,309 points. A two-time All-Conference First Team selection, Alford looks to become the first ever America East three-time Player of the Year. She ranked seventh in the conference in scoring last year, averaging 12.4 points per game to go with 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists, leading the Terriers to the America East regular-season title.
Doherty (Richmond, Va./L.C. Bird) has received America East All-Conference distinction three-straight years, including earning a second team nod in 2011-12. The senior led the Hawks in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She also tied for the team lead with 60 steals and was third with 57 assists. Doherty ranked in the top-10 in the conference in points, rebounds, steals and field goal percentage. She is just the 15th player in Hartford history to pull down 500 rebounds.
The conference’s leading rebounder in 2011-12, Forster (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) averaged 10.3 boards per game and broke Albany’s team record with 339 total rebounds. The senior had eight double-doubles on the year, which were the second-most in the conference. Forster was an All-Conference Second Team selection, while also being named to the America East All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive season. She averaged 8.7 points per game, and helped the Great Danes to their first America East Championship title. Forster closed out the year with 12 rebounds against defending National Champion Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
Despite only playing half the season, Frame (Waterville, Maine/Waterville Senior) made a huge impact on the America East Conference last season. A transfer from Saint Anselm’s College, Frame had to sit out half of last season because of NCAA transfer regulations. After becoming eligible, she averaged 16.0 points per game, which would have led the conference if she had played in 75-percent of the Wildcats’ contests. She scored in double figures 19 times during the year, including 20-plus points five times. Frame had seven double-doubles, highlighted by a 35-point, 12-rebound performance in a win against Wagner.
Henry (San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic), the second unaninmous selection to the preseason all-conference team, repeated as America East Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Great Danes lead the conference in scorning defense, allowing just 53.4 points per game. Also a member of the All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team, she led Albany in scoring at 14.3 points per game, good for second in the conference. Henry also led the league in steals at 2.8 thefts per game, while adding seven double-doubles. She also averaged 7.1 rebounds per game.
Moran (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) started all 32 games for the America East regular-season champion Terriers, and finished second in the conference with a 4.0 assists per game average. She finished the year averaging 10.9 points per game, good for ninth in the league. Moran had 10 games with five or more assists, notching a season-high 11 in a win at Maine. She became the 21st player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark last season.
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2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Team
*Chantell Alford, Boston University, Sr., G
Ruthanne Doherty, Hartford, Sr., F
Julie Forster, Albany, Sr., F
Morgan Frame, New Hampshire, Jr., F
*Ebone Henry, Albany, Jr., G/F
Mo Moran, Boston University, Sr., G