November 4, 2010 by staff 

Miaa, Teams from Albion College men and women’s basketball were chosen to finish in mid-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association this season that the league publicist Greg Chandler published the results of surveys conducted by the coaches Thursday morning.

The men’s team, led by third year head coach Jody May was the No. 5 team in the poll. Albion tied for fourth in the MIAA last season with an 8-6-league record. The British return of three starters, including 2010 all-MIAA first team guard JC Cruse (Detroit / Grosse Pointe South), who averaged 16.3 points in 14 league games. Junior guard Chris Hutton (Metamora / Lapeer West) and sophomore forward Kolin Kazen (Holland / Saugatuck) is other returning starter from 2009 to 2010 to the list.

At the MIAA conference, May said it is difficult to judge how Britons are taking place in practice so far because Cruse also plays wide receiver for the football team. Cruse is a playmaker on the grill as well, leading the Britons with 565 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

“Practicing without AD did not give us a good overview of what our team will look like,” said May “It’s the kind of athlete who could play right away (after the football season). I do not think it will be very long it will be out (between seasons of football and basketball).

“If we can find a way to play defense and rebound we might have to be OK in the league,” added May

Men Albion season opener at Ohio Wesleyan University on Nov. 16. Britons home debut is November 19 to 20 with the tournament by Mike Turner Tip-Off hosted by the Rotary Club of Albion and sponsored by Andersons Albion Ethanol.

Women’s team, led by the 10th head coach Doreen Carden, with four returning starters from 2009-2010 team was the No. 4 team in the poll. Senior guard Melissa Shaw (Jackson / Northwest) was a win-MIAA first team award last season. She averaged 13.4 points in 16 contests in the league last season, well for fourth in the MIAA. She was also ranked among the top five in the league in assists (third at 3.56 per game), steals (fourth at 3.06 per game) and free throw percentage (fifth at 80.2 percent).

Britons are also pleased to have 2009 all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association second team guard Nicole Dennis (St. Clair Shores / Lakeview) back on the field after a knee operation forced her to watch the line touchdowns last season.

Senior guard Keigan Edwards (Kentwood / East Kentwood), retired before the fall Haggadone (Goodrich / Goodrich) and junior forward Patty Rewa (Greenville / Greenville) are other returning starters from 2009 to 2010 to the list.

“We have a good mix of experienced players and newcomers,” said Carden. “There is little experience at every position. We’re more athletic and have more depth. We will be smaller than usual to rebound will be. ”

Women Albion season opener Nov. 16 with a home game against rival Spring Arbor University.

Men and women Albion will be home for doubleheader action on November 23 with the women competing against Manchester (Ind.) College at 6:00 p.m. followed by the men’s contest against Heidelberg (Ohio) of University.

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