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      Tech womenâ??s basketball picked first in GLIAC North

      BAY CITY , Mich. â?? The Michigan Tech women's basketball team was selected as the top team in the North Division in the GLIAC Preseason Poll that was announced on Thursday (Nov. 7). Forward Jillian Ritchie and guard Danielle Blake were named to the GLIAC North Division Preseason teams.

      The Huskies tallied 177 points in the poll, including 16 first place points, after finishing 21-9 and 17-5 in the GLIAC in 2012-13. Tech earned a share of the North Division title and advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal.

      Ritchie, a preseason first team selection, averaged 8.6 points per game last season and was second on the team with 159 rebounds, averaging 5.3 per contest. The junior from De Pere, Wis., started all 30 games a season ago and averaged 31 minutes while shooting 45.9 percent from three-point territory.

      Blake, a 6-foot guard, was named to the preseason second team. The native of Midland, Mich., started 14 games last season and scored115 points. She also had 87 rebounds, 39 assists and 26 blocks while playing 18.6 minutes per game.

      Wayne State received eight first place points and was second behind Tech with 167 points in the North Division. Grand Valley State (143), Ferris State (124) and Saginaw Valley State (85) rounded out the top five in the North. Northern Michigan (70), Northwood (64) and Lake Superior State (34) rounded out the division.

      Defending national champion Ashland was the top choice in the South Division with 178 points. Findlay (177), Hillsdale (122), Malone (117) and Tiffin (103) were also ranked in the top five of the South. Ohio Dominican (85), Walsh (56) and Lake Erie (26) were picked at the bottom of the division.

      The GLIAC went live with the 2013 MEDIA DAY WEBSITE, which includes coaches' interviews and season previews for each team.

      The Huskies open the regular season on Nov. 15-16 at the Radisson Hotel Roseville Classic from the campus of Concordia-St. Paul.